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Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge's life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she's nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she'd once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can't trust him - alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.

With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn't allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won't pay.

©2017 Darcy Burke (P)2017 Darcy Burke

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 10-03-17

OK book with great narration..



I didn’t like this book nearly as much as I did the others. I just can’t get that West sleeps with sooo many women so he can teach them how to get more pleasure with their husbands and then to teach their husbands how to give and get their own pleasure AND, as West says, “because I like sex” and I like helping people. It was all too much! And, then, he tells Ivy he can “change her life” by making love to HER. He thought a lot of his own prowess. I had to skip the pages where he told Ivy what, and in what order, he would do things to her.

I mean, really? Lord Fowler and his wife came to West asking West to sleep with Fowler’s wife to teach her so she could teach Fowler and all West did was TELL Fowler how to give his wife pleasure so why did he have to sleep with all the others’? And then for him to tell Ivy the husbands were happy and thanked him was unbelievable.

I really had a hard time with this book at first. It wasn’t Ms. Burke’s best, as far as I’m concerned. I read The Forbidden Duke, The Duke of Daring, and The Duke of Deception and loved them all but this one left a lot to be desired!

Fortunately, it got a little better at about 45%, he stopped talking about sex and how good he was at it. After that Peter Bothwick came into the picture and the story gained a little more interest.

Overall,it went from a terrible book to a little better than OK one.

There were a couple of explicit sex scenes in this and the F-bomb was used 3 times.

As to the narration: Marian Hussey did a great job. Her voices are well done and she reads with emotion, you can't ask for more than that.

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Unfinished angst filled story.

Heroine persistent grumbling about the marriage & foolish distrust of her husband was very irritating. Conclusion just did not fit and left one very unsatisfied with what happened to characters

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