Book Two in the Dare to Defy Series

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An aspiring author and a brilliant English earl fight against the conventions of society -- and their attraction to each other -- in the second book in the Dary to Defy series by USA Today bestselling author Syrie James.

Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate, determined to become a published author, she wants to marry for love. After receiving a proposal from a future duke, Madeleine flees the London Season for Cornwall to seek her sister's advice, never expecting her decision to be complicated by a dark, handsome earl she's certain she dislikes.

Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders, is a dreamer who secretly works as an inventor. Although under pressure from his mother and gravely ill father to marry his cousin, Charles cannot find the words to propose.

Thrown together unexpectedly at his family estate in Cornwall, Madeleine and Charles grow increasingly close. As they struggle to rise above their intense attraction over a summer that becomes increasingly scandalous. Madeleine and Charles will both be forced to make a difficult choice. Can two dreamers dare to defy convention and find their own happily ever after?

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"Charming and sexy, with plenty of lingering glances and tingling will-they/won't-they moments. The perfect beach read."
— Library Journal

"5 stars. The beauty, power and drama of the windswept coast draw an English lord with a dubious reputation and an American heiress together in late Victorian Cornwall; but will his past, and her loyalties, keep them apart? A page turning story as guarded attraction turns to a passion that cannot remain unrequited."

"Beautifully written and the plot is magical. 5 stars."
— Cara's Book Boudoir

"A page turner! Ms. James excels at engaging her readers from the very first chapter and creating characters and conflicts to which readers are easily drawn. Heartwarming ... and exquisitely heart-stopping!"
—Austenesque Reviews

"I enjoyed this historical romance book from beginning to end. I always enjoy a heroine who is a reader or writer and I love a hero that is more than just a rake or a rogue. They complemented each other well. I look forward to the next title in this historical romance series."
—Night Owl Reviews

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Published by: Avon Impulse: Paperback, ebook
Pages: 416
ISBN13: 978-0062849694