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Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: If the Duke Dares by Darcy Burke

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Today, I'm hosting a promo, on Darcy Burke's latest release, If the Duke Dares (Rogue Rules #1), as a part of the ongoing excerpt tour. Please find the exclusive excerpt from the featured book in the following post.
Darcy Burke will award a $25 Amazon/BN GC + swag to a randomly drawn winner (swag US/Canada only)
If the Duke Dares
Darcy Burke
(Rogue Rules #1)
Published: January 30, 2024

Incorrigible flirt Acton Loxley, Duke of Wellesbourne is in need of a duchess. En route to greet a potential bride, he encounters a most intriguing and captivating widow who completely distracts him from his task. However, she disappears before he can deepen their acquaintance. Acton begrudgingly goes to meet his bride, unaware she and the widow are one and the same.

When Persephone Barclay’s younger sister is compromised, Persephone must wed before the scandal spreads. Her parents scramble to present her to the Duke of Wellesbourne; except he’s precisely the kind of rogue she has now vowed to avoid. Taking flight to avoid a match, Persephone runs straight into her would-be betrothed and pretends to be someone else. But dash it all, the duke proves to be irresistibly charming! If she remains in his company, she’ll end up in the wicked scoundrel’s clutches.

Even worse, her second attempt at escape lands her in increasingly poor circumstances. With nowhere to turn and her safety at risk, she may have to accept help from the one man who threatens her resolve—and her reputation.
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Exclusive Excerpt from If the Duke Dares:

“Why are you here? Shouldn’t you be at your nicer inn?” Persephone asked.

“So droll of you, but no. I’m lodging here now.”

She was surprised he would exchange his certainly well-appointed suite at the New Inn for whatever they’d given him here. “Are you spying on me?”

“I’m watching over you. There’s a difference.” He sounded smug.

“I’d rather you didn’t. Why don’t you watch over the maids instead? You seem to have become quite friendly with them.”

He lifted a shoulder. “I’m friendly with everyone. It is my amiable nature.”

She thought of the red-haired woman who’d taken the maids’ place. “One might even call it flirtatious.”

Aha! He could look discomfited! He shifted his gaze from her briefly, and the end of his mouth ticked barely down. “Er, yes. I’ve been called that a time or twenty.”

She arched a brow at him, murmuring, “Only twenty?”

His gaze moved over her. “You look lovely this evening.”

“There you go flirting again.” She couldn’t help thinking of one of the Rogue Rules: never flirt with a rogue. They made it difficult by constantly flirting themselves, but Persephone would not bend.

“Can’t I offer you a simple compliment?”

Was he hoping she would acknowledge his gifts? If he wasn’t going to make it clear they’d come from him, she wasn’t going to bring them up. “Thank you.”

“The color of your gown makes your eyes shine even more vividly.”

Was he just saying that to be flirtatious, or had he chosen the gown to complement her eyes? Given his thoughtfulness with the bedding, she had to wonder if he had indeed given the task more consideration than she would have expected from a scoundrel. Or perhaps matching gowns to eye color was exactly what scoundrels did.
About the Author:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of over sixty captivating, compelling 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. Her novels have been translated into five languages and are also available as audio books.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming, teacher husband, artist daughter, and writer (yes!) son. They’re a crazy cat family with two Bengal cats, a small, fame-seeking cat named after a fruit, a rescue Maine Coon with attitude to spare, an adorable former stray who wandered onto their deck and into their hearts, and two bonded boys who used to belong to (separate) neighbors but chose them instead. 
You can find Darcy in her comfy writing chair, folding laundry (which she loves), or enjoying game night with the family.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting!

traciem said...

Do you have any plans for Valentine's Day?

Kim said...

Thank you for bringing the book to my attention.

Marcy Meyer said...

Thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

I like the book details.

Darcy Burke said...

Thank you for hosting me! No plans for Valentine's Day by my choice! :) (And Mr. Burke is fine with it.)

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