The Accidental Duchess
Fairbourne Quartet Book 4
June 3, 2014
Available in: Paperback, e-Book
From New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter comes this seductive tale of a headstrong young lady, a scandalous manuscript, and the iron-willed duke determined to save her from her ruin. For fans of Mary Balogh, Eloisa James, and Julia Quinn.
When Lady Lydia Thornton is blackmailed over the shocking contents of a manuscript she once wrote, she must go to the most desperate of measures to raise the money to buy back the ill-considered prose: agreeing to an old wager posed by the arrogant, dangerous Duke of Penthurst. At least Penthurst is a man she wouldn't mind fleecing---and she's confident she'll win.
Penthurst long ago concluded Lydia was a woman in search of ruinous adventure, but even he is surprised when she arrives at his house ready to bet her innocence against his ten thousand pounds---a wager he only proposed to warn her off gambling.
When she loses to a simple draw of the cards, Lydia is shocked. Now, her problems are twofold: a blackmailer determined to see her pay and a duke determined to tame her rebellious ways. One misstep and Lydia could find herself ruined---or bound to the seductive man who would make her his duchess.
Madeline Hunter's first romance was published in June, 2000. Since then she has seen twenty-seven historical romances published, and her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Over six million of her books are in print. She is a seven-time RITA finalist, and two-time RITA winner. Twenty-five of her books have been on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has also had titles on the New York Times printed list, Publishers Weekly list, and the Waldenbooks paperback fiction list. She has received four starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Romantic Times has awarded twenty-three of her books 4 1/2 stars. Madeline has a Ph.D. in Art History, and until recently she taught at an eastern university. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.