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- Print Length: 287 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1944576053
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- Publisher: Darcy Burke (November 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KL6L0BA
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Edward Bishop’s, Earl of Sutton, life is built on a secret; a secret that he must learn to share when he takes a wife; which makes his wife hunt a carefully planned hunt. The stages of this hunt have him courting young women but they all have ultimately failed at some stage where Edward dumps them, earning him a reputation as a deceiver. Until he meets the one woman who may be his ideal wife. As per his usual plan he sets about the stages of getting to know this woman when circumstances change and he needs to speed things along will he make the worst mistake of his life or will it be the best thing that ever happened?
Miss Aquilla Knox is a fraud. After several seasons she has decided she’d rather remain a spinster; of course her family situation plays a huge part in that decision. Both these facts she has kept hidden even from her closest friends. When an unfortunate encounter brings her into the sight of The Duke of Deception will her ruse of running suitors off work on him? Or, even knowing that men are not what they present, will she fall under his spell? Can she overlook the atmosphere of her upbringing and learn to trust?
A heartbreaking tale, written by the very talented Darcy Burke, of two people who have to basically make their own way while harboring secrets. One whose secret could destroy everything he’s worked to accomplish and one who is ashamed of hers.
Ms. Burke’s tale had my heartbreaking for both Edward (for the heart wrenching secret he’s had to carry for most of his life) and Aquilla (for the hard lessons she’s learned and how it has shaped her outlook on love). This story is one of those that will stick with you long after you have finished reading.
“He wasn’t taking a wife for reasons of happiness. He was taking one because it was required.”
Okay, with that line I wasn’t sure if I was liking Ned in the beginning. He also has a reputation for stinging ladies a long and then dropping them. But we all know from reading Regency romances that Society gossip is not to be taken seriously. Named the Duke of Deception, Ned has to prove himself worthy of being a gentleman. But his secrets will end up testing his relationship with Aquilla and his family. The dynamics with his brother set the tone for the rest of the story and the more I read about his situation the more I came to like him as a character; until, of course, when he decided to become stubborn and unwilling to trust Aquilla.
I liked the the overall family themes that the story portrayed, along with the highlights of mental illness that is ofttimes not focused on in romances. It was an interesting obstacle in the path of happily ever after.
Secrets abound in this story and Aquilla’s isn’t really that big of a deal. It’s sad to be sure, but I believe Ned’s was the overall focus. There was a little bit of the marriage of convenience trope in here, where the characters grow to love one another. But you will find, that it was all for a good reason. Not my favorite tropes, but I think it worked in regards to both leading characters.
Aquilla had trust issues as well, especially towards men.
“Maybe it was difficult to be kindhearted when one’s heart had to be hardened from years of neglect and abuse.”
Aquilla and Ned’s love story was sweet, when the romance kicked in. The key misunderstanding that leads to their “I love him/her” moment, occurs at the very end. I might have been a little ticked off at Aquilla from jumping to conclusions right away by listening to a complete stranger’s “story” about Ned.
Overall, I thought this was a good read. The emotional baggage that both characters carried made for an interesting story. I’m looking forward to Ivy’s story for sure. But right now, I have to say my favorite in this series is Book 2: The Duke of Daring.
A little note...
This can be read as a standalone.