The Duke of Defiance: The Untouchables, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society's codes constricting and others' expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies - and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn't interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She'd much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life...until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won't take another risk with her heart. Their rules, however, are made to be broken, even when the consequences could destroy them both.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 18 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||20 December 2017|
|Publisher||Darcy E Burke Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 55,642 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Jo’s life with her first husband was as bad as I’d imagined it might be. She’s has had to learn not to accept the negative self talk he imposed on her, as well as the feelings of inadequacy.
Bran feels overwhelmed with the changes that have seen him travel thousands of miles from the only place he considered home. He has a young daughter, a new earldom and an unloving mother.
When he and Jo team up they make a great team. I was very happy to read Jo’s story and see her get her HEA. Now I’m onto the next book in the series.
I just love these books. This is the second standalone I've read, and I can't wait to go back and read them all!!
In this story, I really enjoyed Jo. I felt she was realistic (for as much as I know about the time period, which isn't a lot, but I really liked her!), and I especially liked how she had a very unfortunate past and she actually told Bran about it. None of this "I'll just have to keep my secret until the end of the book for a big reveal" sort of thing.
Bran was awesome! True to his nickname, he did as he pleased. Period. And boy, he did NOT mess around when it came to his daughter. She was his number one priority and it was really endearing to read how he made that principle his life's mission.
For as sweet as this book was, HOLY SMOKES was there some hotness in there! Jo and Bran couldn't be together in the public eye, so they had to sneak in their alone time, and boy, was there some steam in those stolen moments!
All in all, I love this series and can't wait to read more books by Darcy!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)