The Forbidden Duke

Darcy Burke

burke, Darcy; The Forbidden Duke
Publisher: Darcy Burke
Publication date: 15-Mar-2016
Date Finished: 17-Jun-2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 156
Series: The Untouchables (#1)
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency
ISBN: 9781944576004
Source: Netgalley
Rating:3 star
2 flames

“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. -Goodreads


Starting off, this romance was very good and interesting, but then things started progressing rapidly. A brief sex scene was oddly included and then the whole book ended in a rush. I enjoyed that this romance was a straight-up romance, there weren’t any murders, mysteries, or other intrigues thrown in. The characters were very likable, but the whole “untouchable” concept was poorly described. Are they untouchable just because they are high aristocracy? because if so, that’s dumb. Overall it was a cute romance, but it was far too brief. This could have easily been expanded into a much longer, more detailed novel.


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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