Dueling with the Duke by Robyn DeHart

Dueling with the Duke

Title: Dueling with the Duke

Author: Robyn DeHart

Series Name: Brotherhood of the Sword #2

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England, 1838

Gabriel Campbell, Duke of Lynford never intended to carry that title, but when his reckless brother gets himself killed in a duel over a woman, Gabe has no choice. Now he’s sworn off love, blaming the woman that broke his brother’s heart and led to his untimely death.

Lilith Crisp, Lady Thornton, knew from a young age that pretty girls grow up and get married off to the highest bidder. Being paraded around London as her husband’s trophy has taught her some unique skills and now she can manipulate any man for his darkest secrets.

Gabriel’s position in the Brotherhood of the Sword leads him directly to Lilith’s door. For Gabe, Lilith is the one woman he’s always wanted, and Lilith is now forced to deal with a man who seems immune to her charms. But a secret about Lilith’s niece brings them together to face a danger that threatens not only their lives, but the fate of England’s Crown. Resisting Lilith is getting more and more difficult and Gabe finally recognizes that he can’t keep blaming her for his brother’s fate. Finding love means forgiving the past and that might be the one thing they simply can’t do…

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EXCERPT:

She made her way back to the front door and then out to the waiting hack. There against her rig leaned Gabriel Campbell. Her heart stuttered at the sight of him, but she chalked it up to surprise. Of all the people she’d expect to seek her out, the Duke of Lynford was not one of them. As far as she knew, he loathed her.

“I believe you were instructed to wait at your house,” he said.

“You? You sent that young man to me?”

“I did.”

“On what authority?” She walked directly to him and then was immediately sorry she had done so.

This close she couldn’t deny that Gabriel cut a handsome figure in his black trousers and overcoat, gleaming spectacles perched on his perfectly aristocratic nose. He looked nothing like his brother. Rafe had been dark, mysterious, and seductive with his raven-black hair and equally dark eyes. At least she’d thought so, until she’d realized he was not mysterious; instead he’d been reckless to the point of foolish. In contrast, Gabriel was lean and athletic with rakish waves in his light brown hair and intelligent hazel eyes that peered back at her from behind his gold-rimmed spectacles. A crooked smile slid into place, giving him an almost mischievous appearance, and again, her heart fluttered erratically.

She shoved aside her observations. Whether or not Gabriel was attractive mattered not to what she was doing. “I believe I asked you a question.”

“Ah, yes,” he said. “You were questioning my authority.”

“Your authority?”

“I see no reason to argue here on the street. I shall escort you home.”

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EXCERPT TEASE:

“She is not your responsibility.”

Something flickered across Lilith’s eyes, but it was so quick he nearly missed it. “That may be, but I have known her since she was but a child. I will not pretend I don’t know she’s here.”

Gabe felt a stirring at her admission. That was not the confession of a heartless woman. Caring for the illegitimate niece of your late husband, that was the act of a caring person. That was the act of the woman he’d first thought she was when they’d met so many years before. When he’d approached her on the balcony before his brother had swooped in. Lilith had been animated and passionate and full of wonder that night, not at all the duplicitous woman he’d discovered her to be.

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National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart’s novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader’s Crown and a Reviewer’s Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.

Known for her “strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page” (RT Bookclub) and her “sizzling romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.

When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it’s hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. 

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