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THE DRESSMAKER'S DUKE
by Jess Russell
SUMMARY: Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antithesis of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society. But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten. He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind. But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman. Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman. She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man. Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do. But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke. As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?
Late March 1810
Good God, did she not see the carriage?
Rhys Merrick’s expelled breath fogged the shop window in a silent shout. Heart pounding, he rubbed the glass. The carriage careened by and—there she was. Intact.
Silly female, she could have caused all manner of damage by her folly. She certainly had ruined her gown, her backside now liberally daubed with street filth and wet. But what was more singular, the woman seemed oblivious to her near escape, still wrestling to close an ancient-looking umbrella. Another gust of wind caught its underbelly, and Rhys was certain this time it would take flight, but the woman held on, only to have the thing turn itself inside out for her trouble. Ribs dangling, it now resembled a large, black, extremely dead bird.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jess Russell is a multi-award winning best-selling author. THE DRESSMAKER'S DUKE was a double finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for Best First Book and Best Historical. Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son. She is currently working on a gothic romance entitled, Mad for the Marquess. You can find her on Facebook at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Twitter @jessrussellove.
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