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In this dazzling Dangerous Rogues novel from Tiffany Clare, a daring and dangerously handsome duke will do anything for the woman he loves—even if it sparks a scandal, in The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride.

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As a wealthy young widow, Lady Jessica Heyer must endure the closest of scrutiny and most wicked of rumors from society gossips. Their whispers would be utterly unbearable if it weren’t for her oldest friend, the Duke of ...

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Overview

In this dazzling Dangerous Rogues novel from Tiffany Clare, a daring and dangerously handsome duke will do anything for the woman he loves—even if it sparks a scandal, in The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride.

FRIENDS AND LOVERS…

As a wealthy young widow, Lady Jessica Heyer must endure the closest of scrutiny and most wicked of rumors from society gossips. Their whispers would be utterly unbearable if it weren’t for her oldest friend, the Duke of Alsborough. Jessica knows she can always count on Hayden. What she never could have expected, however, is that he is deeply, madly in love with her…

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

For years, Hayden has kept his longing for his beautiful friend Jessica a secret. But now that she’s finally free to remarry, will she be willing to take their relationship to a more intimate level? He’ll get his answer soon—at a glittering masquerade, where identities are hidden, hearts are open, and true love is unmasked…in a single, shameless act of passion.

 

“Sensual historical romance that will touch your heart.”

Romance Junkies

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 

 

PRAISE FOR TIFFANY CLARE

and her captivating novels…

 

“Tiffany Clare writes a swoon-worthy romance filled with rich details and vivid characters. Any readers wishing for a bold and sweeping historical romance need look no further—Tiffany Clare is a treasure of an author!"—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride

 

"A thoughtful and lovingly crafted romance." — RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)

 

Midnight Temptations With a Forbidden Lord

 

Hot! “Readers will be delighted as the daring heroine and the dangerous, oh-so-sexy hero are caught in a game of seduction, revenge, and desire."—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

 

 

 

The Secret Desires of a Governess

“With its irrepressible heroine, deliciously dark and dangerous hero, and suitably atmospheric setting, Clare’s latest impeccably written novel cleverly references the classic gothic romances of Victoria Holt and Madeleine Brent, while at the same time incorporating plenty of the steamy passion and lush sensuality found in today’s brand of sexy historical romances.”—Booklist

“With its brooding hero and dark backdrop Clare brings an updated gothic twist to her latest novel. By incorporating the themes and red herrings of a classic Victoria Holt or Daphne du Maurier, she entices readers to keep turning the pages to uncover the mystery and savor the highly sensual romance.”—RT Book Reviews

“This is an entertaining throwback to the Victoria Holt legendary Gothic tales as Tiffany Clare employs all the elements from the innocent female, to the foreboding castle to the brooding hero inside a romantic suspense thriller. Abby and Elliot are terrific lead characters while the support cast especially his son, the villagers, and her family make for a wonderful Victorian Gothic romance.”—Midwest Book Review

The Secret Desires of a Governess is excellent reading material for those who like their romance novel with explosive love scenes and a good solid plot."—Fresh Fiction

“Hauntingly sensual, The Secret Desires of a Governess is a compelling read that will have readers hoping for more.”—Single Titles

 

 

The Seduction of His Wife

“In her second captivating historical romance, Clare turns up the sensual heat with a sizzling, sexy tale of a husband and wife engaged in a seductive battle of wits that proves to be splendidly entertaining.”—Booklist

“Steamy.”—Publishers Weekly

“The second chapter of Clare’s trilogy is as bold and alluring as this exciting newcomer’s first book. Clare takes a ‘second chance at love’ romance, twisting the theme into a highly sensual tale of passion and suspense. But there’s also humor, created by secondary characters, and love to round out a tantalizing read.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“An arousing and amusing Victorian reverse romance!”—Fresh Fiction

“An exciting and imaginative read that captivates the imagination and arouses the senses. Suspense, intrigue and passion abound in this historical romance.”—Romance Junkies

“[The Seduction of His Wife] will draw you in….You’ll find yourself riveted.”—Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

“Tiffany Clare has penned another superb and masterfully crafted romance. The Seduction of His Wife has all that I love in a book: humor, suspense, sigh-inducing romance, and fan-your-face, sizzling sex scenes. Ms. Clare’s first book, The Surrender of A Lady, was a bold and daring story, and her latest book is equally as entertaining. If you’ve never read a Tiffany Clare book, run to your nearest bookstore. You don’t know what you’re missing!”—The Romance Dish

 

The Surrender of a Lady

 “A unique, unforgettable, sensual love story sweeping from the harems of the east to staid Victorian ballrooms. Watch out for this sizzling new talent to rise to the top.”—RT Book Reviews

“Exotic, bold and captivating. Tiffany Clare’s rich, sensual prose is delightful indulgence!”—Alexandra Hawkins, author of All Night with a Rogue

“Dazzling, daring and different! Exotic and erotic! The Surrender of a Lady will have you turning the pages until you finish, no matter how late it gets. Tiffany Clare is a brilliant new talent in historical romance.”—Anna Campbell, author of Midnight’s Wild Passion

“Tiffany Clare has written an exceptionally exciting and heart-wrenching story of devotion and survival of a young mother, sold into the most despicable of circumstances . . . Fast-paced, full of suspense, and totally exciting with each turn of the page. A new and refreshing plot has been woven for the reader.”—Fresh Fiction

“Emotion-packed…a heartrending, very sensual historical romance that will touch your heart.”—Romance Junkies

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250008046
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Dangerous Rogues Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 157,328
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children in the evening and housework of any kind, Tiffany Clare opened up her laptop to rediscover her love of the written word. She lives in Toronto with her ever-patient photographer husband, two mischievous children, and her two dogs that think they are humans. Tiffany writes historical romances set in the Victorian era for St. Martin’s Press and some of her previous works include The Secret Desires of a Governess, Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady and Midnight Temptations with a Forbidden Lord.

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Chapter 1

 

 

The rumors this writer has heard about the most sought-after bachelor in all of England. And what wicked things this particular man has committed.… Could you suspend belief if I accused a certain duke of engaging in acts only a commoner would participate in?

Mayfair Chronicles, May 1846

“Hold, Miller.” When the valet dodged around a tall stack of crates on the dock, Hayden, the Duke of Alsborough, had no choice but to punch out the blunt end of his cane to knock the man to the ground. Hayden roughly pulled Miller up the rest of the way.

Dazed but still determined to escape, Miller stood on wobbly legs and threw out a fist that glanced off Hayden’s left shoulder. The feeble hit was ineffective and only angered Hayden further.

He returned the blow, striking the valet square in the face and knocking him back another step. The man teetered to the right before falling like a sack laden with rocks to the cobbled road. He tried to scramble backward on his hands and feet, but his shoulders came up against a wall.

For two days Hayden had searched for this man. There was no way in hell he would give Miller the opportunity to run now that he had finally caught up to him. He unsheathed the blade from his cane and pointed it at the valet’s neck, a mere inch from piercing his pale skin. It took everything in him to hold back and not bury it deep into Miller’s throat.

“We’ve been over this,” Hayden reminded him, the sharp edge of his temper spilling out in his words. “You came here willingly not an hour ago on the presumption that you would be leaving London. Tonight.

He exacted enough pressure to the valet’s throat, just above his rumpled cravat—it would only take the flick of Hayden’s wrist to end the other man’s life should he run again.

Miller laughed, the sound gurgled and broken as he spat out a wad of blood next to Hayden’s boot. When Miller grinned, a gaping hole at the front of his mouth oozed more blood where his tooth had been knocked out. “You’re no better than me, Duke.”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” Hayden said.

Hayden stared at the one man who threatened the only person who mattered to him, the only woman he’d ever truly loved. Though he’d only been tossed out of his master’s house a week past, Miller’s dark hair stood on end greasy with dirt, and stubble covered his jaw and neck. He also sported a black eye that Hayden had not been the one to deliver.

“You’ll leave or the outcome will look like child’s play compared to what I’ve already done to you.”

Miller shook his head, a sinister smile curling his lips. “You’re mistaken to think you have any hold over me.”

“Oh, I assure you I do. Should you choose to stay in England, you will live to regret that decision before the day is through.” Slowly, Hayden removed the blade from the man’s jugular.

The valet wiped his dirty sleeve across his mouth as he stood on unsteady feet, following the tip of Hayden’s blade as though they were in the midst of some macabre dance of death.

“Why did you do it?” That was the one question Hayden wanted answered most.

“She’s got no right to the fortune. I told my lordship I’d do anything he saw fit done.” Miller spat and wiped his sleeve across his mouth again, smearing blood across his cheek. “You’re too late to change the outcome. His Lordship would have divorced her were he still alive.”

Hayden glared at the valet and took a threatening step forward. Jessica had every right to the fortune she’d married into. Hell, Hayden didn’t know a person more deserving of a decent life, one that she’d been deprived of since the ill-fated day her father gave her to Fallon. Divorce seemed drastic, even for the old earl—and on what grounds?

Divorce was risky. The valet was lying. He had to be.

“Why are you here, Duke? Hushing up a bit of dirty work? Protecting that whore’s reputation, or at least what’s left of it?” The valet sneered. “You aristocrats are all the same, thinking your secrets are so precious. Especially Lady Jessica’s. We both know she’s no better than a trollop.”

Hayden looked at the glint of steel in his hand. He could end all of Jessica’s problems right now. But what kind of man would that make him? He lowered his blade long enough to sock Miller in the face again. The valet shook his head, dazed.

Hayden pulled away, cracking his knuckles, satisfied in knowing that Miller’s face hurt a hell of a lot more than his fist.

“I’m willing to let her secrets die at the cost of your life,” Hayden said bluntly.

“Then get on with it.” The valet took a brazen step forward, letting the tip of Hayden’s blade pierce his dirty vest and shirt and press just above his heart. “Go ahead; slide the blade in the rest of the way. It’s only a matter of time before Lady Jessica’s reputation is well and truly destroyed.”

The man had a death wish, but Hayden would not grant him that wish tonight. “Who else has been privy to her secrets?”

“That’s for me to know. But it’s not me you should fear. She’s garnered enemies far and wide. That’s what happens when a woman leads a disgraceful life, without thought to her reputation.”

All Hayden had to do was buy Jessica a few months by ridding London of the pathetic weasel of a man standing before him. Who else knew about Jessica’s situation, aside from him? Hayden needed the valet gone, before he could sell his secrets to the highest bidder. The last thing Hayden wanted to see printed in the gossip columns was Jessica’s current predicament.

Wiping his bloodied knuckles on a handkerchief, Hayden reached into his breast pocket to retrieve the papers for the valet’s voyage. He watched Miller in case he tried to run again, but there was a defeated look in the man’s eyes that hadn’t been there the last time he’d taken flight. Had he honestly thought he’d escape Hayden?

The valet snatched the papers from Hayden’s grasp. “I wouldn’t have minded tossing Her Ladyship down a flight of stairs, you know. It might have done the trick sooner.”

Hayden grasped the man’s throat tightly. He wanted to squeeze the last breath from his lungs and forever silence him. He watched as Miller struggled to breathe, his face flushing red.

In slow increments Hayden relaxed his grip, though he left the sword’s sharp edge resting over the man’s heart as he took a step back.

“I’ll tell you this once because the repercussions for any disobedience will be the forfeiture of your life.”

“I’m a dead man either way,” the valet challenged him.

“You’ll find no compassion from me,” Hayden said. “You’re a bigger fool than I imagined if you think I’ll end your life swiftly. Board the ship set for Australia. The debt holders after you will be far kinder than me.”

The valet pushed himself off the wall to stand on shaky legs; his height was nearly even with Hayden’s. Miller really did have a death wish, but Hayden could not fulfill the man’s wish to die so easily. In reality—and with no irony lost on him—Hayden had bought the man a second chance at life, since he probably would have been dead inside a week had he stayed in London. But the damage that could be accomplished in even a few days wasn’t a chance Hayden was willing to take with Jessica’s future.

Hayden motioned his sword in the direction of the ship that was leaving that evening. The valet straightened out his jacket, and held his head high as he stared back at Hayden.

“You haven’t gotten the better of me.”

“But I have, Miller.”

Hayden nodded toward the ship again. He did not want to stand and talk to a man he reviled for threatening the woman he loved. Though he had every intention of waiting here till the ship had truly sailed from the dock.

This man leaving London would be the first right in a long list of wrongs, not wrongs done by him but wrongs committed toward Jessica. Hayden would do everything in his power to ensure her life from here on out started on the right foot.

Miller didn’t grumble a moment longer and slowly ambled toward the ship, holding out his papers as he approached. Hayden sheathed his sword inside his cane and leaned on the stylized eagle handle as he waited.

How had everything turned into such a bloody mess?

With a heavy sigh, he left the docks when the ship was but a dot on the dusky horizon.

It was time to pay Jessica a visit and let her know the good news. Though he doubted the valet’s removal from London would lighten her spirits; she’d been out of sorts since her husband’s death, but Hayden hoped this would cheer her some.

 

Copyright © 2014 by Tiffany Clare

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

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    THE SCANDALOUS DUKE TAKES A BRIDE by Tiffany Clare is another ex

    THE SCANDALOUS DUKE TAKES A BRIDE by Tiffany Clare is another exciting Victorian era Historical Romance. #3 in the "Dangerous Rogues" series, but can be read as a stand alone.

    Meet, Lady Jessica Heyer, a wealthy widow and her oldest friend, Hayden, the
    Duke of Alsborough.

    Jessica abused as a wife, left nearly dissolute, under scrutiny by the gossip-mongers to the ton, and rumors twirling all around her, she must move forward.

    Hayden, her closest and dearest friend, has loved her from afar for years. He will do anything to save her and marry her. He has loved her for years, but sat by helplessly as her husband abused and mocked her endlessly even after his death.

    Filled with passion, a bit of danger, and romance. Can long-time friends become lovers and finally find the love they both seek?

    You must pick up SCANDALOUSLY DUKE TAKES A BRIDE to find out their fate. The three books in this series overlap each other, with their stories. Except, you learn more of Jessica and Hayden in this one. Also, to me, this story is more about the romance between Jessica and Hayden than anything else. The characters are engaging and likeable. The storyline was interesting. An overall enjoyable read!

    Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: HOT

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

    This is a really slow-moving book. It is rather staid and un-se

    This is a really slow-moving book. It is rather staid and un-sexy until you get about 3/4 of the way through. By that time, frankly, my dear
    , I didn't give a damn.

    I have enjoyed most of this author's other books and was looking forward to reading this one. I was really disappointed and resorted to skimming ahead to see if the plot and action improved. It did not.
    I would not recommend anyone buying this book. I probably will not be buying any more of Tiffany's offerings.

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