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After killing his opponent in a duel, Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. Tortured by guilt, he shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills another man in another duel, he's beyond redemption, even though it wasn't his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man's name, especially when he's left behind a blameless widow who doesn't deserve an even bigger scandal.

Widowed and destitute, Lady Emmaline Townsend must marry the man of her parents' choosing or beg unsympathetic relatives for support. The only way out is to ask for help from the one man she's sworn to hate, the man who owes her anything she asks, the man who killed her husband. They strike a devil's bargain in which passion simmers just beneath the surface. But her dead husband's transgressions come back to haunt them and threaten their chance at love.

©2017 Darcy Burke (P)2018 Darcy Burke

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 06-04-18

Barely okay book. Fabulous narration..


Wow! It was really hard not to toss this book aside but I kept going and at about 75% I started to like Emmaline a little. Up until then she was a witch BUT she still thought it was okay for Lionel to have sex with her, but don't ask her for more than that. I simply couldn’t stand her for most of the book.

Lionel killed Emmaline’s husband in a duel then she demanded that he marry her so she didn’t have to marry the lecherous creep her parents had decided would make a good husband for Emmaline. AND since Lionel was soooo guilt ridden over killing Geoffrey he agreed to the marriage.

What was soooo stupid about the whole thing was how often Emmaline, or someone else in the Ton, called Lionel a murderer, as in “why had Emmaline married the man who murdered her husband?” Or Emmaline telling Lionel he “owed” her because he DID murder her husband. Since when is a duel a form of murder?

It didn’t even get interesting until about 80% when it started coming out about the extortion of Lady Richland and when Lionel got the Bow Street Runners involved.

There was explicit sex, 3 or 4 times. And the F-bomb was used 3 times.

As to the narration: Marian Hussey is simply fabulous!

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I LOVED LIONEL THE MARQUESS!!

Another great story by Darcy Burke!! WOW this series is Amazing and I Highly Recommend you read the books and read them in order as the H/H is always characters from previous stories.

Lionel Maitland Marquess of Axbridge is know as The Duke of Danger because he has fought 3 Duels, which resulted in 2 dead's of the men he dueled. This has caused Ax/Lionel to be very self loathing and he believes he should suffer any unkind or mean spirited thing people do to him as punishment for killing these men. The 2nd man he killed is Lord Townsand a hot head ill temper man who we met in bk4 The Duke of Desire. Emmaline Fourth-Hodges is the Miss he eloped with in The Duke of Desire.

After Townsand dies from his gunshot wound Lionel goes to Emmaline and promises her that he will do anything she request of him if she needs him. Emmaline at the time didn't know all the debts her husband had incurred and the debtors are coming after her and her parents for settlement. Emmaline's parents find a new husband for her and old man Sir Duncan who is quite smelly and she doesn't want to marry him. He has promised her parent he will pay off all of Townsends debts. Emmaline isn't having it so she tells Lionel he must marry her and he does to help her out.

Lionel is an amazing, kind, generous and loyal friend and husband to Emmaline. He is also a very compassionate and honorable men. I didn't like Emmaline at first. It took awhile for me to like her. She was punishing Lionel for killing her husband until she finds out what a reprobate cur he really was. Her and Townsend had been married less then a year and he had only shared a bed with her for the first few months of there marriage before he starts having affairs. Emmaline began to realize she made a mistake in marrying Lord Townsend before he died and she felt guilty because he is dead and now she is falling in love with her wonderful and kind new husband Lionel. Lionel feels guilty because he has take what he thinks is Emmaline's loving husband away from her He doesn't realize that Emmaline is happy in her life without Townsend. So there hard fought road to love was romantic, sensual and very real. I loved the way Emmaline was ready to duel for her husband Lionel at the end of the story and made the old Sir Duncan look like a fool.