The Duke of Defiance

The Duke of Defiance

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 16mm | 231g
  • English
  • 194457607X
  • 9781944576073
  • 38,659

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"This story was so beautifully written, and it hooked me from page one. I couldn't put the book down and just had to read it in one sitting even though it meant reading into the wee hours of the morning."

- Buried Under Romance

"I loved the Duke of Defiance! This is the kind of book you hate when it is over and I had to make myself stop reading just so I wouldn't have to leave the fun of Knighton's (aka Bran) and Joanna's story!"

- Behind Closed Doors Book Review

"Fast paced with an enjoyable cast of characters that will definitely win your heart. Another heartwarming story by Darcy Burke!"

- My Book Addiction and More

"I love The Duke of Defiance. [Bran and Jo] are so adorable and their chemistry is off the charts."

- Forget the Housework, I'm Reading
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3 17% (121)
2 3% (24)
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