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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., 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, review

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

By Eve June 04, 2019

This is a book that successfully walks a difficult line between between being funny but not silly, sincere but not serious, and having genuine conflicts but not being too angsty. It caught me at just the right moment, as I wasn't in the mood for anything too cute or too gritty or too innocent or too ...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 BE ...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 co ...more

By Fizza 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 an ...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 unl ...more

By Candace September 10, 2018

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 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 of ...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 hum ...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. Marcu ...more

By Angel July 04, 2017

Lady Clara Tinniswood and her family have recently moved to a town where nobody knows them. It is her hope that her and her brother’s ward makes a very good match. Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, hated the type of marriage his parents had. Because of that, he wants a beautiful, biddable wife. He thi ...more

By Amy ~ Love At 1st Read September 23, 2018

Oh my goodness! I was hooked. The banter between Clara and Marcus was absolutely divine. I was torn between wanting to see how it all worked out and never wanting it to end. If you're a fan of historical romance, this is it in its finest! ...more

By Ingrid June 26, 2017

What a delightful read! I loved the characters, the writing, and the subtle humor. Can't wait to read the next Wayward in Wessex. ...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.
Rec ...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 further ...more

By Debbie April 14, 2017

I first came across the author's books a couple of years ago and she is easily one of my favourite. The characters in all her books and definitely in 'Distracting the Duke' are so interesting, charismatic, stubborn and passionate. All their insecurities and flaws are laid bare to us but it just make ...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, I w ...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 clear h ...more

By Patrica March 08, 2018

I was given an ARC through NetGalley and the Publishers for an honest opinion.
This story was a really nice read. The two main characters are surely meant to have a HEA. Lady Clara Tinniswood is a recent widow and who has a tonne of scandalous baggage to carry with her. Her recently deceased husband ...more

By Lynn March 21, 2018

Oh where to begin.... I red it in a few short was my favorite type of book..ANGSTY!
Clara is a widow....having been widowed , after the death of her monstrous husband...., Marcus is setting his house right...replenishing his families estates and now on the hunt for a biddable wife.....

Cla ...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, he ...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 wife.  ...more

By Candy March 07, 2018

Marcus Albemarle, Fourth Duke of Ulvercombe, Lord Wroxham, etc, etc. He was hoping to court Ellie, (Miss Eleanor Soper), a wealthy heiress. She was young, biddable, and pretty. He thought she would make a perfect duchess. Lady Clara Tinniswood was Ellie's guardian and they lived with her brother and ...more

By Amy May 29, 2018

I really enjoyed Marcus and Clara's story!

Clara has set her sites on having Marcus marry her ward. Having recently been made a widow and having no plans to marry again, she is shocked to find herself attracted to Marcus. She does her best to ignore the feels, but when she learns that Marcus feels th ...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, I w ...more

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Elizabeth Keysian

About the author

Elizabeth Keysian

Elizabeth Keysian is an international bestselling author who adores history and archaeology, and writes romances that give the reader an experience of travelling back in time. She's very British-despite her Viking ancestry-and loves creating rich backdrops for her stories based on real places and actual experiences. She used to be a re-enactor and has sampled the living conditions, clothing, and smells of the past first-hand. Her characters battle their problems with both tears and laughter, but are always guaranteed a Happy Ever After, no matter what they've been through. Connect with Elizabeth via her newsletter:

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