Friday, June 28, 2013

His Wicked Heart by Darcy Burke + Featured Freebie

His Wicked Heart (Secrets & Scandals #2)
It’s hard to be respectable… 

Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with the devil—his father—to marry in one month's time. But instead of declaring his intentions for an acceptable debutante, he indulges his long-buried baser needs by joining a fighting club and pursuing a delectable woman who may not be what she seems. Soon he finds himself battling addictions that threaten his already wicked heart.

When you’d rather be wicked 

Orphaned seamstress Olivia West wants the chance to lead an honest, respectable life, but the arrogant Earl of Saxton launches a daunting campaign to make Olivia his mistress. Destitute and desperate, Olivia agrees to one night with the dangerous peer, and draws upon her mother’s courtesan experience to seduce him. After binding and blindfolding him, she brings him to the edge of release, only to switch places with an actual prostitute. However, Jasper detects Olivia’s deception and vows to claim what he's owed— not his money, her.
My Rating: 4 Roses

Who wants to be respectable when you can get away with being wicked? The characters in this book definitely live by that philosophy and that made this book a great read. His Wicked Heart was a wonderful historical romance.

Olivia was a lovely heroine. I liked how determined she was to support herself. She's dealt with a lot in her life and that has only made her stronger and more determined to make her own way. And the whole issue about who her father was (which I never did find out) added a touch of intrigue to the book. I really liked Olivia's character.

Jasper was also a good character. He was very sweet and I loved how he was determined to make Olivia his, no matter Society's (or his father's) consequences. He was a little too suspicious, though he did have reason to be. But, still, since it came up several times, it became frustrating. But, otherwise, I thought he was a great hero, one who decides to forsake the respectable path and become wicked.

The romance was okay. It was sweet and there was a nice helping of spice. But, again, the whole suspicion thing brought things down a little. And, though it was on Jasper's side for the most part and he did have good reason, there was some the other way as well. They just has some serious trust issues to work out, though they finally did at the end. Overall, though, I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. And the ending was perfect. There was just one thing that's been a thorn in my side. I wish we found out who Olivia's father was. Just for the sake of my overwhelming curiosity. I understand why it wouldn't be revealed, but I just really wanted to know.

His Wicked Heart was a lovely historical romance. If you're looking for a great HR read, this is your book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Intrepid Reads for a copy!
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He would be her first kill...
Kamdyn MacKay is a Banshee assassin who has never killed a man. When her first mark becomes the Berserker warlord terrorizing the Highlands, she knows she must slay him or face unthinkable consequences. Once she's face to face with the notorious Laird of Shadows, Kamdyn realizes she's also never been taken by a man, and his carnal proposition may prove too seductive to resist.

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