By Tessa Dare
In One Dance with a Duke—the first novel in Tessa Dare’s pleasant new trilogy—secrets and scandals tempt the impossible to resist rogues of the Stud membership to gamble every little thing for love.
A good-looking and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the particular Stud membership, a company so decide on it has merely ten members—yet club is possible to a person with good fortune. And Spencer has lots of it, besides an obsession with a prize horse, a depressing mystery, and, now, a name because the rushing “Duke of Midnight.” each one night he selects one girl for a wide ranging hour of darkness waltz. yet not one of the ladies capture his curiosity, and no-one ever bests the duke—until girl Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.
In a second of desperation, the novel attractiveness claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his middle. whilst Amelia calls for that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s money owed, she by no means imagines that her video game of wits and phrases will result in breathless ardour and a steamy suggestion. nonetheless, Spencer is a guy of puzzle, possibly hooked up to the stunning homicide of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her center during this reckless bet or win eternal love?
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I driven that horse tougher than I had any correct to do, and sure, she deserved a bit soothing and apology for it. I by no means abuse my farm animals, yet I got here rattling with regards to it at the present time. and that i didn’t do it simply because I simply sought after a ‘mundane’ tup, Amelia. I yes as hell didn’t do it simply because i needed to come back domestic to roast pork and a pleasant buttered roll. I did all of it simply to locate that blasted token. So i may exhibit you I’m now not a assassin. Earn your belief, persuade you there’s not anything to worry. ” With a sour chortle, he published her chin. “And the damnedest factor of it is—at this second, you need to be afraid. Terrified. ” He complicated on her, backing her up until eventually she collided with the wall. The beaded fringe of the paneling pressed opposed to her backbone. His desirous gaze roamed over her physique, turning her company in locations and tender in others. “You will be trembling on your slippers, simply because i'm drained and pissed off and approximately heartbeats clear of throwing you to the mattress, ripping that costume out of your physique, and making you mine, no matter if you would like it or no longer. ” “You wouldn’t do this. ” He braced his hands opposed to the wall, caging her among them. His warmth and smell surrounded her. “You’re correct. I wouldn’t. I’d take you here, by no means brain the mattress. ” His eyes have been darkish and wild and hungry, and the depth in them used to be sufficient to make her consider invaded already. long gone used to be the fellow who’d kissed her in Laurent’s examine with such sufferer ability. there has been not anything of seduction in his demeanour now—only ownership, bare and uncooked. even though she used to be shivering to the roots of her hair, she pressured herself to carry his gaze and stay totally nonetheless. until eventually the warmth smoldering among their our bodies may well soften metal. ultimately, her persistence was once rewarded. He sighed, and the power tensed in his fingers comfy. It was once simple he used to be exhausted, in either physique and brain. “For God’s sake, Amelia …” She took that slim window of chance and bolted via it. Ducking below his arm, she darted sideways and ran for the opposite facet of the room. With a curse, he lunged at her. rather than skirting the mattress as she had, he vaulted atop it, trying to bring to a halt her course of retreat. He fell to his knees at the bed, pitching ahead to snatch at her as she handed. He stuck just a fold of her skirt, and the material tore as she wrestled away. She moved quickly towards the connecting door, glancing again to work out him sprawled at the mattress, clutching a swatch of shredded muslin and evident natural homicide. “Damn it, don’t you run from me. ” Marshaling all her energy, she slid again the panel. The creak of wooden used to be matched by means of a creak of the bed as he hastened to upward thrust and provides chase. With a bit cry of alarm, she scurried in the course of the door and commenced to slip it closed. simply because the panel used to be approximately close, his hand shot into the narrowing hole. however the door’s momentum and Amelia’s determined power have been an excessive amount of for him this time. The door banged domestic, mashing his palms opposed to the jamb. Roaring in discomfort, he withdrew his hand, and the burden of her physique propelled the panel to its resting position.