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About the Book:
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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Oh, he looked magnificent in evening wear, his dark charcoal-colored coat offset by his silver-threaded waistcoat and the snow-white of his cravat. Was he uncomfortable? She wondered how long he’d be able to endure the garments and pictured him stripping them off. The ballroom suddenly seemed overly warm.
He strode right to her and offered a bow, first to Nora as required by her rank, and another to Jo. “Good evening. You look lovely.” His gaze swept over her.
“I thought we could discuss the governess interviews,” he said. “My secretary has arranged them for Tuesday.”
Jo nodded. “Good.”
“Lord Knighton, why don’t you ask Jo to waltz? It’s just starting.”
Waltz? At Nora’s insistence, Jo had practiced the steps earlier today, but she’d never actually waltzed. “I’m not certain that’s necessary.”
Lord Knighton held out his arm. “Would you do me the honor?”
Now she was trapped. Although if she could refuse any man and predict that he wouldn’t take offense, it was Knighton. Once she explained her anxiety, she’d no doubt he would understand given his own foibles.
In the end, she simply put her hand on his arm and allowed him to escort her to the dance floor. It could be her only chance.
“I’ve never waltzed,” she said softly.
She turned her head sharply to look at him. “Oh dear.”
“How hard can it be?” he asked as they stepped onto the dance floor.
He rested his hand on her waist and clasped her hand. She placed her palm on his shoulder and, despite the layers of clothing, was certain she could feel his muscle.
Another dynamite read by Darcy Burke! The Untouchables just keeps getting better! Here we meet Bran Crother, Earl of Knighton and his precious daughter Evie. They had been living in Barbados when Knighton's brother's and father died, therefore leaving him the title. So, reluctantly he heads back to London. He'd left London years earlier due to how he was treated by his brother's and society. His daughter, Evie has befriended the little girl Becky and he heads over to pick her up; where he meets the breathtakingly beautiful, Mrs Joanna "Jo" Shaw. He's in need of a governess for his little girl and asks Becky's mother if she could help him with the interviews. The next day he is preparing to interview governesses when instead of Becky's mother coming, Jo shows up. He's taken with her from the start and as she begins to help him with the interviews, he begins to have feelings for her and at an upcoming ball, he kisses Jo and asks her to marry him. Jo turns him down; the reason being that Jo is barren and she knows that Bran needs to beget an heir. So she feels he's not a suitable match for him. However, as time goes on and Bran finds it more and more difficult to find a governess and he see's how much Evie is taken by Jo, he offers Jo the position of governess (in hopes of having a great governess for Evie but also to get to know Jo better and see if there isn't a spark after all!) Jo does eventually take the governess position and soon she notices, she's not treated like any regular governess, no, she's treated with such love and kindness and her heart can't help but open up to Bran and especially Evie. Will Jo fully open up her heart to Bran? Will Bran finally have Jo as his bride?
Oh, this book is just riveting from the first page. Burke's writing is impeccable, the plot is deep, the characters' are well-rounded and the romance is well and alive! If you love a tale of romance and lots of passion, then this is the book for you! I highly recommend this whole series, it's amazing!
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