Author: Diana Quincy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Historical Series
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Blurb: An impulsive kiss between a libertine duke and a mysterious governess sparks a blaze of desire—and intrigue—in this breathtaking Regency romance from the award-winning author of Spy Fall.
Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, happily enjoys a different woman (or two) every night—or he did, until his wards landed on his doorstep. Ever since Sunny took in the seven-year-old twin girls and their prim and proper governess, Isabel Finch, his love life has been a shambles. But, as time goes by, Sunny catches himself getting lost in Isabel’s haughty blue eyes, or following the curves beneath her unbecoming dress. An unexpected kiss ignites a passion that shocks him into realizing how thin the line between love and hate can be.
If Isabel’s hidden past were revealed, she could lose everything. Oddly enough, only when “Sinful Sunny” is near does she feel safe—or safe enough to speak up in defense of the girls. The duke’s decadent lifestyle is a disgrace, and clearly he considers Isabel a nuisance. Still, she can’t help admiring his sculpted cheekbones, strong-cut jaw, and tousled chestnut hair. When their lips meet, it’s almost as if he could kiss the secrets right out of her. Worse, she’s tempted to let him. . . .
Look for all of Diana Quincy’s enchanting Rebellious Brides novels:
SPY FALL | A LICENSE TO WED | FROM LONDON WITH LOVE | THE DUKE WHO RAVISHED ME
Review: This book was a little difficult to get into initially because I really disliked the male character. He was completely sleazy! However his transformation throughout the book is a great reason to recommend it.
Adam Fairfax is firmly settled into his debauched life. He’s set up an adult playroom in his home and he’s determined to be as licentious a take as there has ever been. Cue lightening strike. One night as he’s firmly entrenched in play with an opera singer and her friend, he’s called downstairs to meet his wards.
Isabel is determined to stay with the twins, no matter what. As their guardian, however, the Duke of Sunderford has the power to separate them. Isabel skates a thin line with him, standing up for the girls while castigating the Duke for his licentious behavior.
Sunny doesn’t realize the danger the girls are in until he comes across them exploring in his adult playroom. This is a changing point for him as he slowly develops a conscience and realizes he’s outgrown his debauched behavior.
If you love reformed rakes, settle in for a great read. Plus, the surprise at the end–superb! It was the icing on the cake as far as I was concerned. I recommend this book highly. Thanks!