The Duke of Defiance
The Untouchables #5
by Darcy Burke
Publisher ~ Darcy Burke Publishing, Inc.
Genres ~ Historical Romance
Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society’s codes constricting and others’ expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies—and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn’t interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She’d much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life...until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won’t take another risk with her heart. Their rules, however, are made to be broken, even when the consequences could destroy them both.
Excuse me while I fan myself..... Wow the heat between Widow Joanna Shaw and Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton is off the charts making this a very sensual romance book. It is much more than that though. It has a developed plot involving a rather picky Earl, a woman not willing to expose her heart and a most often shy but utterly charming little girl, Evie.
This is an enjoyable read full of love, romance and historical detail. The author does a phenomenal job of keeping this book interesting with dialog and intense interaction between the two main characters. Additionally Evie adds a charming perk to the storyline keeping the reader involved in whether or not her father will marry again and who.
Joanna's heartbreak and secret is portrayed in a believable manner and I actually wanted to cry for her. This twist to the story takes it up a notch giving the reader a book full of emotions and understanding for her plight.
I give this 4 stars for making me cry, smile, cheer and fan myself.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Join Darcy's Reader Club for free books and other exclusives at http://darcyburke.com/readerclub. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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