The Forbidden Duke: The Untouchables #1 by Darcy Burke with Giveaway

The Forbidden Duke: The Untouchables #1 by Darcy Burke with Giveaway

Welcome to my review of the first in the new historic romance series, The Untouchables, by Darcy Burke. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Secrets and Scandals series six book bundle. (U.S. Residents can choose print or ebook/INTL ebook only). But first

The Forbidden Duke

The first I’ve read of Darcy Burke’s historical romances, I found that my anticipation was met and exceeded on my enjoyment scale. I adored the characters of Eleanor and Titus, and Lady Satterfield was an utter gem, perfectly suited to the title of fairy godmother.

See, years ago Eleanor was a young innocent: starry eyed and full of romantic ideals and believing that everything told her was the truth. Unfortunately she was surrounded by society and their harsh judgments, and the notorious rake that had settled his eyes on her spoke all the words the young girl could want to hear.  More unfortunate still, this man was after little more than yet another notch, and left her ruined and shamed, to flee from London with hopes of marriage and a good match thrown to the wind.

Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal has been floundering for the past few years, searching for something.  More recently, the emptiness of his life and being ‘the rake’s rake’ among his group of peers had worn thin.  Without a clue how to proceed, he’s retreated from all social engagements spare one, his stepmother’s ball, but that is where his nod to convention ends.

With the death of Eleanor’s father and the new awareness of just how impoverished she is, Eleanor must find shelter: her sister and her husband the vicar are not an option because of her scandalous past.  Biting the bullet, she decides a position as companion would be suitable, if she finds the right dowager who can overlook the noise.

Enter Lady Satterfield, Titus’ stepmother and fairy godmother extraordinaire. Not unaware of the harsh double standards in judgments passed by the ton on everyone, she also is convinced that Eleanor’s misstep of years ago was due to her innocence and naiveté, and not a character flaw. So, she has decided to hire Eleanor, and provide her with a second chance… because it will give her stepson what he needs.

Approachable and convincing, the characters fairly breathe in the corners as you get to know them, feeling the weight of Eleanor’s shame at the scandal, Titus’ restraint and later guilt at knowing he ruined this young woman, not directly but by encouraging others for sport.  Above all, the glue is Lady Satterfield: kind and generous, old enough to see the truth around her and the arrogance with which the ton passes proclamations, yet sensitive enough to see the true intentions and hearts of those she cares for.  A wonderful introduction to the series.

The Forbidden Duke: The Untouchables #1 by Darcy Burke with Giveaway

Title: The Forbidden Duke
Author: Darcy Burke
Series: The Untouchables #1
Also in this series: The Duke of Daring
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
ISBN: 1944576002
Published on: 15 March, 2016
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 156
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn’t be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation...

Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters Society just once each year at his stepmother’s ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart—and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she’s back, and she needs his help. But by “saving” her, he may just ruin her life all over again.

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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The library was not a small chamber, however it seemed somehow smaller tonight. Kendal’s presence seemed to invade every nook and inhabit every cranny, and Nora was nearly overcome with awareness. And nervousness.

She rushed to say something to put herself at ease. “I quite enjoy the Satterfields’ library.”

He paused, pivoting toward the bookcases that marched along one wall. “Do you? What are your favorites?”

Nora wondered what he’d think of her tastes, which ran the gamut from romantic novels to gothic tales to poetry to suspenseful narratives. “I have many. I’m afraid it’s difficult to choose.”

“What’s the last one you read then?”

She hesitated, but only briefly. “A romantic novel by Sarah Wilkinson.” Presumably, he’d find her tastes lacking.

“I’ve read all of her books.”

Nora looked up at him in surprise. “You read Sara Wilkinson?”

He gave her a sly look. “Perhaps you noticed that Lady Satterfield owns every title. She’s always had a penchant for such stories, and, in my youth, I read everything I could get my hands on. Everything.”

Nora pressed her fingers to her mouth and giggled. “Do you like romantic novels?”

“I don’t dislike them. If I’m in a particular mood, I’ve been known to read three or four in a week.”

Her giggles turned to outright laughter. “The Forbidden Duke reads tawdry romances? What would the ton say?”

“I don’t give a damn what anyone says, but I suppose that would cause a stir.”

How lovely it must be not to care—not to have to care—what others said about you. “Everything you do causes a stir,” she said, her laughter dying down. “The novels would make you seem more human, however.” She inwardly winced at how awful that sounded. “Oh dear, please forgive me. I didn’t mean to infer you aren’t human.”

He took her hand and tucked her fingers beneath his coat, guiding her palm flat against his waistcoat directly over his heart. “You can feel that I am.”

Nora’s breath caught. She looked up at him, her gaze locking with his. “I never doubted it.”


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About Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

4 responses to “The Forbidden Duke: The Untouchables #1 by Darcy Burke with Giveaway

    • thank you for the story – it was fun to read your approach to historical romance – Good luck with the release!