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Her Wicked Ways (Secrets & Scandals Book 1) by [Burke, Darcy]
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Length: 302 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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.

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  • File Size: 2614 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615631347
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads (May 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080RY0RE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Reviewed by Rachel
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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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Lady Miranda Sinclair is on her way to the most dreadful place for her...the country. Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Holborn, are tired of her reckless behavior and after almost compromising herself on the Dark Walk at Vauxhall, its the last straw for them. So Miranda is sent to the country to stay with her cousin with no money or frills from London. While on they way there, they are held up by a highwayman and Miranda, in her brazen way, attempts to trade a kiss for the money (that they don't have). She boldly kisses the highwayman and is left reeling from the steaminess of it but it is also one more mark against her character and her parents forbid her from even socializing or going into town while in the country. Miranda's only time out of the dreary house is when she may go to the even drearier orphanage to help out. Miranda just doesn't quite understand how the orphanage is in such disrepair. Surely if one needs to fix the roof, they do it! And the lice! Shudder. What is a gently bred young woman like herself supposed to do?

Montgomery Foxcroft, or Fox, is desperate to repair the damage his father did to his childhood home and his childhood legacy, the orphanage. He knows he can not turn out the children but he is in desperate need of funds and leads a double life as a highwayman occasionally. When the beautiful, but extremely out of place, wealthy Miranda arrives he starts to think maybe his prayers have been answered. All he simply most do is get caught compromising the young beauty and he will have plenty of wealth to save his orphanage. But as Miranda does not know that Fox is the highwayman, she finds herself attracted to Fox but all her thoughts are for the highwayman.
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought the plot was very unique and fresh.

I liked watching the transformation of Miranda - from spoiled society snob to a loving, giving woman. And Fox was just perfect from the get go.

This book had everything I like in a HR; humor, drama without too much angst, excellent supporting characters and hot, steamy love scenes!

I am looking forward to reading tech rest of these series.
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I got this book while it was on the Kindle free list. I have to say that most of the time, I'm disappointed with these "free" books because they are bad writers or there are grammar issues. This book opened my mind up to a very good writer! I will be buying more books from this author very soon!
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I enjoyed this story very much. I thought it was well written and enjoyed the evolving transformation of the female character from one of self indulging diva to someone who learned to care about the welfare of others. I also enjoyed the fact that this book was pretty much without any "typos" as so many of them seem to be riddled with. Good work Darcy!
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I liked the beginning and end of this story, but the middle section seemed to drag on forever! I don't think the story was meant to be depressing but with all the problems the H, Fox, had to bear trying to support his tenants, the orphanage his family had taken care for hundreds of years, and trying to keep the buildings in repair when things keep falling apart was really depressing.

The story takes place in 1816, the year that Europe did not have a summer due to atmospheric conditions caused by an eruption of Mt. Tambura in Indonesia. Crops failed and there was famine. Since the H depended on the funds from the crops supporting everything, when they failed it meant destitution for those he cared for and it would last for the next year and a half. Fox had even taken to highway robbery to get enough money to feed the orphans. He wasn't a very successful robber though, so it didn't help enough.

The h, Lady Miranda Sinclair, enjoys stirring up trouble and runs with the wrong crowd. Her parents are at their wits end trying to protect her from scandal when she gets caught in a compromising situation in one of the dark walkways at Vauxhall Park. The choice is to send her to a convent or to a cousin who lives in a rural area to see if she can stay out of trouble while her parents find someone suitable for her to marry. The parents decide the cousin's home is the best choice. There she will only be allowed to read the Bible, will not be allowed to attend social affairs, and maybe learn to respect her parents. One of the jobs she will have is volunteering with her cousin's daughter at the local orphanage. Her first job is combing lice from the children's hair. (That was pretty funny.
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