Darcy Burke is on the blog today with the second book in The Untouchables historic romance series. Please read on for my review and excerpt and check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought. Then be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of The Forbidden Duke.
The Duke of Daring
The moniker of Untouchable works in both sides of the coin in Darcy Burke’s series. Debutantes who failed at the marriage mart that is their coming out and eligible Dukes with reputations or personal histories that ensure their solitary lives. Fortunately for both, circumstances and attraction take precedence, allowing them to find happiness they once thought lost.
Lucinda Parnell has had her season, and there is little money left for another. While she’s not interested in being a ‘thing’, even without offers, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Disgusing herself as a man and entering the gambling hells to win enough money to support herself and her grandmother in the country, she’s flouting convention and propriety. I really liked Lucy: she’s got skill and intelligence, and isn’t willing to bow to the pressure. Her family (read father) didn’t provide an income substantial enough to support her, but she won’t let that rule her life.
Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Danforth has spent his entire life daring fate. After losing his family to illness, he’s still reeling from grief and the unwillingness to allow anyone close. He’s the first to dash into a situation, and the fates decided he should survive them all. Poor Andrew – he’s so stuck in his childhood self, abandoned and guilty, that nothing will fill that hole. Until he notices a woman, disguised as a man, at the table.
These two are adorable together – if full of contradictions and stubbornness. Andrew’s sense of honor won’t allow him to NOT step up to Lucy and offer aid, and Lucy is determined to go it on her own, not really trusting in the word or intentions of a man, never mind the man she and her friends dubbed The Duke of Daring.
They’ve both been hurt, and neither is completely aware of just what holds them back. A curious journey of acquainting themselves with one another, developing a friendship and daring to explore the attraction that scares them to death. Of course, the push-pull between them is strong, as both are afraid to explore the connection and trust in someone else, and this back and forth did get frustrating as every moment of them together showed just how perfect they were together. But, Burke used the situations, dialogue and characterizations to build the story to its inevitable conclusion. While I didn’t love this as much as The Forbidden Duke, the story is solid and engaging, keeping me in the world and concerned about the couple’s fate to the end.
Title: The Duke of Daring
Author: Darcy Burke
Series: The Untouchables #2
Also in this series: The Forbidden Duke
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 5 July 2016
Source: Author via Tour Company
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Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money, a dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, and she’d just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London’s hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on joining her, Lucy fears her desire to remain an independent woman is destined to go up on flames.
As a boy, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford lost his family to illness, leaving him a hollow shell. Obsessed with conquering one adventure after another to fill the bitter holes inside of him, Andrew has set his sights on parachuting. Nothing will stop him from trying to achieve his goal—not the hazard of death and certainly not a woman who’s gotten far too close. Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.
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A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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