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A Duke Of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses 06) by Eloisa James

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Don't, don't say that! " "You're right about that. It's not her fault," Anne said. Eleanor blinked. "I don't mean her illness: I mean the rest of it. It's Gideon's fault, Eleanor, and now that you're finally considering another man, I'm going to say it. He shouldn't have left you like that. He should have broken that will. " Eleanor cried. "Why, that's the opposite of what he did. He—" "He dishonored you," Anne said, steadily, holding her eyes. " Eleanor had never been quite sure whether her sister knew the extent of that summer's folly.

His lower lip was curled so savagely that Tobias could see the pink flesh inside. "So I'm to teach the by-blow to fence," he said in a low, dangerous tone, picking up his wig and jamming it onto his sweaty hair. "I, the great Naffi, lauded in three courts, am to waste my time teaching a trollop's bit of rubbish. As if you would ever have cause to defend your honor. " He threw his head back, laughter erupting from his mouth like a horse's whinny. "Honor! I hardly think so. " Tobias had learned that watching people silently made them uneasy: it was only after he moved into the duke's house and observed his father's chilly eyes that he realized it was a family talent.

That is certainly true," her mother agreed. "I do believe that your wardrobe this year cost double mine and Eleanor's put together. " Eleanor had never been expensive. If her mother indicated that a new gown was in order, she got through the fitting without fuss and with only one dictate: that she didn't resemble a hussy. "You and I are not so dissimilar," her sister said now, apparently guessing exactly what was going through Eleanor's mind. "There I disagree," the duchess said. " "Eleanor is certainly prudent," Anne said with a little snort that her mother didn't hear.

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