The Duke of Kisses

The Duke of Kisses

by Darcy Burke

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BN ID: 2940161905838
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: The Untouchables , #11
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,645
File size: 1 MB

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The Duke of Kisses 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
CMDeOliveira 7 days ago
The Duke of Kisses This story was delightful, intriguing, and mysterious with over barring and judgmental families’. Darcy did a great job with connecting you to these characters right away. Frances Snowden or Fanny to her friends is finally away from her over barring and demanding family and rebuilding her relationship with her sister. As she starts her season she finds herself face to face with the charming Earl and the more she spends time with him the harder she falls. David Langley, Earl of Ives first encounter with Fanny was full of flirtations and half truths but when he finds at a party at the start of the season he can stop meeting her. As their encounters increase and their feeling towards each other grow will their future survive when past family history and demanding families try to tear them apart. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
PegC51 7 days ago
The Duke of Kisses is another wonderful story in Darcy Burke’s Untouchables series. Fanny met David shortly after she came to live with Ivy and West, the Duke of Clare. They were both out for a walk and some time alone. There was an instant attraction and a kiss that neither would forget. Later when they meet again at a ball in London, that attraction is still there. David and Fanny make a great couple, but there are some serious obstacles to their courtship that may be difficult to overcome. Fanny and David are delightful characters, on their own and as a couple. They are intelligent, honest (well, David might not have come clean about everything at first), kindhearted, and determined. They are comfortable with each other. Their story is charming and romantic. There is unpleasant history between the families that makes the parents harsh and disagreeable. There is danger in a scandalous secret. Why is David called the Duke of Kisses? Fanny can tell you. This is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book and the series. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The review and opinions are my own.
LoriP123 7 days ago
The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke is the eleventh book in The Untouchables series and is just as good as the rest of the books. You definitely don't want to miss out! Frances Snowden is thrilled to be living with her sister, brother in-law and niece for a season in London. She is able to do anything she wants and is enjoying meeting new and interesting people especially the mysterious man she met on a walk in the countryside. David Langley, Earl of St. Ives promised his father on his deathbed that he would marry a woman that his parents had chosen for him. After meeting Fanny his orderly and ordinary life has taken a turn for the exciting life he was missing, but a long buried family feud will make marriage between them impossible. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Historical_Romance_Lover 9 days ago
I really enjoyed Fanny and David's story! David and Fanny briefly meet while in the country, but both give the other misinformation about who they are. Both are surprised to find the other mingling in London society, but happy to have found one another again. Too bad, David has promised his father that he would marry another. Will they get their HEA? The attraction between these two upon meeting was instant upon meeting, but given the perceived station of the other, didn't think anything would come of it. I like that they met when not under the restraints of the ton, as it allowed them to not be so formal with each other. Of course, since David was almost promised to another, there were all kinds of issues that ensued. This was a great addition to the series and I can't wait for the next one!
nelriv 12 days ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I am enjoying this series. So I am hoping you are keeping up, yes that can be read as a standalone because I started with the last book, and am planning to start from beginning. We have Fanny who is a Duke's sister now, but she came from a non titles family. She had met David previously months ago and they shared a kiss that neither of them can forget about. They meet at a ball and realized that they both had lied about who they really were, but were so happy to see each other that they planned to act on their interest. The problem is that David is kind of betrothed to Ms. Stokes, he had promised his dad he would marry her only he does not want to honor that promise, but that is not the only problem, come to find out that their families are enemies...Grab a copy and find out what happens.! Enjoy!
Anonymous 12 days ago
Stour’s Edge, Suffolk England - December 1817 Frances (Fanny) Snowden is meandering through the countryside when she encounters a handsome man. It has just begun to snow and she realizes she might be lost. Fanny has been living with her sister, Ivy, who is married to West, the Duke of Clare. The man Fanny has met calls himself David. Not ready to identify herself further, Fanny says she’s a housemaid and he says he’s an apprentice to a steward. They chat as he shows her the way back to her sister’s home. They then share a passionate kiss and part their ways. London - April 1818 David Langley, seventh Earl of Ives, is still trying to settle into his new role as Earl. At Brooks’s, he meets a man named Anthony, heir to a Viscount. Anthony persuades him to attend a ball with him and dance with some of the young ladies. Anthony’s friend, Felix, the Earl of Ware, will be joining them. David realizes he will soon be seeking a young woman to be his Countess, but he cannot stop thinking about Frances, the housemaid he met last Christmas. When Fanny and David meet at the ball, they are both thrilled to see one another again. They had truly become infatuated with one another. As they see one another, it appears that Fanny is a bit of a klutz and trips often. David’s mother and uncle come to London where the woman reminds him that his father wanted David to marry the daughter of his best friend, Miss Arabella Stoke. Caught in the moment of his father dying, he promised the man he would marry her. Now, he feels trapped. But David loves Fanny and knows in his heart that she is the one for him. Can David leave behind the promise he made to his dying father and seek out the one woman who has stolen his heart? This is a delightful book with some great twists that will keep the reader turning pages. I enjoyed it very much and am a fan of Darcy Burke. Well done! Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
mscountrylace 14 days ago
The Duke of Kisses lives up to his name and not in the way you think! I was hooked from their first meet because it was clear their romance was going to be an interesting one. They were made for each other with how they balanced each other and instantly understood each other. Nothing was going to keep them apart no matter the threat, feud, or scheme. Their relatives will shock you at every turn with how they act and talk, but it all will surprise you in the end. Fanny is one of the most understanding people but also isn't afraid to stand up to anyone. She would do anything to protect her sister but also would trust her heart. I loved her right away because she had a big heart and wasn't shy about anything. David was like a lost puppy until he found her and his new friends. I loved how different he was from those around him, but he fit in perfectly with them. He knew he had to follow his heart and find the truth when it came to the feud. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review.
FaeScot 14 days ago
Months after a chance meeting two strangers David Langley and Francis "Fanny" Snowden, are shocked to discover they are not a steward and housemaid each assumed the other to be when they shared a memorable kiss on a walk in the country. David is in London at his first social event as the new Earl of St. Ives. His father unexpectedly passed and he is totally unprepared to take his place in society. Fanny is enjoying her unexpected first "season" in London after leaving home to live with Ivy, her long lost sister the new Duchess of Clare. Each is in the early stages of new lives. They share a chemistry that won't be denied as much as deathbed promises and family hatred try to keep them apart. This story is about overcoming and love. These two people struggle so hard to be together. My emotions alternated between frustration at other's expectations and manipulation, disappointment over repeated past mistakes to joy of a much earned HEA. Thank you Darcy for the opportunity to review this story and the advise to read Ivy's story The Duke of Desire first. I got the full impact of this powerful story being fully immersed in the Snowden family's story.
georgia1 14 days ago
Another awesome addition to the Untouchables series! Anything can happen as Frances gets away from her uneventful life to spend time with her sister Ivy who married a Duke. Well something definitely happens when she meets David and they share a kiss. So isn't that wonderful? Each has pretended to be someone else, so when they meet again at a ball, their identities are revealed and yes, that initial attraction blooms! But David had promised his dying father to marry another man's daughter. He also finds out that a feud exists between his and Fanny's family. What else could keep them apart? This was such a well written story and I fell in love with these two. Their romance is palpable and David is so lovable. They go through several ups and downs but true love has a way of surviving even when a terrible threat hangs in the balance. Do not miss this wonderful addition that can be read as a standalone. This may be my favorite one, but of course I say that about each book by Darcy Burke as I turn the last page!! Lori Dykes
AmyHi 14 days ago
I really enjoyed Fanny and David’s story of love at first sight. They don’t let anything get in their way! Can’t wait to read the next one in the Untouchable series, The Duke of Distraction coming February of 2019.
book_junkee 14 days ago
3.5 stars I had read and enjoyed a couple of the previous books, so I was all in on this one. I loved Fanny and David. They’re both good, loyal people who stand up for themselves and others. I loved their open communication and the banter between them. Of course there are glimpses of some of the characters from previous books and some of them were unknown to me. I just might have to go back. Plot wise, there’s sort of a lot going on and that’s where I struggled. The decades old family feud didn’t translate well for me and the addition of so so so many more family members left me confused. The build up to a somewhat surprising conflict was quick and just as abruptly over. I get the need for a splash of animosity, but this didn’t feel fleshed out. Overall, it was the characters who carried the story. I could have done with a million more scenes of the two them together, but hopefully I’ll see them in the next book. **Huge thanks to Darcy Burke for providing the arc free of charge**
CathyGeha 14 days ago
Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke The Untouchables # 11 Frances Snowden, visiting her newly wed sister, meets and kisses a man while out on a winter afternoon. A fleeting encounter that left them both curious and interested though neither thought anything could come of it. A few months later they meet at a dance and find that the issues that they thought might keep them apart did not exist and they also realized that their interest had not died – not one little bit. Of course there have to be issues that stand in the way of true love and truelove does conquer. Fanny and David, Earl of St. Ives, were a match of kind souls with much in common. They both have family issues to contend with. There were races, dances, giving, seducing, loving, communicating and in the end the two did achieve their HEA. I enjoyed this book but enjoyed a few of the previous books in the series slightly more as they evoked more emotion on my part. Thank you to the author for bequeathing me an ARC of this book through NetGalley – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
MoniqueD 14 days ago
Frances “Fanny” Snowden and David Langley had briefly met on Christmas Eve of the year 1817, and because of Frances’ kind heart and her clumsiness, Fanny and David ended up exchanging a kiss and not precisely telling the entire truth about who they really were. In April of the following year, David, Earl of St. Ives, has to familiarise himself with London society. He has made a couple of friends – Felix, the Earl of Ware, and Anthony Colton, a viscount’s son, who invite him to a ball; Anthony is escorting his sister Sarah. David would rather be in the country and looking at birds, but some sacrifices cannot be avoided, so he accompanies his new mates. David doesn’t do people, but when he sees Sarah’s friend – his lovely Frances, whom he has been thinking about for the past few months! - he reconsiders society events altogether. Eleven books in this fabulous series and Darcy Burke is still not running out of steam! I fell in love with Fanny and David upon meeting them; they are such wonderful characters: charming, engaging, normal, and ever so sympathetic. Their connection was evident from the very start, and their conversations were so sweet; I felt the love emanating from the pages. In fact, all the dialogues in THE DUKE OF KISSES are astounding, and it dawned on me at some point that Ms. Burke masters her verb tenses like few authors (yes, I notice these things and they are important to me). With sometimes amazingly ordinary conversations between the many characters, she establishes the relationships that connect them, while adding pertinent details so that a newcomer can feel at ease right away, and that is a feat indeed! I also marvel at Ms. Burke’s talent at creating such appealing and well-defined characters, and in so few words. The romance between David and Fanny is simply exquisite, but David has sort of tried to forget that he made a promise to his father on the latter’s deathbed, and he had pushed somewhat pushed this notion out of his mind. However, he has no choice but to remember, and oh my goodness, how cleverly all this was presented! It sent a chill down my spine as I sat, thinking of the terrible implications it could have on the lives of so many characters! There is one particular scene that is a monument of subtlety and superlative writing; barely anything is said, yet everything hangs in the air, as we are made aware of the tragedy that could strike several characters. The threat did not come from the source I was expecting, nor in the way I was expecting; but oh the drama, the heartbreak, the complicated family relationships! I was surprised that Fanny made a decision that I thought was foolish, particularly in view of her family’s history; fortunately, there were no dire consequences from her recklessness. Unlike the previous books, the story dragged a bit in places, and there were a few repetitions; although thankfully, there was no miscommunication, which is what I feared. I admit I was disappointed with the ending: it seemed a bit far-fetched, mostly because it came about because of letters previously mentioned in the narrative; it did not make sense to me, and it seemed extremely improbable. Also, a pivotal secondary character was somewhat cavalierly brushed aside. I loved David’s friend and steward Graham, and it was love at first sight with Felix, who will thankfully star in his own book, the next instalment in The Untouchables: The Duke of Distraction, and I cannot wait; he is just wickedly delish.
MoniqueD 14 days ago
Frances “Fanny” Snowden and David Langley had briefly met on Christmas Eve of the year 1817, and because of Frances’ kind heart and her clumsiness, Fanny and David ended up exchanging a kiss and not precisely telling the entire truth about who they really were. In April of the following year, David, Earl of St. Ives, has to familiarise himself with London society. He has made a couple of friends – Felix, the Earl of Ware, and Anthony Colton, a viscount’s son, who invite him to a ball; Anthony is escorting his sister Sarah. David would rather be in the country and looking at birds, but some sacrifices cannot be avoided, so he accompanies his new mates. David doesn’t do people, but when he sees Sarah’s friend – his lovely Frances, whom he has been thinking about for the past few months! - he reconsiders society events altogether. Eleven books in this fabulous series and Darcy Burke is still not running out of steam! I fell in love with Fanny and David upon meeting them; they are such wonderful characters: charming, engaging, normal, and ever so sympathetic. Their connection was evident from the very start, and their conversations were so sweet; I felt the love emanating from the pages. In fact, all the dialogues in THE DUKE OF KISSES are astounding, and it dawned on me at some point that Ms. Burke masters her verb tenses like few authors (yes, I notice these things and they are important to me). With sometimes amazingly ordinary conversations between the many characters, she establishes the relationships that connect them, while adding pertinent details so that a newcomer can feel at ease right away, and that is a feat indeed! I also marvel at Ms. Burke’s talent at creating such appealing and well-defined characters, and in so few words. The romance between David and Fanny is simply exquisite, but David has sort of tried to forget that he made a promise to his father on the latter’s deathbed, and he had pushed somewhat pushed this notion out of his mind. However, he has no choice but to remember, and oh my goodness, how cleverly all this was presented! It sent a chill down my spine as I sat, thinking of the terrible implications it could have on the lives of so many characters! There is one particular scene that is a monument of subtlety and superlative writing; barely anything is said, yet everything hangs in the air, as we are made aware of the tragedy that could strike several characters. The threat did not come from the source I was expecting, nor in the way I was expecting; but oh the drama, the heartbreak, the complicated family relationships! I was surprised that Fanny made a decision that I thought was foolish, particularly in view of her family’s history; fortunately, there were no dire consequences from her recklessness. Unlike the previous books, the story dragged a bit in places, and there were a few repetitions; although thankfully, there was no miscommunication, which is what I feared. I admit I was disappointed with the ending: it seemed a bit far-fetched, mostly because it came about because of letters previously mentioned in the narrative; it did not make sense to me, and it seemed extremely improbable. Also, a pivotal secondary character was somewhat cavalierly brushed aside. I loved David’s friend and steward Graham, and it was love at first sight with Felix, who will thankfully star in his own book, the next instalment in The Untouchables: The Duke of Distraction, and I cannot wait; he is just wickedly delish.
beckymmoe 15 days ago
A sweet addition to the series! I really liked Fanny and David's story. They were very sweet together, and how he got his unofficial title (the Duke of Kisses) was absolutely adorable. Her clumsiness added quite a few LOL moments, and it was so much fun to get glimpses into the future lives of past series characters along the way. I especially loved that she is Ivy's sister ( The Duke of Desire ); and that we find out a little more about their family life both then and now. (If you haven't read the other series books this one should do fine as a standalone--obviously you won't know who all of those other people are, but you really don't need to to appreciate Fanny and David's story on its own.) Some of the side plots felt a bit like distractions at times--the past Snowden/Langley drama and David's deathbed promise to his father perhaps could have used a bit more fleshing out to make them feel more substantial--but it was nice that the relationship drama here didn't come from something dumb that either of the main characters did to each other for a change. The next book is tantalizingly set up in the epilogue, though it did make me feel as if I'd missed or forgotten something that had happened to Sarah (I checked, and nope--she was fine when she was last on the page...) s0 now I'm twice as anxious to get to her book, which was clearly the author's goal. Write fast, Ms. Burke! ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
Sunshine1006 15 days ago
The Duke of Kisses is another book in the Untouchables Series. Frances Snowden has been rescued by her sister to get away from the rest of her family. When Frances is taking a walk while at her sisters', she falls. A very handsome man helps her up. When introduced, they are a housemaid and a steward. When you want a kiss, a lady shouldn't ask. Six months later, they meet at a party, Miss Frances Snowden and Lord St. Ives. The attraction is mutual and the kisses addicting. .There are secrets and another woman. Will this tear them apart? Will the Lord of Kisses find his true happiness? I really love this series and the Duke of Kisses is another great addition to the Untouchables. I received this book from Net Galley and the publisher for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Brigittehf 15 days ago
I have read some of the previous books in this series and loved them all, but this one is my favourite. It's charming, humourous, dramatic and so very romantic. Frances, known as Fanny was rescued from her boring life with her parents by her long lost sister, Ivy. She now lives in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk and loves her new life. David is the new Earl of St Ives. He loves the countryside and has a fascination for birds. He is slowly settling into his new role which came rather suddenly. Lost in the countryside whilst taking a walk, Fanny is rescued by a mysterious gentleman. Except for first names, they don't reveal their true identities, mainly for propriety's sake, but before parting, they share a kiss. A kiss, neither David nor Fanny can forget. David travels to London to take his place as the new Earl, even though his heart isn't in it. He makes friends with a couple of the notorious bachelors and accompanies one of them to partner his sister on the dancefloor. To his surprise, the sister's friend is the one and only Fanny. She is just as surprised to see him. Dancing isn't their forte and there are some embarrassments, but their sense of humour sees them through. They also find that their initial attraction hasn't waned in the slightest and it looks like love is in the air. They connect on so many levels, but an old family feud and David's promise to his father might well get in the way of their prospective future. Can they overcome these barriers and find their happily ever after? I was totally absorbed in this story. It starts off light and humourous, but drama comes from past events, family interference and David's promise. The uncertainty of the future makes this a real page turner. The dangerous twist shows their strength of character and their palpable love. It's a passionate and heartfelt romance and I savoured every bit. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
Lashea677 15 days ago
Standing on the edge of tomorrow means finding a way through today. For Frances that begins with a fresh start and a chance to make choices that weren't available to her before. For David that chance lies in risking his entire future for a chance at happiness. The Duke of Kisses is a modern story set in a not so modern time. Burke picks a subject matter that we can all relate to, in order to make a point not easily forgotten. In a world where duty is everything, sometimes it pays to follow your heart.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Boring. Predictable. No depth. Storyline was lame. The H&H were super childish and I felt weird reading it. Sorry I spent money on it.