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.
After failing on the Marriage Mart, Jane Pemberton has two choices: submit to her parents’ edict to marry their boring neighbor or become a self-declared spinster and take up residence in the official headquarters of the Spitfire Society. It’s really no choice at all, and Jane is eager to embrace her newfound independence. She soon finds an unconscious viscount on her doorstep and nurses him back to health. When he offers to compensate her, she requests payment in the form of private instruction of a scandalous and intimate kind.
Having spiraled into a self-destructive abyss following the murder of his parents, Anthony, Viscount Colton, physically recovers under the care of an alluring spitfire. But it is her charm and flirtatiousness that soothes his soul and arouses his desire—until an extortion scheme forces him to face the sins of his past. Now, to save the woman who’s given him everything he lost and more, he’ll have to pay the ultimate price: his heart.
He’s a mess
He’s wallowing in pity (and alcohol and brothels).
Anthony is a mess, visits every room in his brothel of choice and ends up beaten up on Jane Pemberton’s doorstep.
I liked the spitfire Jane, who’s determined to be a rather unconventional spinster (with um, lessons from Anthony).
I had a harder time with Anthony, who needed a lot of growth to do and he never quite measured up.
Overall, a solid historical from a proven author.
The question of course is Why a Duke will never do? He would do perfectly fine I'd expect when found lying on your doorstep beat to a pulp!
Fortune smiled down on Anthony Colton when he was left for dead on the doorstep on Jane Pemberton's home. She of course brings him in and takes care of him and his is forever thankful.
What could he do to repay her? What? give her lessons in seduction to catch a husband?
As usual Darcy's stories contain everything I love about historical romance! A little intrigue, suspense, wonderful humor with sparks zinging between Anthony and Jane that cannot be denied.
But could he give up his rakish ways? Such and entertaining story and I have to say I love this series and those Spitfires! Cannot wait for more!
A must read
A Duke Will Never Do
Just spectacular writing with heart gripping emotions that make want to jump into the pages and just give Anthony a hug and shake Some sense into Jane’s parents. I absolutely loved that some of the characters from past books make it into this book.
Grief has been consuming Viscount Anthony Colton since his parents untimely death. This poor tormented soul is just so lost and his life is spiraling out of control. Fate intervened dropping him beaten and drunk on Jane’s front steps might just be what he needs.
Jane Pemberton has given up on finding a suitor and has claimed herself a spinner rather than marry the man her parents want. Living on her own in her recently married friend house guves her the freedom to do what she wants. Helping a friend’s brother that was left on her footsteps beaten and drunk is one of those things.
As their friendship develops Jane tries to help Anthony get through his grief and get over his past. When his past comes back to haunt him can he face his past and survive the repercussions and make the right decision for Jane?
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review.