The Duke Buys a Bride|Sophie Jordan
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A bride wasn't in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night's drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he's winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he's bought a wife.

A duke wasn't in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn't know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn't duchess material Insisting their marriage isn't legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he'll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780062463647
  • ISBN-10: 0062463640
  • Publisher: Avon Books
  • Publish Date: July 2018
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds
  • Page Count: 368

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ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our Q&A with Sophie Jordan about The Duke Buys a Bride.

This article was originally published in the August 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.