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Je suis Charlie

Samstag, 9. Juli 2016

The Duke of Daring (The Untouchables #2) by Darcy Burke



Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money, a dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, and 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 joining her, Lucy fears her desire to remain an independent woman is destined to go up on flames.

As a boy, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford lost his family to illness, leaving him a hollow shell. Obsessed with conquering one adventure after another to fill the bitter holes inside of him, Andrew has set his sights on parachuting. Nothing will stop him from trying to achieve his goal—not the hazard of death and certainly not a woman who’s gotten far too close. Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.

I really liked this book. It has an interesting story even though some of the elements are rather well known, like the spinster falling in love at last and the Earl who has lost someone he loved and who doesn't allow himself to love anymore. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Right. In this case the story is a bit different and I must admit that I always love an intelligent, independent heroine who knows how to use her brain. 

There were parts of the book when I was just a teeny tiny bit furious.....or a bit more....because I 
hated how Andrew treated Lucy. Yes, I know, he has suffered, he is traumatized and it is understandable but - no matter what, that's not the way to treat a lady!

Okay, apart from that Andrew was not just an interesting character but also a really nice character and I enjoyed spending time with him and Lucy. It was great to see how he sincerely appreciated everything that made Lucinda special and set her apart from the other ladies of the ton. I loved how he helped her and how he cared for her and, of course, I also loved to see how those two inevitably fall in love with each other and how Andrew slowly opens himself to love and life and friendship.

The book is well written and kept me hooked from the first page on. I can really recommend it!


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