The Forbidden Duke

The Forbidden Duke

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by Darcy Burke
     
 

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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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
2940157999773
Publisher:
Darcy Burke
Publication date:
03/15/2016
Series:
The Untouchables , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
2,128
File size:
560 KB

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The Forbidden Duke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book was amazing! I loved that both Titus and Nora had not so perfect pasts and that's what brought them together. Nora was a refreshing change from the typical heroine and I absolutely loved her because there wasn't anything to hate about her like most heroines. I was sucked into the story from the start and couldn't put it down. I loved that even though his step mother was pushy, you had to love her. I started to get worried when Nora found out about his involvement in the past because most of the time that creates a conflict and you want to shake the girl, but not with Nora and it was great. I think Titus was a perfect Duke. I usually don't like Dukes very much because they can be untouchable like Nora says, but he was human and didn't care about all of that stuff. I can't wait for the next book!
gaele 10 months ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via tour organizer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
beckymmoe 11 months ago
An enjoyable read! I liked that both Nora and Titus were older than the usual Regency heroine/hero (Nora more than Ttitus, since the men tend to be older anyway, but he acted older than many of his peers) and that both were still trying to deal with things that had happened ten years earlier. I was a bit worried about what would happen when Nora found out that Titus had had a part in her ruination so many years earlier, but that part was nicely handled and very believable. Did I mention that I liked having more mature heroes and heroines? Especially when they manage to act like rational human beings... Their romance was nicely built up; I loved how Titus kept finding ways to justify all the extra time he spent at society functions (he usually attended a single ball each season--his stepmother's--where he danced one time only) just to see Nora again, even if deep down he knew he was full of it. So adorable. And Nora really tried to find a husband that wasn't Titus... ;) The secondary characters in the story were delightful as well--I loved Titus's stepmother, Lady Satterfield (also Nora's employer/sponsor) and Lady Dunn, the society matron who takes Nora under her wing. Lord Satterfield, Titus's stepmother's new husband, was also a great character. I could have easily spent another hundred or so pages in company with all of them! A few of the events toward the end--the rumor that serves as a catalyst to action for Titus, and the introduction (I assume) of future series characters--felt a bit heavy-handed, but I enjoyed the rest of the story so much it's hard to really mind all that much. Ms. Burke is a new-to-me author, but I'll definitely be reading more from her in the future--both the continuation of this series and others :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
LoriP123 11 months ago
I loved this historical by Darcy Burke! Nora was suddenly homeless and without an income so she took a job as a lady's companion. She felt that this would be her life after the horrible situation she had found herself in years ago during her last Season. Since then she had stayed in the country and accepted that her life would be alone and without a family of her own. Titus couldn't believe that his mother's companion was the young woman that his friend had basically destroyed all of those years ago during her Season, but here she was and he now could do everything that he could to repair the damage that had been done. Little did he know that after years of misbehaving he was falling for a woman that he could love forever. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Darcy Burke's historical romances! I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
TobiForgetHousework 14 days ago
One indiscretion has ruined Nora and she's been on the shelf for a while. Her quiet life in the country has taken a turn after her father makes a poor decision and she ends up looking for a job as a companion. Titus likes to keep to himself and not engage with the ton of London. However, after meeting his step-mother's companion he can't seem to stay away this season after his step-mother decides to sponsor her for the season. I loved Nora and how real she is. She didn't let people treat her badly and was done with the expectations of being the perfect wife to be for the season looking for a husband. Titus, well he's determined to right his past mistakes that effected Nora and has never left his mind. The story is perfectly steamy and filled with romance. I felt that Nora is too quick to forgive when I was expecting a bit more tension. If you enjoy a historical romance that will keep you engrossed until the last page I recommend The Forbidden Duke.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved this book, highly recommend!!!!!
skelley55 5 months ago
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Burke. It is a very enjoyable novel. The double standards of society is a good starting point. The hero and heroine were interesting and engaging.
Anonymous 9 months ago
It was fast paced and enjoyable .
TeatimeandBooksReviews 10 months ago
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke is such a breathtaking read, filled with vivid history, passion, loss and yes, romance. Lots of romance. A wonderful 5 star read that will make a great addition to anyone’s library. We start off by seeing spinster, Eleanor Lockhart meeting with her father and being informed that he’s lost it all. He has nothing left to provide her with and she must find new accommodations. Eleanor at first is at a loss of what to do, she been banished by family and many friends due to an incident that occurred several years prior. She was caught in a passionate kiss with a rake which ruined her name and life in society. The only thing she could do is become a ladies companion. She’s soon hired by Lady Satterfield, who immediately falls in love with the young woman. Here, Eleanor meets the dashing, yet dark and mysterious Forbidden Duke or so his nickname goes. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal who just happens to be Lady Satterfield’s step-son and the one who is responsible for Eleanor’s fall from grace some years prior, no, he’s not the man in question. However, it was he who influenced his friends to go about acting rakish and ruining innocent misses. Titus soon finds himself smitten with the lovely Miss Eleanor and he soon finds himself drawn to helping her and she too begins to fall for the dark and mysterious duke. Can Titus help Miss Eleanor regain her rightful name in society? Will he express his love and finally settle down and wed the lovely miss? This is my first book of Darcy Burke’s and I must say I am now a huge fan. Her writing style is impeccable and she weaves such a deep and vivid tale that just captures the reader and draws them back in time to the elegant ballrooms, the afternoon teas of the ton and of course into the passionate lives of the characters. Her characters spring to life on the pages and one can’t help but fall in love. This is a wonderful read and I can’t wait see what to come next in this amazing series of The Untouchables. **I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review**
KimHeniadis 10 months ago
What a wonderful start to the new series, The Untouchables. I don’t read a lot of Regency Era romance, mainly because the women can very quickly end up annoying me with how vapid they act. Eleanor Lockhart was a refreshing change. It may be because she is a bit older, and has had to learn to rely on herself. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed her character. I also like that this is a second chance story. Eleanor was disgraced when she was younger, thinking a man cared for her, when he was just a scoundrel. After taking some time away from society, she must look for a job, that lands her back into the society that had rejected her. Through the love and goodwill of her employer, she is reintroduced back to society. Things don’t go smoothly, but she winds up with a fantastic employer/friend, and steals the heart of a Duke. The descriptions of the architecture, rooms and clothes are magnificent. That’s one of the reasons I do enjoy reading this era of romance, and Darcy Burke does a fabulous job with the descriptions. Her development of the characters are also done very well, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these characters, and future ones, grow in this series. And as always, the sex scenes are very steamy. This is a very quick read, and felt more like a novella to me, although I don’t think it’s marketed as such. But either way, it’s a fun read, and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series, The Duke of Daring.
Historical_Romance_Lover 10 months ago
This is book 1 in the Untouchables series. Miss Eleanor Lockhart has suddenly lost her home. Her only recourse is to get a job. Knowing that in London, she might run into people from past,she wants to be honest and upfront with her employer about the scandal that had her leasing London a decade ago. Thankful that she finds employment, she never imagined that her employer would offer to find her a season so that she might finally find a husband. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is not often seen out in society. Know as the Forbidden Duke, he only ventures out into society for his step-mother's yearly ball. When she asks for help in launching Eleanor, Titus can't say no. He has carried the guilt of Eleanor's ruination for a decade. Although he wasn't the cad that ruin her, he did play a big part in it. Eleanor and Titus soon find they can't fight their mutual attraction. Will this unlikely duo find their happily ever after with each other? I LOVED this story!! Eleanor was a very strong woman. She had to be to go back into society after being ruined all those years ago. I loved that she was offered a second chance at finding love. Fate had getting a job with the right person. Of course, like other men, Titus was not ready to settle down yet. But there was no denying the attraction that he felt toward Eleanor and when push came to shove, he wasn't about to let anyone else have her!! I'm excited to read the next book in Burke's Untouchable series, The Duke of Daring, which comes out in August!! Thanks go out to the author via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Lindsey_Gray11 11 months ago
Eleanor “Nora” Lockhart’s life hasn’t gone as planned. Ruined as a young lady, she has spent years in seclusion. Without funds, she comes back to London to be a companion to one of the Ton’s most gracious women. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendall, was once a young buck, not caring for the feelings of the young ladies he dallied with and encouraged his friends to do the same. Unfortunately, Nora was one who his friend ruined and refused to marry. All these years later, Nora is now his step-mother’s companion and he might have a chance to redeem himself for his earlier transgressions. I love how Burke brought these two together. I have always been a sucker for a second chance story. She crafts her characters into the story in such a way, I actually felt along with them. Those emotions are how I gauge a magnificent story. Burke succeeded in bringing this reader into the Untouchable’s world and made me fall in love with it instantly. I wish the story was a bit longer, but I hope to see these characters again as the series continues. As this is my first read by Burke, I will definitely reading more from her in the future. The Forbidden Duke is a magical tale of redemption, forgiveness, and passion. I recommend this for any fan of historical romance who loves a well crafted story to go along with the amorous tidbits. I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
greekgoddess422 11 months ago
Regency historical . Hero is Titus . Heroine is Nora . Book 1 in a new series . Nora just found out that her father lost everything in a business venture . He doesn't have a place or money for Nora . Nora can't go to stay with her sister . Nora sister is married to a Vicar and he disapproves of Nora . You see Nora had a huge scandal 9 years ago in London . Nora was ruined and had to come back to the village . Nora has no choice but to try to find work . Nora figures as a companion better than a governess. So off to London she goes . Nora goes to see a countess about the companion work . Titus is a Duke with the title of the Frozen Duke . He doesn't mingle with anybody . He keeps to himself . One ball , one dance . Even at Brooke's (the gentlemen club ) he keeps to himself and eats alone . He goes to his Stepmother the countess who hired Nora ) house for tea and that is where his eyes feasts on Nora . His body is reacting to her. Titus hears her name and he knows about the scandal . Titus also knows he was the leader of the group of men that ruined it for Nora . Grab it and see how Titus makes it up to her . Does Titus open the doors for her to find a suitor . Yes we know a Duke can do that but which suitor will ask for her hand ?
TheBunny1 11 months ago
***ARC Provided by the author and NetGalley*** It has taken me a little while to write this review, as I am hesitant to give a 5-star review. Even though I enjoy Darcy Burke, have read most (if not all) of her other titles and loved this. 5 means perfect, it means I wouldn't change a thing, it means that I liked the main characters, the supporting characters, the writing and the story. As I reflect on all of these, I realize this is true. Eleanor was charming, she was strong, and she was spirited. You wanted her to be happy. Titus was troubled, and he felt guilty for what he sees as his small part of events in her past. I loved the fact that there was no "great break up" scene. Yes, I love those sometimes, and in some books they work very well. But, in this case, what Titus needed more than anything else was for Eleanor to have quiet faith in him. And she does. And, while I often do enjoy the bit of angst the break-up and make-up provides, in this case, the way Burke wrote this was perfect. As I am writing this review, I am becoming more convinced that this really was perfect. I have no criticism of it, I have nothing I would change...ok, maybe make it a little longer as I was sad to see it end. It was well written, paced perfectly, and told a fun story. It was a bit predictable, but romances by definition are...if there is no HEA, that would be an issue. And the scenes with Titus and Eleanor were fun, enjoyable, and in one case, hot. Definitely worth the read.
CMDeOliveira 11 months ago
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke Titus St. john, The Duke of Kendal also know as The Forbidden Duke lives a private and solitude life. His indiscretions in his youth that helped ruining a young lady in her First Season and caused disappointment to his father right before his death. Entering Society once a year by attending only his stepmother's ball and dancing only the first dance to maker her happy. When he meets his Stepmother's new companion, he starts to have feelings he never had before. Will the secret that he is keeping come between them? Elanor Lockhart left London in ruin by rake ten years ago, now homeless she must seek employment. Hire as a paid companion she must keep her wits about her to and behave properly. Given a second chance at getting a season can she find love? Darcy Burke brings us back in time to London, High Society, and all its propriety. This story about misguided youth and their second chance to right a wrong and fall in love is heart warming. I fell in love and empathized with these characters right from the beginning. I truly enjoyed this book. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Theardentreader 11 months ago
reviewgreenribbon Miss Eleanor "Nora" Lockhart needs to find a position right away. she didn't realize her father was broke until it was too late. Having made bad investments, he has lost everything and can't even afford to keep his daughter any longer. Nora is forced to figure out her future and very quickly. She needs a position as a governess or a companion. She is worried about returning to London. She left in a haze of scandal years ago after believing a Rake who promised a marriage but only have a kiss. Nora finds the perfect position with a wonderful lady who treats her with the utmost respect. Lady Satterfield is a sweet lady and she lavished all her attention on Nora. Nora can't understand why she has been so lucky. Lady Satterfield just happens to be the stepmother of The Forbidden Duke. They call The Duke of Kendal because he is aloof, alone and prefers it that way. He wasn't always this way, before he inherited, he was a Rake of untold debauchery. He since realized that his ways were not the way things should be and after an innocent was ruined because of him and his friends ways, he cut off all of those habits which he thought he enjoyed. This was a very quick read for me! I started it yesterday. I wanted to devour the story! I stayed up very late last night and finished the book this morning. I dearly loved Nora and especially Lady Satterfield. The bond that grows between the two is just so sweet. Now the things going on between The Duke and Miss Lockhart are another, much warmer, matter! LOL Just great salty goodness! The spark with these two was instant and intense. I loved the writing, the scenery, the everything!! I highly recommend this author! She is one of my favorites, whether it be Regency or contemporary romance Darcy Burks has a way of pulling you into a story so that you feel like you are on the porifory watching it unfold. Lovely love story!! *I received an ARC from NewGalley in exchange for my honest review *
Rhondaz 11 months ago
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke was a very enjoyable story, like reading a fairytale. I am new to historical romance, but Darcy Burke has sold me on this genre. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. The love story unfolding between Nora and Titus was so sweet to watch, they are perfect together. This story is about coming to a lady's rescue, forgiveness and love. Please do yourself a favor and read this book, you will be happy you did. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TammyS32 11 months ago
Eleanor was ruined when caught kissing a young man and her resigned to live a quiet life with no chance of impropriety but now she must find employment or will end up homeless. She becomes the companion of Lady Satterfield who is a very kind employer and even offers to give her another chance and finding a husband. Titus was rogue in is youth and has since given up he partying ways and takes the job of being a Duke very seriously, only attending his stepmother’s ball, but when he see Eleanor he finds he can’t stay away. Excellent historical read. Fast paced with lots of drama and great characters. Loved it!
Anonymous 11 months ago
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. Titus generally does not attend soirees but begins to show up more as he has become attracted to Nora and she to him. There are other suitors vying for her hand, but her heart is with Titus. Will he be able to open his own heart and allow her in? Will they find their own happy ever after? This is a delightful story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are very well written. Don’t miss this one. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Lashea677 11 months ago
I am usually on the fence about Ms. Burke's historical romances. Either I really like or have a tepid response to them. The Forbidden Duke is one I adored. Titus has committed acts in his past that he is not proud of. Wanting to be a better person he sets out to right the wrongs he caused, starting with Eleanor. Eleanor has lived with the fallout from an event that she tries to forget but society keeps punishing her for. The Forbidden Duke is a lesson in redemption, forgiveness and trust. People find it so easy to judge others but take offense when on the receiving end. I received an ARC of The Forbidden Duke in exchange for an honest review. An inspiring message in a heart warming package.