Friday, July 15, 2016

Virtual Tour & Giveaway ~ The Duke of Daring - The Untouchables by Darcy Burke

Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.

The Untouchables #2
Darcy Burke
Releasing July 5th, 2016

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.

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.

He led Miss Parnell toward the dance floor. “Why didn’t you want to dance with me?”
“Don’t take it personally. I don’t like to dance with anyone.”
He glanced down at her. “Not a very good dancer?”
She sucked in a breath and then laughed. He liked that sound. Almost as much as he liked watching her animated face. “I’m an excellent dancer.”
He arched a brow at her. “I’ll be the judge of that.”
She rolled her eyes. “I suppose you’re superior on the dance floor. You don’t seem to have any deficiencies.”
He grinned, enormously pleased with her observation. “I’m so glad you noticed.”
The set finished, and the music started for the next dance. A waltz. Andrew couldn’t believe his good luck.
Miss Parnell’s nostrils flared. It was a slight reaction, but Andrew caught it.
“What’s the matter?” he asked.
“I haven’t waltzed very much. I wasn’t paying attention to the sets, otherwise I would’ve told you I couldn’t dance this one.”
He lightly clasped her waist and took her hand. “I thought you said you were an excellent dancer.”
She scowled at him as she curled her fingers around his and placed her hand on his shoulder. “You are most ungracious.”
He laughed again, enjoying her immensely. “Come now, surely if you can shoot a gun with deadly accuracy, you can’t let a waltz defeat you?”
She squared her shoulders, which drew his attention to her chest. Though she wasn’t well-endowed, she was nicely formed for her frame, and the bodice of her raspberry silk ball gown fit her to perfection.
“No, I shan’t. I’m invincible, don’t you know?” She gave him a saucy look, and he was completely enchanted.
They moved with the music, and he was glad he remembered how to waltz. “I have a confession to make. My waltzing experience is rather limited as well.”
He laughed again. “That’s ironic coming from you.”
She lifted a shoulder. “One might say I’m uniquely qualified to recognize deception.”

Teatime and Book Review

Reviewed on July 15, 2016

Oh I absolutely loved this book! This series just gets better and better! I dynamite High 5 Stars for The Duke of Daring by Darcy Burke.

A deeply passionate, sensual and romantic tale. We first meet Lucy in a gaming hell who’s dressed like a man. She is in great poverty and wants to make money to get her and her Grandmamma a cottage in Bath. Lucy is a wallflower and has no desire to marry. The Duke of Daring who’s really an earl, Lord Andrew meets Lucy or “Smitty” at the gaming hell and wonders who he is and is intrigued by how much he’d won. So he follows him and soon realizes he’s a she. The duke of daring was concerned because a man was following him to rob him. However, he became more concerned when he saw that Smitty was a woman. He escorts Lucy to her street and offers to help her and keep her safe. He’d coach her on how to be an even more convincible man.

Andrew (the duke of daring) also is not interested in marriage, he lost his family when he was a child to a severe illness and he harbors such deep guilt and therefore does not want to get close to anyone. He hides his feelings in adventures, such as flying in a hot air balloon.

As time goes on and he helps Lucy, he begins to take quite a liking to her, especially when he sees her at a ball as herself; a beautiful woman. However, neither wants marriage. Will he be able to open his heart and home to the beautiful and very sensual Lucy? Will she embrace his love and awaken to her own feelings of love?

Burke’s writing is impeccable. She weaves such a fascinating tale with so many twists and turns and her characters are so deep and fully developed. One can’t help but fall in love with them. This series is truly amazing and I admit, quite addicting, I can’t wait for the next book! 

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot,
action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote
her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic
and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native
Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming
husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing
gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a
serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say
"no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are
Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely review!!

  2. Loved the excerpt and your rkeview. Look forward to reading the second book in this series.
    Carol L
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