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    A Delightful Regency Romance

    I have read almost all the books in the series " The Untouchables " & am glad to say "The Duke of Seduction " is another gem from Darcy's Kitty .... Though predictable , the author always makes the her stories captivating .... This is the story of Lavinia Gillingham daughter of the Earl of Balcombe. who is fascinated with geology instead of the marriage mart ...she is captivated by rocks and fossils, and she will only marry a man who understands & allows her to pursue her interest. William Beckett, Marquess of Northam is an established Rake in the eyes of the society but secretly is also a poet and a musician. His poems praise the largely ignored young ladies also known as wall flowers on the Marriage Mart ....they appear anonymously in the Morning Chronicle under the pen name of THE DUKE OF SEDUCTION. He use his literary skills to help the young women of the ton....One such woman Lady Lavinia who suddenly becomes the toast of the ton after a poem is published for her .... After unmasking Beck as the Duke Of Seduction ...Lavinia & Beck become friends ...there encounters ,scenes are funny, witty ,humorous, at the same time full of passion , romance & developing love....Darcy has presented the characters very nicely ...The scenes of both of them meeting in the library are delightful ...I loved Lavinia & Beck .... Darcy has a very simple style of writing....a good light reading u get .... In this book she has presented Lavinia as a very strong character who doesnt do melodrama...is very straight forward & clear about her choices... I love women portrayed with such bold, strong character... Overall as always Darcy has done a marvellous job with this book & look forward to more of her work .... " I Received an ARC of this book from the Author & this is my voluntary & honest Review without any bias . " Thank u Darcy for this book ...
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    Historical Romance

    The Duke of Seduction by Darcy Burke The Untouchables #10 Lavinia’s parents want her married by or before the end of the season. She must make the best appearance even if it means being unable to completely see all around her since they won’t let her wear glasses in public. Lavinia is not really interested in marriage but may acquiesce if the right person shows up. Her real interest is in geology and earth formations and fossils and such. She has some friends to hang out with so who needs a man she doesn’t love to be wed to? William “Beck” Beckett, Marquess of Northam is a rake and doesn’t care who knows it. He does keep hidden his penchant for writing poetry and music and playing the guitar, though. His life has dark periods and light ones and he is surprised when Lavinia seems to bring light into his life even though he is definitely not interested in marriage. (While I read I wondered if Beck was afflicted with depression or manic-depressive disorder…guess I will never know). Lavinia and Beck set up a friendship of sorts even though society rather frowns on friendships between unmarried people of the opposite sex. Over time, even though Beck has said he will find a husband suitable for Lavinia, he begins to see that perhaps he would rather be with her than have someone else at her side. This book has a slow growing romance, parents who want what they think is best for their daughter, a man who has lost his sister and wants to know why and who might have influenced her death, society with gossips and friends and balls and walks in the park, the revealing of why Beck’s sister really died and a slow growing relationship that leads to a HEA for Lavinia and Beck. What I Liked: * Lavinia’s strength * Beck’s poetry and music * The growing relationship between the two that seemed equal in more ways than one * The friends of both * Gage the Butler – will he have a romance of his own and if so, with whom? * The comeuppance of the dastard * The fact that at the end I wanted to read another book in the series What I didn’t like: * Hmmm…can’t really think of anything ;) Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    I Loved It

    Lady Lavinia Gillingham is quite happy being a wallflower. She is a bluestocking who loves digging in the dirt for fascinating rocks. Having someone thrust her into to society's limelight is not at all what she wants. Her mother couldn't be happier. William Beckett, the Marquess of Northam may have a reputation as a rake, but in reality is a quiet and sometimes melancholy man. Because of things that happened in his past, he has a tendency to bury himself in music and poetry. He wants to help young women like his sister who suffered at the hands of society. Unfortunately not all of them appreciate his "help". A very amusing historical romance with lovable characters. Our sensible heroine has her own plans for her life and they don't include being set upon by men who couldn't see her until her name was in print. Our hero has a darkness about him that he can only control through music. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I love this series of stand alone stories.
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    Simply Wonderful

    Sigh.... What an emotional, perfect story full of characters with such feelings and emotions that you do not know what to expect next. Beautiful poetry at the start of each chapter that was brilliant for the storyline. A hero, William Beckett, Marquess of Northam who suffers from depression and dark moods, mainly due to the death of his sister years ago and a failed romance when he was very young. He has so much depth though because he can play the guitar beautifully (I think this is a first in a story I have read) and is actually a great poet. Lady Lavinia Gillingham has been out in the marriage mart and her parents are pressing her to pick a husband and marry. But she prefers her geological studies more than the idle pursuits of the ton and tries to remain a wallflower to ward off any boring men. But she is thrown into the spotlight as she is named in the paper with the "Duke of Seduction" going on about how wonderful she is!! When she meets Beck in a surprising situation, she has a hard time forgetting him as they keep running into each other. Can she help him from his darkness and he help her find her perfect match? I truly loved Beck and Lavinia and was so anxious as I turned each page to see what would happen. Although part of a series, this can be read as a stand alone. But why would you want to do that? Darcy Burke has woven a magical series that only has me anxious for the next story and I cannot wait!!!
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    Love a man who knows how to write poems

    Who is the Duke of Seduction? He writes poetry printed in the newspaper about young women thinking he is helping them to get betrothed. Being married isn't everyone's dream and being the center of attention is annoying. Lady Lavinia Gillingham prefers studying to marriage, rocks to balls. She doesn't want help and definitely no poems but when one appears in the paper, her parents are so happy. Once she finds out that the Duke of Sedution is none other than William Beckett or Beck, the Lord of Northam. The same lord who kisses her on the neck in a dark library thinking her to be his lover. They become friends until her parents blackmail him to court her to get other men interested in her. After he finds someone for Lavinia to marry, he realizes he loves her and offers for her himself. Beck has a secret, his sister died when she was having her first season in London. Was it suicide or murder? How will this affect their betrothal? Find out what happens when a sensitive man who has a tendency for dark moods and a headstrong bluestocking come together. I loved the way they played off each other.and the tenderness and passion of their relationship. I received this book from Net Galley and Darcy Burke Publishing for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.
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