His Wicked Heart

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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.

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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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Editorial Reviews

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!”
Kat Forever Book Lover
“The storyline was fresh with a cast of well developed characters. Darcy Burke is an author on the move!!”
Booked Up
“I loved the book: interesting storyline, wonderful characters, and a touch of humor. 5 stars.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615647364
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads
  • Publication date: 6/6/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.73 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Highly recommend.

    I love a good romance and enjoy all of Darcy Burke books I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Reviewed by Rachel
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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Recommend

    Great read!

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, is suffering from a burning obs

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Enjoyed reading this wonderful book. 654 pages. Well written. 

    Enjoyed reading this wonderful book. 654 pages. Well written. 

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    Entertaining & Emotional Read From a Well-Written Series

    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.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Fabulous Must Read Series!

    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*

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