Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spotlight & Giveaway - What the Duke Wants by Amy Quinton

What the Duke Wants

by Amy Quinton



Upstanding duke desperately seeks accident-prone wife from trade… 

England 1814: Miss Grace (ha!) Radclyffe is an oftentimes hilariously clumsy, 20-year-old orphan biding her time living with her uncle until she is old enough to come into her small inheritance. Much to her aunt’s chagrin, she isn’t: reserved (not with her shocking! tendency to befriend the servants), sophisticated (highly overrated), or graceful (she once flung her dinner into a duke’s face). But she is: practical and in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly… 

The Duke of Stonebridge is an agent for the Crown with a tragic past. His father died mysteriously when he was 12 years old amid speculation that the old duke was ‘involved’ with another man. He must restore his family name, but on the eve of his engagement to the perfect debutante, he meets his betrothed’s cousin, and his world is turned inside out… No matter, he is always: logical (men who follow their hearts are foolish) and reserved (his private life is nobody’s business but his own). And he isn’t: impulsive or in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly… 

Can he have what he wants and restore his name? Can she trust him to be the man she needs?



“Grace. Stop!”

She froze at the sound of his voice. For some unknown reason, she stayed. She turned to face him, her chin held high, and he was proud of her fortitude.  

He could see she was crying; she didn’t try to hide it. She had every right to be angry and upset, but his fury at the unfairness of life seized control of his thoughts and shredded what remained of sound reasoning. He was cruel when he finally spoke. He spoke from pain, not sense. Logic had long since flown the coop.  

“How did you think this was going to end, Grace? With a ring on your finger and a wedding at St. George’s?”  

She squared her shoulders and stood up to his cruel words. God, she was beautiful. A goddess. A light in his world of darkness.  

“Contrary to what you might think, Your Grace, I had no expectations of how this would end, at all. However, I was under the mistaken impression that you were not a coward. You, with all your power and privilege, could have anything you want. At the very least, you could have found a way to speak to me today. After last night, yes, I admit, I had thought there might be a possibility…” She stopped and shook her head. She laughed to herself, a self-deprecating laugh he hated to hear at the moment. She said something else instead. “I had thought you were a real man.” She looked him up and down. “I see I was mistaken.” Then she turned to leave.  

Cliff stood behind her, and it was clear that he was beyond furious. He gave her a brief, reassuring smile, though, before confronting him.  

“Name your seconds.” 


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Amy Quinton is an author and full time mom living in Summerville, SC. She enjoys writing (and reading!) sexy, historical romances. She lives with her English husband, two boys, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to go camping, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking… And did she mention reading? When she’s not reading, cleaning, or traveling, she likes to make jewelry, sew, knit, and crochet (Yay for Ravelry!). 

Amy has lived in or around theCharleston, SC area her entire life. When she’s not home, at the beach (weather permitting), or camping in and around the Great Smoky Mountains (Check out Mile High Campground and Devils Fork State Park!), she loves to visit the United Kingdom. She loves the history, the culture, and the people – hence her love for Scottish and Regency Romances. She especially loves to visit the Isle of Skye – in the Highlands of Scotland; where the scenery is both rugged and breathtaking.

Amy graduated from the College of Charleston, a liberal arts college located in beautiful, historic Charleston, SC. She worked 10 years in the computer industry as a software designer before becoming a full time mom and now, a full time novelist.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me on your site today!

  2. Great exerpt, love the cover of your book, sounds really good, Entering under the name of Virginia

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Virginia. I love the cover, too. During the editing process, I was so nervous about how it would turn out. Anticipating what it would look like was an odd sort of torment. I worried that I would be disappointed, but I needn't have worried, the team did a great job.

  3. Great exerpt, love the cover of your book, sounds really good, Entering under the name of Virginia