Today we wish a very special #BookBday to THE UNEXPECTED DUCHESS by Valerie Bowman!

This sexy first book in a racy new Regency trilogy stars Lady Lucy Upton who uses her sharp tongue to shield her painfully shy friend from an unwanted suitor (who just happens to be the Duke of Claringdon!). It's received two starred reviews and is a Romantic Times Top Pick!

“Bowman gives playful nods to Shakespeare and Cyrano de Bergerac in this appealing start to a new series. A fun, smart comedy of errors and a sexy, satisfying romance.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“Engaging characters, snappy banter, and judicious infusion of smoldering sensuality will have readers clamoring for the next installment in this smart and sexy series.” Booklist, starred review 

“…a charming take on Cyrano de Bergerac.” — Publishers Weekly

“Smart, witty, sassy and utterly delightful!” — Romantic Times

Available now from St. Martin's Paperbacks.