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    Another fabulous read ...

    Another fabulous read from the ever creative mind of Darcy Burke. I received an ARC of The Duke of Daring in exchange for an honest review. Emotion guided Lucinda. Ms. Burke broke the mold for strong female heroines with Lucinda. Heart was the driving force behind every move she made. Despite numerous disappointments and loads of weighty responsibilities she never just let life happen to her. Sure she experienced hard knocks but she picked herself up and made the best of the circumstances. Her sense of adventure landed her in sticky situations but it also showed how dedicated she was to her family and how far she was willing to go to succeed in taking care of the people she loved. Andrew was the opposite. Heartache drove him to take risks. Death, loneliness and despair had beaten this man down to the point where he had no heart left. These two total opposites may not have much in common but did have lessons to teach each other. The Duke of Daring is a story of healing, strength and emotional self discovery that culminates into a romance filled with deep meaning and well crafted imagination.
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    A high flying adventure.

    Miss Lucinda Parnell is an independent lady who wishes to retire to Bath with her Grandmama, must go through great lengths to acquire the funds to make her goals a reality. With the skills learned at her father’s knee, she dons a gentlemanly disguise and plays her hand at games of chance at establishments no proper lady should be. Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford, has embraced danger and risk filled activities to distract him from fully mourning the loss of his family. In keeping people at arm’s length, he saves himself from suffering further losses. What happens when two people, who are content to live happily unattached, bump into each other? Fate intervenes and wreaks havoc on all their best laid plans. Darcy Burke’s second installment to The Untouchable Series is an amazing rollercoaster of emotions. I loved that Miss Parnell is very much an unconventional female, who is more comfortable with manly pursuits than needlepoint and the finer aspects of tittering. The Duke of Daring posed one of the greatest dilemmas that a bookworm faces: wanting to finish a book and yet not want the story to end. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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    The Untouchables theme continues

    Strong women and strong protective men with hidden emotions learning to conquer their demons with the help of love. A must read.
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    Great Historical Romance.

    4.5 Stars 'The Duke of Daring' by Darcy Burke is book two in "The Untouchables' series. This is the story of Lucinda Parnell and Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford. Lucy didn't have a successfully time on her debut and now she is settled in the thought of staying unmarried. Lucy would like to live with her grandmother but she knows that her grandmother wouldn't be able to afford her so she makes a plan. Lucy decided to try and earn money gambling while posing as a man. At one club she runs into Andrew who catches on to her and that she is a women. Andrew is called Lord of Daring among her and her friends for all his risk that he takes. But Lucy is surprised when he offers to help her with her goal to keep her safe. Andrew lost his family at a early age and that has put him in a restless manor, but he is surprised of his feelings for Lucy and wanting to keep her safe. But they are both trying to fight their feelings each for a different reason. I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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    Entertaining and Fun

    An impoverished debutante long overdue for a match, already considered a spinster, decides her life to go in an unexpected direction. Her two best friends are there to help and support. She has to earn money to secure a future nest egg for her and her grandmother. She creates and takes a bold and gutsy move. She dresses as a man so she can use the gambling skills her father taught her to win money at the gambling hells. Somehow, she is discovered by the Duke of Daring, an untouchable, Andrew Wentworth, the fourth Earl of Dartford. Together they embark on an adventure of a lifetime for Lucy Parnell. She now has a protector in Andrew and he helps her by accompanying her to different hells and games. Immersed with Andrew's friends she is ecstatic to be immersed and take part of a man's world. She gets to go to a shooting gallery and shows off her impeccable aim. Andrew on the other hand, is enjoying her company a little too much and he gets close then backs away over and over. He is afraid to get too close to anyone. He is afraid of developing deep feelings for anyone including Lucy. He has suffered through a terrible tragedy in his youth and still is tormented by nightmares and panic attacks. Both Andrew and Lucy have renounced marriage and feel safe with each other until they don't. The more they spend time together and get to know each other, the more attracted they are to each other. Andrew feels that Lucy ought to take some time off from her endeavor in order to lessen the risk of discovery. Unfortunately, it is too late and dangerous and serious problems arise. Also, their relationship becomes more intimate and throws a monkey wrench into what they used to believe they wanted. Lucy is definitely not like other women and that appeals to Andrew. They encounter their ups and downs, starts and stops and sometimes feel incredibly stupid for assuming there are mutual feelings when there is not. So, they think. Andrew and Lucy are two exciting and dynamic characters full of life, feelings and emotions. This is an adventurous story of life and its struggles, of friendship, of overcoming obstacles and finding happiness. A very enjoyable read.
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