The Duke of Daring (Untouchables Series #2)

The Duke of Daring (Untouchables Series #2)

by Darcy Burke

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Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money. A dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, she'd just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London's hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on acting as her protector, Lucy fears her chance to remain an independent woman is destined to go up in flames.

After losing his entire family, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford built a wall to keep attachments at bay. He believed he could keep Miss Parnell safe without compromising his defenses, but she's exciting and irresistible. Their deepening relationship makes him even more determined to push her away. Nothing will stop him from trying to avoid reliving the anguish of loss. Love is the one risk he doesn't have the heart to dare.

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BN ID: 2940158502774
Publisher: Darcy Burke
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Darcy Burke's Untouchables Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 39,101
File size: 635 KB

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at

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, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at and follow her social media: Facebook at, Twitter @darcyburke at, Instagram at http://www.instagram/darcyburkeauthor, and Pinterest at

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The Duke of Daring 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The moniker of Untouchable works in both sides of the coin in Darcy Burke’s series. Debutantes who failed at the marriage mart that is their coming out and eligible Dukes with reputations or personal histories that ensure their solitary lives. Fortunately for both, circumstances and attraction take precedence, allowing them to find happiness they once thought lost. Lucinda Parnell has had her season, and there is little money left for another. While she’s not interested in being a ‘thing’, even without offers, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Disgusing herself as a man and entering the gambling hells to win enough money to support herself and her grandmother in the country, she’s flouting convention and propriety. I really liked Lucy: she’s got skill and intelligence, and isn’t willing to bow to the pressure. Her family (read father) didn’t provide an income substantial enough to support her, but she won’t let that rule her life. Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Danforth has spent his entire life daring fate. After losing his family to illness, he’s still reeling from grief and the unwillingness to allow anyone close. He’s the first to dash into a situation, and the fates decided he should survive them all. Poor Andrew – he’s so stuck in his childhood self, abandoned and guilty, that nothing will fill that hole. Until he notices a woman, disguised as a man, at the table. These two are adorable together – if full of contradictions and stubbornness. Andrew’s sense of honor won’t allow him to NOT step up to Lucy and offer aid, and Lucy is determined to go it on her own, not really trusting in the word or intentions of a man, never mind the man she and her friends dubbed The Duke of Daring. They’ve both been hurt, and neither is completely aware of just what holds them back. A curious journey of acquainting themselves with one another, developing a friendship and daring to explore the attraction that scares them to death. Of course, the push-pull between them is strong, as both are afraid to explore the connection and trust in someone else, and this back and forth did get frustrating as every moment of them together showed just how perfect they were together. But, Burke used the situations, dialogue and characterizations to build the story to its inevitable conclusion. While I didn’t love this as much as The Forbidden Duke, the story is solid and engaging, keeping me in the world and concerned about the couple’s fate to the end. I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via the tour company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
The_Avid_Bookivore More than 1 year ago
In The Duke of Daring, our self-assured and independent heroine, Lucinda Parnell does the unthinkable in 'ton' eyes. With the threat of poverty nipping at her heels, Lucinda takes an extremely dangerous and calculating risk by dressing as a man and gambling for money. I love reading about heroines who are independent! BUT, she is being closely watched by none other than Andrew Wentworth, the Earl of Danforth...whom she and her friends titled 'The Duke of Daring'. Andrew clearly sees through her disguise and decides to help her succeed. She is maddeningly steadfast in doing things her way...without him, and he is honorably driven to decline her wishes for no help. They've both been through heartache and does not want to take the risk again, but, the chemistry between the two becomes incinerating! And their carefully built wall around their hearts aren't enough to keep out the love they begin to feel for each other. This story is full of passion and heartfelt moments that kept my eyes glued to the pages. I cared about both characters and wanted to see their happy ending. I would recommend this book to any proclaimed romance reader! 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Lucy and Andrew's story! Lucinda was great! She needed money so that her and her grandmother could love a comfortable life and she did what she needed to be able to provide that. Andrew taking her under his wing and letting her go out with the boys was a great storyline and I enjoyed it immensely. I loved watching these two fall in love as they enjoyed their adventures together. I'm loving this series and can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adventure, mystery, heart ache, love, and steamy passion all well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Forbidden Duke and was looking forward to the next books in the series. This did not disappoint. If you like strong, witty female characters (and the handsome, charming men who cannot help loving them), then this is a good book for you. I don't often write reviews, but I think this gem of a series deserves it. Now I'm off to the next!
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LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this series by Darcy Burke! This book is a great historical romance with a strong female heroine who falls in love with a hero who is a daredevil in all things, but love. Andrew Wentworth notices something odd the first time he spots Lucinda Parnell and not only wants to find out what she is up to, but also what her name is. Lucy doesn't want to have anything to do with him or any other man. Her experience with men leaves a a bad taste in her mouth. They are unreliable and cause more trouble than they are worth. Andrew won't take no for an answer and is surprised to find how soon Lucy has worked her way into not only his life, but his heart also. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
Another great read in The Untouchables series! In the first book, The Forbidden Duke, I was happy to read a Regency Era Romance where the heroine wasn’t a vapid woman, constantly falling in and out of love with the same man. And Darcy Burke has written another tale without an insipid heroine. I loved the twist in this book, with Lucy dressing up as a man, to take her future into her own hands. Her grandmama is low on funds, and Lucy will not be able to continue any more Seasons, but instead of crying her eyes out, she starts going to hells, to try and win a small fortune for her and her grandmama to live on. I really enjoyed this storyline. I don’t read a lot of Regencies, so I don’t know if this is a plot that is used often, but it was a completely fresh take on the genre for me. The scenes where Lucy is in the gambling halls, or out shooting, were some of my favorites to read. Burke does a wonderful job fleshing out her characters, and making their emotions come right off the page. The way she incorporated this into the story was the perfect amount. Lucy not trusting men, and Andrew not wanting to get close to anyone was woven into the story just enough to let the reader really feel the emotions, but not so much that it’s starting to feel like filler, so the author reaches the numbers of pages needed to make it a novel, instead of a novella. As with Burke’s other series that I’ve read (The Ribbon Ridge Series and Secrets and Scandals) the sex scenes are just the right amount of hot and steamy. And this time I felt as if a bit more humor was thrown into one of the scenes, which was fun. If you are looking for a good Regency, I highly recommend.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Definitely my favorite of the series--so far! I adored Lucy and Andrew :) She's determined to be independent, to make up for the dire straits that her wastrel father (and grandfather, apparently) have left her and her grandmother in and refuses to take any nonsense from anyone. She's going to do what she needs to do, and that's that, gosh darn it. He's been nicknamed "the Duke of Daring" (even though he's just an earl; obviously they know the power of a quality piece of alliteration) by Lucy and her friends, because he seems bound and determined to fulfill every possible dare out there--from diving naked into the Thames to parachuting from a hot air balloon. What Lucy and her cohorts don't know--yet--is that his daring is hiding a deep hurt, and Andrew is living his life too afraid to let anyone get close to him ever again. Until he encounters a mysterious "man" in a London gambling hell who he just can't help but taking under his wing. At first he's just going to keep Lucy safe, and assist her toward reaching her goal of making enough blunt to afford a small cottage in Bath for her and her grandmother to retire to. He's not going to get more involved than that, though, because relationships are something he just doesn't do--not anymore. Except there's something about Lucy that draws him in... I loved that Andrew was only bossy when he really needed to be, when it was absolutely necessary to keep Lucy and/or her secret safe. He was completely willing to let her do all kinds of things that women "just didn't do"--besides gambling, he let her ride along on a curricle race, supplied the pistol for her to compete in a shooting exhibition, and even contemplated taking her on his balloon ride. Maybe his attitude wasn't 100% authentic for the time period, but it certainly endeared him to this reader! Surely there were some women who wanted more than society offered, and some men who were willing to help them get it? If not, oh well--that's why we call it historical fiction. It still makes for some darn good reading. Lucy does her part for him as well, not only by distracting him from his grief with all of the work involved in keeping her safe, but also by drawing him closer to all those people he'd been trying to keep his distance from for so many years. I loved, loved, loved what these two were able to do for each other. So many feels! The Duke of Daring worked just fine as a standalone, though it's the second in the series. It takes place about five years after the first book ( The Forbidden Duke ) and though Nora (and Titus) play a small part in this one, it's not necessary to have read their story to enjoy this one. (But do yourself a favor and read it anyway, because Nora and Titus.) We get some hints about the other two wallflowers' (AKA "Untouchables") upcoming stories in this one--I can't wait to see what's in store for Ivy (who obviously is going to fall for the "Duke of Debauchery"--perfect!) and Aquilla. Plus, I hear there may be a fifth book in the works as well--whooo hoooooo! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
Miss Lucinda Parnell is an independent lady who wishes to retire to Bath with her Grandmama, must go through great lengths to acquire the funds to make her goals a reality. With the skills learned at her father’s knee, she dons a gentlemanly disguise and plays her hand at games of chance at establishments no proper lady should be. Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford, has embraced danger and risk filled activities to distract him from fully mourning the loss of his family. In keeping people at arm’s length, he saves himself from suffering further losses. What happens when two people, who are content to live happily unattached, bump into each other? Fate intervenes and wreaks havoc on all their best laid plans. Darcy Burke’s second installment to The Untouchable Series is an amazing rollercoaster of emotions. I loved that Miss Parnell is very much an unconventional female, who is more comfortable with manly pursuits than needlepoint and the finer aspects of tittering. The Duke of Daring posed one of the greatest dilemmas that a bookworm faces: wanting to finish a book and yet not want the story to end. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
MariaRose More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author for my honest review. This is Andrews and Lucy's story. A man who has lost everything he held dear to his heart "family" he tries to keep himself apart from his friends ,his staff and not care to deeply. His life has been one adrenaline seeking adventure after another testing fate to the limits. One thing he keeps heavily guarded is his heart he can not under any circumstances fall in love, ever since his whole family perished from an illness when he was younger. On one of his outings at a gaming hell he comes across a young man who kind of looks off , upon further investigation he realizes that it's in fact a young woman ! He is instantly intrigued and being a gentleman has to escort her home. Lucy Parnell is in dire straits , she needs money and she needs it fast , after endless unsuccessful seasons on the marriage mart she decides to take matters in her own hands , and what better way to make money fast? Take up gambling of course, after all her father was a notorious gambler who unfortunately gambled everything away. Being an only child her father taught her everything he knew about gambling and being a crack shot with a gun. She has no intentions of getting married after experiencing first hand how devastating it is to rely on a man can be. Mr . Smith is the name she goes by when she dresses like a man . Lucy and Andrew come to an agreement , he will help her raise the funds needed and she will in turn allow him to offer her his protection by accompanying her to known gaming hells. On one of those outings while working together their attraction can not be ignored and he kisses her, their kiss was so intense he tries to put distance between them . Lucy and Andrew have tumultuous relationship of wanting to be together but actually running away. Will they be able to put their unhappy memories aside and let their love heal them , or will they be left to live a life of loneliness ? The author did a great job of putting these two together their story has humour and lots of emotion that will keep readers turning the pages till the very end!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Great addition to this series. Lucy is disguising herself as a man to sneak into gambling hells to amass enough money to move with her grandmother to Bath. Andrew the Earl of Dartford notices Davis Smith aka Lucy is not what he seems and is really a she. Andrew decides to help her and as they spend more and more time together they grow closer, Andrew lost his family when he was a child, and doesn’t plan on enduring that pain again will he be able to risk his heart for Lucy? Great historical read. The characters and chemistry are wonderful and the story held my interest throughout. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London 1816 Andrew Wentworth, the fourth Earl of Dartford, is gambling with several of his friends and observing another player who seems to be playing well and winning. The new player identifies himself as Davis Smith. When Andrew realizes that the player is a woman disguised as a man, he plays along with the farce encouraging Smith to go with the group to a brothel. Not wanting to accompany the men, she tries to leave. But Andrew takes her aside and tells her that if she doesn’t go with them, she will be robbed of her winnings by some thugs waiting nearby. Still refusing to go with him, she pulls a pistol on him which he quickly takes away from her. Lucinda (Lucy) Parnell is irritated that Andrew will not let her go. She recognizes him and her nickname for him is the Duke of Daring. Having never heard that nickname of himself, he is curious. In addition, Lucy and her friends call Andrew and his group The Untouchables. As they talk, he learns that she is a spinster who gambles to make money. She lives with her grandmother as her dowry money was spent on her unsuccessful seasons. Her grandmother is the widow of a baronet but can no longer afford to support her. Therefore, Lucy is trying to amass as much money as possible to settle them in Bath. In addition, Lucy realizes that after her failed seasons, she will end up a spinster. Andrew lost all of his family to illness when he was a young boy at Eton. The loss devastated him and has left him with nightmares and the inability to maintain close relationships with people. Due to this problem, he has no desire to marry. Andrew and Lucy continue to visit more gambling halls and he finds she is very talented. She learned from her father how to gamble and shoot and is quite good at both skills. As they spend more time together, they become attracted to each other that leads to passion. But with both of them intent on remaining single, can their relationship have any future? This is the first book I have read in this series. When I encountered the nicknames, I was a bit confused but not enough to deter me from enjoying this novel. The things that I didn’t necessarily enjoy were the numerous male-oriented activities in which they indulged. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
CMDeOliveira More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Daring by Darcy Burke This book was exciting, exhilarating, and of course daring and I loved every single page. Darcey once again outdid herself. Lucy Parnell will do anything to keep her independence and not be dependent on any man. She dresses as a man to be able to raise enough money so her and her Grandmother can retire to the country and she won't have to marry. Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford keeps everyone at a distance after he lost his family he is affraid to love. When Andrew discovers Lucy's secret he he insists in helping her so he can protect her. As they spend time together can they keep their hearts locked away? I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review
CynYoung More than 1 year ago
I loved how the hero and heroine, Lucy Parnell and Andrew, the Earl of Dartford met and fell in love. Lucy needs money and rather than look for a husband she does the unconventional and attempts to win it rather than look for a rich husband. She's an interesting character since she is willing to do whatever it takes to get around the limitations imposed on her by Society because of her gender. I liked that she goes after what she wants knowing the risks she is taking. Andrew's past losses has made him avoid getting close to anyone but he faces his fears and his realizations enable him to be with Lucy. I received an ARC to review this book.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'The Duke of Daring' by Darcy Burke is book two in "The Untouchables' series. This is the story of Lucinda Parnell and Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford. Lucy didn't have a successfully time on her debut and now she is settled in the thought of staying unmarried. Lucy would like to live with her grandmother but she knows that her grandmother wouldn't be able to afford her so she makes a plan. Lucy decided to try and earn money gambling while posing as a man. At one club she runs into Andrew who catches on to her and that she is a women. Andrew is called Lord of Daring among her and her friends for all his risk that he takes. But Lucy is surprised when he offers to help her with her goal to keep her safe. Andrew lost his family at a early age and that has put him in a restless manor, but he is surprised of his feelings for Lucy and wanting to keep her safe. But they are both trying to fight their feelings each for a different reason. I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford, was very young when he lost his entire family. Not wanting to feel that sense of helplessness and pain watching those he loved die, Andrew vowed never to fall in love nor marry. He spent the years since avoiding his family home, keeping everyone at arm’s length, and pursuing dangerous activities (this last earning him the nickname “The Duke of Daring” by a trio of wallflowers). After the life she has been relegated to since the death of her gambler of a father, Lucinda “Lucy” Parnell vows to never marry, never trust a man and to rely only on herself. This latter is what has her involved in her latest scheme – trying to make money so she can retire to the country with her grandmother. A scheme that is going along well until someone sees through her disguise. A partnership formed, for one it’s the thrill of something different (not to mention the intrigue of his partner) and for the other it’s a matter of making their own choice in their survival. What remains to be seen is if one can convince the other that it’s okay to trust and okay to love. I thoroughly enjoyed this second story in The Untouchable series by Darcy Burke. Ms. Burke’s writing draws the reader in where they can feel each character’s emotion, from Lucy’s dislike of the male species to Andrew’s despair when memories come flooding in and everything in between. Be prepared to laugh at Lucy and Andrew’s antics as she tries to gather the funds she needs to crying when Andrew can’t keep the memories away. Andrew’s moment of realization that what he’s been fighting all these years has happened anyway will have the tears flowing.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous read from the ever creative mind of Darcy Burke. I received an ARC of The Duke of Daring in exchange for an honest review. Emotion guided Lucinda. Ms. Burke broke the mold for strong female heroines with Lucinda. Heart was the driving force behind every move she made. Despite numerous disappointments and loads of weighty responsibilities she never just let life happen to her. Sure she experienced hard knocks but she picked herself up and made the best of the circumstances. Her sense of adventure landed her in sticky situations but it also showed how dedicated she was to her family and how far she was willing to go to succeed in taking care of the people she loved. Andrew was the opposite. Heartache drove him to take risks. Death, loneliness and despair had beaten this man down to the point where he had no heart left. These two total opposites may not have much in common but did have lessons to teach each other. The Duke of Daring is a story of healing, strength and emotional self discovery that culminates into a romance filled with deep meaning and well crafted imagination.