|Duke Deceived, a (1998) [Novel]|
by Cheryl Bolen
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(From the publisher):
The instant that Richard Montcrief, Duke of Radcliffe, sees Bonny Barbara Allen, he is smitten. Although a confirmed bachelor, Richard decides he will have Barbara as his wife.
Though a great beauty and of noble lineage, Bonny has no money; with a terminally ill mother, her thoughts are also not on marriage. It is only for her heartbroken cousin Emily's sake that Bonny is in London, for Emily has lost her love during the campaign in the Peninsula.
Bonny quickly falls in love with Richard, accepting his proposal before her mother dies. Now, she must grow from country miss into a duchess overnight.
Though Richard adores his sensual and beautiful bride, he cannot get over the waves of jealousy that engulf him or his fears of deception. When he sees her in close conversation with Lord Dunsford, Emily's betrothed's brother, he is at once suspicious. Wary of being hurt by a woman, he reverts to his wild bachelor ways, wounding Bonny's pride and nearly killing their love.
But Bonny won't give up easily and does her best to bring her errant husband back into her arms (at the same as playing matchmaker for her cousin and a few of Richard's friends).
Original title: A Duke Deceived
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Historical→ Regency
- Harlequin Historical no. 406.