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Her Wicked Ways (Secrets & Scandals Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Darcy Burke
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She was his savior
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local orphanage, she's further tempted by the home's owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.

He was her downfall
Desperate to save his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery "Fox" Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected Miranda, whose kiss he can't forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase his coffers. His problems seem solved--until she rejects his suit. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways--even if it ruins them both.

"A bad girl heroine steals both the show and a highwayman's heart in Darcy Burke's deliciously wicked debut." -- NYT Bestselling Author Courtney Milan

"Captivating and romantic. Miranda is my favorite kind of heroine--witty, resourceful, and a little bit wicked--and I loved Fox for loving her as I much as I did." -- Award-winning Author Jackie Barbosa

"...a delightful romance mixed with humor, tenderness, and love." --Rogues Under the Covers


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About the Author

Darcy Burke 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. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Her Wicked Ways is Darcy’s first novel. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three 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. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcy-burke.com, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

Product Details

  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615631347
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads (May 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080RY0RE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,408 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
Reviewed by Rachel
Review Copy Provided by the Author

I loved the idea of this book. Misbehaving daughter of a duke gets sent to the country only to find that her imprisonment is going to be a lot worse than she originally thought. Enter in Mr. Fox, owner of the shabby orphanage she is supposed to be helping with, and you have yourself a delicious love story just waiting to burst forth!

I have to say, Miss Burke does a FANTASTIC job with describing her characters emotions as well as the reasons for their choices. The depth of the characters was amazing, and I often found my chest clenching at all of the different circumstances they found themselves in!

The only problem I have with this book was that Lady Miranda waits until the very end to finally realize she's in love with Fox, and even then it's almost like she still has this "holier than thou," attitude. Things are quickly set to rights in the epilogue, where she gushes about being with such a wonderful man, but still. As a reader it bothered me, because, to be quite honest. I was obsessed and am still obsessed with fox. He pretends to be a highwayman. Wears a mask. Works with his shirt off. Saves young children-I mean really? Come on? What more could the girl ask for!

And in the end she's still not sure about him!
HE SAVES LITTLE KIDS!

All in all, it's a wonderful book. I would totally recommend this delightful regency romance to anyone who wants an interesting and provoking read. I give it a lovely rose.

A word of warning, a few graphic sex scenes.
Hats off, Miss Burke
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the writing was good June 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
(More like 2.5 feathers!)
Her Wicked Ways
Reviewed by Suzanne & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Lady Miranda Sinclair has been sent away from London to the country with strict distant relations for her scandalous behavior, in the hopes it will tame her. However, her first act in Wooden Bassett is to kiss a highwayman as he robs their carriage...not the best of starts. Mr Montgomery Foxcroft, Fox to all those who know him, has had to resort to desperate measures to keep his orphanage safe, and has become a highwayman. But it doesn't seem all the bad when he steals a kiss from a beautiful young lady.

There were a lot of things I did like about this book, the writing was good, the story was interesting and there were cute orphans, but for me it was ruined as I couldn't stand the heroin, Miranda, which in turn made me question the hero's, Fox's, taste (and yes intelligence).

I could see what Ms Burke was doing with her, when she first arrives in Wooden Bassett she is a spoiled and arrogant Duke's daughter who judges everyone on appearance and what they have, and I grant by the end of the book she has vastly changed for the better. But despite her growth as a character and despite understanding some of their decisions she makes....I still couldn't stand her.

But, despite not liking the main character I did enjoy the book and the hero, despite his questionable taste in women, was adorable and sexy. How can you resist a man who works night and day to keep cute orphans safe?

Miranda's brother Lord Saxton was also an interesting character and I know the next book is about him and I am looking forward to reading it!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH... left me totally cold. December 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book left me absolutely cold. Thank god I got it for free...

I love Regency romances... but this book is nothing but a modern non-romantic romance set in what I can only assume is Regency England from the mentioned clothing styles and other hints.

Actually the cover says it all. A modern ball gown and LIPSTICK! And this book is supposedly set in England before 1815... AAAARRRRGGGHHHH

If you are expecting any even remotely resembling a Regency romance... run... if you're looking for a formula romance with sex scenes with a faux Regency setting I must admit that the basic writing skills of the author are better than average.

The book is very poorly set between about 1790 and 1815 in England. But so many of the details are screwed that I couldn't connect. Among other things as the daughter of a Duke the so-called heroine would always been address as Lady Miranda! And the so-called hero wonders at one point if she's a 'Lady'... DUH... he would have known that with no second thought!

The language. If you've ever read authors like Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer (the Queen of Regency Romance) or even Mary Balogh you'd know that there is a definite 'feel' to the way people speak. In this book there are lines like "...a Society deb like her." Come on! Straight out of the 1920's!!!!

And the story line... UGH! The so called hero is a highway robbing land owner who's part of the lower aristocracy. The so called heroine is the daughter of an Duke who's been banished to a poor relation for misbehavior. Well, throughout the entire book she continues to misbehave and be a royal brat! And the orphanage full of darling children who behave like carefree darlings. None of the elements ring true.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Push through for Fox's HEA....Miranda doesn't deserve it.
Miranda was usually irritating and obtuse to anyone's feelings except her own throughout the book. Supposedly she's running around, acting out, disobeying her parents in London. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
First book by Darcy Burke was enjoyable a lot of twists and turns. Strong female and male characters. I am sure you will enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by ccoke1955
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed reading this book
I enjoyed reading this book. It was as if you were right there in the tale. I liked the characters in this story.
Published 1 month ago by michaelynn t pope
4.0 out of 5 stars really good read
I loved the chemistry between Miranda and Fox and their unconventional way of meeting. Fox is a headmaster of an orphanage that has been in his family for centuries. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dejan
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictible
I like these books because you can sit and relax without having to think too hard to keep up. Thank you author, Bookbub and Amazon for letting me try these books.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
Amazing book!!! I loved this book so so much! The story was so interesting and captivating! Truly an amazing read!
Published 2 months ago by Rena
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Was disappointed, a young girl without experience is showing someone with experience how to kiss is not realistic. But what can I say not my fanatics.
Published 2 months ago by Oklahoma Gal
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow
It had a lot of good elements but it was so slow in parts. I have to say that even though I began to enjoy reading about the two of them, Miranda and "Fox", it got to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!
Loved the main characters. He was so noble without trying to be and she was definitely his crowning jewel. I loved the way the story kept me guessing.
Published 2 months ago by LoveMyKindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Romance
An engaging romance about an Englishwoman who falls in love with a highwayman that attempts to rob her, with a kiss offered instead of jewelry.
Published 2 months ago by J. Gallen
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More About the Author

Darcy Burke 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. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

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. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

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