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.
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
Published on: 15 March, 2016
Source: Author via Tour Company
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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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