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    Engaging story

    I won a copy of this book in a contest held by the author. I loved Lavinia Gillingham’s and William Beckett’s, Marquess of Northam’s story. Beckett pens poems praising women who have been ignored by society and publishes them anonymously under the name Duke of Seduction in the paper. The poems lead to the women to all of a sudden having attention cast upon them. Several of the ladies end up betrothed as a result. When Lavinia captures the attention of Beckett, he decides to help her and pens a poem. Lavinia is not happy with the attention she received as a result. As Beckett and Lavinia get to know each other better, their attraction grows. No spoilers but there are some things in Beckett’s past that add depth to his character. Lavinia handles situations with grace and toward the end of the story she does what she thinks is best in a situation even if it means things will fall apart for her. It was interesting to see how Beckett’s character progressed through the story as he had more to work through. Both the hero and heroine were likable. I’m looking forward to reading the next books in this series.
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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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    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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    Another wonderful story line!!!

    Throughly enjoyed this novel. The story line made me laugh at times and so sad at other times.. Really loved this one.
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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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