It Had to Be a Duke: A Novel (The Liars' Club #1) (Mass Market)
USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret launches a new series with a sparkling romance about a spinster, a duke, and a fake engagement that blurs the lines between enemies and lovers…
Verity Hartley always tells the truth. Well, mostly. However, when her snooty neighbor returns to their small hamlet to brag about having a grand Season, a plethora of ballgowns, and so many suitors that she cannot possibly decide which one to marry, Verity tells a lie. She claims to be betrothed. To a duke. Who happens to be her family’s sworn enemy. But what are the odds that he would ever learn of this one, little, harmless falsehood?
Magnus Warring, the Duke of Longhurst, is on the precipice of marrying an heiress to save his estate from financial ruin. At least, he was. Until he hears an unbelievable rumor that he is already betrothed. To the daughter of a liar, cheat, and swindler! Needing to protect his reputation, he hunts down the culprit. And when he finds the untamed beguiler, she has the audacity to ask him to lie for her. To pretend to be her fiancé!
One week, that’s all Verity needs. Then Magnus can return to his life. But nothing is ever that simple. Sometimes it doesn’t take that long to fall in love, even with the enemy.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret writes fun and steamy Regency historical romances. She lives in the Midwest where she coaxes words out of giant mugs of tea and attempts to jot them down before they can escape.
“Tantalizing... Lorret’s sparkling characters… light up the pages of this un-put-downable tale. Historical romance fans will be captivated...” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Never Seduce a Duke
“Lorret has created a delicious world filled with complex, charming characters. A touch of passion and some comic relief make this a well-blended novel that includes an alluring setup for the next in the series.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Wrong Marquess
“Lorret’s bright humor and sharp wit shine in this charming historical romance.” — Kirkus Reviews on The Wrong Marquess
“Splendidly witty and superbly sexy... an exceptionally entertaining romance.” — Booklist on The Wrong Marquess
“This is the author you’ve been waiting for!” — Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author
"It will charm Lorret’s fans thoroughly... A compelling marriage-of-convenience story in a beloved series." — Kirkus Reviews
“Viv Lorret is up there with Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas on my historical auto-buy list!” — Lauren Layne, USA Today bestselling author
“The perfect blend of deep emotion, compelling characters and the sort of romance that goes straight to the reader’s heart.” — Sophie Barnes, author of The Duke of Her Desire