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The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale

The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale

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Maya Rodale’s wonderfully witty Writing Girls series is a winner! Her third delectable love story to feature a plucky Regency heroine with a pen, The Tattooed Duke follows a scandal sheet reporter posing as a common housemaid in order to uncover whatever nasty little skeletons an adventure-seeking Duke may be hiding in his closets—only to fall in passionate love with the nobleman whose secrets she’s been exposing to the world! The Tattooed Duke is deliciously fun historical romance fiction in the vein of Laura Lee Guhrke and Suzanne Enoch, and no true romance fan will want to write it off!


Maya Rodale’s wonderfully witty Writing Girls series is a winner! Her third delectable love story to feature a plucky Regency heroine with a pen, The Tattooed Duke follows a scandal sheet reporter posing as a common housemaid in order to uncover whatever nasty little skeletons an adventure-seeking Duke may be hiding in his closets—only to fall in passionate love with the nobleman whose secrets she’s been exposing to the world! The Tattooed Duke is deliciously fun historical romance fiction in the vein of Laura Lee Guhrke and Suzanne Enoch, and no true romance fan will want to write it off!


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Published by: AvonBooks on Feb 17, 2012
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Chapter 1
The Duke Returns 
London, 1825The docks
 T
hey said he had been a pirate. It seemed utterly believable. The other rumors about SebastianDigby, the Duke o Wycli, were equally riveting.It was said that he had charmed and seduced hisway across countries and continents; that there ex-isted no law or woman he couldn’t bend to suit hiswhims; that he had lived among the natives in Tahitiand swam utterly nude in the clear turquoise waters;that he had escaped the dankest o prisons and thor-oughly enjoyed himsel in a sultan’s harem.A gentleman he clearly was not.And now this charming, adventurous, scandalousduke had returned home, to London.Miss Eliza Fielding had joined the throngs onthe dock to witness the long-awaited return o thisduke, as per the orders o her employer, Mr. DerekKnightly. She wrote or the monstrously popularnewspaper he owned and edited,
The London Weekly
.In act, she was one o the our inamous Writing
 
M
 aya 
odale
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Girls who wrote or the paper. For the moment, atany rate.
If she didn’t get this story . . .
Eliza tugged her bonnet lower across her brow toprotect against the light drizzle alling and dug herhands into the pockets o her coat.“I you don’t get this story,” Mr. Knightly had toldher plainly as she stood in his Fleet Street oce justyesterday, “I can no longer employ you as a writer or
The London Weekly
. I cannot justiy it i you are notsubmitting publishable works.”It was perectly logical. It was only business. Andyet it elt like a lover’s betrayal.Knightly didn’t need to say that she hadn’t beenturning in any decent stories—they both knew it.Weeks had turned into months, and not one article ohers appeared in its pages.Oh, she used to write the most marvelous sto-ries—a week in the workhouse undercover to exposethe wretched conditions, exclusive interviews withNewgate prisoners condemned to death, detailingthe goings-on in a brothel to show what the lives oprostitutes were really like. I there was a truth inneed o light, Eliza was up to the task. I adventure,danger, and the dark side o London were involved,so much the better.Lately she hadn’t been inspired. The wordswouldn’t come. Hours, she spent with a quill in hand,dripping splotches o ink o a blank sheet o paper.
But this story . . .
Knightly’s assignment was plain: to uncover everylast secret o the Duke o Wycli. All o Londonwas panting or the intimate details o his ten yearsabroad. It wasn’t
just
that he was a duke—and the

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