His Wicked Heart
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His Wicked Heart

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by Darcy Burke
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Forever Book Lover - Kat Reviewer
"The storyline was fresh with a cast of well developed characters. Darcy Burke is an author on the move!!"
Author of Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed - Anna Campbell
"Intense and intriguing. Cinderella meets Fight Club in a historical romance packed with passion, action and secrets."
Rogues Under the Covers - Lisa W.
"A romance that is going to make you smile and sigh...a wonderful read!"
Blog - Booked Up
"I loved the book: interesting storyline, wonderful characters, and a touch of humor. 5 stars."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615647364
Publisher:
Intrepid Reads
Publication date:
06/06/2012
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
810,408
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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 http://www.darcy-burke.com, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

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His Wicked Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 23 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I hate to be the type of person who judges a book by the first page. I mean, who can really know how good a book is going to be by reading a few sentences? This book started at a brothel. I distinctly remember putting my kindle down, biting my lip and thinking, okay this is either going to be an awesome book where the author is just trying to shock me, or the book is going to traumatize my virgin eyes and I may never be the same again. I’m happy to say, my eyes are fine, and the author did a beautiful job building the story. Jasper, the ridiculously overconfident Earl of Saxton was hard for me to like. For many reasons, first of all he propositions a woman on the street for sex after saving her life. Who does that? The whole time he’s lusting after her he’s trying to push away the memory of the one girl he ruined ten years ago. I had trouble with this only because Jasper seemed to be the type of guy that would learn from his mistakes instead of numbing himself to the pain. Which is exactly what his character does. He goes to brothels, joins a fight club, and leads a nice gentle bred young lady to believe he’s going to propose marriage, and all of this because he messed up so horribly when he was younger that he’s trying to make amends for his actions by marrying a girl of his fathers choosing. Olivia West is beautiful, unfortunately for her she looks exactly like her deceased mother, who was not only an actress but a famous courtesan. Through a couple of amazing circumstance’s she is thrust into society by none other than Jasper’s dear aunt. And he has the audacity to judge her for trying to better herself. As much as I wanted to punch him in the face. I couldn’t help but feel for what he was going through. Society expected him to be one thing, his father expected something else, and he was left with nothing left for himself except for the terrible guilt that he would never own up to the man that everyone wanted him to be. In my mind, Olivia totally changed that. The love story between them was strong, albeit flawed. But it had to be flawed because the two main characters were written as beautifully human characters. Something that, as a regency writer, is very hard to do. I liked the book a lot. I think the only reason I’m not saying I love it, is because I wanted Jasper to clue in a little sooner and sweep the girl off her feet rather than denying himself the love they could share. Could I put it down? No Did I want to cause physical harm to the main character? Yes. Would I read it again? Probably not, BUT I will say, for a debut series, it is very well written and flows exceedingly well. If it was possible I would give it 3.75 Roses in bloom ;) All in all, I look forward to more books by this author and would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting twist on a regency romance. There is some cursing and a few graphic sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good romance and enjoy all of Darcy Burke books I have read.
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AneMailname More than 1 year ago
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 mothers 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
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
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.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
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.
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I love scandal books and this one did not disappoint. I absolutely love this family, even the Duke because you just have to laugh at how he acts about everything. I really liked Oliva because she stayed strong no matter what life threw at her and who couldn't love Jasper's aunt, she is just so accepting, and when she says she will handle her brother I know she means it. Jasper is very different from most. He tries to act so perfect, but loves to do things that if his father knew he would blow up at him. Most books talk about fight clubs, but I really liked that this one has more than talk and you get to know what goes on and how they interact with each other. I actually could not figure out who sent the note right away and was shocked by who it was and everything he did. To me he was creepy like a stalker. I loved the ending and how Oliva talked to the Duke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story in a really good series!!
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Great read!
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, is suffering from a burning obsession for Olivia West. His father demands that he marry a proper English society miss but try as he might he can't seem to stay away from the daughter of a famous courtesan. Jasper tries to persuade Olivia to become his mistress but she is determined to not go down the same path as her mother and only wants to design and make fashionable clothing. She dreams of having her own dress shop. Despite herself, Olivia is deeply attracted to the the tall, strikingly handsome Earl and soon finds herself falling in love. Darcy Burke wrings your heart with her poignant telling of Olivia's sad and lonely life and you really root for Olivia to finally find happiness. Jasper is passionate and tortured and these two flawed characters, richly deserve a HEA.
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Enjoyed reading this wonderful book. 654 pages. Well written. 
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MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
First, I gotta say this: I adore these covers! Look at those hunks! Wow! I would love to go back in time to see all the sexy men from the era. Anyway, on to my review. I gotta say that when I read a historical romance, I want it to have sizzling passion, vivid historical elements, humor and complex characters. Darcy Burke created three fabulous books filled with all those things and more. She took my breath away from page one of Her Wicked Ways, took me on a whirlwind ride in His Wicked Heart and set me down in a place I didn't want to leave in To Seduce A Scoundrel. All three of these books are breathtaking awesomeness! In Her Wicked Ways, I don't know which character I adored more, Miranda Sinclair or Fox. Both were delightfully humorous and full of passion. Miranda is a spoiled, rich Lady, and Fox is lower class orphanage worker. When Miranda is sent off by her parents to live with the Carmody's she soon finds that there is more to life than money. The sizzling passion that flies between Fox and Miranda is enough to keep me hanging on wondering what will happen next. In His Wicked Heart, we meet the second Sinclair family member, Jasper. Wowee! I totally want one of him....I mean, look at his sexiness on the cover! Ahem...yes, anyway. His story is filled with wickedness and charm and a beautiful lady that he can't help but feel passionate towards! The trouble is, she's an orphan and destitute, seeking his money and he wants to enter a fighting club competition. Olivia made a vow to keep herself pure, but steal away with the money of the Earl Of Saxton. What ensues instead is a deception that will discovered, a night of passion, and the hearts of two strangers colliding in the most unlikely of ways. In the series conclusion, To Seduce A Scoundrel, we get the look into Lady Phillipa (see His Wicked Heart!) and Lord Ambrose's story. Lord Ambrose is a boxer who is completely misunderstood. His reputation is ruined, and he just wants to prove himself worthy. When Lady Phillipa requires his assistance things quickly get out of hand. He's just trying to save a damsel in distress without ruining her. So, when things take on a new turn and he's forced to fight, Lady Phillipa steps up. What ensues from there is a whirlwind of excitement and deep passion! Ms. Burke has hit it out of the ball park with all three of these amazing stories. Each one is connected, though these 5 Book worthy novels could be read as a stand alone. However, I recommend you read each one in order to grasp the story in it's entirety. From secrets, to scandals, to finding true love, Ms. Burke weaves stories that will not only steal your heart, but steal a forever place on your shelves! I am now a forever fan of this talented lady and am anxiously awaiting more books from her. A terrifically amazing job, Ms. Burke! *This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
The secrets and scandals continue in this second book of Darcy Burke's sexy historical series focusing on two people drawn to each other even though they're from dramatically different parts of society. Jasper Saxton has felt the weight of the world, and his father's rage, on him every since the death of his older brother. He's felt alone with his only moments of emotion coming when he's bare-knuckled brawling until he meets Olivia West, the daughter of a courtesan who's never felt the love of family until fate joins her to Jasper's aunt. The path to togetherness is a rocky one where two people unused to trusting must now trust in each other to keep their secrets safe from society's judgement. Jasper has sold himself to his father so his sister could marry who she wanted in the previous book and is now being forced into finding a bride, but the only woman who fascinates him is Olivia who he knows is completely unacceptable but can't stay away from. This constant verbal and mental abuse by his father made me ache for Jasper and his reasons for fighting are perfectly understandable considering the coldness he gets from his parents. His fellow fighters accepted him wholeheartedly for who he was and the moments of sparring gave him a feeling of control that his parents have never allowed. Olivia's always felt alone too with no control over her fate and it's only upon meeting Jasper that she finally has a small modicum of control over what happens to her. The secrets she's forced to keep eat at her and I admired her wanting to what's right when doing wrong would've been so much easier. She's a strong woman who refuses to sell herself, knowing that she's worth more than that. People can be cruel though and her desperation to know her real father was a sad sight to see. The two of them admitting that they only trust each other brought a tear to my eye and made their connection all the more believable and had me willing them to push aside every obstacle to their happiness. The sexual interludes between them were steamy and slowly increased in intensity and emotionality until the story's conclusion. The scenes involving Jasper's father were hard to read as he's such a vile creature. Knowing how little he cared for his son's happiness made me hate him even more and had me rooting for him to get his comeuppance. A fellow fighter, Viscount Sevrin, played a large role in this story and I found myself drawn to his disreputable, yet equally emotionally scarred character and knowing that his story is next to be told has me giddy with anticipation. This second installment of Darcy Burke's series is just as entertaining as the first. Jasper seemed rather superficial in the previous story but became an admirable and heroic fully fleshed-out character this time around. Olivia's a more than worthy match and proves that opposites do attract and love can conquer all. So do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in this world Darcy Burke has created.