Monday 30 April 2018


Lord of Fortune, an all-new historical and romantic standalone from Darcy Burke is LIVE!


Lord of Fortune
Legendary Rogues #3
By Darcy Burke
Releasing April 24th, 2018
Intrepid Reads

Dashing adventurer Penn Bowen is dedicated to preserving Britain’s history and his carefree, bachelor lifestyle. He’s happiest when he’s in pursuit of knowledge and the occasional liaison with the right woman. So he’s more than a little perturbed when the wrong woman inserts herself into his latest quest—proving that a valuable artifact in Oxford’s museum is a fake. Amelia Gardiner is smart and capable...and determined to prove that Penn is wrong about the treasure her grandfather found.

Amelia won’t allow Penn to denigrate her family’s legacy, and she certainly won’t join the ranks of women who throw themselves at his feet. As secretive and dangerous factions infiltrate their hunt, Amelia and Penn must work together to stay one step ahead. But passion ignites between them and suddenly their alliance is more than a simple convenience. When peril strikes too close, they’ll risk everything they hold dear: family, honor, and a chance for the greatest treasure of all—love.

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In Lord of Fortune (Legendary Rogues #3) by Darcy Burke, Penn Bowen knows a lot about antiquities and leads an exciting life as an adventurer, but he faces his toughest challenge yet. Trying to prove to Amelia that the valuable artefact her grandfather found and which now resides at the Oxford Museum is a fake doesn't get off to a great start, but he's determined to find the real treasure no matter what. However, being around each other isn't easy, but Penn is determined to make the most of the pair teaming up together. Will Penn be able to win Amelia over, or are the secrets she's keeping too big for the pair to ever have a chance at happy ever after?

I haven't read any of the previous books of this series, but I really enjoyed this third book of Ms. Burke's Legendary Rogues series due to the wonderful main characters that find it hard to trust each other at first; and dialogue that had me intrigued to keep reading in order to find out whether the hero was right or wrong when it came to what he believed about the valuable artefact her grandfather found. As for the way this story started, it sets the fast-pace of the book and drew me in immediately because of what the hero is doing. However, things get very interesting when the heroine enters the picture. Will she get her way? 

Both the main characters are fascinating due to their back stories and their growing relationship. Yet, what I liked most of all is the obstacles these two had to overcome to be together. Will the heroine finally be free of her past? Will the heroine be able to be with the hero, especially when there's something big that's holding her back?  Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked that she gave the hero a chance, even though it isn't easy for her to trust after what her jerk of a husband did in the past. I also liked how she challenged the hero, especially in the beginning because she wants to do right for her family name. Will she be able to prove the hero is wrong? While the hero, he's good at what he does in searching for antiquities and I loved his enthusiasm for what he does. I also liked how confident he was that he'd get to the bottom of the mystery of whether the artefact was indeed a fake. Yet, I couldn't help but sympathize with the hero because of what he learns about his parentage and that everything he believed was a lie. Can he handle the truth to be able to fulfil his new role?

Overall, Ms. Burke has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance was delightful and had me hoping for the best for these two, as they have a big obstacle to overcome to be together; and the ending had me worried for the main characters because of what they go through, but had me loving that these two finally get their shot at happy ever after. I would recommend Lord of Fortune by Darcy Burke, if you enjoy Historical Romance or books by authors Jess Michaels, Erica Ridley, Christi Caldwell and Ella Quinn.

Penn enjoyed watching her animated expression change as she’d relayed the tale. “You’re a romantic.”

Her brow pleated for a moment. “Not particularly.”

He wasn’t sure he believed her, but he’d have to take her word for it since he barely knew her. Though he hoped they were rectifying that. He did? Did he hope to know her better? Certainly, if it meant gathering information he needed to find the real heart and dagger. As to that—he needed to convince her to accept his partnership, especially if the Order was involved.

“The Order’s primary objective is to keep the Thirteen Treasures—and really anything to do with them—from being found or publicized. They want them to remain a legend.”

“But one of them is in a museum.”

He lifted his right shoulder. “Or not.”

She rolled her eyes and pursed her lips. “Does the Order agree with that assessment?”

“I can’t say for certain—let me be clear: I am not a member. Members are, for the most part, descendants of the knights.”

“How can that be possible if it’s all a legend?”

“The Order wants everyone to think it’s all a legend. I didn’t say they believed that.” Mr. Tarleton returned with Penn’s breakfast. After the innkeeper left, Mrs. Forrest shook her head.

“That seems ridiculous. What is their reasoning?”

“That the treasures are too powerful, that if they were to be found, they would cause strife and conflict.”

He sliced off a piece of ham and brought it to his mouth. “War?”

She stared at him a moment, and her shoulder twitched as if she suppressed a shiver. “My grandfather told me once that he gave the heart to the museum because it was far too valuable to keep. He feared someone would steal it.”

Penn relaxed slightly. Her sharing such a thing with him was progress. Her brow furrowed once more and stayed that way as she spoke. “What he said in the letter… Was he afraid of this Order? Do I need to be concerned?”

It was the perfect opportunity to bind her to him, to encourage her reliance, but he’d also said he wouldn’t lie. “You do not need to be afraid. Concern, or wariness, is always a good thing. Even if you decide to associate with me.”

She gave him a dark but curious stare. “And what do I need to be wary about with you?”

He didn’t think she meant any sort of innuendo, but his brain took that route automatically. Lout. “I don’t plan to steal anything from you. I merely want to share information so that we may get to the heart—pardon the pun—of the matter.”

She rolled her eyes again, but this time, the edge of her mouth ticked up with humor. He suppressed a smile before taking another bite of ham. After he swallowed, he said, “I only meant that being guarded will serve you well. That said, you can trust me.”

She let out a short laugh. “One of the first things you said to me was that you didn’t trust me, and now you expect me to trust you?”

He had said that, blast. And he’d meant it. Did he trust her now? Not completely. But then the list of those he trusted completely was quite succinct—his parents and his sister. “How about we give it a try?”

There was something about her… Something he wanted to discover. She, like all women, was a mystery. The difference was that he wanted to investigate this one.


Darcy Burke

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. Join her reader club at 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, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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