Her Wicked Ways

Her Wicked Ways

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by Darcy Burke
     
 

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She was his savior
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local

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She was his savior
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local orphanage, she’s further tempted by the home’s owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.

He was her downfall
Desperate to save his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery "Fox" Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected Miranda, whose kiss he can’t forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase his coffers. His problems seem solved—until she rejects his suit. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways—even if it ruins them both.

Editorial Reviews

NYT Bestselling Author - Courtney Milan
“A bad girl heroine steals both the show and a highwayman's heart in Darcy Burke's deliciously wicked debut.”
Blog - Rachel Romancing the Book
“FANTASTIC characters…totally recommend this delightful Regency romance…”
The Season - Beverley Kendall
“Sexy and wonderfully romantic. Her Wicked Ways is a debut every fan of historical romance should add to their to-be-read pile!” 4.5 stars, a Top Pick!
Author - Jackie Barbosa
“Captivating and romantic. Miranda is my favorite kind of heroine—witty, resourceful, and a little bit wicked—and I loved Fox for loving her as I much as I did.”
Smexybooks - Mandi Schreiner
“…fast paced, very sexy, with engaging characters.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033178674
Publisher:
Darcy Burke
Publication date:
04/20/2012
Series:
Secrets and Scandals , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
5,064
File size:
981 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Darcy Burke 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. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Darcy loves all things British (except tomatoes for breakfast, or any other time of day, actually) and happy ever afters.A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. 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. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at darcy-burke.com, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

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Her Wicked Ways 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 68 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Rachel Review Copy Provided by the Author I loved the idea of this book. Misbehaving daughter of a duke gets sent to the country only to find that her imprisonment is going to be a lot worse than she originally thought. Enter in Mr. Fox, owner of the shabby orphanage she is supposed to be helping with, and you have yourself a delicious love story just waiting to burst forth! I have to say, Miss Burke does a FANTASTIC job with describing her characters emotions as well as the reasons for their choices. The depth of the characters was amazing, and I often found my chest clenching at all of the different circumstances they found themselves in! The only problem I have with this book was that Lady Miranda waits until the very end to finally realize she’s in love with Fox, and even then it’s almost like she still has this “holier than thou,” attitude. Things are quickly set to rights in the epilogue, where she gushes about being with such a wonderful man, but still. As a reader it bothered me, because, to be quite honest. I was obsessed and am still obsessed with fox. He pretends to be a highwayman. Wears a mask. Works with his shirt off. Saves young children–I mean really? Come on? What more could the girl ask for! And in the end she’s still not sure about him! HE SAVES LITTLE KIDS! All in all, it’s a wonderful book. I would totally recommend this delightful regency romance to anyone who wants an interesting and provoking read. I give it a lovely rose. A word of warning, a few graphic sex scenes. Hats off, Miss Burke
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
WHY OH WHY DID FOX LOVE MIRANDA??????? She was a snotty witch up until the ending. Fox was a delight all the way through the story and deserved someone who loved him for himself. I wish I could give 1/2 stars, because this is better than 3 stars, but not for 4. Yes, it is free, so no complaints about $$$ spent on it. I have read 4 of Darcy's books, and I usually like both the H/h, but not this time (until the ending). Thankfully there is an epilogue, which was good. I am not going into the premise of this story, as it has been explained, but it is an enjoyable read. Has some exciting moments, a few twists, I also thought it moved at a nice pace. Loved the secondary character's too. There is sex outside of marriage, that is somewhat above mild. Loved the description in the brothel -wow - hot!! (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a copy when it was free and was very disapointed,glad I did not have to buy it not the best read, to drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were so annoying, I couldn't get past the third chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a waste of time. It was so boring that it took me 2 times as long as other romance novels. It was very drawn out. The female lead was extremly spoiled and self centered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its 733 pages! I got to page 30 and realized nothing was going to happen for anothee 200 pages. Blegh just drags on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
250 pages of agonizing dullness. Read this if you suffer insomnia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Refreshing to read about the fact that the leading man is not a billionaire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good historical romance book. I adore Fox not so much Miranda. She was toooo uptight kept making bad remarks toward Fox.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great read. It was long winded in some parts, but it's many other attributes over shadow that by far. 700 pages on my nook, throughly entertaining and free! I think anyone who is complaining just wants a "wham bam thank you ma am" book. This book is definently steamy toward the end, almost boiling. Not for anyone under 18.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Darcy Burke has created my favorite kind of story, that of opposites attracting, and made it even better by setting it in the world of the aristocracy in this romantic historical read that is the first book in a new series entitled Secrets and Scandals. This story features two fully fleshed-out characters who, upon meeting each other, are profoundly affected and show a distinct change in their thoughts that make them better and happier people. Miranda was on the path to self-destruction with her hoydenish ways and fear of familial embarrassment have her parents exiling her to the countryside to curb her wild tendencies. At first she sees it as torture, but after spending time at the local orphanage and the man who runs it, her eyes become opened to how frivolous her life has been and she goes about changing her perception of herself and becomes a stronger more likable woman because of it. While I was irritated by Miranda and her elitist attitude at the start, I found her evolution to a more understanding and compassionate person both believable and delightful. Her change didn't happen overnight, it evolved slowly and through subtle ways. Her relationship with the orphanage's owner, Montgomery Foxcroft, also progressed slowly and made for a more satisfying and believable ending as they both got to know each other in many little ways and through many different circumstances. After his father squandered away the family money it's up to Montgomery Foxcroft to do whatever necessary to keep the orphanage his family has supported for centuries running, even if that means donning a mask and robbing from the rich. Fox is a commendable man just wanting to do what's right and having to do things against his conscience to help those less fortunate. He's sacrificed everything, his own comforts and future, to help his young charges and I couldn't help being drawn to him. He's not conventionally handsome but his kindheartedness makes him so. He's immediately drawn to Miranda and thinks her dowry would be the answer to all his problems, but again his conscience won't let him hurt her by compromising her. As he gets to know the real her he falls more in love with her but knows her parents will never allow a marriage with someone of his low rank and that's a sad realization. The relationship between the two of them was adversarial at first but then morphed into friendship and then romance. Seeing how much Miranda's evolved from her parent's way of thinking gives hope to a future with Fox, but her wanting them to be proud of her keeps a barrier between them. Only when she realizes that finding happiness and personal pride matters most will she truly break away from her parent's elitism. The slow evolution of her and Fox's relationship allowed for a steamy build-up of sexual tension you could cut with a knife and some very sexy skin-on-skin action. Surrounding this wonderful couple is a colorful and intriguing cast of secondary characters that add much enjoyment and intrigue to the story. There's a nice bit of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat as well. So give this debut novel a shot and enjoy.
Theresa25 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Secrets and Scandals series. Darcy Burke did a wonderful job in telling this story. Miranda is an arrogant daughter of a Duke and Fox is a country gentlemen who owns an estate and an orphanage and lives to help better the lives of his orphaned children. Miranda is banished to the country for Her Wicked Ways, and takes an instant dislike to everyone and everything until she spends more time with Fox and starts to get to know him. I enjoyed getting to know each of these characters. Plus it was nice to see familiar faces from the Treasure Hunters series. Very enjoyable book.
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KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the premise in this novel. Miranda is sent to the country for the summer instead of enjoying the season in London. She is spoiled and use to doing what she wants. She meets Fox who, although not titled, owns a lot of land, a house and an orphanage. But he is overworked and does not have enough money to keep up repairs. Miranda is made to help at the orphanage, and she slowly grows into a caring partner. Of course there is a lot of other stuff that happens along the way. I loved that Fox quickly proposes marriage to Miranda in order to get her dowry to help with the repairs on the orphanage, but she says, “No.” And continues to say no throughout the book. She was not wishy-washy like a lot of the female characters are in romance books. That was super refreshing to me. The steamy sex scenes are what I have come to expect (and really enjoy) from Darcy Burke. When Miranda and Fox were in the brothel, Wow! But what was even better, is that the brothel scene was actually an important part of the story line. Burke didn’t just put it in there to have another sex scene. The characters were well written, and had lots of depth. I wanted to strangle Miranda’s parents. The choices Fox and Miranda made, completely made sense, and I wanted to cheer them on at times and cry for them other times. Another wonderful book by Darcy Burke, and I’m looking forward to the next one in her Secrets and Scandals series, His Wicked Heart.
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277 pages this book started off slow i mean very slow around the 100 page mark it picked that why i gave it a three and also the people were such snobs back then.
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Couldnt even finish this book. Got to page 25. Just wasnt good in my opinion. The female main character thought she was all that. And the author made the main male character overly poor. So overly poor it got on my nerves. Just didnt like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was originally going to give 3 1/2 stars but added 1/2 star for this being the author's debut novel. I will look into rest of series.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Story of a reckless lady and a ne'er do well gent. I enjoyed the interaction between Lady Miranda and Fox. Two people who are a lot alike, but separated due to class. Ms. Burke's story is humorously entertaining and heartwarming. Her Wicked Ways for me proved to be such an enjoyable journey that I purchased To Love a Thief. Can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Strong realistic characters for the time period. Good history. Those complaining about Miranda need to think about how life was and what was expected of women then. Very realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got this . Was looking forward to reading review said 700 pages another said 697 . Opened this just 270 pages . Why does one get a book to enjoy another not ..