A Duchess In The Dark

Author: Kate McKinley
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1455574279
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The first novella in Kate McKinley's erotic By Invitation Only series. A DUCHESS IN THE DARK Miss Daphne Hayward is on the hunt for a safe, honorable husband and she has set her sights on the perfect target. She plans a full-scale seduction that will bring him to his knees, and have him begging for her hand in marriage. But when she mistakenly slips into another man's bed, the passions that quickly ignite threaten to send her well-laid plans up in smoke. Ashton Fitzgerald, Duke of Claymore has never been for want of a willing woman in his bed and his rakish ways have become legend in boudoirs and dark corners all across London. But not even Ashton can account for the powerful desire that surges through him when a mysterious woman pays him a clandestine midnight visit. As dawn breaks, his goddess flees before he can learn her identity. Now Ashton will stop at nothing to unmask the identity of the woman who bewitched him body and soul and make her his . . . forever. 12,000 words

The Dark Duchess

Author: Wendy Moran
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1681391996
Size: 29.80 MB
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In the kingdom of Drachenberg there lived a compassionate Duke and his lovely Duchess. The Duchess lived happily with the Duke as her husband and Princess Dahlia as her best friend. As several years pass by, the Duke falls ill and on one sunny day, he quietly passes away. The duchess alienates Princess Dahlia and the other royals. She turns to dark magic in hopes of obtaining a cure for her heartache, but she only grows more vacant each day and her heart slowly withers away. One night she has an idea, she would create five little monsters to destroy the happiness of the people in her kingdom. She wants everyone to be a miserable as she had become. The Duchess sends her monsters out to steal precious items that belong to the peasants of Drachenberg. Everything is going according to the Duchess’s plan for a brief moment. When Princess Dahlia meets Prince Draven, a young man who looks identical to the Duke, it enrages the Duchess. Consumed with jealousy, she only wants to steal one more thing. The heart of the princess. Her monsters do as she says until they realize they are heartless. But if the monsters want hearts, they must set everything right. They become determined to show everyone the truth about monsters: monsters are created, not born. It’s a dark tale of love and loss, of repentance and forgiveness, of magic, and above all, of monsters.

The Duchess Of Malfi

Author: John Webster
Publisher: John Webster
ISBN: 6050430551
Size: 39.60 MB
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Of John Webster's life almost nothing is known. The dates 1580-1625 given for his birth and death are conjectural inferences, about which the best that can be said is that no known facts contradict them. The first notice of Webster so far discovered shows that he was collaborating in the production of plays for the theatrical manager, Henslowe, in 1602, and of such collaboration he seems to have done a considerable amount. Four plays exist which he wrote alone, "The White Devil," "The Duchess of Malfi," "The Devil's Law-Case," and "Appius and Virginia." "The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side of the court life of the Italian Renaissance; and its picture of the fierce quest of pleasure, the recklessness of crime, and the worldliness of the great princes of the Church finds only too ready corroboration in the annals of the time.

The Book Of The Duchess

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781517564438
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The Book of the Duchess, also known as The Deth of Blaunche is the earliest of Chaucer's major poems, preceded only by his short poem, "An ABC," and possibly by his translation of The Romaunt of the Rose. Most sources put the date of composition after 12 September 1368 (when Blanche of Lancaster died) and 1372, with many recent studies privileging a date as early as the end of 1368. At the beginning of the poem, the sleepless poet lies in bed, reading a book. A collection of old stories, the book tells the story of Ceyx and Alcyone. The story tells of how Ceyx lost his life at sea, and how Alcyone, his wife, mourned his absence. Unsure of his fate, she prays to the goddess Juno to send her a dream vision. Juno sends a messenger to Morpheus to bring the body of Ceyx with a message to Alcyone. The messenger finds Morpheus and relays Juno's orders. Morpheus finds the drowned Ceyx and bears him to Alcyone three hours before dawn. The deceased Ceyx instructs Alcyone to bury him and to cease her sorrow, and when Alcyone opens her eyes Ceyx has gone. The poet stops relaying the story of Ceyx and Alcyone and reflects that he wished that he had a god such as Juno or Morpheus so that he could sleep like Alcyone and describes the lavish bed he would gift to Morpheus should he discover his location. Lost in the book and his thoughts, the poet suddenly falls asleep with the book in his hands. He states that his dream is so full of wonder that no man may interpret it correctly. He begins to relay his dream.

The Day Of The Duchess

Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062379461
Size: 67.42 MB
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The one woman he will never forget… Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one. The one man she will never forgive… After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist. A love that neither can deny… The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS

Seducing The Duchess

Author: Ashley March
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101464496
Size: 71.90 MB
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Love and marriage don't have to be strangers... Gambling. Carousing. Flirting. Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford, will do anything to escape her painful marriage and force her husband to divorce her. But when Phillip, Duke of Rutherford, promises a divorce if Charlotte will help him become a better husband for another woman, she wonders if she really wants to lose him...

The Last Of The Duchess

Author: Caroline Blackwood
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0345802640
Size: 36.78 MB
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Intriguing, suspenseful, and witty, this is the story of journalist and novelist Caroline Blackwood's search for the late Duchess of Windsor. It is also a provocative exploration of the often bizarre connection between heightened celebrity and approaching death--in Blackwood's words, "the fatal effects of myth." First serial to New York Times Magazine.

Duchess In Love

Author: Eloisa James
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1405523174
Size: 47.13 MB
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Gina was forced into marriage with Camden, the Duke of Girton, at an age when she'd have been better off in a schoolroom than a ballroom. Directly after the ceremony her handsome spouse promptly fled to the continent, leaving the marriage unconsummated and Gina quite indignant. Now she is one of the most well-known ladies in London . . . living on the edge of scandal - desired by many men, but resisting giving herself to anyone. Finally, Camden has returned home to discover that his naïve bride has blossomed into the toast of the ton. Which leaves Cam in the most uncomfortable position of discovering that he has the bad manners to be falling in love - with his own wife!

The Duchess And The Dragon

Author: Jamie Carie
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 0805445358
Size: 52.70 MB
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Drake Watson, an English heir cut out of his inheritance, and Serena Winter, a Quaker who tends to the sick, fall in love in Philadelphia but face obstacles with the Quaker community and a possible murder near Drake's old home.

The Glitter And The Gold

Author: Consuela Vanderbilt Balsan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 125001719X
Size: 51.71 MB
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A new edition of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan's memoir—the story of the "real" Lady Grantham of Downton Abbey Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful, and heir to a vast fortune. She was also in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to marry an English Duke. She sailed to England as the Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new home—Blenheim Palace. She was the real American heiress who lived long before Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham arrived. Mme. Balsan is an unsnobbish and amused observer of the intricate hierarchy both upstairs and downstairs and a revealing witness to the glittering balls, huge weekend parties, and major state occasions she attended or hosted chronicling her encounters with every important figure of the day—from Queen Victoria, Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas and the young Winston Churchill. The Glitter and the Gold is a richly enjoyable memoir is a revealing portrait of a golden age now being celebrated every week behind the doors of Downton Abbey.