The Unexpected Duchess

By Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781250042071, 354pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

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Description

IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages.

KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she'll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in "The Unexpected Duchess," the spoils of this war just may be true love

Valerie Bowman's Secret Brides novels are

"Intriguing and] engaging.""--Publishers Weekly"

"Too delightful to miss "--Lisa Kleypas

"Sparkling witty engaging." "--RT Book Reviews.




About the Author
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!?Valerie's debut, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, the first in the Secret Brides series from St. Martin's Press, was nominated by RT Book Reviews for Best Debut Historical for 2012!?SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE was named a 4.5 star TOP PICK! by RT Book Reviews. It's been called "Too Delightful Too Miss!" by New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Kleypas, and New York Times bestselling historical romance author Sarah MacLean says it's, "Everything a romance should be--sexy, quirky, fun...once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!"?

Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV or PBS.




Praise For The Unexpected Duchess

IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

 

KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love…

 

Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides novels are:

 

 

 “Intriguing [and] engaging.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Too delightful to miss!”—Lisa Kleypas

 

“Sparkling…witty…engaging.” —RT Book Reviews

 

 

Praise for Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides series

 

SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE 

“From the gripping opening line to the highly satisfying climax, Bowman keeps readers in her grasp with her unique storytelling and unconventional plotting. Readers will be captivated by how her smart and sensual story unfolds.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars!)

 

“Bowman woos Regency romance fans with this…refreshing page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) STARRED REVIEW

 

SECRETS OF A RUNWAY BRIDE

 

“A fantastic follow-up to Bowman’s dynamic debut… an enchanting, smart romance that shines with laugh-out loud humor, delectable dialogue, smart prose, wit, and wisdom. This entertaining and highly satisfying romp is a pure joy and delight to read.” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars! Top Pick!)

 

“A fun…yet emotionally poignant late-Regency romance which succeeds on every level.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“This was an absolutely delightful book and an author that I look forward to reading more from.”—Night Owl Reviews

 

“The tale overall is incredibly charming, the writing dramatic and the characters bold.”—The Romance Reader

 

“Absolutely delightful.”—Fresh Fiction

 

 “A sexy, quirky, altogether fun read, Valerie Bowman’s Secrets of a Runaway Bride is everything a romance should be. Block out a few hours for this one...once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop!” —Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author

 

“Valerie Bowman pens fabulous, sexy tales—it’s no secret she’s a Regency author to watch!”—USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer

  SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT

 

“The most charming and clever debut I’ve read in years! With her sparkling dialogue, vivid characters, and self-assured writing style, Valerie Bowman has instantly established herself as a romance author with widespread appeal. This engaging and sweetly romantic story is just too delightful to miss.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

 

“Clever, fun, and fantastic!”— New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch

  

“Ms. Bowman is quite the tease. How I love a good society scandal. The hero is absolutely yummy!”—Award-winning author Donna MacMeans

 

“Bowman’s engaging sense of characterization, gift for creating sexual chemistry, and graceful writing style give her debut romance a splendidly satisfying emotional depth.” —Booklist (starred review)

 

“This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” —RT Book Reviews

 

“Bowman’s cast of intriguing, well-developed characters—particularly smart, sensible Lily—makes this an engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments.”—Publishers Weekly

 

Secrets of a Wedding Night is positively enchanting. It became impossible to put down after reading just a few pages. I was up very late finishing this wonderful tale of love and second chances.”—Romance Junkies Book Reviews

 

“In Secrets of a Wedding Night we are given a great cast of charming characters and a nicely brisk pace. Valerie Bowman has created a great start to this series.”—Rakehell

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