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A Duke Like No Other: Playful Brides Series, Book 9
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A 2018 Daphne du Maurier finalist First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it's the otherway around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman's title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There's only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark's future into chaos...nor the undeniable desire they've rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.

Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides novels are:

"Wholly satisfying."—USA Today

"Smart and sensual...readers will be captivated."—RT Book Reviews

"Smoldering." —Booklist

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        Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

        Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV or PBS.

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A 2018 Daphne du Maurier finalist

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it's the otherway around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman's title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There's only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark's future into chaos...nor the undeniable desire they've rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.


Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides novels are:

"Wholly satisfying."—USA Today

"Smart and sensual...readers will be captivated."—RT Book Reviews

"Smoldering." —Booklist

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        Bowman’s ninth Playful Brides Regency (after The Right Kind of Rogue) reunites a career soldier and his independent wife after a 10-year separation. Gen. Mark Grimaldi has political aspirations of becoming the next home secretary after spending his adult life in the military. Upon learning that he must be married in order to be considered for the position, Mark travels to France to ask his estranged wife, Nicole, to return to England with him until he achieves his goal. She agrees to Mark’s conditions as long as he will consent to fathering a child with her. Mark and Nicole are both unprepared for the intense mutual longing they experience when reunited, and they are haunted by the misunderstandings of their pasts. When an unexpected death puts Mark next in line to inherit a title, Mark and Nicole join forces to investigate the murder, and their interactions sizzle with emotions and sensuality. The fast pace of the novel is enhanced by delightful characters who are defined not by their class but by their integrity. This is a strong entry in an enjoyable series. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary.

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        March 15, 2018
        A married couple faces the mystery of whether they can learn to love each other again.Mark and Nicole Grimaldi have been married for 10 years and three months but haven't seen each other for a decade. Only three months into what both thought would be their happily-ever-after, a mutual betrayal sent Nicole to France to serve England as a spy, and soon after, Cpl. Mark Grimaldi doubled down on his work for the military to forget her. Now they both need each other again: Now a general, Mark must prove he's a family man in order to achieve his lifelong goal of being promoted to Home Secretary, and Nicole wants a child. She agrees to come back to London and play the role of devoted wife, and he agrees to sleep with her until she gets pregnant, at which point she'll go back to France and they'll live separately for good. Secretly, both have remained celibate in their time apart, and they begin falling for each other again no matter how much they try to keep their passionate moments purely about procreation. Despite their chemistry, however, the secrets that broke up their first go-round may disallow a second happy ending. The ninth entry in the Playful Brides series features another strong heroine who knows what she wants and another hero who may have waited too long to prove himself to his true love--always a winning combination in Bowman's (The Right Kind of Rogue, 2017, etc.) hands. Nicole and Mark's tense conversations and hot sex scenes drive the story forward predictably, but as it progresses, the plot develops with several interesting twists that make the ending all the more satisfying. Many readers will be delighted to see the Bow Street Runners so central to the story, and fans of second-chance romance will be charmed from the first chapter.A mature, suspense-filled Regency romance.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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A 2018 Daphne du Maurier finalist

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it's the otherway around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman's title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There's only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark's future into chaos...nor the undeniable desire they've rekindled. Maybe...

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