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A Duke is Never Enough: 2 Paperback – 26 February 2020
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- Publisher : Darcy Burke (26 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1944576649
- ISBN-13 : 978-1944576646
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.78 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 241,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phoebe Lennox is a social scandal after leaving her unworthy fiancé at the alter. She is fortunate in that her Aunt left her entire fortune to her and she is now able to live independently. She wants to reconcile with her parents, but her father has become very money focussed of late.
She meets Marcus Raleigh, well known rake, helps him out and embarks on a sensual education with him. Marcus is self confident and determined to right the wrongs that his cousin has committed.
They try to keep their families separate from their own ‘friendship’, but the situation spirals out of their control. Marcus feels compelled to sacrifice himself in order to save Phoebe’s family. She sets out to save him in turn.
I particularly like the dialogue between these two characters. They treat each other as equals, both capable of determining their own lives. Marcus doesn’t see Phoebe as a scandal and she doesn’t really see him as a rake.
This can be read as a stand alone story, even though there are references to previous books. An entertaining story with enough connections to keep you guessing.
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Phoebe Lennox is a member of the Spitfire Society, a woman happy to have her independence, thanks to an inheritance from her aunt. She can live as she wishes to, much to the disapproval and concern of her parents. Having jilted her toad of a fiancé at the alter, her connections ensure she isn't shunned by the Ton, even as many of the Ton whisper about her (this contour of the tale does require reality to be left at the door).
Phoebe and Marcus from the get go find themselves drawn to one another. It's not long before, at her request, Marcus shows Phoebe the thrill of intimacy. What neither count on is the desire that burns them to lead to more intimate and deeper feelings. As they grow closer Marcus continues to look into the shady dealings of his cousin and finds himself under threat of being charged for a crime he did not commit.
Overall an entertaining and light read. This may be part of a series but it can be read comfortably as a standalone.
Phoebe Lennox is a spinster by choice, she jilted her fiancé at the altar on their wedding day and has reveled in her ruination, thanks to a fortune left to her by her aunt, Phoebe has the means to live as an independent woman. She defies accepted societal protocols and has moved out of her parents home and lives alone. After her experience with her former betrothed, Phoebe has pretty much sworn off men and has no desire to marry. So much to her surprise, her interaction with Marcus in the park sparked something in her – something she thought was long dead – desire. She tells herself that she is better off without a man and especially a man with a reputation like Marcus’ , but even telling herself all this isn’t enough to douse her interest in him, so it is a good thing she didn’t tell him who she is, because nothing good could come from it.
But Marcus is resourceful and finds her by showing his friend Colton a drawing he did of her and learns her name and where she lives. He walks to her neighborhood and by chance spots her entering her house. He surprises her by paying a call and flirting outrageously with her. She is impressed that he found her, but shuts him down when he suggests a kiss. He is not deterred and proposes a wager – that she will ask him for a kiss – if he loses he will donate to her favorite charity. She agrees and is sure she will win. Later Marcus meets with a runner to find his wayward cousin and hopes that he can be found before he scams anyone else. He then turns his attention to planning a masked ball for his friend Graham and his soon-to-be bride, a ball he hopes will give him the opportunity to explore his attraction to Miss Phoebe Lennox.
He and Phoebe embark on a friendship, which transitions to lovers and just when it seems like things might be heading in a more permanent direction and HEA could be in their future, Marcus’ cousin turns up dead and Marcus is the prime suspect. Marcus believes he knows who the killer is and will not fight his arrest to protect them. But Marcus’ misguided attempt to be noble may very well cost him not only his HEA but it could cost his him life!
This was a very well written, fast paced, entertaining story with likeable characters, steamy love scenes and an ending that was more than a little surprising. I loved Marcus, he really is a rake with a heart of gold. I had a harder time warming up to Phoebe’s character, she seemed like a 21st century woman transported back in time to Regency England - I am not picking on Ms. Burke, this kind of characterization is unfortunately is becoming the norm in this genre, sigh. Also I can't help but wonder - Where's the Duke?? Overall, I enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to reading Jane’s story!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me.*
Phoebe Lennox is a lovely young woman who owns her own home, makes her own investments, lives alone, and handles her own money. She also jilted her betrothed at the altar without complete social ruin. She is a totally independent woman and a self-declared spinster who has no intention of ever needing a man in her life. (Yes, I know most of those things were impossible for women in that period - some even unlawful.) As she was riding in Hyde Park one day, she saw a man get injured in an altercation and went to assist him. He was none other than the notorious rake, Marcus Raleigh. She tended his wounds, declined his request for a kiss, and refused to tell him her name and location. He told her he’d find her and return her handkerchief to her on the morrow – but she was sure that wouldn’t happen – he couldn’t find her – how could he.
Well, never fear, the intrepid Marcus is so good that he showed up at her home that very afternoon. It didn’t take long for them to become friends and appreciate that neither of them desired a romantic relationship, but friendship was a good thing. Many things happened as they got to know each other and secrets were revealed. Marcus was also trying to find his cousin to stop his larcenous activities. When the cousin turned up dead, Marcus was the top suspect – and he wasn’t defending himself. Why not?
It is a steamy story with a hard-won HEA. I loved Marcus from page one, but Phoebe didn’t resonate as well. I came to like her, but not love her. I loved the story. It was well-written, nicely paced, and well-plotted – but it is another example of what is really a contemporary, politically correct story dressed up in period clothes.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.