Review: A Duke Will Never Do (The Spitfire Society) by Darcy Burke

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A Duke Will Never Do by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Untouchables series comes your next Regency obsession: The Spitfire Society… Meet the smart, independent women who’ve decided they don’t need Society’s rules, their families’ expectations, or, most importantly, a husband. But just because they don’t need a man doesn’t mean they might not want one.

After failing on the Marriage Mart, Jane Pemberton has two choices: submit to her parents’ edict to marry their boring neighbor or become a self-declared spinster and take up residence in the official headquarters of the Spitfire Society. It’s really no choice at all, and Jane is eager to embrace her newfound independence. She soon finds an unconscious viscount on her doorstep and nurses him back to health. When he offers to compensate her, she requests payment in the form of private instruction of a scandalous and intimate kind.

Having spiraled into a self-destructive abyss following the murder of his parents, Anthony, Viscount Colton, physically recovers under the care of an alluring spitfire. But it is her charm and flirtatiousness that soothes his soul and arouses his desire—until an extortion scheme forces him to face the sins of his past. Now, to save the woman who’s given him everything he lost and more, he’ll have to pay the ultimate price: his heart.

I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put it down all night. Secrets and scandals surround both of them and that makes for a very different kind of courtship. They both have a charm about them that makes you love them instantly and you never know what they are going to get up to. They give each other strength and passion to overcome anything that is thrown at them.

I never got close to predicting who was behind the extortion or rumor and was on pins and needles wanting to know who and why. It’s a journey of letting go of guilt and learning to feel along with letting go of the past. The ending was perfect and I didn’t want it to end.

Jane caused a scandal by declaring herself a spinster so why not be even more scandalous and enjoy the pleasures she’s heard about. I loved her right away because she saw the hurt inside him and wasn’t going to let him keep spiraling out of control. She did what no one else could do and pulled him from his guilt and helped him to feel again.

Anthony has been trying to drink his guilt and grief away, but Jane brings a new light into his life. He doesn’t want to love her, but he can’t be without her. I loved seeing him learn to let go of the past and that he is a good man. He realized that he could survive a scandal with Jane at his side.

This series get better with each book!

Review: Ladies Prefer Adventure (Fortune and Glory #1) by Sandra Sookoo

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Ladies Prefer Adventure by Sandra Sookoo

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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Fulfilling a lifetime mission is much more fun when romance is woven into the adventure.

The Honorable Charlotte Blakely is closing in on the actual location of the Veil of Veronica, carrying on her beloved late grandfather’s quest. Satisfying his last wish is all she’s ever wanted from life… until the possibility of a courtship with the handsome English ambassador to Rome made itself known. But does love mean giving up her hard-won independence?

Mr. Everett Desmond spends far too much time behind a desk and entertaining dignitaries. He thought that was what he wanted from life… until an intriguing lady gave him a taste of adventure. But treasure-hunting comes at a price and, thanks to a failed engagement, he’s leery of romance.

Balancing each leg of the quest with the heat and passion simmering between them keeps Charlotte and Everett on the razor’s edge. When danger and death collide with the joy of adventure, truths they’ve denied themselves come into sharp focus. But with a bit of faith, they may discover a treasure far more priceless than a religious relic in their hands. 

These two have to be the most passionate couple and not just in the bedroom. The passion for finding the veil and the adventure leaps off the pages and it’s like you are there. Neither one was looking for romance and it’s a bumpy road for them as they try to figure out if there’s more than just passion between them and if they want more. I loved how they both slowly opened up and learned about themselves as well as each other.

I loved the search for the veil just as much as the romance and even though I figured who would cause problems I didn’t expect the reasons behind it. I was holding my breath in the end not knowing what was going to happen as they battled for their lives.

Charlotte fears love means the end of her Independence so her interest in men isn’t with marriage in mind, but her heart knows what it wants. I love her because there’s so much to her and you learn about her throughout the book. She’s passionate and headstrong but learns to open her heart.

Everett guards his heart after the woman he thought loved him left, but something about Charlotte tears down the walls surrounding it. I love that he pushes her and won’t let her push him away while helping her see she can love. There’s no doubt how he feels about her and that he won’t hold her back.

In the end I didn’t want it to end because they are such an interesting couple that I hope to see more of.