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Phillip Hawthorne, Marquis of Kayne, has his life mapped out before him. He is a responsible member of the peerage, and rumor has it he may become the next prime minister. And then the unthinkable happens - he literally runs into the woman from his past...Twelve years ago, Maria Martingale was the cook's daughter, and she fancied herself in love with Lawrence Hawthorne, the Marquis' younger brother. But then Phillip got wind of it and threatened to cut Lawrence off, unless Maria left. Refusing to be the cause of family strife, Maria agrees. Now she has run into Phillip, still as cold and ruthless as he had been on that day twelve years ago. He's concerned that Maria will ruin things for Lawrence and his impending marriage, so Phillip does the only thing he can think of to distract her - seduction. But he may get more than he bargains for when his heart begins to thaw and he realizes propriety isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA(R) Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.