Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Excerpt Tour + #Giveaway: If the Duke Dares by Darcy Burke @GoddessFish


by Darcy Burke

GENRE: Regency Historical Romance


Incorrigible flirt Acton Loxley, Duke of Wellesbourne is in need of a duchess. En route to greet a potential bride, he encounters a most intriguing and captivating widow who completely distracts him from his task. However, she disappears before he can deepen their acquaintance. Acton begrudgingly goes to meet his bride, unaware she and the widow are one and the same.

When Persephone Barclay’s younger sister is compromised, Persephone must wed before the scandal spreads. Her parents scramble to present her to the Duke of Wellesbourne; except he’s precisely the kind of rogue she has now vowed to avoid. Taking flight to avoid a match, Persephone runs straight into her would-be betrothed and pretends to be someone else. But dash it all, the duke proves to be irresistibly charming! If she remains in his company, she’ll end up in the wicked scoundrel’s clutches.

Even worse, her second attempt at escape lands her in increasingly poor circumstances. With nowhere to turn and her safety at risk, she may have to accept help from the one man who threatens her resolve—and her reputation.

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You’re on your way to meet a potential bride?” she asked, sounding far more interested than she had yet.

Yes.” He didn’t really want to discuss it with her. He was enjoying their conversation and preferred to leave his potential duchess where she resided—in the future. “Where are you headed?”

Pardon me if I don’t say. I find it’s better for a woman on her own to guard her secrets.”

Secrets. That single word provoked Acton’s curiosity like none other.

I can understand that, but I promise you are safe with me,” he vowed intently.

She gave him a look that said she didn’t believe that in the slightest, but said nothing. Had he done something to offend her? Was it the mention of a potential bride? Had she felt an instant connection with him that made her feel…jealous? That seemed absurd. And yet, Acton couldn’t deny that something about her intrigued him. He’d called her beautiful, but that wasn’t exactly right. She was singular—it was those eyes. Yes, those eyes held a wealth of secrets, and he wanted to learn every single one of them.

She tapped her finger on the base of her wineglass once. Twice. “What will you do if you meet this woman and she’s not to your liking? I mean, if you determine you won’t suit.”

Then we’ll go our separate ways with nothing lost.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of over sixty captivating, compelling historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Her novels have been translated into five languages and are also available as audio books. Join her Reader Club at https://www.darcyburke.com/join.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming, teacher husband, artist daughter, and writer (yes!) son. They’re a crazy cat family with two Bengal cats, a small, fame-seeking cat named after a fruit, a rescue Maine Coon with attitude to spare, an adorable former stray who wandered onto their deck and into their hearts, and two bonded boys who used to belong to (separate) neighbors but chose them instead. You can find Darcy in her comfy writing chair, folding laundry (which she loves), or enjoying game night with the family.

Visit Darcy online at her Website and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for taking part in this tour and featuring this book.

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoy historical romance. This story sounds really good. I like the cover.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

Kim said...

I enjoyed the excerpt.