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Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money. A dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, she'd just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London's hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on acting as her protector, Lucy fears her chance to remain an independent woman is destined to go up in flames.

After losing his entire family, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford, built a wall to keep attachments at bay. He believed he could keep Miss Parnell safe without compromising his defenses, but she's exciting and irresistible. Their deepening relationship makes him even more determined to push her away. Nothing will stop him from trying to avoid reliving the anguish of loss. Love is the one risk he doesn't have the heart to dare.

©2016 Darcy Burke (P)2017 Darcy Burke

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Delightful

Unusual characters combined with life's challenges made for good reading. Different sexual scenarios than usual all made a delightful story.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 06-24-17

Great book and awesome narration..



I didn’t like this book as much as The Forbidden Duke but it was still a very good read. This was about Andrew, the Earl of Dartford, who suffered from a serious case of survivor’s guilt. His parents, two sisters and his little brother all died within weeks of each other of some kind of fever and he was afraid that loving someone meant losing them and being hurt again. Lucy went about dressed like a man to gaming hells trying to make enough money to move with her grandmother to Bath, after her father had gambled all the money and Lucy and Grandmama were not going to last with what little they had. Needless to say, Andrew figured out she was a woman and wanted to help her, so that became the beginning of their love story. Neither one of them wanted to marry so they thought they made a good team.

Overall, sad, happy, funny and a HEA. I absolutely love Lucy’s friends Aquilla and Ivy. I’ll be glad when their books are on audible so I can listen to them too.

There was explicit sex in this book, but not erotic.

As to the narration: Marian Hussey did a wonderful job with all the voices and emotions. All the men and women alike had their own individual voices.

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Couldn’t put it down...

Not in a “I wonder what will happen” way, since this is a period romance and it’s always a happy ending, but in a “this book is too enjoyable to ignore” way. I positively loved it. The characters were new and fresh and the drama was well thought out. Way better than the first in the series, in my opinion and 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 07-13-17

Okay story. Great Narration

So this was an okay story. Nothing exciting or page turning. I liked Lucy's character a lot. She was a strong female lead. It was fun that she dressed up as a man and went gambling. But other than that it was just a typical story. I liked The Earl of Dartford aka the Daring Duke. He was a good character and the chemistry between these two was good. It felt real and genuine.

There was a lot of dialogue throughout the entire book. I like lots of dialogue between characters rather than a bunch of blah blah blah internal dialogue.

As for the narration, it was great. I am a big fan of Marian Hussey. She does such a good job on the men's voices and her reading voice is fantastic.

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Adventurous!!

The Duke of Daring is a marvelous story from start to end. It captivates the imagination, fills one with the desire to constantly see the remaining story unfold, and gives the hope of a satisfying conclusion. If ever a book I’d love to see as a romance movie, this would be it. It’s an adventure I recommend to anyone who loves romance novels.

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story had potential but didn't quite meet the mark

The story was just not as interesting. My standard for interesting is based on whether or not I can put down a book or how long it takes me to get back to it. I was able to walk away and get back to it when I did. I admit the book started somewhat interesting but not much was done after the initial hour or so. The love developed was not done well and it was not based on merit. I did not fall in love with any characters and I will not remember them later.

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  • Alina
  • 01-31-18

So romantic and fierce

Loved it both main characters are strong and caring.
Will read again soon once i have finished the series!!