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When Nicholas Buchanan, the Duke of Dorchester, accepts an invitation to visit a country stud farm, he counters his boredom by striking a wager with his henchman that he'll bed the poor relation, Alicia Woodley, before the end of his stay. But he reckons without Alicia's disdain. She's disgusted by Nick's cavalier attitude, unimpressed by his grandeur and wants as little as possible to do with him.

Between her newfound role as family charity case and fending off the attentions ...

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Overview


When Nicholas Buchanan, the Duke of Dorchester, accepts an invitation to visit a country stud farm, he counters his boredom by striking a wager with his henchman that he'll bed the poor relation, Alicia Woodley, before the end of his stay. But he reckons without Alicia's disdain. She's disgusted by Nick's cavalier attitude, unimpressed by his grandeur and wants as little as possible to do with him.

Between her newfound role as family charity case and fending off the attentions of both her clueless cousin and the arrogant Nicholas, Alicia Woodley has quite enough to contend with...but when her life is endangered, quite possibly from those closest to her, surprisingly it is Nicholas who seems determined to ensure her safety. As they conspire to uncover secrets that the family wants hidden at all costs, they discover a passion that surpasses all obstacles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426891328
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2011
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 254,656
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author


Wendy Soliman is a British who shares her life with her husband and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree. Wendy was brought up on the Isle of  Wight, surrounded by historic buildings and lots of water - factors that influenced the historical romances and  marine crime mysteries she writes for Carina Press.

Wendy enjoys reading, walking her dog and savouring decent wine.

Visit Wendy's website at http://www.wendysoliman.com

 

 

 


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Cambridgeshire, England, 1820

The narrow village streets were crammed solid. Various animals and every sort of conveyance competed for the limited space. Stallholders selling anything from fresh produce to bolts of material and edible delicacies had set themselves up wherever they could find the room. Females engaged in the oldest profession were openly plying their trade, oblivious to the noise and lack of privacy. Fleet-footed children readied themselves to relieve the unwary of their valuables.

Nicholas Buchanan was attempting to drive his carriage through the middle of this chaos. His progress was painfully slow, his patience severely tested by the delay. A band of urchins jostled alongside, attempting to clear a path for the fine gentleman, instead almost causing a collision with an overloaded handcart. Two women conducting a raucous dispute over a basket of apples were singularly unimpressed by the splendour of Nick's equipage. They suspended hostilities and shook their fists at him, shouting disparaging remarks when they were obliged to jump clear of his team.

"I told yer to take the other road through the big town." Gibson, Nick's right-hand man, valet, mentor and friend cast a knowing sideways glance at him. "That way there'd have been no holdups."

Nick grimaced, his concentration focused on his team. "What, you'd have me listen to your advice and miss all the diversity of market day?"

"Well, it never hurts to take...whoa, what the—"

Several squealing pigs made a desperate bid for freedom. They dashed across the road directly in front of Nick's carriage, causing his highly strung thoroughbreds to prance skittishly sideways. A mangy dog sprang after them, its inept attempt to round the pigs up only adding to the mayhem.

"Bloody pigs," Gibson muttered. "Why ain't the swineherd attending to his duties?"

"Probably exercising his elbow." Nick nodded toward a nearby tavern that was doing a brisk trade. Well-to-do merchants and land agents could be seen rubbing shoulders with farmers, costermongers and a wretched-looking creature who was very likely the negligent swineherd.

Nick struggled to settle his team, indifferent to the curious glances cast in his direction. When they eventually left the final cluster of houses behind them, he expelled a heartfelt sigh of relief and gave his horses their heads. They extended their stride in smooth harmony, only to round the first curve in the narrow road and find their way barred.

Their disciplined formation disintegrated into total disarray. Nick reacted instinctively, resisting the urge to yank at their delicate mouths as he fought for control. He roundly cursed the idiot who'd carelessly abandoned a gig in the centre of the road, blocking their path. The carriage swerved, rocking violently on its springs. Somehow he managed to avoid landing them in the fast-flowing river to their left as he recalled his leader to his responsibilities with a firm tug of the ribbons.

"The devil take it, what the hell's going on here?"

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    I read FORGOTTEN HEIRESS earlier and I liked it but it wasn't st

    I read FORGOTTEN HEIRESS earlier and I liked it but it wasn't steamy or hot enough. Well, Wendy Solomon knows how to write steamy, sparks flying, pages smoking hot and need fire extinguishers scenes. Alicia was a poor in money but wealthy in the heart. She cares for all things four legged, furry and probably scales and fins too. Her uncle, aunt and 3 cousins let her stay at the stud farm that her father and her started after he die but didn't love her. Duke Nick was a typical arrogant, pompous and over baring jerk. I loved Gibson, his valet/best friend. He kept Nick humble and human as possible. Nick wanted Alicia and she fought the good fight but she caved. Many misunderstanding, 3 offers of marriage, a shooting, a poisoning, 2 quirky servants/best friends, a sick rabbit and 1 stubborn Matilda makes this book great fun to read. I give this book 5 fingers up and 10 toes.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    A GREAT QUICK READ! OF DUKES AND DECEPTIONS BY WENDY SOLIMAN....

    OF DUKES AND DECEPTIONS by Wendy Soliman is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is written with depth and details. It has romance, sensuality, passion,danger,secrets, family, deception,horse raising,mystery and of course love.Together Nichalas,The Duke of Dorchester and Alicia Woodley, a poor relation will find not only love,but passion,desire,uncover family secrets,and who is trying to kill Alicia. This is a fast paced,quick read that will have you turning pages from the beginning to the end.
    A rump through horse country with a poor relation and a conceited Duke. Received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    The words "receptive" and "rampart" will henceforth bring a mental image like never before. The delightful Of Dukes and Deceptions gave me a new perspective. While the story showcases social mores and the less than admirable character traits of some, it is carried along on a wave of humor, both subtle and obvious, that makes it sparkle. It sizzles and sings with emotions.

    Alicia Woodley, the poor relative at Ravenswing Manor, where she once was lady of the manor and hostess for her father before his death, does not feel sorry for herself but has a solid plan for her life. She has little regard for the arrogant, handsome Nicolas Buchanan, Duke of Dorchester. He expects to be deferred to but Alicia has more important things to do than kowtow to a spoiled aristocrat. At least that is what she thought. Her affinity with animals, her animal hospital, her volunteer work at the village school, and her knowledge about horses along with her love for the off-color stallion her dad gave her for a pet makes Alicia quite different from most well-born females in nineteenth century England. Piano playing, embroidering, and the like hold no interest for her. She knows she is not "ideal" wife material. However, her curiosity and passionate nature bring on a whole new experience that shakes up her long term plan.

    Nicolas Buchanan, who was taught many skills by his man Gibson who took him in hand at an early age, is good at riding shooting, and many other worthwhile things, but he still acts the way he thinks a duke is supposed to act in many social interactions. He makes a bet with Gibson that he will have his way with "the poor relative" at Ravenswing Manor while they are there to look over the Hanoverian stud farm. With Alicia's young cousin Marie hell-bent on trapping him into marriage and her brother Fredrick willing to help her, Nicolas finds it necessary to use some of his best evasive tactics. However, he ends up pursing Alicia, first to win his bet, then to find out more about her. He finds she is a remarkably interesting person. Later he works to protect her from a would-be murderer. How his efforts evolve into something outside of his experiences makes enthralling reading.

    The love scene, so delightfully described, sizzle, satisfy, and sparkle with fireworks of wonder. The openness in Alicia and Nicolas's communication in speech and in actions make the scenes refreshingly different from the usual.

    Wendy Soliman writes with an undercurrent of subtle humor and uses mores of the time to develop characters so engaging they seem to come alive on the pages. Both Nicolas and Alicia make the classic "hero's journey" to get to a place where they can move on to a happy-ever-after that is far different from what either had envisioned for their futures-SO much better than either had dreamed possible. Good reading!

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Of Dukes and Deceptions was a fun little read, if you're not looking for a serious plot.

    2.5 stars
    The story line was weak, the relationships unbelievable and the characters undeveloped but Nick and Alicia's dialogues with each other were hilarious and it's why I gave this novel a two and a half.
    Now, Nick the hero is an arrogant ass with little to no redeeming qualities but you know in real life how there are just some people who think they are God's gift to the world and all you can do is just shake your head and give a little laugh, that's how you have to take Nick. He did show some signs of redemption at the very end though. =)

    As to the writing, It seemed like the author was trying to use too big of words, which was a bit confusing in some scenes, ex: "Alicia's precipitate departure went unobserved by all, with the exception of Nick." This is the first I've read from this author so maybe I'm just not getting it (though I did ask the hubs to take a peak and he had a big question mark over his head about some of the word usage as well) or she is trying something new.

    But it was awesome to see BDSM in regency times! Nick and Alicia had some seriously sexy scenes together though terms such as 'rampant' were so over used I found myself laughing instead of being turned on.
    A fun and light little read for beside the pool or on the beach but don't expect too much.

    Now, I have seen a few positive reviews on this so if you like historical romances and you don't mind riskay sex scenes then you might want to check it out for yourself.

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