After one passionate night a decade ago, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of the college at Oxford. However, since suffering a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife, the duke has vowed never to succumb to temptation again. Until the day he discovers his friend’s governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.

Once penniless, Isabelle Cortland has finally saved enough money to finance a school for impoverished girls. But when a chance encounter rekindles buried desires, Isabelle knows she can’t be a duke’s mistress and a headmistress at the same time. No longer a naïve girl, Isabelle won’t repeat the past. Not even for one night of surrender.

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 Surrender
Series:  Wicked Dukes Club #2
Author:  Darcy Burke
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  April 30, 2019
Publisher:  Darcy Burke Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

ONE NIGHT OF SURRENDER is a quick but delicious story in the alternating author series Wicked Dukes Club with Erica Ridley.

It’s been a decade since Val and Isabelle last saw each other and much has changed in their lives.  Yet their positions in society still, or even more so now, will keep them apart.  Val is now a widower but because of the actions of his wife has no desire to enter into that particular union again.  That he must eventually is a subject he has kept in the far back of his mind, in spite of being reminded almost constantly by one relative in particular.  Isabelle is also now a widow and life has been less than kind to her during those years as she finds herself penniless and needs to work to support herself and her dream of opening a school for other girls like herself.  Now employed as a governess, Isabelle will find herself facing Val once again and the enjoyment of that reunion is overshadowed by her need to remain a stranger to him for her reputation could so easily be ruined should their past come to light.  That doesn’t mean that the emotions, the attraction or the need for each other has diminished over time, but she’s smarter now, or at least she hopes she is.

Val and Isabelle have a second chance at finding a love that lasts but there is much in their way.  ONE NIGHT OF SURRENDER is full of emotions, laughter and sizzling sexual tensions.  I enjoyed their romance and will let you read for yourself what happens next.  If you love a good story, likable characters and steamy moments then you’ll enjoy this one.

*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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