A Hand for the Duke (The Ladies' Wagering Whist Society Book 1)
Meredith Bond, author
Can the Ladies of the Wagering Whist Society help an impoverished modiste win the hand of a sought-after Duke? Tina Rowan is beautiful, talented—and needs to be free of her past. The illegitimate daughter of a baroness, she is being blackmailed by her foster-father. She must rely on her flair for designing dresses to earn enough to pay him off. Starting a business isn’t easy for a nobody. But Tina has three aces up her sleeve—her own amazing talent, her well-connected mother, and the (meddlesome) support of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society. The handsome, arrogant Duke of Warwick was taught the “proper” way for a nobleman to behave. Number one: do not fraternize with the lower classes. But when he introduces his beloved sister to society, he finds himself reliant on the beguiling woman he’s hired as his sister’s modiste. To his astonishment, he finds himself enjoying her company far too much. When Tina discovers the true man behind the title, her heart might very well be lost. But can the duke allow himself to love the only woman who could make him happy? It will take the combined efforts of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society to see this difficult hand well played.