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Peek Inside Distracting the Duke

Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife. Unfortunately, the vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful Lady Clara Tinniswood keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous and passionate union

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He’s the last thing she wants. She’s the last thing he needs.

Devonshire, England, 1820

Determined to avoid the strife-filled marriage of his parents, Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap for a certain pretty miss. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful guardian, Lady Clara Tinniswood, keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous—and passionate—union.

Recently widowed Lady Clara Tinniswood wants only to organize a quiet new life for herself, beyond the control of any man. But one shockingly unguarded moment while confronted by Marcus’s gloriously naked body catapults her headlong into a forbidden passion and threatens to undermine all her well-laid plans.

Even if Marcus abandons his sweet ideal and surrenders to his growing desire for Clara, there's one unalterable issue which could destroy their hopes forever...


It's so freaking romantic.” – definitely, possible, maybe

 “I couldn't put it down once I started reading and read the whole thing in one sitting. I quite enjoyed the story, as well as Marcus and Clara's banters. Their constant bickering was quite entertaining. I found it full of humor, romance, and lots of fun. Definitely a must read for all historical romance readers.” – Books Eater

 “Spot-on perfection with this historical romance!” – Katrina B., Goodreads.com review

 “Their verbal sparring is highly entertaining & the chemistry between them goes from warm to hot. Marcus is everything you want in a hero, gorgeous, understanding & compassionate.” – Janet, Goodreads.com review

 “Brilliant book. I stayed up late to finish it even with night feeds looming in the early hours.” – Emma, Goodreads.com review

 “I’m adding Elizabeth Keysain to my list of must read authors! Her first release under the Entangled Scandalous imprint is a marvelous journey in love, lust, and invention.” – Lindsey Grey, author of Fireworks. 


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758469
Series: Wayward in Wessex, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 20, 2017
Page Count: 297
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: enemies to lovers

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By Sissy's Romance Book Review February 18, 2017

Distracting the Duke 'Distracting the Duke' by Elizabeth Keysian is book One in the "Wayward in Wessex" series.  This is  the story of Marcus and Clara.   This was my first book by Ms. Keysian and I must say I truly enjoyed it.  I will be looking for more of her books!Clara is a widow who had a v... ...more

By Shelley February 16, 2017

HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!! This book was so damn gripping! With the wee one teething and the toddler 'toddlering' I don't usually manage to finish the first chapter let alone the whole book. The point of difference here is that Keysian writes an 'unputdownable' book.

If you are hoping to read this slowly... ...more

By Cynthia February 19, 2017

What do you do when you need a wife but want one that is agreeable, biddable…you go for the women you want but find what really attracts you is the opposite. Marcus for the life of him can’t understand why Clara holds so much appeal she isn’t at all what he is looking for. Clara has had enough of... ...more

By wrecked_life February 07, 2017

I loved it! Duke of Ulvercombe and Lady Clara both are amazing characters, and perfect for each other. Marcus is looking for a wife who is agreeable, biddable, and easy to talk to. Clara is a Lady who is very opinionated and have a hard time keeping her opinions to herself. She is straightforward... ...more

By Suze February 21, 2017

It's 1820 and Lady Clara's husband Simon passed away, which means she's free of his horrors. She finally has the chance to be her own woman and doesn't want another man in her life. Her family's fortunes are in trouble and their ward has a good chance to be officially courted by Marcus, the Duke... ...more

By Justrandomlyepic February 15, 2017

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Personal disclaimer: No it will not effect my thoughts or this review,because I was lucky to have stumbled across "Distracting the Duke",before getting a free copy,on Wattpad.

My favorite reading genre are historical fiction,and... ...more

By Deb June 05, 2017

I won a copy of Distracting the Duke by Elizabeth Keysian at a FaceBook party. Yay me! I'm always on the hunt for new (to me) historical romance writers and this one goes in the buy her books column. Ms Keysian has delivered a book that is well-written and filled it with phenomenal characters. Ma... ...more

By Candace May 31, 2017

Words can't describe how absolutely amazing this book is! The writing is unparalleled, the story, the characters... I laughed, I cried. Such a depth of feeling in this book. It is fast paced but with no holes. I think I just found my new favourite author! ...more

By Janet February 06, 2017

Marcus Albemarle, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap on Eleanora Soper. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful guardian, Lady Clara Tinniswood, keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous.... ...more

By Isha February 17, 2017

ARC Review: Distracting The Duke (Wayward In Wessex) by Elizabeth Keysian

The Lady and the Duke are like fire and ice. THEY DON'T MIX. He wants even tempered and sweet. She is volatile and opinionated. She wants to make her own choices and live a life beyond the control of a man. He wants a woman... ...more

By Ratna February 16, 2017

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read quite a bit of historical fiction and Ms. Keysian is now one of my go-to authors! I quite enjoyed the writing and the story line. At a time when women were considered less as people and more as a way to furth... ...more

By Emma February 06, 2017

Brilliant book I stayed up late to finish it even with night feeds looming in the early hours.

Premise in short: Duke wants to marry a biddable woman but ends up falling for the woman's guardian.

Only reason this book isn't 5 stars is it took the characters too long to get together in my opinion,... ...more

By Book Gannet February 20, 2017

3.5 stars.

I mostly enjoyed this country-focused Regency romance, which pits the opinionated, determined widow, Clara, against the opinionated, determined duke, Marcus, who both have very different views when it comes to marriage.

I liked Clara a lot more than Marcus for most of the book. It’s clea... ...more

By Eva February 20, 2017

in distracting the duke, marcus, the duke of ulvercombe, is, as austen might put it, a single man with good fortune in want of a wife. but he wants a marriage that is free of strife, having grown up in the toxic atmosphere that surrounded his parents' loveless union. he figures that to get that,... ...more

By Jessica March 21, 2017

I loved everything about this book.  Clara and Marcus keep me on the edge of my seat - laughing, swooning and believing that everyone has a soul mate out there just waiting to annoy them.

Their story is seriously entertaining.  Clara's family is in a bit of a financial pinch and Marcus needs a wif... ...more

By Barbara February 13, 2017

I received a free book and voluntarily chose to review it. Loved it even through the tears.You may want to have tissues handy. This book has a little different story line from other books set around the 1820’s. I hoped that Clara would get her happy ending, but with the way the story is written,... ...more

By Harlie April 06, 2017

And so my love affair with historicals now is still intact. Every historical that I have read lately has been awesome. And they have all been so different from each other, too. I won’t go into why historicals are so much a hit and miss with me so I’ll just share with you why Clara and Marcus just... ...more

By Brenda February 23, 2017

Publisher's Description:

Devonshire, England, 1820

Determined to avoid the strife-filled marriage of his parents, Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap for a certain pretty miss. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beaut... ...more

By Kim February 24, 2017

Elizabeth Keysian's Distracting the Duke is an entertaining page-turner of a regency romance that had me hooked from page one.

Early on, we have one of those embarrassing moments that eventually set up Distracting the Duke's meet-cute: Clara overhears Marcus and a friend discussion what sort of wo... ...more

By A Hopeless February 24, 2017

I have been in the mood to read historicals this past month, so I must confess that I didn't even read the synopsis for Distracting the Duke before deciding to read it and while that can be a gamble that doesn't always pay off with some books, it certainly did with this one! I figured I would enj... ...more

By April February 20, 2017

Keysian, book 1 in "Wayward in Wessex", which promises to be an amazing series. Regency Romance set in 1820 Devonshire, England. Debut author!

Well written with engaging but flawed characters. The storyline was genuine, entertaining and fascinating. Steady paced. The reader will find a wide range... ...more

By Fiona February 19, 2017

This is the author's debut novel, although she has been active on Wattpad for several years.

Clara is a widow and determined to stay that way after a horrific marriage which culminated in a betrayal that cut to her heart. She appears hard and little cynical when we first meet her but we soon learn... ...more

By Scarlett February 19, 2017

This is the first thing I have read by this author but I am a big fan of historical romances so I figured I would give it a try. I was not disappointed - and you will not be either.

This book follows the story of Marcus, who is the Duke of Ulvercombe, and Clara, who is a widow trying to help find... ...more

By Krystal February 20, 2017

This was one of those stories that pulls you in from the very beginning. Filled with well developed and interesting characters, this is definitely worth a read! I absolutely loved the banter between Clara and Marcus, it kept things interesting, especially when they tried to ignore their obvious c... ...more

By Trisy February 23, 2017

This is Elizabeth Keysian's first novel and it's written pretty well. I have to confess that I seldom read historical romance so it took me a bit to get into the story, mostly because I had to keep looking up some of the terminology (horrible, I know)!! But once I was able to cast my mind back to... ...more

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Elizabeth Keysian

About the author

Elizabeth Keysian

Elizabeth Keysian felt destined to write historical romance due to her Cornish descent, and an ancestral connection to the Norse god Odin. Being an only child gave her plenty of time to read, create imaginary worlds, produce her own comics, and write sketches and a deplorably bad musical for an amateur dramatics group. Three decades spent working in museums and archaeology fired Elizabeth's urge to write, as did living on a Knights Templar estate, with a garage full of skeletons, a resident ghost and a moat teeming with newts. Elizabeth lives near Bath in England with her partner and cats. Subscribe to her author newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cxe369

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