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I enjoyed this book immensely! The characters were genuine and likable, and it kept my interest the whole time. There were no dull spots, no points at which I put the book down by choice. Darcy Burke is definitely on my list of authors to read in the future.
Lucy Parnell is desperate - for money, that is. She has had several unsuccessful seasons and has decided to retire with her grandmother in Bath. For that, she needs money, so she disguises herself as a man named Mr. Smith and proceeds to gamble her way to the money she needs. On her second foray into the hells of London, she is found out by the Duke of Daring, who is actually Andrew, the Earl of Dartford. Instead of being appalled by her less-than-ladylike pursuit, he is intrigued and convinces her to allow him to escort her on future escapades. For her own safety, of course. Along the way, the two very independent people find that being together is better than being alone.
Lucy and Andrew were an adorable couple! They bantered back and forth like an old, married couple almost from the beginning. It was lovely watching their relationship bloom and grow. They had some obstacles to overcome, but they did it together. Neither person was so stubborn that they refused to apologize, and that allowed them to accept each other's faults and work through them. I found myself rooting for both of them, and I was so happy when the ending came.
Darcy Burke is a new author for me, and I am so happy to have discovered her books! The next book is eagerly anticipated, but thankfully she has plenty of past books to keep me busy.
**I received a free copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.**