A Secret Surrender | The Pretenders | Author Darcy Burke
Darcy Burke

A Secret Surrender

Book 1: The Pretenders

About the Book

A survivor of the mean streets of London’s East End, Selina Blackwell has learned to be a chameleon, and in her current iteration as a fortune-teller, she’s able to provide a Season for her sister. Only, Madame Sybila can’t be a chaperone, so Selina takes on another identity as the proper Lady Gresham. But when a Bow Street Runner takes too much of an interest in her business, it seems the crimes of her past will finally come to light.

Determined to prove that Madame Sybila is a fraud bent on fleecing London’s elite, Harry Sheffield enlists the help of the alluring Lady Gresham in exchange for introducing her to Society’s best. With his busy career and aspirations for the future, Harry has no time for marriage, but an affair is just right–until he discovers the lady’s disarming secret. Whatever his feelings for her, he can’t ignore who she is and who she’s been. And when she holds the key to the one case he couldn’t solve, he must choose justice or love.

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“The delicate balance of a cat and mouse game as these two meet and begin to fall madly in love is a genius of plot crafting.”

– The Reading Café

“I liked the dash of suspense here–it added an extra layer to the plot, and I honestly didn’t guess who the villain was until the big reveal.”

– Becky on Books…and Quilts

“I love stories about Bow Street Runners and this one was an excellent start to a new series from Ms. Burke.”

– Two Ends of the Pen

“A Secret Surrender is a stunning whirlwind of danger, romance and emotion that pulls readers into a dynamic seduction that is hard to break free of.”

– Hopeless Romantic

The Details

Published: August 7, 2020
Publisher: Zealous Quill Press
Formats: EbookPaperback
Translations: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 1944576878 ISBN-13: 978-1944576875 ASIN: B088NMMF5P
Genres & Tropes
Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Victorian Romance