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These books don't have to be read in order.
Nathaniel Buford, Earl of Roderick, doesn't want a wife, but his brother died, passing on the title of earl to him. Now he is bound by duty to get an heir. Unfortunately, to get the heir, he must find a lady to marry. As luck would have it, he gets caught in a scandalous situation not of his doing, and the next thing he knows, he's married...and to a lady whose family is reported to desire money above all else.
Miss Claire Lowell wanted to get married. But she never intended to marry a gentleman who felt trapped into it, and she certainly never thought her family would have a hand in the scandal that forced Lord Roderick's hand in marriage. Can love find a way to thrive under such conditions or will her father's eagerness to see her married off to an earl condemn her to a loveless marriage?
The Duchess of Watkins' husband just died, and her unscrupulous brother-in-law is ready to step in as the Duke of Watkins. In desperation, the duchess, Anna Merrill, enlists the help of the butler, and the two agree to quietly bury her husband and pretend he's still alive. It will be a secret they will take to their graves.
After burying him in a forest, they come across a gentleman who has been beaten and left for dead. And this gentleman happens to look exactly like her husband. Seeing this as the answer to their prayers, they take him home in hopes he'll agree to be the new Duke of Watkins. There's only one problem. When he wakes up, he doesn't remember who he is.
Dare they replace her husband with a counterfeit? And if they do, what consequences will come as a result of their lie?
Ethan Silverton, the Lord of Edon, is very content with his life. He's carefully sculpted it so that everyone thinks he's a notorious rake. For years, he's worked hard to build his reputation to secure his place as the most undesirable bachelor in London. And it's worked. No decent lady will have him.
But one simple error in judgment has just sealed his fate. His intention was to dissuade a horrid mother from matching him up with her equally horrid daughter. Seeing no one but Lady Catherine without a dance partner, he tells a lie. He approaches Lady Catherine as if they are betrothed, and the ploy works. The horrid mother and her daughter abandon their pursuit of him.
Except Ethan's mother spies his ploy and is so relieved that she's found a way to marry him to a reputable young lady that she tells everyone of their engagement. To his horror, word spreads and it's his duty to see the lie through. This is the worst thing that can happen, and no one but his mother is happy about it. Not Lady Catherine. Not her doting father. Not even Ethan. But his mother is sure it'll all work out...eventually.
Agatha Lyons, the Lady of Richfield, was married and widowed in the span of twenty-four hours. And given the freedom she now has as a widow, she has no desire to remarry. But Mr. Christopher Robinson takes one look at Agatha and falls in love with her. Despite her cold indifference to him, he vows he’ll do whatever it takes to marry her, even if it takes a scandal to make it happen.
Perry Ambrose, the Lord of Clement, is notorious for not being able to secure a wife. Attempts to win over the graces of a young lady in the past has failed miserably, and the ladies who had a spark of interest ended up marrying another gentleman instead. Having failed at every turn, he is about to give up all hope when fate steps in and gives him the chance he’s been hoping for. But it’s in a way he doesn’t expect.
Miss Paula Leighton will do anything to avoid marriage to a repulsive duke her brother wants to chain her to. In an act of desperation, she makes a plan. If she can create a scandal, then her brother will have no choice but to let her marry someone else. While at a ball, she sets her sight on the first titled gentleman who happens to be alone in the gardens, and the gentleman happens to be Perry.
And it’s not that Perry minds finally securing a lady so he can have an heir, but when he realizes she would have picked anyone–anyone at all!–to marry, he’s more than a little miffed. But a lady who’ll knowingly create a scandal isn’t one to be discouraged so easily. So what if her new husband is aloof? She’s sure she can find a way to break through his wall, one way or another.
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