Jessica Anne Clements would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Lady Juliana's Scandalous Duke

By Jessica Anne Clements All Rights Reserved ©

Romance

Blurb

Marcus Stafford, the honorable eighth Duke of Dunsbury, was on his custom pilgrimage to the capitol. No matter how luxurious his transportation, the discomfort that the three day trip caused was akin to days worth of army drills. Or was that weeks? The Duke, with his curly hair the shade of rich mahogany and eyes were a vividly clear blue, was known as the catch of the Season, though some would classify him as being too young to be looking for a wife. This didn't stop his lady mother from pestering him into searching for a life mate. Marcus was a skeptic when it came to love, even more so when it came to true love. He wasn't old enough to remember his parents' marriage. He had inherited the dukedom at the young age of five. Supposedly, his parents were a love match. According to some, disgustingly so. It was cut short, though, by the untimely death of the seventh Duke of Dunsbury, in a riding accident. There had been a rumor that the duke had been murdered but it was neither confirmed nor denied. No true investigation was ever done nor would it ever happen, thus said the magistrate.

Prologue

Marcus Stafford, the honorable eighth Duke of Dunsbury, was on his custom pilgrimage to the capitol. No matter how luxurious his transportation, the discomfort that the three day trip caused was akin to days worth of army drills. Or was that weeks?

The Duke, with his curly hair the shade of rich mahogany and eyes were a vividly clear blue, was known as the catch of the Season, though some would classify him as being too young to be looking for a wife. This didn’t stop his lady mother from pestering him into searching for a life mate.

Marcus was a skeptic when it came to love, even more so when it came to true love. He wasn’t old enough to remember his parents’ marriage. He had inherited the dukedom at the young age of five. Supposedly, his parents were a love match. According to some, disgustingly so. It was cut short, though, by the untimely death of the seventh Duke of Dunsbury, in a riding accident. There had been a rumor that the duke had been murdered but it was neither confirmed nor denied. No true investigation was ever done nor would it ever happen, thus said the magistrate.

Marcus settled his thoughts on how to thwart his mother’s plans. He was sure that being two and twenty, he was still years away.

“Your Grace, there’s a block in the road. We can’t go around. From what we see, there isn’t a way around it, sir.”

“Smith, what exactly is blocking the road? And, why can we not get around it.”

“Your Grace, it’s an overturned carriage. The driver and footman appear to be dead, sir. There does appear to be a young lady inside but she is not responding.”

“We need to get the girl out and quickly. Have you sent our tiger out to get a doctor?” asked Marcus as he climbed out of his carriage and strode with purpose toward the overturned hulk.

“Your Grace, the first thing I did was send the tiger to the nearest village. He had to walk, so it may take some time for him to get back. Until he gets back, I can use my training to, at least, keep her alive.”

Smith had been Marcus’s bat man during the war. It was Smith’s expertise that kept Marcus alive more than one time during his one year stint under Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. The scars, of which, could still be seen...ugly and red, as they were.

Marcus looked through the broken window to see a young girl starring at him. Her emerald green eyes shone with unshed tears and pain. Her face was stark white. The urgency to get her out was the only thing that consumed his thoughts.


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

gabita123mb: This story kept me up all night and the plot was great. I love how the author keep going with the story even though she was not interested in writing it anymore, but you may think "so as she didn't want to continue with it, it might be bad" Nooo is the complete opposite is such a beautiful book a...

VZGNC: This book was such a joy to read.

Blue123owl: Love this story so much I have it both on here and Wattpad I just love it so much !!

Sara Yasmin: As I started reading, I was just curious to know what happened next. I was hooked up more than Krystal was by Julius. I really could imagine every single situation that was happening and all I could think of Krystal and Julius all day long ❤ I just can't wait for the update!!

Euridice Hardung: These are the best books ever

Kylie McLemore: I love this book! It is one of my go-to's. This story is such a cute one that it just makes me giddy when I read it.

rebecca hendricks: Refreshing!! I wish there were more books like this out there. Strong and stubborn gets me every time.

wankinoya: I love this book so bad. I like everything in this story except the ending. But overall is good. Keep it up.

ldmiranda: This novel was worth, hot, romantic, and very captivating! Well done!

More Recommendations

☆☆Julz711☆☆: Quiet enjoyed the book, although I'm not gonna lie I wanted to know a little further about the ending. .. like did he end up running the company? Did they stay together? What did mom actually do?

Kaysey🌸: Didn't expect that it will this good.. I'm hoping for more chapters to come🌸

Sarah Kennedy: Couldn't put it down once started reading! Loved it so much ❤ def worth reading and so are her other books as this is the 3rd book of hers I've read and can't wait to read the rest! Very talented indeed

Shardeta: I absolutely loved this!

Madeline2911: This is the second time I have this story and I have fallen in love with it all over again. I just can't get enough of your books. They are well written and the plot is developed really well. Please continue writing!

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.