Jack Barrett is an ambitious member of parliament with no time or desire for a wife. When he catches the Duke of Eastleigh’s sister sneaking inside one of London’s private gentlemen’s clubs, he’s shocked—and dangerously charmed—and assumes the role of protector, only to discover she has the means to destroy him.
Social pariah Lady Viola Fairfax masquerades as a man to pen a column in a popular women’s magazine. When she stumbles upon a brewing scandal that implicates a prominent MP, she seizes the chance to establish herself as a real journalist. However, the infuriating and intoxicating man may not be the radical he’s purported to be, and the more time they spend together, the more she risks the one thing she’s sworn never to do: fall in love.
Titles in the Wicked Dukes Club alternating author series include — One Night for Seduction by Erica Ridley – One Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke – One Night of Passion by Erica Ridley – One Night of Scandal by Darcy Burke – One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley – One Night of Temptation by Darcy Burke
Title: One Night of Scandal
Series: Wicked Dukes Club #4
Author: Darcy Burke
Genre: Regency Romance
Published: May 28, 2019
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL finally reveals exactly what Lady Viola Fairfax has been up to, and it’s a delicious in-your-face to the men in power behind the scenes of a women’s magazine. They won’t hire her as a reporter/writer because she’s just a mere female? Fine. (always worry when a woman says “fine”) She’ll prove that she’s got the investigative talents, writing skills and courage the same as any man – even if she has to dress up as a man to prove that. Only this time she overhears something that could really be her breakthrough article – or put her in serious danger.
Jack has his life planned out, a life of service to his fellow citizens making certain that the right thing is done for them. He has no intention of seeking out a wife for some time yet, his political ambitions and his need to serve far outweigh the need to one day settle down with a wife and family. He has been aware of Viola’s masquerade for some time now and has kept his silence, but this time she’s gone too far and in stopping her from a foolish risk he also learns of her reasons. Soon the two will be working together to solve a crime – and maybe discovering that falling in love can be just as exhilarating as the perfect story or serving the public.
Viola is an intelligent, caring woman who has a plan for her life even if society would ostracize her for it. Jack is a good man doing what he feels is his calling and quite content. Put them together and fireworks ignite which neither expected. I’m loving the heroes in this series – all good men, not overbearing, alpha men, just really good men who care and aren’t afraid to show that. Viola and Jack simply work, they balance each other and do they ever have the sizzle factor going for them as well. I enjoyed ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL, it’s a well-written, engaging romance that kept me on my toes from beginning to end.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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