After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn’t actually want to marry—her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she’s nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there’s one thing she knows it’s that a gentleman is never what he seems.
Edward Bishop, Earl of Sutton, has a reputation for courting young misses and dropping them without a second thought. This has earned him a reputation for deceit, a description he can’t refute because he does in fact, harbor secrets and will do anything—deceive anyone—to ensure they don’t come to light. As he comes to know the charming Miss Knox, his resolve is tested. However, trust comes at a price and Ned won’t pay with his heart.
Aquilla has been throwing her potential courtships in the Ton of London by acting ditzy. After watching how her father and brother treat the women in their lives, she wants nothing to do with marriage. She didn't think she'd catch the eye of Edward Bishop. The Earl she end her friends named The Duke of Deception, due to the fact he courts women and lets them loose right when they expect a proposal. The two are thrown together and help each other out of their binds. Their attraction and chemistry leap off the pages. I love how protective Edward is. I was shocked when I learned more of Aquilla how much she was hiding especially her intelligence in the previous stories.\
Once again, Darcy Burke swept me away in this wonderful story she wove in her Regency romance! I highly recommend checking out the Duke of Deception and the rest of the Untouchables Series.