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One Night of Surrender (Wicked Dukes Club #2) by Darcy Burke. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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After one passionate night a decade ago, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of college at Oxford. However, since suffering a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife, the duke has vowed never to succumb to temptation again. Until the day he discovers his friend’s governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.

Once penniless, Isabelle Cortland has finally saved enough money to finance a school for impoverished girls. But when a chance encounter rekindles buried desires, Isabelle knows she can’t be a duke’s mistress and a headmistress at the same time. No longer a naïve girl, Isabelle won’t repeat the past. Not even for one night of surrender...

Meet the unforgettable men of London's most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…


Valentine Fairfax,  the Duke of Eastleigh is allowing a friend and his family to stay with him until their town house is ready for them.  He doesn't expect to run into an old friend from when he was at Oxford .
Mrs Isabelle Cortland has been working as a governess since her husband died.  She loves the girls she has been teaching but their mother is jealous of the relationship.  When they need to stay at the Duke of Eastleigh's home she knows things could get complicated.
This is a lovely second chance romance.  Our characters are socially incompatible but have a history together.  Both have bad marriages behind them and are nervous about the future.  The wicked dukes are fun and unusual characters and their families are very entertaining. 
This is part of a series but each book can be read alone. 
I loved it. 



Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional 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. Join her Reader Club at

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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