Charles Ashdown, Duke of Densmore, and his closest friend William Kenwood, Duke of Tennison, love gambling and womanizing too much to ever be ensnared by a debutante. Certainly, no decent wife would allow the debauchery they enjoy. But the only woman they’ve ever loved has returned. Unfortunately, Society, and likely darling Lily, will never accept the sharing relationship they’d like to propose.
Lillian Drew returns to England after her husband’s mysterious death and finds solace with her girlhood crushes, Charles and William. Sure, they’re as unapologetically crass and self-centered as always, but she loves them both. When her dead husband’s creditors come after her, she has no choice but to remarry, though she can’t make up her mind which duke she’ll propose to. With a toss of one of the few coins she has left to her name, she hopes the loser will understand.
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Lorna James is the pseudonym of USA Today Bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt and award winning NYC publisher, Lori Perkins.
Lori Perkins has been writing since she was six and wrote her first erotica at 12, when she serialized an erotic novel for her classmates in sixth grade. Since then, she has written or edited 30 books, 25 of which have been erotic romance anthologies. She is the founder of both the L. Perkins Agency, an established New York literary agency with numerous books on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, an award-winning hybrid publisher.
USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances. Her steamy, romantic comedy Life’s a Beach reached #65 on USA Today, #2 on Barnes & Noble and #9 on Amazon and iBooks. Her dragon paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing, has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.”
When the team isn’t concocting sexy scenes with naughty dukes or writing female centered erotica, they can be found reading, drinking wine, and contemplating the next fantasy they want to share with their readers.
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“I want you to know,” she said, straightening her shoulders, “this was a hard decision for me. I actually had to toss a coin.”
Charles sighed. “What are you talking about?”
“Will you marry me? Charles, that is? Of course, if that’s too repugnant, William, I would love it if you would do me the honors.”
They both blinked and gaped at her.
“Close your mouths. You look like fish,” she snapped.
William recovered first and put his hand over his mouth, then coughed to stifle his laughter. She kicked him in the knee.
“Ow, Lily. First you wound me by not having me as your first choice, and now you mean to cripple me.”
“I realize I have no dowry and I bring nothing to the marriage but the clothes on my back—” And a blackmailer and the taint of scandal.
“Yes,” Charles said.
“In addition to a wretched first marriage to an American smuggler.” Lily looked at her borrowed black gloves. She hadn’t really thought this out completely. Hearing it aloud sounded like a disaster.
William pointed to his knee. “You’ve scuffed my best trousers.”
“Yes,” Charles said.
“Oh, stop complaining. Charles, what did you say?” Lily asked, as she had been too busy being cross at William and had missed what Charles had said.
“Yes, I will consent to be your bridegroom. I will announce our engagement immediately. I don’t see any need to have a long, drawn-out courtship. I shall have the banns read as soon as possible, and then we’ll have an engagement party at William’s house.” He looked at William, who nodded. “I would say September will give us sufficient time to have everything ready for our wedding.”
“Close your mouth,” William said. “Now you’re the one who looks like a fish.”