The Seduction of a Duke

The Seduction of a Duke

by Donna MacMeans

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William Chambers, the Duke of Bedford, inherited his title, but he also inherited a crumbling-down-around-him ancestral home along with his father's gambling debts. The only way to avoid scandal and ruin is to marry money. He heads to Newport Beach, Rhode Island, where rich Americans maintain summer cottages, to marry--sight unseen--a reclusive American heiress nicknamed Frosty Franny.
Francesca Winthrop is determined to marry for love, but her nouveau riche, social climbing mother wants a noble title in the family to advance her own standing. Everything has been arranged but the marriage contract has one small loophole: all Fran's children are to be educated in America. To return to her beloved country, all she has to do is become pregnant by her new husband, the sooner the better. Good thing she gets a little help from a courtesan's secret journal.
Several incidents cause the duke to suspect his new bride is already carrying another man's child. William decides to wait to consummate his marriage to confirm his suspicions. But his bride knows things--delicious, carnal things. Avoiding her sexy, sassy wiles is killing him, especially when she's so determined to seduce her duke...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158562600
Publisher: Donna MacMeans
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: The Chambers Trilogy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 204,974
File size: 575 KB

About the Author

Award winning author Donna MacMeans writes about the humor in relationships in her seductively witty romance page-turners. Her books have won the Romance Writers of America © Golden Heart, Romantic Times’s Reviewer Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter, and numerous regional and local awards. Best known for her Victorian historical romances, she also writes paranormal romance and time travels.

While a licensed certified public accountant with a small tax practice, she’s a fan of carousels, peacocks, and water globes. She believes in the power of dancing and the beauty of nature. Find her at

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Seduction of a Duke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1880 her mother ignores Newport heiress Francesca Winthrop desire to marry someone she loves as inane because social status is everything. Instead mom arranges a marriage for her daughter with an impoverished English duke. William Chambers prefers to marry for love or not at all, but has no choice except to accept the Winthrop's social climber's offer for her wealthy daughter. Bitterly he accepts his title for her money. William and Fran meet at a masquerade ball and each is attracted to the other. He gores so far as thinking marriage to an American if it is her will be okay; she thinks similar thoughts. However, both are anxious leading to a great misunderstanding they misconstrue what is happening until Fran reads a courtesan's diary; given to her a few months ago when the American was in Paris by her former tutor. She applies the tips and soon has William out of control with desire. However, her past surfaces and threatens the marriage between the heiress and the duke. The sequel to THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY, THE SEDUCTION OF A DUKE is a wonderful Victorian romance starring two likable protagonists who fall in love while she applies the courtesan's diary to their relationship. The story line contains droll double entendres, a staple of Donna MacMeans. With a strong support cast and plenty of wit, sub-genre readers will enjoy this intelligent amusing historical. Harriet Klausner
bhryk0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
American Heiress Francesca Winthrop thought she was in love with Randolph, a barrister in training, but he has been sent across to Germany for his firm and she has not has not had any contact with him for awhile. In the meantime her mother has arranged for her to be married to William Chambers, the Duke of Bedford and he is coming to America to take her back to England as his bride. It is an arrangement that suits both families, the Winthrop¿s get a peer in the family and Bedford gets much needed funds for his family seat.Fran does not want to stay in England and her father has said that he wants any children she has to go to school in American and that when she is confined she could probably come home for awhile so she plans on getting pregnant straight away. With the help of a diary of a Courtesan she tries to seduce her husband but he has his own problems in that he thinks she may be already pregnant so does not want to make her his wife until he is sure any children she has would be his and not another¿sIt was quite an interesting story, at first I did not really like Fran but she grew on me, I loved William from the start and the ending was a surprise.
bitemeeric on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This love story is about Fran being forced to marry a Duke because her mother forced her into it. The Duke married in order to inherit her money. He has his own ideas as to why such a beatiful woman is being forced to marry at her age, which forces him from consumating his marriage. She has her reasons for consumating it--all the while they both find it difficult to keep thier hands off each other. Through thier journey, they find true love and how to cope with stresses due to family secrets, running a household, and learning to live with each other. Strongly recomend it.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
Duke of Bedford, William Chambers needs to marry an heiress. His father did not take care of the holdings. Francesca Winthrop is very rich, as is her father. She does not want to marry, unless it is Randolph nor does she want to be a duchess. What a story, this is meticulous and is very complicated. The author has done a truly marvelous job of taking all the details and making it into a superb, cohesive, even paced and smooth moving tale. The characters are interesting and believable as is their dialogue. The descriptions of the surroundings, the rooms and the landscape are beautifully revealed. The interactions between the characters are funny, compassionate and loving. I loved this book, the love between Franny and Will was amazing, the way they got there and to trust each other like they did. This is the first time I have read this author but it won't be the last. I was that impressed. I received this ARC free and voluntarily reviewed it.
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