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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Lord Lucien Westbrook may not have respect at home from his father, but as the owner of the renowned Phoenix Club, he has power. However Lucien is hiding the fact that he is only a co-owner of the club, and those who are his 'partners' are after more and more, and he's not willing to give in. Just when he thinks he's in over his head, he finds that there's only one person he can trust, and it's the very person he shouldn't. Falling for his best friend's sister, Kat, loving her and having an affair, he is the worst hypocrite, but Kat is the person to complete him, and he needs all the help he can get.

Wow, just wow! Kat and Lucien's tale was the perfect conclusion for the series. I've been intrigued by them both in the previous books, especially as Lucien has played a part in all of the other romances coming to fruition, and was more than deserving of his own happy ending. Kat was misunderstood by many in the ton, including her own mother, but somehow Lucien sees her, and loves her. I think this might be the first time I've read an autistic heroine in a historical romance, and found it wonderfully done in Insatiable. Kat and Lucien may have started their affair as a experiement, so that Kat can do her research, but they turned to each other whenever they were feeling vulnerable, or needed comfort. The story line of the Foreign Office, and their control over Lucien and the club, was drawn together in this book, and there were so many twists and turns that I thought Lucien had bitten off more than he could chew, and he would ultimately fail. I was hooked on the book, and couldn't put it down. Such a great ending to the series, and I'm looking forward to Darcy's next book!
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I love this series and have been waiting for Lucien's story and wasn't disappointed!  I always appreciate when the other characters come back too
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The Phoenix Club has been very enjoyable, and Lucien's story has been a long time coming. Lucien has been so instrumental in everyone else's HEA. His was long overdue, and Kat was exactly who he needed. 

I've never read an autistic heroine in a historical romance before. It was very having a different type of heroine. I loved seeing Kat's growth through the story. She was a wonderful character, and her connection with Lucien was beautiful to see unfold.

I enjoyed this book and the entire series. It was great seeing all of the couples from the previous installments and quite satisfying to have everything wrapped up nicely. All loose ends were tied up, and the issues with the Phoenix Club were resolved. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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This was the perfect end to a deliciously devilish and wickedly addictive series. The Phoenix Club series is one of my favorites of Darcy Burke’s and the scandal in Insatiable somehow left me satisfied (get it - because the title is insatiable?). Lucien was my favorite of all the characters from the start and I’m glad his story got the attention it deserves. 

I received an ARC courtesy of the author and NetGalley. All (very correct if not well conveyed) are my own.
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The last book in Phoenix Club didn’t disappoint. Lucien thinks he going to lose the club. Kat wants to do research on mating rituals. She wants to enlist his help. They are very attracted to each other. Kat has problems with social situations.  She gets involved in  Foreign Office business. It puts her in danger.  Lucien has to save her. 

The book was wonderfully written.  I would like to see a book about Lucien’s father. I highly recommend this book.
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This is only my second book from the Phoenix Club series, and while the previous book took me a minute to warm up to, I ultimately liked it where this one just irked me to no end. I overlooked a few things before that I just couldn’t get past. I was looking forward to the MMC’s love story but unfortunately I really despised the pairing. I could not stand the FMC so I ended up skimming the vast majority of this book. There was no chemistry and everything felt forced which kept me emotionally detached and uninterested. 

Thank you to the publisher for the advance reader copy via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
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Lucian is known for his unending assistance to whoever needs it. Even when it could paint him in a bad light. We have watched through pages and pages how he helps his friends and his friends friends. However, it's now his turn to be helped, even though he wasn't looking for it. Kathleen Shaughnessy is ruined by societal standards after being seen kissing a gentleman at a party. She is to be reintroduced into society - well really she is conducting her own scientific research on mating rituals. She turns to her brother's best friend Lucian to help her. What results are a slow building fireworks show. These 2 unlikely characters have met their match and their story wraps up an outstanding series. Loved it!
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This is the eigth and final book of what has been a captivating and enchanting series, The Phoenix Club. Lucien is everyone's go-to guy. If you need help with something, Lucien is the man. Turns out his best friend's sister, Kathleen (Kat), needs a little assistance with researching scientific matters and Lucien is compelled to help her, even though he probably shouldn't since her research involves the subject matter of humans and their mating habits. It definitely makes for an interesting and fun  premise for the story. Lucien realizes he is being a bit hypocritical, though, because he was furious when his best friend was secretly seeing his own sister. It seems with Kat's request, he may be headed in the same direction. But he can't for the life of him seem to resist her.
The characters were great and I was excited to finally read Lucien's story. He and Kat had such wonderful chemistry. I enjoyed this last installment and thought it wrapped up the series nicely. Looking forward to what Ms Burke creates next!
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
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Such a great ending to the series. I remember getting Indecent as an ARC and just finding it ok. Probably because it was in the middle of the series and my review says I just wanted to see who Lucien would end up with. Well I didn’t predict who she would be, but I’m incredibly happy the match. 

Kat was a little hard to warm up to at first. She only thought of Lucien as research for her study and with her anxiety, was a little standoffish. I liked that Lucien acknowledged it and was concerned for her but didn’t try to control her or “make her better”. 

This book had a lot to accomplish with Lucien’s march, the mystery surrounding the owners of the club, and his relationship with his father. I thought all were handled well and got the appropriate amount of page time. 

Can’t wait to read the new series!

Thanks to NetGalley and Zealous Quill Press for the arc.
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I like most of the stories I have read by this author. This one not so much. I didn't like the main female character at all.  One thing that irritates me is why label this person is white or this person is black. Is that really necessary if it is not important to the story. Disappointed and would say pass on this.
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Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this story and this is my freely given opinion.

I kind of did not want this series to end, because I enjoyed the greater world it was set in, having read the other books in the series and enjoyed them and the interconnected characters and relationships.

But all things must come to an end, and this is finally Lucien's story. I am certain that I am not the only one who wanted Lucien and Evangeline to end up back together, but that was obviously not going to be the case, especially after book 7. But I am satisfied after seeing his loyalty to her, and that the strength and basis of their love and appreciation for each other is respect and friendship.

But on saying that, Lucien has helped so many others find a place in the world, and find love and success, that he needed something good to happen to him too. Especially considering his world is falling apart, now that Evangeline's history was outed, his reputation is falling apart, and he was threatened with the loss of his club. It comes to light in this story that he is a figurehead for the club and he owes the Foreign Office for it's existence, with the plan that it be a facade for them to engage in monitoring members of society and a place to hold meetings. It is still a club as per Lucien's design, but the FO pulls some strings as to some members and how it should be run, and now they are putting pressure on him to do things he is against, such as getting rid of Evangeline Renshaw, and seeking to gain back members that have left. Lucien seeks to try to save his club and perhaps get out from under the thumb of the FO, even so far as to going to his ducal father for help.

His world seems to be falling apart around him, and he is at a loss on how to help himself, after so many years of helping others.

Into this period of emotional turmoil and chaos steps Miss Kathleen Shaunessy, the young sister of Lucien's good friend and now brother in law, Ruark, the Earl of Wexford. She has decided to join the Marriage Mart in London, and supported by her brother and wife, Cassie (Lucien's sister) because they believe she is looking for a husband. What she does seek to do is further her studies in mating behaviour, since she is singularly focused on her scientific studies, and has moved on from animals to humans. She has a failed attempt at such in the recent past, being caught engaging in kisses with a betrothed man in the country as part of her studies, but has decided to reapproach it again in London, as an observer of the rituals of the Marriage Mart. Though she realizes that observation does not help her to understand attraction between the sexes and seeks help from others. Including proposing that Lucien teach her about attraction. Lucien, already attracted to Kat, has a great deal of difficulty resisting her. Ironic considering how he lost his head when he found out about Ruark and his sister.

This was an interesting story - Kathleen is obviously awkward and does not fit in with what is expected of women in Society at the time - perhaps she is on the the Spectrum? It is rather sad how it sounds like her own mother and sisters do not understand her and how she was forced to fit the expected mold. I also liked the continued intrigue arc that carried over from Book 6, and Jess and Dougal's spy story, and how it affects Lucien and the Phoenix Club. There is also further to be revealed about the conflicted relationship between Lucien and his father, and some indication of future resolution there as well. So all in all, I felt it was a decent ending of the saga, with a love story and HEA for Lucien, and some cleaning up of loose ends as well.

Though I do agree some of the writing could have been a bit more sophisticated - describing someone as "tall and white" should be left on a police report, or news story Crime Stopper article.  But it leaves me cold when used as character description in a novel meant to draw in and entertain the reader.

4 stars out of 5
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I keep reading Darcy Burke and hoping that I will start loving her books again as I loved one of them (a very long time ago) but it doesn't happen anymore. It is an okay book, I read about Lucien's other family members so it is interesting to reconnect and read about his club again. But the espionage, the silly club business and the girls who would love to experiment some kisses and end up sleeping with a random guy just doesn't do it for me anymore. If you just want to experiment but then end up sleeping with the first man that you experimented, wouldn't that make her a slut? What other outcome would she anticipate than ending up marrying the man (love or no love). Does sex equal love? I would prefer reading more about the characters and the reasons why they gradually fall for each other. Love based on passion with no further substance does not seem to last long.

Thanks to Netgalley for a free copy in exchange of an honest review.
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Lord Lucien Westbrook is known for helping others. He is the owner of the Phoenix Club, at least that is what everyone thinks. He is only part owner, the Foreign Office owns the majority. The Foreign Office uses the club for secret assignations. After a scandal erupts at Lucien’s club, he is asked by the Foreign Office to resign from his position at the club. Lucien is in a fight for ownership of his club and maybe even his life. 

Kathleen Shaughnessy is the sister of Ruark, Earl of Wexford. Kat was sent to London to avoid a scandal after she was seen kissing a gentleman in Gloucestershire. She is researching mating rituals. 

She asks Lucien to find a rogue who she can assist in her research. Lucien refuses but is intrigued by Kat. He realizes what a hypocrite he was regarding Ruark’s unusual courtship of his sister Cass. Lucien is falling in the same trap as Ruark regarding his feelings and attraction to Kat. Lucien finding himself in the same predicament as Ruark and Cass was quite amusing. Lucien cannot believe the roles are reversed and now he is infatuated with his friend’s sister. Ruark’s reaction when he finds out about Lucien and Kat is priceless.

Lucien is my favorite character of the series. I could not wait for his story. Lucien is the epitome of handsome rogue who cares about his friends and family. He will do whatever it takes to protect them. 

Lucien is very compassionate toward Kat’s issues. He is kind and patient. Together they have a passion that consumes them. Lucien is the perfect lover and soulmate for Kat. Lucien cannot stop thinking about Kat. They have some intense and steamy scenes together. They are hot together! 

This story has mystery and intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat. Lucien and Dougal must investigate the murder of one of the Foreign Office’s spies to clear Lucien of any wrongdoing. Kat wants to stop being selfish and focus on someone else’s problems. She decides to help Lucien buyout the owners of the Phoenix Club. Unfortunately she asks the wrong person for help and finds herself in trouble. Will Kat be able to escape from the traitor before it is too late? Can Lucien rescue Kat in time?

This is the eighth and final book in the Phoenix Club series. I enjoyed Lucien’s story immensely. I am sorry to see this series end. I also did not understand why the author kept stating each character’s race. She did not do this in previous books. Overall the series was wonderful! I received a free copy of this book from Booksprout and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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I love historical romance so much and this book did NOT disappoint at all.  I was immediately rooting for this couple and enjoyed their journey to Happily Ever After as much as any book I’ve ever read.  I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
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Darcy Burke is my go-to for historical romance.  This was a plus for me and I will read more from her any day of the week.  Read it.
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Lucien… a great brother and friend, a frustrated son, and the man who’s wanted to outright own the Phoenix Club. Having been the heart of the club, and always helpful to his friends and family, I've been looking forward to reading Lucien's story since the first book of the series. 

As the final book of the series, we see mysteries - older and new solved and answered, many of the subplots are resolved and I enjoyed the author revisiting other former main characters in this series so we can see a little glimpse of them as well as our MC’s. 

Some issues 
- the author describes everyone by their race - this is not an issue but for the fact that there’s one POC character in the book, and it’s written out in such a way that I found to be a bit awkward. 
- I really didn’t like Kat, even at 60% of the way through the book - she was often selfish and I didn’t have much patience for it after a while. She struck me as a liability, with her willingness to talk about Lucien’s club troubles to many. Kat seemed to be perhaps on the spectrum herself, but also just a thoughtless jerk. 

I’ve enjoyed so many of the author’s books that it pains me to write this review, but the coupling of Lucien and Kat (where is the chemistry?) - they never seem passionate or in love, and that, along with my other issues, just kind of turned this one into a meh for me, that unfortunately, didn’t quite hit in the same way as previous books have. The most interesting part of the book, to me, was what was going on with the club.
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I received a copy of Insatiable by Darcy Burke from NetGalley. This is the eighth addition to the Phoenix Club series. A historical romance, it follows the romance of Lord Lucien Westbrook and Miss Kathleen Shaughnessy.
Lucien and Kathleen, have been introduced in the previous books. Lucien’s character plays some role in every couple’s story before, but there was a lot of mystery around him. Kathleen (Kat) is Lucien’s sister Cassandra’s sister-in-law. She is extremely inquisitive and scientific and wants to continue her research work. Lucien being a gentleman, offers Kat help for her research, and then there are sparks flying left and right.
I have read all the other books, so I was aware of some of the characteristics of these two characters. But the way they were developed was very interesting. Both are attracted to each other from the start almost, but nothing happens instantly. For Kathleen, it is pure logic that makes Lucien the perfect candidate to help her, although she starts understanding the gravity of her feeling much later. They are kind of family because of their siblings, so there is hesitancy in the beginning. Their relationship development from sort of friends to romance seemed realistic the way it unfolded.
Insatiable is the last book of the Phoenix Club series. Darcy Burke has done an amazing job with these characters and stories. Every story has a different feel to it, yet are connected. Insatiable answers a lot of questions from previous stories with those characters making cameos too. Kat and Lucien have to be one of my favorite love stories of the series. The book kept me hooked from the start, and I finished it in a day. The Phoenix Club series is a romantic, passionate, and sweet historical romance series, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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I am thrilled to have come this far in the Phoenix Club series. While I have enjoyed all the books in the series, this would be slated as my least favourite. For one, I felt there was way too much political talk that it took quite a bit for the romance to take off. And secondly, I wasn't that much of a fan of Kat.
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Another great read from the Phoenix series! I loved Kats and Lucians chemistry! Also a refreshing heroin that is strong and independent in her own way while still needing help in things that her book smartness cannot help her. 

Definitely a recommended read!
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Insatiable is the story of Lucian Westbrook, the second son to the Duke of Evesham and Kathleen Shaughnessy who is the sister of Lucian's best friend, Ruark, the Earl of Westover.  Lucian is the owner of the club, the Phoenix and Kat approaches him with a request to help her research the mating rituals of humans.  Lucian is hesitant to assist Kathleen because she is his best friend's sister who is also married to Lucian's sister, Cass.   As Lucian and Kat spend more time together, they are caught up in desire for each other that neither of them can resist.  As Lucian gets caught up in the intrigue surrounding his club and the Foreign Office, he finds out why he and his father have such a difficult relationship.  Kat, who does not wish to be married, must find a way she can still connect with Lucian without being tied to him by matrimony.  Very steamy, romantic and adventurous.  This was a great addition to the previous books.  I am loving forward to the next installment from Darcy.

I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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