Title: The Duke of Deception
Author: Darcy Burke
Series: The Untouchables
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance, Regency Romance
Published: 15th Nov 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.26
“ARC given for an honest review”
After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn’t actually want to marry—her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she’s nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there’s one thing she knows it’s that a gentleman is never what he seems.
Edward Bishop, Earl of Sutton, has a reputation for courting young misses and dropping them without a second thought. This has earned him a reputation for deceit, a description he can’t refute because he does in fact, harbor secrets and will do anything—deceive anyone—to ensure they don’t come to light. As he comes to know the charming Miss Knox, his resolve is tested. However, trust comes at a price and Ned won’t pay with his heart.
“I haven’t heard a word about your sudden misfortune regarding your shipping venture.”
This was an interesting read for me. Most Regency novels don’t really touch on issues of abuse and mental illness but Darcy Burke had gone in and put it has part of her main storyline. I liked that she addresses the issues and it didn’t overtake the story.
I liked Ned and Aquilla their chemistry was apparent from the start and I felt that they were a good match for each other. I felt that their relationship and courting were quite believable and heartfelt.
I enjoyed the writing and pace of the story and I found that I began to feel more and more invested in their relationship as the story went on. Of course their love scenes were steamy and wonderful.