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The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.
A duke wasn’t in hers . . .
Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.
The road to ruin . . .
Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.
About the Author
Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.
“With Alyse, Jordan crafts a fiery, lovable heroine who craves more affection and opportunity than life has given her. The author matches fire with fire... The bedroom scenes are Jordan’s forte, with the overwhelming desire of the characters blazing off the page.” — Entertainment Weekly
“A surfeit of humor, a zippy pace, and a cast of well-defined and intriguing protagonists make this a delicious late-summer read.” — Library Journal
“[DUKE BUYS A BRIDE] immediately grabs readers with its historically accurate but startling premise. … likable characters and well-written sensual scenes carry the day. Jordan’s enjoyable novel will keep series fans hooked.” — Publishers Weekly
“The author’s sly humor softens what could be a grim situation for the purchased bride and turns it into a grand adventure … muddy, messy, and very romantic” — Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will root for Marcus and Alyse to reach their destination and their true hearts’ desires” — BookPage
“Clever and creative writing make THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE shine and sparkle … Sophie Jordan demonstrates once again her ability to weave exciting, original, and oh so romantic, tales!” — Fresh Fiction