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The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 18, 2016
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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 eleven, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan that 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 seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. In her spare time, Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a twelve-step program where one learns to say no, but she keeps having to start over. She s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Nine years later, when she must find a way to support herself, she gets a job as a companion to Lady Satterfield, who coincidently has a stepson, Titus, the Duke of Kendal. Unbeknownst to Nora, the duke was intrumental in her ruination nine years ago. After what happened to her, Titus felt remorse and turned over a new leaf, distancing himself from his former "rake" friends, and frivolous society. After meeting at Lady Satterfield's, they fall in love, but Titus is afraid that when Nora finds out the role he played in her ruination, she won't have anything to do with him.
These characters had gone through a lot of growing up, heartache, and internal conflict. In spite of how Nora had been treated, she was a sweet, loving woman, and Titus needs her to open himself up to love and forgiveness. Lady Satterfield is Nora's guardian angel, giving Nora her second chance at love.
The building love that Titus feels is true to the character and these two people were balms for each other's problems. The writer made this enjoyable and the story builds to a crescendo and you want to yell HOORAY when they both give in and "allow" themselves to love !
The step-parents are just wonderful characters and it's a nice break from rigid stiff characters in other novels. This is a book to enjoy--to escape your cares, to go to a place in time where good things happen to good people! The ending is just so perfect and makes you feel warm.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys good plots without tons of sexual details you do not want to know! This has characters and happenings that are full of the color of the period!
But the second half was SO MUCH BETTER. The plot finally came together, the characters seemed to find their own footing, and we finally got some real conflict/resolution. Overall, this novel had an extremely rocky start, but I'm glad I stuck with it till the end. I don't think I'll reread this one, but I would recommend it in order to continue on in the series as Nora helps to set up the subsequent books in the epilogue.
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Longer on the original scandal between the two main characters but same time it shows her graciousness.Read more