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Advance Review- The Duke Of Ruin by Darcy Burke

The Duke of Ruin

Title: The Duke of Ruin (The Untouchables, book #8)
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Darcy Burke
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing, March 27, 2018 (preorder available)
Pages: ?, e-book
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:
With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm…no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.

Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?

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I do wish that the person who writes the description blurb for the book would read it first. Diana’s father is a cruel man who abused her throughout her childhood and into her young adulthood. He most definitely wants her to be betrothed to a “decent” duke and would be appalled at any suggestion she marry a duke who is “loathsome”. Diana needs to escape because she is breaking her betrothal to the Duke of Kilve because he loves another, and her father will be outraged and punish her severely.

Along comes Simon, Duke of Romsey, Kilve’s best friend. Simon is called the Duke of Ruin by society because he is believed to have murdered his wife. He agrees to help Diana runaway to her cousin’s in order for her to figure out her future. He does this because of Kilve’s guilt over the broken betrothal. He is not interested in marrying and he is distraught over his wife’s death, which he can’t remember because he was drunk at the time.

This road-trip trope is entertaining and well written. It is a standalone book although we were introduced to Simon and Diana in Kilve’s book, THE DUKE OF ICE, so it was nice to see them hoping for their own HEA. I can recommend this book to ALL romance readers for a most enjoyable read. You may also want to read the other books in the Untouchable series.

The Untouchables Series:

#1 – The Forbidden Duke
#2 – The Duke of Daring
#3 – The Duke of Deception
#4 – The Duke of Desire
#5 – The Duke of Defiance
#6 – The Duke of Danger
#7 – The Duke of Ice
#8 – The Duke of Ruin
#9 – The Duke of Lies
#10 – Coming soon!

 

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Review- The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke

The Duke of Ice

Title: The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables book #7)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Darcy Burke
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing, Dec. 2017
Pages: 262
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Eight years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?

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Nick is truly a tortured soul. Violet has been drowning in guilt since she jilted him eight years ago when they accidentally meet at the house party of Violet’s friend, Hannah. They realize the spark is there but that eight years of tragedy has made them different people. We are treated to sizzling chemistry that vibrates with romantic intensity. We know that Nick and Violet belong together but Nick can be a stubborn fool. His best friend Simon, the Duke of Ruin, tries again and again to set him straight.

I thoroughly enjoyed this standalone book in this series. Ms. Burke gave Nick and Violet powerful emotional conflict along with fiery sexual tension. We get a strong look at Simon the hero of the next book in the series, THE DUKE OF RUIN.

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Recent Release Review- The Duke of Desire by Darcy Burke

The Duke of Desire

Title: The Duke of Desire (The Untouchables, book #4)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Darcy Burke

Publisher: Darcy Burke, March 2017

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 290

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity. With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.

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Here is a yummy romance not to be missed.  We have a Regency style sex-therapist in the guise of the Duke of Clare, and yes that sounds a bit strange but trust me it all works in the hands of this terrific author.  Then we have a ladies’ companion, Ivy, who has a scandalous past but is totally charmed by the Duke.

This is the first book I have read in this series and I was not lost.  Characters from the previous books make appearances but all is well explained.  However I do wish to read their stories in books 1-3.

I highly recommend this steamy, sexy, page turner to all romance aficionados.

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