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

Darcy Burke
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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: #2,156 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 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!

*Review copy provided by author
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13 of 14 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly recommended
Published 23 hours ago by Star Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Inferior plot and characters. Don't waste your time
Honestly this is probably one of the worst books of this kind I've read recently. The heroine is so shallow and silly and never improves throughout the novel. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read!!!
Couldn't wait to find out what happened next!!!! The characters are spectacular even the ones you shouldn't really like!! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Tara
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't hold my attention
Couldn't get through this one.
Published 20 days ago by rerook
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven
Too many implausible scenes. Scenes leading to intimacy just don't gel. Too many denouement are overtly contrived and don't flow naturally.
Published 21 days ago by Olukemi Lauretta Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Very entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Carrie King
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun book to pass the time....
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Joiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really liked the characters and looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Lynn Fargher
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I really liked the story. Lady Miranda did not really come off as a brat to me when she spoke her mind, yes in the beginning she did act like a brat about not getting to do what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mscountrylace
3.0 out of 5 stars Her Wicked Ways
A heroine with a tender heart is refreshing indeed. Fox is a flesh and blood hero and the combination left me wondering how the story would end. Not predictable.
Published 1 month ago by Pookey
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More About the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. 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. 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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