The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke

The Untouchables, Book One

**advance reader copy received via NetGalley**

Publisher’s Excerpt:  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.

This was my first Darcy Burke read, and the first book in The Untouchables.  While the destitute spinster and ruined first season tropes have been done in the historical romance genre, Burke weaves the two classic tales together and infuses the overall with a refreshing twist.  In The Forbidden DukeEleanor is offered a second chance at happiness while the Duke of Kendal gets an opportunity for redemption.  Will the two throw caution aside and grasp at the potential for happily ever after?  Will Eleanor become a victim of society’s wolves again?  I thoroughly enjoyed this read and the characters, and I will definitely be looking forward to more from this series and author.

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