Book Reviews

Review of The Duke of Daring

Ok, so blogging book reviews is new for me. Consider yourself warned! But I’ve been wanting to start posting book reviews to support writers, primarily independently published authors. So here goes…

First things first. Let’s talk rating systems. I’ll rate books using stars, from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest rating. I’ll try to reserve a rating of “5” for books that I consider “un-put-downable”, or the type of book that I just can’t wait to get back to or finish.

Second, the type of books I read for pleasure, or in my “down” time, are typically in the romance genre. I also enjoy reading books in the suspense genre. Romantic suspense? Even better! I do tend to like romances with erotica, or sexy love scenes. Sorry not sorry. My philosophy at this point in my life is, I’m going to do what I enjoy in my leisure time. Life is too short not to do so!

To give you an idea of the types of books I like to read, I’ll share with you some of my favorite authors. Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts are some of the big names you likely recognize. Some others who are not as well known, but spin a wonderfully entertaining tale are Lexi Ryan, Monica Murphy, Lauren Smith, and Darcy Burke. And still others include some of my favorite clients, such as Cameron Hart, Alyssa Milani, Sarah LeeAnn, and Lisa Reisner. Regrettably, I won’t be reviewing any books I have edited. I feel that would be a conflict of interest. But I highly recommend all of the authors I’ve listed here.

One more thing I’d like to disclose – I love to read, but with working a full-time job and running a business on the side, my time is very limited. Therefore, I am an avid audio book listener. I have a thirty-five minute commute to work (one-way), during which I enjoy listening to audio books and podcasts. I also like to listen while doing mundane housework or exercising. Many of the books I review here will be audio books, including my first post.

Now that you know a little more about the types of books I’ll be reviewing here, let’s move on to my very first review!

I recently listened to the audio book The Duke of Daring, by Darcy Burke. I selected this book for two reasons: I had previously read another book by Ms. Burke, and very much enjoyed it. I also purchase most of my audio books from Chirp. Chirp is an online site that offers amazing limited-time deals on select digital audio books. All books you purchase are yours to keep, and there’s no monthly subscription fees or minimum purchases. This particular book was on sale for $0.99. Another reveal about me – I love a good deal (who doesn’t?), and I often buy my books and audio books on sale.

This book is a regency romance, which I do listen to/read, but not quite as often as other romance sub-genres.

The following is the publisher’s description (Darcy Burke Publishing) of the book:

“Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money. A dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, she’d just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London’s hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on acting as her protector, Lucy fears her chance to remain an independent woman is destined to go up in flames.

After losing his entire family, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford built a wall to keep attachments at bay. He believed he could keep Miss Parnell safe without compromising his defenses, but she’s exciting and irresistible. Their deepening relationship makes him even more determined to push her away. Nothing will stop him from trying to avoid reliving the anguish of loss. Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.”

I give The Duke of Daring a solid 5 stars, and here’s why. I love romance books with strong female leads/heroines. In my opinion, it takes a strong man to love and have a lasting relationship with a strong, independent woman. Lucy is definitely a strong heroine. She is also a very relatable character. I think we all can identify with our childhoods shaping who we become as adults, and how it influences our personal relationships, especially with our significant other. And Andrew is just the man to change Lucy’s ideas about marriage. This couple’s adventures and antics kept me entertained, and the romance between the two kept me hooked. I couldn’t wait to find out how they found their HEA.

I highly recommend The Duke of Daring by Darcy Burke, whether you listen to the audio book, or go the “traditional” route and read the book.

I hope you enjoyed my first book review! If so, please comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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