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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I love the Duke of Defiance. Bran is unique and though he doesn't quite fit in with those in high society he essentially tells them to stuff it. Bran's care and protection for his daughter and JoAnna is enough to sweep you off your feet. Yet he has a few flaws make him even more dashing and I do believe he's taken over as my favorite "Untouchable Duke". Joanna has overcome the odds of her sister ruining her chance with a season in society and a horrible marriage. She's a survivor. She's loving, yet insecure which makes her totally likable. She doesn't want to look for love again so she becomes Bran's nanny for his daughter. The two are so adorable and their chemistry is off the charts.
Darcy Burke writes amazing historical romances and each one gets better than the last! I highly recommend checking out the entire Untouchable Series!
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