The Duke of Shadows

By Meredith Duran

In a debut romance as passionate and sweeping because the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a strong photograph of an aristocrat torn among worlds, an heiress who dares to possibility everything...and the affection born in fireplace and darkness that just about destroys them.

From unique sandstone palaces...

ill of tragedy, performed with uprising, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. but if the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no selection. She needs to flip for support to the only guy whom she will not be belief, yet can't face up to: Julian Sinclair, the damaging and staggering inheritor to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London...

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they name him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with either worlds, Julian hasn't ever imagined that where he may possibly belong is within the embody of a girl with a reluctant snort and haunted eyes. yet in a time of bad darkness, he and Emma will observe that love itself should be perilous -- and unmarried choice can modify one's lifestyles ceaselessly.

Destiny follows anywhere you run.

a life of grief later, in a chilly London spring, Emma and Julian needs to ultimately confront the reality: regardless of how challenging one attempts to disclaim it, a few pasts can't be disowned...and a few passions by no means die.

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She grew to become to him with a grin, after which one other solution happened to her. “I think—I am extra within the method of the hunted, really. ” His hands flexed at her aspects. For an extended second, she held nonetheless underneath his scrutiny, keen him to work out that her subsequent phrases will be conscientiously thought of. whilst he leaned down, his brow settling flippantly opposed to hers, she murmured, “I appreciate your religion in our protection the following. I do. yet i can't percentage it. ” He sighed. She closed that final small inch and kissed him softly.

She diminished herself right into a Queen Anne chair. “Tell the reality. You intentionally confirmed them to him! ” Delphinia’s eyes fell to her teacup, which she used to be turning round and round in her fingers. “Really, coz. Your conception casts me in a really unflattering gentle. ” She shook her head. Even a 12 months in the past, this might have destroyed her. “Confess,” she stated grimly. “They say it truly is stable for the soul. ” Delphinia regarded up. “They additionally say blood is thicker than water. Or a small promise damaged. Is it? ” “It used to be no longer a small promise.

I couldn’t wreck them; i attempted, I did—” “Why? Why couldn’t you? ” She shook her head. “A Mr. M. Colthurst has it now. ” “Colthurst! ” He ran a quit his face, up via his hair. “Michael Colthurst. in fact he’d be partial to leave out Ashdown. Lockwood bought your portray to that bastard? ” “Why? may still he now not have performed? ” He shook his head. “Emma, the letters has to be gotten again. We needs to understand what they’re approximately. Who wrote them. ” “Yes. ” She stared, unseeing, on the puppy. after which, shaking herself a bit, she stated, “I needs to take him to Delphinia.

I’m off to discover the playing cards. ” “Gideon, wait! ” As he stalked off, Delphinia stamped her foot. “He is this kind of beast now and then. good, if he doesn't come to work out how Lord Lockwood has prepared the work, he'll remorse it! ” “I don't doubt,” acknowledged Emma. Lord Chad was once a grasp statesman, yet his expertise used to be for democracy. He had no defenses opposed to a typical autocrat like his spouse. As they entered the gallery, the silence struck her. She longed for the fuzziness that the Champagne may impart, yet her throat felt too tight to swallow from now on.

Take me upstairs. ” Twenty-one A FRAUGHT SILENCE GREW among THEM AS HE LED her down the darkened hall. On one aspect was once a protracted row of graphics, Julian’s English forebears. They stared haughtily towards the other wall, the place darkish Indian tapestries, decorated with gold twine and mirrors, glittered within the gentle from the sconces. regardless of the anticipation upon her, Emma came across herself eager to chortle. The association was once the made from a worldly eye, with a flavor for colour in addition to mood—but there has been not anything refined concerning the assertion it made.

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