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The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables Book 1) by [Burke, Darcy]
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About the Author

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.


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  • File Size: 2529 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
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  • Publisher: Darcy Burke (March 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CN5G28I
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The writing style was really great! The story was perplexing and rather stupidly constructed. I hope that makes sense?? Here is a woman who was absolutely ruined because she was caught kissing a man. Spent nine lonely years in exile and poverty! Forced into employment and lands a position that QUICKLY goes from companion to beloved daughter of the house. She vowed, all this time, to NEVER EVER do something that disgraced her or her family again. NEVER! So while she is being pampered and dressed by her new employer (which she accepts quickly making her rather mercenary) she becomes attracted to the son. Of course. And then one night, low and behold, gasp....she can't sleep! Which means she must go to the library an select a book in her nightie! That's original!! Hero is there and guess what? Gasp! She begs him for sex! Kiss me like I've never been kissed before and screw me! Great strength of character! She is to easily touchable.
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One social faux pas leads to a life as a social pariah for one. Guilt leads to a life of solitude for another.
Miss Eleanor, Nora, Lockhart has accepted her banishment to her father’s home, minimal contact with her beloved sister, and few friends. What she isn’t prepared for is the announcement that she will no longer have a home. With her father making bad investments he is forced to move to a cottage on his sister’s estate, a cottage too small for Nora. Living with her sister will be forbidden by her husband, the vicar. Returning to the aunt who sponsored her debutante season is out of the question as she was vehemently told to never return. Her only option appears to be as a lady’s companion; as long as her past doesn’t get in the way.
Titus St. John, fifth Duke of Kendal, lived a life as a rake of the first order until one night changed the life of a young debutante. Feeling partly responsible Titus has spent the last several years going from a rake about town to only making one social appearance each year – at his stepmother’s annual ball where he dances one dance with a female who is in need of a boost in society then he takes his leave. This social avoidance has earned him the nickname “The Forbidden Duke”; a position he embraces fully until fate brings the past roaring back.
Hired at her first interview Nora is determined to do her job while hoping no one remembers her. Alas, fate is not so kind; although no remarks are made directly there are many twittering and laughing behind their fans. Knowing his reputation for the first dance at his stepmother’s ball Nora is surprised when Titus asks her to dance; is this at his stepmother’s request or a decision all his own?
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St. Ives England - 1811

Miss Eleanor (Nora) Lockhart has learned that her father has lost a great deal of money in a bad investment and can no longer afford to support her. Nine years earlier, Nora returned from her second season in London with no prospects of a husband, in addition to leaving behind a scandal where she was caught kissing a gentleman. Since then she has lived a very quiet life with no prospects of a husband. Knowing she would not be welcome to live with her sister and husband, she decides to seek a position as a companion.

Titus St. John, fifth Duke of Kendal, is a man who prefers his own company. Titus was age 5 when his mother died and his father remarried a woman who has become a good mother to him. Now that his father has passed away, his stepmother has remarried and is now Lady Satterfield. She has decided to hire a companion.

When Nora is interviewed for the position, she is hired immediately. Lady Satterfield is very kind to Nora and includes her in with the friends that she entertains. In fact, she is so taken with Nora that she decides to sponsor her and give her a season. At age 27, Nora hopes that she is not too old to attract a husband.

When Nora is introduced to Titus as Lady Satterfield’s new companion, he remembers what happened in the past and how young rogues like himself were responsible for trying to steal a kiss from young ladies. Feeling bad for his past behavior he leads a very strict and quiet life taking his responsibilities of being a Duke very seriously. He does not tolerate the silly absurdity of society and avoids it. People know he prefers his privacy and they give it to him. Thus, he has acquired the nickname of The Forbidden Duke.
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Let my begin this review by saying that I HATE the way young women were treated during the Regency Era. It's completely unfathomable that men were allowed to do whatever (and whomever) they pleased and no one would bat an eye. However, heaven forbid a woman be caught so much as kissing someone before marriage - and she is not only shunned by society, but considered "ruined" therefore losing any chance at making a good marriage. And just how is that fair?

But alas, that is exactly what happened to Eleanor during her first season. She trusted someone who in the end - ruined her and left her to suffer the consequences. Now, she finds herself back in London about to take on another season - although admittedly not in the way she first expected. What she thought would be employment as a companion to a charming woman, turned into that woman wanting to right an old wrong - so she sponsors her for a season instead - an act of kindness that leads to unexpected results.

For the most part I adored these characters. Titus' step-mother (Lady Satterfield) was a truly endearing character - not only because she was willing to give Eleanor a second chance, but also because it seemed she always had the best interest of others at heart. Even when she realized that Eleanor had attracted the attention of her wealthy step-son, she wasn't condescending about it like some other's would have been. It was sweet watching the romance bloom between Eleanor and Titus, even while he struggles to keep secret his part in her ruination years ago and she attracts the attention of several other potential suitors. I do have to say that watching Eleanor transform was probably one of the most refreshing things.
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