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Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.
With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.
This was my first time reading Darcy Burke and I quite enjoyed this book. I will however, have to go back and read the previous books in the series to learn exactly why Ivy and her friends have given nicknames to each duke featured in the series. I liked the flirting between Ivy and West, since it's not the in-your-face flirting, and the way they would correspond during the house party I found endearing. When it came to the turning point in the relationship that wasn't technically a relationship, I would have thought there would have been more interference from a former paramour of West. I wasn't exactly shocked by the reappearance of the person behind Ivy's downfall, although I was surprised by exactly what she endured on her own the decade prior. I liked the way the story turned out for Ivy and West, and I'm hoping that maybe at some point Ivy's younger sister might get her own story.
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