Meet the Author:
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.
About the Book:
Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.
With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.
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Why was she so tense?
Because she was hoping Clare would show up again.
And why should she want that? He was a threat to her well-ordered life. She should want to stay as far away from him as possible. She plucked a book from the shelf without even reading the title and went to the alcove to wait. When she opened the book, she realized she’d picked up a treatise on cattle.
Laughter bubbled in her chest. She made a small sound. Then her lips curved up. Then the laughter did the unthinkable—it escaped.
Somehow, she hadn’t heard him come in.
She grinned at him. “Yes.”
His brow furrowed in utter confusion as he walked into the alcove and sat down across from her. “Why?”
“Because I picked up—” She held up the book and read the title page. “A General Treatise on Cattle, Sheep, and Swine.”
“I see. A riveting tale to be sure.”
She laughed even harder.
He settled back in the chair and stretched his legs out, crossing his ankles. “Well, this is quite lovely.”
That sobered her.
She took a deep breath and smoothed her hand over the back of her hair. “I’m glad I could amuse you.”
“I didn’t say I was amused. In fact, I was enchanted. I still am.”
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