When notorious rake Marcus Raleigh, Marquess of Ripley, meets a beautiful spinster, he wagers her that she'll kiss him within a fortnight. She is not the type of woman that draws his eye, but for the first time in his life, he's seduced by something he never knew he wanted—female friendship. Though he's beguiled beyond reason, Marcus ultimately releases her from their wager only to find himself tangled so deeply in desire that he can't walk away...
After abandoning her philandering betrothed at the altar, Phoebe Lennox fled from London only to return an heiress who refuses to follow the ton's rules. She won't risk a relationship of any kind—until she meets the scandalous Marquess of Ripley. Captivated by his charm and surprised by his compassion, she is tempted to succumb to just one kiss. Until that isn't enough. But when Marcus's cousin is found murdered, can the delicate bond between them survive?
About the Author
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. Sign up for her newsletter to receive the latest news including new releases, deals, and insider info!
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. They’re a crazy cat family with two Bengal cats, a small, fame-seeking cat named after a fruit, and an older rescue Maine Coon who is the master of chill and five a.m. serenading. 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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