The Duke's Mistress by Ann Elizabeth Cree
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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Scorned Duke.

Lady Isabelle Milborne would pay in hell for her treachery—even if he went there with her! Three years ago, Belle had participated in her late husband's wager, which had ruined Justin, the Duke of Westmore. And now the duke would stop at nothing to see justice served….

But the stricken expression on Belle's face when Justin made his ruthless proposition struck at his conscience. And all too soon the dark-haired beauty awakened feelings in him that he'd thought long dead. Now Justin wondered if he could ever be content with just having Belle as his mistress for the Season…or if he'd need her in his life forever!


About Ann Elizabeth Cree

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Claire Thornton grew up in the county of Sussex on the south coast of England. As a child, a sense of history was all around her. The nearest village was situated on the old Roman road from Chichester to London, and she used to imagine Roman soldiers marching along the route of the present day high street.As with other coastal areas of Britain, there was a long tradition of smuggling in Sussex, and it is a family legend that some of Claire's ancestors were involved in the trade. With that background it is not surprising she ended up studying history at York University.Her love of reading began early, and by the time she was eleven she'd managed to acquire the library tickets of every member of her family. Instead of being limited to only two books every time she visited the library, she could borrow up to eight, and she read her way steadily through the adult section. One of her favourite authors was Georgette Heyer, not least because so many of the books are set in Sussex. One of Georgette Heyer's books even begins with the stagecoach arriving in Claire's own village--the only time she's ever seen it mentioned in a novel!She spent nearly fifteen years working in central London immediately opposite the Houses of Parliament and went for a walk along the River Thames every lunchtime--even when it was raining.She enjoys a variety of hobbies and finds working at counted cross-stitch is a particularly effective way of setting her imagination free to develop her characters and stories.To find out more about her books, please visit Ann Elizabeth wrote her first books when she was five years old. She would dictate her stories (usually involving little girls who finally got a horse!) to her mother and after that would spend many hours doing the illustrations. She took a break from her budding writing career to attend grade school and high school, and then college. Her favorite form of daydreaming during that time was weaving exciting and romantic stories in her head. With the encouragement of a friend, she finally started putting those stories to paper nearly 30 years after she wrote her first books!Before writing historical romances for Mills & Boon she worked as a nutritionist, and then as an auditor for the State of Idaho. She started writing before the birth of her first child and finished her first book during her maternity leave. She joined Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Coeur du Bois, in 1994, and in 1995 won the RWA's Golden Heart Award for her unpublished manuscript, A Bargain with Fate. The manuscript caught the attention of a literary agent who went on to sell the manuscript to Mills & Boon.Ann Elizabeth lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and two lively school-age sons. Their family also includes two eccentric cats and a house rabbit. In addition to writing, she loves to garden and plays the piano and oboe. And, of course, reads as much as she can.
Published April 16, 2012 by Harlequin Historical. 304 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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