Duke of Deception

Duke of Deception

by Stephie Smith, Beth Hill

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Duke of Deception by Stephie Smith

Winner of the Virginia Romance Writers of America Holt Medallion Award of Merit, Romance Writers of America's Gulf Coast Silken Sands Readers' Choice STAR Award, and Heartland Romance Writers of America Show Me The Spark Award. Voted one of the Top 10 Historical Romances for 2013 by readers in the RomCon Readers' Crown contest.

A desperate young woman ... Lady Louisa Barrick will do anything to save her estate and the village that depends on it, but when she tries to use a rakish privateer in her scheme, things don't turn out as planned.

A duke masquerading as a privateer ... Jonathan Derek Wentworth has a scheme of his own: to track down the ton-based smuggling gang responsible for his father's death. When he's caught in a compromising situation with Lady Louisa, he decides it's better to marry her than to risk being ostracized by the London society whose invitations are vital to his plan. But Louisa refuses to marry him, unless he meets her terms, one of which is a month-long reprieve from consummation.

Intent on seduction, Derek doesn't count on his unexpected jealousy wreaking havoc with his emotions, his marriage, and his masquerade. Lucy, still grieving the death of her father, wants desperately to avoid another heartbreak, but fears she may have schemed herself into a marriage with the one man destined to break her heart: a man who isn't what he seems, who obviously can't be trusted, and who will surely leave her the first chance he gets.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014658812
Publisher: Wentworth Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2012
Series: Wentworth Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 311,929
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephie Smith was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the fifth of six girls. Early years were spent making mischief and, in general, driving her parents crazy while the family migrated between Ohio, West Virginia, and Florida. In fact, her family moved so often—18 times before Stephie finished sixth grade—that some people suspected they were running from the law. Stephie left home at 14, finished high school at 16, and enlisted in the Air Force at 18, graduating with honors from the USAF Schools of Electronics and Instrumentation. After attending several colleges and universities around the country (switching majors from Chemistry to Art to English to Psychology but never figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up), she followed her sisters to east central Florida and settled there. She remains there today writing historical romance, humorous women’s fiction, and computer how-to books. You can contact her through her website StephieSmith.com. She loves to hear from readers.

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Duke of Deception 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
sea-otter More than 1 year ago
Great book, definitely worth the five stars I'm giving it. Hard to believe this is someone's first book. I read it on Kindle then bought the print version to keep. Some parts are sweet and heart warming, some parts are really funny. And something was always happening. I can't stand books where nothing happens for twenty or so pages, and there are plenty of them out there. I liked the bit characters as much as the main ones. Sara's story (when is that coming out??) should be a hoot, Eleanor needs to find true love, and Bridget needs to settle down! But it was Derek and Lucy's story that kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. I felt everything was satisfactorily answered, and everyone got their due. I'm looking forward to the next one (when will that be??).
Book-n-Escape More than 1 year ago
Young Lucy connives to ruin her reputation so that she doesn't have to marry the man her uncle has chosen and will be able to run her estate how she pleases. Her plan backfires when she flirts with Derek, a visiting privateer, who is an undercover duke trying to discover the truth about his father's murder. Set in early 19th century England, this isn't just an ordinary historical romance, but a page turner starting with the privateer's plans, the naïvete of a young lady, their ensuing romantic relationship, and the intrigue of the smuggling ring. Author Stephie Smith seems to know how to choose just the right words so the story is fascinating to read to the end leaving you wanting more. I look forward to the next book from this promising new author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I started it, but I'm so glad I kept reading. This story is romantic, sexy, funny and dramatic, all in one. I love both of the main characters. Derek is smart, sexy, and a little arrogant. He thinks he knows what's best for everyone and plans things accordingly. Everything probably has always happened according to his plan - until he meets Lucy. Lucy, on the other hand, is just trying to take care of her servants and the tenants on her estate. She is sweet, if a little impulsive or maybe just too inexperienced to know how wrong things can go. I really loved the banter between these two, and the passion. The maid Bridgette was hilarious. Some of the things that happened might have been a little dramatic or maybe even melodramatic, but I like that in historical romances. This book reminds me of some of the older historicals, like Almost Heaven or Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught. When I got the the end, I wanted to start over and read it again.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book i found to be frustrating. Filled with lots of misunderstandings. you just want the secret to be out in the open. This was an ok read, but not bad either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story line and plot kept you guessing...highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucy, taking on her father's responsibilities after his untimely death, is forced to take drastic measures to thwart her uncles devious plans. Derek, while trying to get to the bottom of his own father's death which may be linked to a smuggling ring, gets ensnared in Lucy's plan. Lots of sexual tension, misunderstandings, jealousy, action, and deception. Very hard to put this book down. First in series. 294 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books...and this was one of the best books read in a long time. Well developed, plausible characters in an inventive plot that had you thinking and surprised at the twists and revelations. You will not be disappointed! Very good read indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read,with characters you truly enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.
ham4mons More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I stayed up all night to finish it... It had love, deceit, and mystery!!!! Great book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading! It's been a long time since I read a historical romance I couldn't put down. Usually I get halfway through one and realize I've lost interest. Not so with this book which didn't have a dull moment. Even when one of the characters was just thinking, it was important to the story. I loved the chemistry between Derek and Lucy and the way each of them tried to ignore it - but it wouldn't have been a romance if they could have done that, lol. I also liked that there was a lot more to this book than I expected. Not that the plot was complicated, but there seemed to be several layers having to do with the theme of deception, and the surprise twist near the end really emphasized that. There were several miscommunications that had to do with jumping to conclusions because of misleading facts, and the facts were misleading because characters were deceptive, even though sometimes their motives were honorable (and sometimes not!). I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I hope some of these characters make appearances in those.