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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Untouchables series comes your next Regency obsession: The Spitfire Society... Meet the smart, independent women who’ve decided they don’t need Society’s rules, their families’ expectations, or, most importantly, a husband. But just because they don’t need a man doesn’t mean they might not want one.

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?

February 25
Darcy Burke Publishing
Darcy Burke

Customer Reviews

Gallowaygirly ,

Full of romance and danger

Phoebe, a confirmed spinster and independently wealthy, has decided that she wants to experience what it is like to have a sexual relationship with a man and Marcus is going to accommodate her. The problem is he never expected to fall in love but he does. Events happen that cause Marcus’ freedom to be jeopardized. This is a great love story that is well written and entertaining. I would highly recommend it as a great read.

Doane2 ,


Seems to drag. Halfway through the book and nothing exciting. I gave up

LisanneH ,

He’s a bad, bad Marquess

A self declared spinster (and proud of it) and the libertine Marquess.

Phoebe Lennox has no use for being a wife, thank you very much. She’s a proud and independent spinster who stops in Hyde Park to aid Marcus.

Marcus is a relentless libertine (and proud of it). He’s trying to sort out the mess his cousin Drobbit created.

Then there’s that pesky murder of said cousin and a hanky that needs returning.

Steamy, a bit of suspense and plenty of clash of wills.

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