Review: A Duke is Never Enough (The Spitfire Society #2) by Darcy Burke

Print Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing (February 25, 2020)

From  Notorious rake Marcus Raleigh, Marquess of Ripley, is gracing the gossip pages for a new reason: the rumors he may have murdered his swindling cousin. His quest for answers regarding his cousin’s death leads him to an incomparable self-declared spinster, and he is—for the first time—beguiled beyond reason. Neither is what the other wants, and yet their intense mutual infatuation is inescapable.

After abandoning her philandering betrothed at the altar, Phoebe Lennox fled from London only to return an heiress who refuses to follow the ton’s rules. She won’t risk a relationship of any kind—until she meets the notorious Marquess of Ripley. Swept into his seductive embrace, her resolve falters in the face of a pleasure she never anticipated. But when the truth about Marcus and the murder come to light, Phoebe could lose everything she holds dear, including a love for all time.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Like most books by this author, A Duke is Never Enough is a witty and engaging novel with mostly likable characters and an interesting storyline. I feel it is worth mentioning that the storyline doesn't really match up with the synopsis. In fact, Marcus' cousin isn't even murdered until nearly the end of the story, long after Marcus has not only met Phoebe, but has embarked on a relationship (of sorts) with her. 

However, I feel that in setting up the novel the way that she did, it made more sense. Yes, Marcus is searching for answers (among other things) where his cousin is concerned, but it allows the relationship between the two to flourish before murder rears its head. 

And flourish their romance did. I enjoyed watching their interactions, from the very beginning, they had an easy, teasing way between them. The way Phoebe's parents treated her was a bit off-putting, but considering the way she chose to live her life, understandable. I still haven't figured out how she was still accepted within polite society however having set up her own household as a single woman, even if she were a self-proclaimed spinster. It seemed that was just a way to make it easier for her to see Marcus in private than anything else. 

And now for the things that I didn't like as much. To start, the story is called A Duke is Never Enough, and yet, there is no Duke in a central role. Marcus is just a mere Marquess. Then the villain of the story seems a little too... convenient.  Sure, he's popped up here and there throughout the story, and he had a reason to want to get back at Marcus, but murdering his cousin seems to be taking things way too far. 

Overall, this is a fast-paced read with a heroine who is a little more contemporary than most, but I still believe this story will appeal to fans of the genre. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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