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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,

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About the Book:

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.
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This was a beautiful story! I immediately loved Jo, Mrs. Shaw. She was so strong. And I felt like she had so much to give from the beginning. Being a widow gave her a certain air that I respected and enjoyed. Though her marriage was not a happy one. I think it made her a better, stronger person. 

Brandon, The Earl of Knighton, was an unexpected hero. Quirky, with issues of his own, he made me want to help him. I’m a nurturer and his situation spoke to me. Nothing prepared him for his current life, but he faced it head on, with only a little help. He was delightful in his idiosyncrasies.

The story itself unfolded at the perfect pace, I did not want to put this book down!  I’m reviewing when I should be sleeping, but I can’t help that. Finishing in the wee hours means a great story! Darcy Burke has such a talent. She draws you in, no matter if it’s Regency or contemporary, she knows what to write to make a miserable day much better or a good day shine. I envy that talent! She has definitely ruined me for real men! Lol I want a “Burke hero!” Lol

I hope you read this book, and if you’ve not read any of her others, please do, you will love them all as I do!

This one is a continuation of a serious, but I think you could read it as a Standalone, but then you will love it so much, you will want to read the others! I give this 5 stars!

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