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IT'S HARD TO BE RESPECTABLE

Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with his devil of a father to marry in one month’s time. But instead of shackling himself to an acceptable debutante, he indulges his baser needs. He joins a fighting club and pursues 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 her his mistress. Destitute and desperate, she agrees to one night with the dangerous lord, hatching a scheme to take his money and keep her virtue. However, Jasper uncovers her deception and vows to claim what he's owed—not his money, her.

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His Wicked Heart
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If it was easy, it wouldn't be any fun!
June 29th, 2015
I was hooked from the first scenes of this novel! Jasper Sinclair is a peer, and on the hunt for some fun of the female persuasion when he sees a man roughing up a girl in an alleyway. He comes to her rescue but then shows his own arrogance by offering the same type of evening the ruffian was as soon as he gets a good look at her. Not very gentlemanly and I felt like he was a bit arrogant in that regard, but I suppose men of rank felt they had the privilege over those below their station. Olivia is the woman he rescues, but she is not just a lowly street urchin. Jasper senses in her a refined sort of something that he can not put words to. He is immediately intrigued. Olivia is a seamstress, but work is very hard to find. When she is about to finally make it into a position in a shop, the customer recognises her as her mother's daughter. Her mother was a courtesan and the customer, there with his daughter, expects she is the same. He takes for granted her capitulation and when she refuses he makes sure she no longer has a job. So now Olivia finds herself desperate, not wanting to go down the path her mother took, she comes up with a plan along with a friend who is a prostitute. Jasper finds out quickly and he will not let her get away with it! He will have what he paid for! I found Jasper to be utterly frustrating. He was a bit spoiled and was always bringing up the past mistakes Olivia made. But I also liked him for his ability to associate with everyone and the sacrifice he made to help his sister find her own happiness. He is a walking contradiction. Olivia is a very strong woman. She knows what she wants but not how to achieve it. I loved the writing in the book, Darcy Burke is one of my favorite writers for the way she writes. Always drawing you in and making you feel what the characters are feeling. And I loved Jaspers Aunt! The settings were also well written. Darcy brings us another fantastic story you will not want to put down! I highly encourage you to read her contemporary series ( Ribbon Ridge ) as well, she has a way with people! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion
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A Lord, a lady, and a fairy godmother.
June 2nd, 2015
Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, has worked so very hard to separate himself from the near scandal, that would have destroyed him. He's sold his soul to the devil, to ensure the happiness of this sister, and it's time to pay up. Olivia West, dreams of owning her own dress shop, but is having a tough time finding reliable sewing work. A chance encounter with Jasper leads to a case of mistaken identity and a proposition that she cannot accept. This is the fourth Darcy Burke book I've read and it is by far my favorite. I quite liked the fact that Jasper associated with people from all walks of life. This story is fast paced and had many interesting plot twists. My favorite part of the book is when Jasper's unacceptable friends come to help him make the right choice. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical romances and fairytale endings. I am privileged to be a part of Darcy’s Dream Team, where I receive ARCs in exchange for honest reviews.
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Finding their power - and love
May 29th, 2015
In "Her Wicked Ways", Darcy Burke provides us a story of a broken man who feels trapped by his station, and his father; and a woman who feels burdened by her poverty and her own troubled childhood. They meet by happenstance - a misunderstanding, actually - and Jasper (Duke of Saxton) is intrigued. Even in their meeting, though, we see the sensitive side of Jasper when he interrupts an aggressive suitor. Jasper is a truly sensitive character and throughout the book, we see him picking up "strays". We didn't spend much time at his home in this book, but I feel certain it's completely staffed with people down on their luck who need a hand up - and Jasper provides it. Jasper is definitely a complicated character, because while we see him trying to change the world, one hard-luck case at a time, we also see how he deals with the tension in his life - through fighting. He spent much of his life on the receiving end of violence, so I find it interesting that his method of dealing with the stress and tension in his life is violently - but controlled violence in the fighting club. But, you never see him display that violence outside of the club unless when warranted (i.e. when he is attacked). He uses his helping of those in need, and his fight club, to soothe the life-long hurts he has experienced. He may seem fierce but I actually think he's very gentle. I know he doesn't expect a woman to ever do more than fill his needs sexually and in society - and he fully expects those needs to be met by different women. Until he meets Olivia and struggles with his feelings for her. Poor Olivia. I loved her but it is clear that she is trapped in a vicious cycle dictated by her station and her lot in life. She is an honorable woman and works hard to meet her meager needs honorably. Ironically, she meets Jasper when he mistakes her for exactly what she never intends to be - a prostitute. I think he sees her as a challenge - something for him to strive for - but knows that nothing can come of his relationship with her. Olivia is a strong woman - at least as strong as a woman can be in London of the time. But beneath that strength is the 14 year old girl who is still seeking approval from her aunt and uncle, and love from her mother. She finds that love in an unlikely place - a dear old woman who embraces Olivia into her family - and Olivia comes willingly because I think its the first real unconditional love she's felt from another. Olivia also understands her lot in life and even though she is being embraced by Louisa, she doesn't believe this will secure her a place in society. It does, however, secure her the love of a wonderful widow in Louisa, and puts her right in the Jasper's sites - and in his bed. Throughout the book, Olivia struggles with balancing what she knows is proper behavior for a woman of the time with her overwhelming feelings towards Jasper, even as she knows they are wrong. Both Jasper and Olivia struggle to fight their feelings for each other, and what they know to be their duty to their station, and it creates a lot of angst as their relationship develops. I think what I liked the most about this story is how Jasper, with Louisa's help, finally realizes that he has more power over his destiny than he realizes. Jasper feels trapped by his place in society and it takes Louisa to help him understand that his position in society can be a position of power and not just shackles on his life. Jasper is acting as though his father has all the power, but Louisa helps him see that he can leverage what he knows about his father's desires to achieve his own goals - a life with Olivia. We see a huge turnaround in his father's relationship with Jasper once Jasper turns his position into a position of power. I almost think that his father begrudgingly gains respect for Jasper when Jasper finally stands up for what he wants in life. In the end, we see a great transformation in Jasper as he realizes that happiness and love IS in the cards for him with Olivia, and he finds a way to have the life he wants with her. And she happily joins him in that life! Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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July 6th, 2014
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