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Happenstance and fate throw Val and Isabelle an unexpected second chance at love. Isabelle takes after her belated father, the beloved head of Oxford college, and dreams of running her own school, but for now finds herself the governess to two adorable girls and the unexpected temporary lodger at a Duke's home. A duke she just happened to have a too brief, passionately whirlwind affair with many moons ago. Still magnetically drawn to each other and ensnared my a history steeped in desire and one fleeting but immeasurably memorable moment, that refuses to be forgotten, chemistry still sparks and craving blossoms into need and desire. But can a future really be possible between a governess and a duke? Well, a spot of interference from one formidable dowager duchess/Grandmama and with one perceptive, highly intriguely and tenacious sister, Viola, on the case, anything is possible. A well written romance that holds your attention with wit, strong characters and deeply tormented yearning. A lovely, heartwarming addition to the series!
Darcy Burke generally writes a nice story. In this short novel once you ignore the fact that Aristocracy did not normally marry commoners (one must suspend disbelief) it was an easy read and a happy ending. Of course, disbelief must also be suspended regarding two Dukes owning a pub and frequently going there: also very unlikely. What I discovered is that the books in this series are written alternately by Darcy's "Bestie" Erica Ridley who is purported to be a well known author, and Darcy herself. I read the first book and the plot was pathetic and very, very stupid and unlikely, so although this book was ok I shall not inflict any others in the series on myself.
4.5 stars Val, Duke of Eastleigh first met Isabelle Cortland the years ago. Neither of them have forgotten their one night of surrender. This was an engaging story of two people who had not achieved the happiness and fulfilment that they had experienced ten years ago with each other. Isabelle was a very intelligent woman but knew nothing of the so-called feminine talents like watercolours, musical ability or needlework. Her desire was to be a headmistress of a girl’s school. However, her meeting with Val, has her reassessing what she wants to do with her life. I liked the close relationship Isabelle had with her two pupils and I loved how Val looked out for Isabelle and the way he brought the two girls to see her. Their relationship was as strong as ever and I enjoyed reading how they progressed.
This is the second book of the series and is as good as the first. Having two excellent authors writing alternate stories is working really well as they have clearly planned their characters well. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book, but I can only give this one 4 1/2 stars. It's not quite the 5 star read of the One Night for Seduction. All the characters were great - especially Val's family. And I loved Val - how he understood Isabella's need for independence. I just felt like there was a conversation missing. They never really had a heart to heart about their past or why they ended up marrying other people. Even we, as the reader, aren't really given an explanation as to why, if they loved each other then, that they didn't marry. I would have liked a bit more information or conversation or something with regards to that. Otherwise, the book was great. I will definitely keep reading the series!
Loved this story of Valentine's and Isabelle's romantic history - the characters are sizzling hot together - the other characters of Viola and Grandmama are developed well too and Viola with her mischief making definitely needs a romance that has a daring and understanding lover or Viola will run that man to a frazzle - the plot is strong and I love the Wicked Duke's Club theme that runs through the stories, don't we all like somewhere to go and be with friends whatever there profession - this series is a winner so far for me