The de Valery Code
Book 1, League of Rogues
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Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?
Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.
A Thrilling Adventure
Darcy Burke's The de Valery Code is a thrilling adventure with mystery, conspiracy, and a healthy dose of romance. Miss Margery Derrington is not your typical damsel in distress. She’s beautiful, smart, and been allowed much freedom by her two elderly aunts. I found it very easy to relate to Margery and her curious nature to question and learn everything. With no other choice but to seek a buyer for a priceless family artifact, she must seek out the aid of Rhys Bowen, an academic scholar specializing in medieval texts. Rhys, an intellectual and a recluse, at first is intrigued by Miss Derrington and proceeds to study her like one of his ancient tombs. Their initial meeting begins an incredible journey, where they discover the secret behind a long hidden code and so much more about each other. It was amusing to see their interactions and hear their internal dialogues. I’m a huge fan of witty repartee and this book has it in abundance. This story was a delight to read. It is true, what they say, the journey is more important than the destination.
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