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It was the first rule of friendship among gentlemen: Never, ever lay a hand on your best friend’s sister.

Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it.

Not. One. Finger.

Sebastian Ives, Lord Byrne, had never been one for following rules. But promises? He took those seriously indeed. His friendship with Henry Clayton had been the anchor in his turbulent youth, too valuable to risk. So he’d made a vow to himself, and he’d steadfastly held to it—as best he could, anyhow—for years.

Eleven years.

Eleven long years.

More than four thousand days of wrestling the temptation to take Mary Clayton in his arms and…

Well, from there the specifics varied.

Suffice it to say, aside from the casual contact necessitated by social convention, he’d never touched her—with one exception. After Henry’s funeral, he’d held her for hours as she wept. That didn’t count, surely.

But today, Sebastian found himself tempted to break his promise. No, “break” was too weak a word. He wanted to bundle his principles, snap them in two, and grind them to sand beneath his boot.

Damn, she looked lovely in her wedding gown.

Not only lovely, but inexplicably alone.

“Where the devil is your groom?”

“I’m not certain,” she said.

He paced the floor of the chapel’s tiny annex, averting his gaze from the slope of her neck and the gentle curl of auburn hair that adorned it. “How dare he keep you waiting, the bastard.”

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ROGUES RUSH IN, a Regency romance duet featuring me and the wonderful Christi Caldwell! If you’ve never read Christi, you are in for such a treat. Her books are heartfelt and oh-so-romantic.

This duet features two all-new novellas, and it’s available now! (Links: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo) A print edition is also available to order here.

RUSH to read it! (Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. 😂)

Two scandalous brides…
Two rogues who won’t be denied…

His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare

It’s the first rule of friendship among gentlemen: Don’t even think about touching your best friend’s sister. But Sebastian, Lord Byrne, has never been one for rules. He’s thought about touching Mary Clayton—a lot—and struggled to resist temptation. But when Mary’s bridegroom leaves her waiting the altar, only Sebastian can save her from ruin. By marrying her himself.

In eleven years, he’s never laid a finger on his best friend’s sister. Now he’s going to take her with both hands. To have, to hold…and to love.

His Duchess for a Day by Christi Caldwell

It was never meant to be…
That’s what Elizabeth Terry has told herself while trying to forget the man she married–her once best friend. Passing herself off as a widow, Elizabeth has since built a life for herself as an instructor at a finishing school, far away from that greatest of mistakes. But the past has a way of finding you, and now that … Read More »

He’s been a bad, bad rake – and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson.

The accidental governess

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart… without risking her own.

The infamous rake

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. So when a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling… and he’s in danger of falling, hard.… Read More »

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell come together in this smart, sexy, not-to-be-missed Regency Duet!

Two scandalous brides…
Two rogues who won’t be denied…

His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare

It’s the first rule of friendship among gentlemen: Don’t even think about touching your best friend’s sister. But Sebastian, Lord Byrne, has never been one for rules. He’s thought about touching Mary Clayton—a lot—and struggled to resist temptation. But when Mary’s bridegroom leaves her waiting the altar, only Sebastian can save her from ruin. By marrying her himself.

In eleven years, he’s never laid a finger on his best friend’s sister. Now he’s going to take her with both hands. To have, to hold…and to love.

His Duchess for a Day by Christi Caldwell

It was never meant to be…
That’s what Elizabeth Terry has told herself while trying to forget the man she married–her once best friend. Passing herself off as a widow, Elizabeth has since built a life for herself as an instructor at a finishing school, far away from that greatest of mistakes. But the past has a way of finding you, and now that her husband has found her, Elizabeth must face the man she’s tried to forget.

It was time to right a wrong…
Crispin Ferguson, the Duke of Huntington, has spent the past years living with regret. The young woman he married left without a by-your-leave, and his hasty elopement had devastating repercussions. Despite everything, … Read More »

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The Governess Game, book two in the “Girl Meets Duke” series, now has a book description and a release date! (August 28, 2018) The cover will be coming soon. It’s gorgeous, and I can’t wait to share it!

I know, August is far away. I wish I wrote faster, I really do. But the book is available for preorder on Amazon, and probably will be on other retailers soon, so if you preorder it now, you won’t have to remember in August. 😉 Or sign up for my newsletter, and you’ll always get an email when I have a new book out—along with announcements of any special contests or sale prices.

I want to thank all my readers for the amazing love you gave The Duchess Deal. I’m proud to share that the book was honored on several “Best of 2017” lists, including Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Library Journal, and Vulture. It was also a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. I’m so grateful for all the lovely support for Emma and Ash’s story. Whether you bought it, borrowed it from a library, listened to it, recommended it to a friend, or reviewed it on your favorite site…thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, joy, and romantic reads.

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The duchess deal is available now!

Hurrah! Today is the day I get to send Ash and Emma’s story out into the hands of readers.

Readers, they’re yours. Take good care of these two, if you will. I’ve grown quite fond of them. ❤️

If you are in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand and are having trouble finding or ordering the book, I apologize — please read my notes here.Read More »

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