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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.
©2017 Darcy Burke (P)2017 Darcy Burke
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5 out of 5 stars
By Trish R. on 02-02-18

Great book and awesome narration..



So, book 5, The Duke of Defiance, and I really enjoyed. I liked that Bran not only didn’t like being touched all that much but he absolutely hated his coat, waistcoat and cravat and took them off as often as he could. One gets so used to gentlemen being dressed so stuffily all the time it was nice reading about someone who undressed as much as Bran did.

It was also about Joanna (Jo) who was married to a vicar for 8 years and he blamed everything that was wrong with their sex life on her, even when she caught him in bed with another man Matthias blamed that on Jo too. Anyway, she and Matthias assumed she was barren when he never got her pregnant, but that wasn’t the case.

This was a good story but maybe a little too much sex for me. Three bedroom scenes is really too much, unless it’s a 400 page book.

As to the narration: Marian Hussey was simply incredible. The voices and the emotions with which she read were awesome.

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