Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dueling with the Duke (Brotherhood of the Sword #2) by Robyn DeHart - Blog Tour & Excerpt

Dueling with the Duke
Brotherhood of the Sword #2
Robyn DeHart

England, 1838

Gabriel Campbell, Duke of Lynford never intended to carry that title, but when his reckless brother gets himself killed in a duel over a woman, Gabe has no choice. Now he’s sworn off love, blaming the woman that broke his brother’s heart and led to his untimely death. 

Lilith Crisp, Lady Thornton, knew from a young age that pretty girls grow up and get married off to the highest bidder. Being paraded around London as her husband’s trophy has taught her some unique skills and now she can manipulate any man for his darkest secrets. 

Gabriel's position in the Brotherhood of the Sword leads him directly to Lilith’s door. For Gabe, Lilith is the one woman he’s always wanted, and Lilith is now forced to deal with a man who seems immune to her charms. But a secret about Lilith’s niece brings them together to face a danger that threatens not only their lives, but the fate of England’s Crown. Resisting Lilith is getting more and more difficult and Gabe finally recognizes that he can’t keep blaming her for his brother’s fate. Finding love means forgiving the past and that might be the one thing they simply can’t do…


She came to the end of one shelf and discovered a telescope standing at the juncture between the two shelves. Her breath caught, and she dared to put her hand on the cool brass, then run it shamelessly across the polished mahogany. Why would someone keep such an instrument in a corner of a room, far from the windows and the night sky?
“Do you still study them?”
His voice broke her reverie as abruptly as if he’d struck her. “Beg your pardon?”
“The stars. Do you still study them?”
Her heart thundered, and her mouth went dry. She had forgotten that he knew that about her. No one knew that about her, at least not anymore. It had been years since anyone had seen her as more than just the pampered wife of a cruel man. Years since she’d thought of herself as more.
However, Gabriel had caught her gazing at the stars the night they met. She’d thought then that they’d made a real connection. For a few brief moments out on that patio, she had dared to hope that she’d met a man capable of looking past her appearance to the person she was beneath. They had talked, flirted even, and for once she’d actually enjoyed the attention of a man. Then his brother had joined them. She had waited for Gabriel to stake some claim on her. To tell his older brother that he’d met her first. But he hadn’t. She’d been left convinced that she’d imagined the connection she’d felt. Like that telescope shoved in the corner, she was destined to live her life as an ornament and nothing more.
She swiped her hand away from the telescope and turned her back on it, much as she’d done on her studies of the heavens. “Of course not. That was nothing more than the fancies of youth.”

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart’s novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader’s Crown and a Reviewer’s Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. 

Known for her “strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page” (RT Bookclub) and her “sizzling romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.

When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it’s hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. 

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