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  • Intriguing Series

    I received an ARC of this book to read through a review crew. All opinions are my own. A Scandalous Bargain by Darcy Burke is the second book in her The Untouchables: The Pretenders Series. I think you need to read the first book in the series before reading this one. Because although the author does a good job of filling in the background certain things will make more sense if you have read the first book. Beatrix (Linley) Whitford came to London for the season in order to meet the father who abandoned her after her mothers death, the Duke of Ramsgate. She’s taken to spending her evenings dressed as a boy and sitting in a tree outside the Dukes window as a way of feeling close to him, when she witnesses the woman next door fall from her balcony to her death. The woman Lady Rockburn is the estranged wife of Lord Rockburn, and he and Beatrix develop a friendship, which I know sounds weird, but it makes perfect sense in the story. When Thomas Devereaux, Lord Rockburn’s mother-in-law, files a complaint with Bow Street insinuating that her daughter's death was murder, Thomas is investigated, and Beatrix’s testimony could prove his innocence, but it would ruin her reputation, and it also might reveal that her sister is not really her sister. The twists and turns in this story will keep you reading late into the night. I enjoyed it and do recommend reading it. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: November 10, 2020. #AScandalousBargain #DarcyBurke #HistoricalRomance #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

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  • Suspensefully haunting, heartbreakingly romantic

    Two broken hearts, a scandalous mystery and a love that refuses to be denied. Darcy Burke continues to dominate the senses with intriguing characters, breathtaking romance and emotional stories. Thomas and Beatrix are no exception. A Scandalous Bargain is a little bit dark, a whole lot of heartache and a captivating puzzle just waiting to be solved. Scandal is a key player in this match-up. Both Thomas and Beatrix are shrouded in mysteries. Who knew that heartache could be dangerous. When secrets began to unravel anything can happen. Suspensefully haunting, heartbreakingly romantic and unpredictably perfect.

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  • Sensational, secret-filled romance!

    We met Thomas in 'A Duke Will Never Do' and instantly felt sympathy for him as he discovers he was tricked into marrying the termagant, Thea. Then we get to know Beatrix in her sister's story, 'A Secret Surrender' and learn a little of her secrets. Now, the drama unfolding brings these two together as they strike a bargain to protect each other's secrets. Only two people know the truth behind Thea's death, but greater secrets must be protected even when they hamper the resulting investigation. In this whirlwind story, the importance of trust and family are put to the test again and again. I really enjoyed getting Beatrix's backstory and watching the culmination of her years-long quest unfold, even when it doesn't go exactly to plan. Thomas is a wonderfully strong character, a man whose inner goodness has saved him from a horrible situation. Together, these two have chemistry for days and an innate sense of their connection right from the start. The plot has all the ups and downs, twists and turns a reader could want. We even get some hints about more revelations to come in the next book, and I for one can't wait to read it. Selena and Harry are strong secondary characters here, as is Harry's family, so if you've read their story you absolutely don't want to miss this one. Thomas and Beatrix's HEA is deliciously satisfying, making this one of my favorite Darcy Burke stories. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • Scandalously Good Historical Romance

    A Scandalous Bargain is a phenomenal historical romance by Darcy Burke. Ms. Burke has provided readers with a book that is well-written and packed with a stellar cast of characters. Beatrix, the illegitimate child of the Duke of Ramsgate, was sent to a school for girls after the death of her mother. Years later she sits in the tree of his neighbor just to see him, she wants her father back. Beatrix witnesses the wife of Lord Rockbourne fall from the balcony. Thomas isn't missing his wife after five years of hell. When his mother-in-law sicks Bow Street on him things get a bit more difficult. Beatrix and Thomas' story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle, action and suspense. I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Darcy Burke in the future. A Scandalous Bargain is book 2 of The Pretenders Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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  • She’s a thief and his wife just died

    Honestly? I wasn’t sure I was going to like Beatrix (who is a kleptomaniac) and Thomas (who was arguing with his wife when she fell to her death). But I really liked the beleaguered Thomas, who is being pressured to marry again (it’s only been a day!). Beatrix, I wasn’t down with the thieving, is illegitimate and trying to get her duke father’s attention. Not sure why being a witness to Thomas’ wife’s death would ruin her nonexistent reputation? Usually back then they would just give a statement and then it would be read in court. Nonetheless, I enjoyed and it was nice to get this perspective of Selina (who’s my fave). Recommend.

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