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One Night of Surrender

(Wicked Dukes Club #2)

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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 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 w ...more
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Published April 30th 2019 by Darcy Burke Publishing
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Melanie
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Night of Surrender was a great continuation of the Wicked Dukes Club series featuring a delightful second chance at love romance.

Valentine Fairfax the Duke of Eastleigh never forgot Isabelle, the daughter of a head of college at Oxford and Valentine’s first brush with forbidden love. But after ten years Valentine discovers Isabelle is the governess for his friend’s daughters, the same friend he just gave permission to stay with him while their townhouse is being renovated. Encountering Isabe
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Tanya Sridhar
4.5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers in exchange for a honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the story or the characters.

Darcy Burke is an author I've read quite a lot, and in my experience it's usually a hit or a miss. This is a hit for sure. I absolutely adored this second-chance romance between an independent, bluestocking governess and a sweet, kind and charming Duke. And no readers, he isn't a prolific rake sleeping with everything that mov
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Barbara Rogers
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Wicked Dukes Club #2
Publication Date: 4/30/19
Number of Pages: 170

Ten years ago, when Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh was attending Oxford, he met Isabelle, the lovely and intelligent daughter of the warden of Merton College. Though it was forbidden for the students to fraternize with the wardens and their families, these two got to be friends – and more. When they parted, neither ever thought to see the other again, though they thought of each other often during the years.

Val’s very
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
ONE NIGHT OF SURRENDER by Darcy Burke is book Two in the Wicked Dukes Club Series. This is the story of Isabelle Cortland and Valentine 'Val' Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh. I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Isabelle and Val meet when Val is at Oxford college where her father is the head of and sparks fly. Even though they are forbidden due the do enter into a romantic relationship. But of course due to their different levels in life th
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Maggie Whitworth
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
❤❤❤❤❤
💋💋
This is turning out to be a wonderful series. Between Darcy and Erica I don’t think I can say which I prefer so far , they are doing a cracking job .
This is The Duke of Eastleigh’s book , Valentine Fairfax.
He’s a widower, with an unhappy marriage behind him ,the last thing he wants is to be back on the marriage mart , try telling his grandmother that though, she is a law unto herself and no one tells her no .
When a friend moves in with his children and their governess Isabelle Cortland ,
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Sarah
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The thing I love about the first two books in this series is that both hero’s are not rakes! Darcy Burke never disappoints with her hero’s but I especially liked Val. He was a lovely hero, kind, and honorable. Isabelle was perfect for Val. She was smart and independent. I don’t usually like second chance romances but this absolutely worked for me mainly because the hero wasn’t a rake. I would liked to have learned about their marriages more but it did t detract from my enjoyment of the book at a ...more
Tracy Emro
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
4.5 stars rounded up.

Isabelle Cortland is in London and is entering the home of Valentine Fairfax, the Duke of Eastleigh, she is praying that he is not there. She is governess to Baron Barkley's two young daughters and when the townhouse the Baron rented was not ready, his good friend Eastleigh offered to have them stay with him. Isabelle knows Val - intimately - and if he recognizes her, she will be ruined and any hope of opening a school will be lost. It has been ten years since she last saw h
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Bernadette
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
He doesn’t need anyone and she can only rely on herself. Ten years after their last personal contact, Valentine and Isabelle meet each other again. They have never forgotten each other and are now two sides of the same coin. They are both intelligent, independent, loyal, loving and strong.
Their previous marriages have helped to form their current position on remaining single. However they can’t help being attracted to each other and Val can’t help trying to assist Isabelle when she looses her jo
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Andrea
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely second-chance romance that takes its time re-uniting two former lovers who haven't seen each other in ten years. After disastrous marriages, neither Valentine nor Isabelle feel like trusting another person anytime soon. But when fate throws them together after ten years, they discover that neither has ever forgotten the other. But letting go of the past is not easy...

I really enjoyed this one. There was almost no drama, the romance develops gradually, and both Val and Isabelle are just lo
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Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
A light, fun, sweet and slightly hot story.
eyes.2c
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
First love, never forgotten! _____3.5 stars

Ten years earlier, when a student, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh had shared a night with Isabelle Highmore, the intelligent daughter of an Oxford College warden.
"They’d stolen their one night together and knew it would have to last them forever."
Now they've met again. Isabelle's a widow, Isabelle Cortland, and the governess for the children of a friend. Both have been married before, both marriages were untenable. Their meeting is a complete sur
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
ARC KINDLY PROVIDED BY AUTHOR DARCY BURKE!!
Valentine/Val Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh fell in love with Isabella Cortland 10 years ago. They had one night of passionate love making. Only to marry other people. Both are widow and widower now.

Isabella's deceased husband has left her in poverty. She has been working as a governess for the last 5 years. Lord Barkley her employer with his two daughters Beatrice and Caroline are moving to London, but there townhouse is not ready to move into. So they m
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Isha Coleman
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
One Night of Surrender (Wicked Dukes Club #2) by Darcy Burke  
 
Darcy Burke dreams up some of the best heroes and heroines. They charm as much as they frustrate, yet it's the skill in which she exposes their imperfections, that make them captivating to read. One Night of Surrender is a passionate tale. Valentine and Isa are two ships passing in the night until fate throws them a lifeline. Will they survive the dark waters ahead or wind up shipwrecked on Heartbreak Island? Burke packs a mountain o
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Meegy
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As good as the first book absolutely loved it! Viola would have to be my favourite character so far.
Cheryl
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Val, Duke of Eastleigh first met Isabelle Cortland the years ago. Neither of them have forgotten their one night of surrender. This was an engaging story of two people who had not achieved the happiness and fulfilment that they had experienced ten years ago with each other. Isabelle was a very intelligent woman but knew nothing of the so-called feminine talents like watercolours, musical ability or needlework. Her desire was to be a headmistress of a girl’s school. However, her meeting
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Janet
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of Merton College 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 invites a friend & his family to stay in his London townhouse & discovers the governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.
An enthralling captivating second chance romance that I read in one sitt
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Elodie
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second book in The Wicked Duke Club series is as entertaining and enjoyable as the first one One Night For Seduction by Mrs Erica Ridley.
Mrs Darcy Burke crafted two wonderful main characters, from Isabelle Cortland who was able to find a way out of her predicament when she found herself widowed and Valentine Fairfax who created a club with his friend open to anyone despite their society rank.
Each faced disappointing marriage, probably because they were not fully devoted to it, having left a
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AnnMarie
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke is the second book in the Wicked Dukes Club series. It is a fast-paced novella that you can enjoy as a standalone book if you haven't read the first in the series.

Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh has known Isabelle Cortland since his college days when her father was the warden there. They were instantly attracted to each other and before going their separate ways they had one glorious night of passion together.

Ten years later both Valentine and Isabelle
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Connie Fischer
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
London - 1817

Mrs. Isabelle Cortland is employed by Lord Barkley and his wife as governess for their daughters Beatrice, 13, and Caroline, 10. Lord Barkley, his daughters, and Isabelle are temporarily staying at the home of Valentine Fairfax, the Duke of Eastleigh, while renovations are being completed on the Barkley home.

Isabelle is hoping that she will not encounter Valentine during their stay. Ten years ago, the two of them spent a night of passion and Isabelle has never forgotten that night.
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Athena
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 STARS

One Night of Surrender is the second instalment in the Wicked Dukes Club Series. This is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Darcy Burke, and will most definitely will not be the last. I so enjoy the language and customs that you find in a historical romance, and this book had all the qualities i typically look for.


Valentine (aka Val) Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh is the other notorious duke of the Wicked Dukes Club. He has a second chance encounter with Isabelle (née
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Jennifer
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darcy-burke
As mentioned in the Erica Ridley review of the Wicked Dukes Club # 1 - which was written by Ridley, I love both these writers very much. Besides the fact that in real life they are best friends, together in a joint venture like this, the sky is literally the limit and I for one cannot wait for the rest of the books. This story consists of Isabelle Courtland who once was in a high society position due to her incredibly intelligent and well known father. She is surrounded by the Oxford University ...more
Cathy Geha
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke
Wicked Dukes Club #2

What a delightful second chance at a HEA Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh and Isabelle Highmore Cortland are given in this, the second book, of a wonderful historical romance series! Ten years before this book begins Val and Isabelle met and became friends in Oxford. Knowing a duke and the daughter of a warden of the university were not suited for a forever kind of relationship they did get to know one another well and then one night..
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Supriya Saran
What I have read so far of this series (2 books) has been enjoyable and very very interesting. First, there have been no rakes and scoundrels, a refreshing change that. Both the hero’s have been very good kind men, infact too good to be true; Second, the stories have been simple and crafted with a lot of history and facts of that period which makes for a very interesting read and a slight detour from the romance genre.

In this book too, as in the first the protagonists are good, kind hearted and
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Marcia
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free, advanced copy of this book as a member of the author's Review Crew. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. This second book in the Wicked Dukes Club series is about the second owner of the Wicked Dukes tavern, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh. It is a second chance story.

Valentine and Isabelle had been friends (and one time with benefits) when Val was at Oxford, where Isabelle's father was warden of Merton College. Ten years have passed. Both had married badly (because
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Lori D
A story of a long ago encounter that never was forgotten by either party. Years ago, Valentine, Duke of Eastleigh had experienced one amazing night with Isabelle Cortland, the daughter of the head of the college. Since then he had been through a terrible marraige and was determined never to get caught in that trap again. But then he literally ran into Isabelle.
Isabelle had married after that encounter but was now a widow and left with no money, so she went to work as a governess for the two girl
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Lori Quick
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darcy Burke has never disappointed me with her writing. One Night of Surrender is no exception. This is book 2 in the Wicked Dukes series by Erica Ridley and Darcy Burke. I received an advanced readers copy and have volunteered to review the book.

Isabelle Cortland is a widow and works as a Governess for two lovely children. She was educated at Oxford by her father who was a teacher there. She does not know the “lady things” as her employer calls them like needle point and dancing. She is a gues
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Maria Dariotis
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!! Nobody does romance and second chance at love better than Darcy Burke!

Valentine Fairfax wasn’t lucky in his marriage, he’s endured his wife’s cheating ways for the longest time. Now he’s a widower and every so often wonders what life could have been like if he’d married the one that got away..... Isabelle Cortland. Imagine his surprise when he finds her in his townhouse governess to his freind Baron Barkley’s two daughters!

Isabelle Cortland has dreamt of putting aside enough to see her d
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Sarah
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mary
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is sweet and romantic. Val is oblivious, determined and charming. Isabelle is stubborn, independent and vulnerable. They met in Oxford 10 years ago, she was the daughter of a teacher and he was fascinated with her. They met to read and talk, until one night it turned into more, but it was only one night. They did not think that they would see each other again, until they ran into each other in his home, where the family she was a governess for was temporarily staying. He was as drawn to her ...more
Pelusa Rivera
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Darcy Burke for years and have enjoyed her books and this is another one that I will add to the list. This is part of a series, and this is the second book but can be read as a standalone even though I plan on reading the first book because I like to read all in the series. This is Isabelle and Val love story. These two meet as young ones when he is in College and Isabelle is around since her father works there but they will be forbidden since they are in different social sta ...more
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Wicked Dukes Club (6 books)
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  • One Night of Passion (Wicked Dukes Club #3)
  • One Night of Scandal (Wicked Dukes Club #4)
  • One Night to Remember (Wicked Dukes Club #5)
  • One Night of Temptation (Wicked Dukes Club #6)