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I enjoy the series and also this book was fun. But there was one thing that really put me off. In chapter 1 we meet Jo and Bran but a few chapters later they are referred to as Mrs Shaw and Lord Knightley. Why? Why wasn't there an editor who pointed that inconsistency. It really interrupted my reading flow.
After her sister’s scandal, Joanna Shaw’s marriage prospects were almost non-existent so she married the first man who asked. Years later and the recent death of her husband she is now happily widowed with no intention of every marrying again. She’s content to dote on her niece and nephew. Until she meets her nieces clever little friend then the girl’s father. The time she spends with this little family opens old wounds and makes Joanna yearn for things she can never have. The only place Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton wants to be is back in Barbados where he doesn’t have to follow London society’s strictures and wear what he wants. Ah, but he’s inherited a total he was never expected to inherit nor does he want it. Nor does he want to wed again but duty dictates he provide and heir and the daughter he adores needs a mother in her life. Soon he comes to realize the only woman he wants is the one who may only be able to provide part of what is needed. Will that be enough and can he convince her that it is? I adore Bran and Joanna!! Darcy Burke has a brilliant writing technique that has the characters leaping off the page. From Joanna’s despair over what she can’t have to Bran’s idiosyncrasies I felt every emotion. I could go on and on but I don’t want to let spoilers slip; suffice it to say this is a MUST read and probably one of my very favorite Darcy Burke books (until the next one 😊 ).
The story was good and I was pulled in to the story immediately and really "felt" for the heroine and LOVED the hero--his tripping over his tongue and his adorable (but acted much older than a normal child of that age) daughter.
I felt sorry for Jo but felt I knew the story way before it happened and this whole story was laid out for you so you knew exactly what was going to happen but the people were so real and their longings so very human you cared and wanted them to win.
BUT the only thing I did not enjoy was the very explicit sex scenes with every little detail spelled out to the infinite degree and she included many details I did not want to know, never would want to know and didn't NEED to know! The most 'sensual" novel I ever read had not one explicit detail or scene in it. SO I you also don't need to know all the details---either skip the sections OR skip this novel. I thought I was buying a novel with 3 stories that 3 authors wrote since I bought it from one of my new favs. Ms. Elizabeth Johns who does not include all the details!
After what could only be described as an unhappy childhood, Bran Crowther left England and settled in Barbados where he married, had a daughter, and was happy. Bran does not want to be in England, and he does not want to be the Earl of Knighton, but he is. Following her sister’s scandal, Joanna Shaw accepted the first proposal she received and found herself in a miserable, loveless marriage. She dotes on her niece and nephew, but wants a family of her own and a purpose for her life. These two meet as a result of a friendship between her niece and his daughter. They are drawn to each other, but here are a few problems. Will it be possible to move past these hurdles and find love and a happy life? Two very smart and precocious five-year-old girls think so. They see a spark between Bran and Jo, and do their best to fan the flames. Will it work?
The Untouchables is a wonderful series, and The Duke of Defiance is the best book yet. This simple and straightforward story proves once again that our heroes are not untouchable, just in need of the right touch. The new characters are great. Bran is quirky and Evie is intelligent and adorable. Joanna is just what they need, and they are just what she needs.
I absolutely Love The Duke of Defiance. It was the story of the Bran the New Earl of Knighton and Joanna Shaw widow of a reprobate Vicar and sister to The Duchess of Kendal.
Bran and his 5 year old daughter Evie have left there home in Barbados to come and live in England because his two eldest brothers have died in a boating accident and his father has also died. Living on a island is nothing like living as a Titled Lord In England. Bran and Evie must learn to live by the strict standards of the Aristocracy.
Joanna Shaw is now free after a horrid marriage of 8 years her reprobate husband has been dead for a year and now she can come out of morning. She meets Evie through her 5 year old niece Becky. The two little girls are just marvelous to read through out the story and the best of friends. It seems to me that children make a story more real. Joanna is the sister of Nora The Duchess of Kendal who we met a few books back in her and the Duke of Kendal's story The Forbidden Duke.
The growing romance and family between Bran and Joanna was just beautifully written and the love both of them have for Evie is just frosting on the cake. At times what the couple endured in there past lives was sad there coming together and building a family was just great storytelling. The Duke of the Defiance is one of the best books in The Untouchable series although all of the books have been really great. I am really Happy I decided to continue reading this series.
Although the description and reviews sounded so good, I stopped reading after reading the hero had "been in the Tropics, he owns a sugar plantation." Sugar plantation owners were the worst of kind of slave owners, renown for their brutality. I cannot feel all cozy reading about romance with such a hero.
I only wish the glowing reviews would have mentioned it before I spent my money :(
Joanna Shaw (Jo), is a widow and living with her sister Nora, Duchess of Kendal. With her year of mourning behind her, Jo doesn't know where life will lead her. After 8 years of marriage to a verbally abusive husband, she believes she is barren and her self worth is non existent thanks to his cruelty - until she meets Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton and his adorable daughter, Evie. Both just arrived in England to assume the title Bran never wanted or expected. The death of two older brothers (tormented him all his life) and the death of his father who never bothered with his youngest son earned his nickname, Defiant, followed him from childhood. Never the object of love and affection, Bran took the first ship away from England and settled in Barbados. There he thrived as a person and built a fortune was married and widowed. The easy relaxed lifestyle of the tropics suited Bran, but duty called and he returns to England with his daughter. When Jo meets the unconventional handsome Bran, she is attracted to him and to his obvious love for Evie. Bran sees a lovely young woman who immediately catches his daughter's affection. But her loveless marriage and her belief in not able to have children are obstacles to her dreams of love and family. Can Bran convince Jo to take a chance and open the door to happily ever after? Charming story of life's hurts and overcoming those adversities, to have faith in yourself, hope for the future and gaining life's precious gift - Love!
Well written an an exceptional read. This is a first for me with this author. it has been a page Turner from the first page to the last with exceptional characters. Brian and his daughter Evie lived on Barbadosand when Brian returned home to become the earl he had to leave the life and home he created in Barbados to do his duty as the new Earl on Knight on as his two brothers died and his father and as the third son he took over. he had a fallout from his mother and didn't get along with. Then he meets Joanna who he fell in love with and also Joanna with him, but felt she could never give him children which she so wanted. Anyway don't want to spoil it for you but would highly recommend.