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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 n

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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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The Untouchables
Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Defiance by Darcy Burke The Untouchables #5 What a wonderful way to spend the day! I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in 1817 London with Jo and Bran. This is not the typical historical romance with the silly ingénue and the rake but instead a story of two slightly more mature people embarking on a new phase of life. Both without spouses, one with a young daughter to take care of as he takes on responsibilities of being an Earl, one verbally abused for years by her vicious vicar husband before finding herself widowed and both so in need of a safe place to land. I loved all of the characters, the story, the issues dealt with and the love that grew in spite of expectations otherwise. A delightful book and the first one I have read by this author - it will not be my last. Thank you to the author and NetGalley for the ARC - This is my honest review. 5 Stars

A pleasing read! Quit...

A pleasing read! Quite a beautiful story about a man who doesn't fit into the role thrust upon him and a woman betrayed by choices thrust upon her. Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton can't stand to be back in England. Indeed he figuratively and literally is chafed by the burden. He fled the constrictions and oppressiveness of England and his family at a young age. He found himself in Barbados. Now duty has called him back. Dubbed a defiant child by his mother, Bran is touted as the Defiant Duke. Joanna Shaw now had freedom from a doomed marriage but what will she do? There is a definite attraction between Jo and Bran. Bran needs an heir and Jo's eight year marriage resulted in no children. These two hurt souls come together healing each other, although with some mishaps on the way. A NetGalley ARC

Jo and Bram might be m...

Jo and Bram might be my favorite couple in this series :) I loved Bram's idiosyncrasies and his devotion to his daughter--they definitely helped to make him one of the more unique heroes out there. (Though I kept hoping we'd find out something more about why he was that way--even just an author's note. I'm guessing with the anti-touch tendencies and the way he tensed up in social situations that he's somewhere on the autism spectrum, maybe? Either way, his need to get out of restrictive clothing ASAP led to some--ahem--interesting moments for him...and Jo ;)) Jo just broke my heart with her awful first marriage and conviction that she couldn't have children because she hadn't yet, which was her main argument for why they couldn't be together. Kudos to Bram for pointing out it wasn't necessarily her "fault" that she hadn't; it made for both a frustrating and heartbreaking reason for keeping them apart. All while not keeping them apart, of course, because yeah. They were all kinds of together when they weren't supposed to be. ;) Evie was a fun character, even though towards the end she sometimes acted just a little bit too mature for her age, she was still all kinds of adorable. It was fun seeing what is going on with the rest of the Untouchables and their wives, though this book could also stand on its own if needed. Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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