The Duke of Ruin (Untouchables Series #8)

The Duke of Ruin (Untouchables Series #8)

by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Ruin (Untouchables Series #8) by Darcy Burke

With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm...no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana's only option, and she'll pay any price to achieve freedom.

Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn't dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn't had a drink since, nor a moment's peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need--only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158634390
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Darcy Burke's Untouchables Series , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 235
Sales rank: 6,830
File size: 2 MB

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The Duke of Ruin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Burke has another Untouchables hit! Simon and Diana both had such horrible personal trauma to the point that they felt deserving of peoples disdain and disrespect. I'm glad they discovered each other! The ending had so many shocking surprises! Now if Ms Burke could do something about Diana's cruel father I would love it! Ms Burke's Untouchables Series is awesome. She takes men who are socially untouchable and introduces them to women with issues of their own and adventures ensue, discoveries made, truths told and of course a great HEA ending. I can't wait to read more and more. It's going to be an awful day when this series ends. But for now she has two more coming. Yay.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Another of Darcy Butler's great books, 8th in this series. Enjoyed.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Simon Hastings, the Duke of Ruin appeared in Duke of Ice book seven of The Untouchable series. I loved his attitude on moving forward with his life in spite of all the rumors by looking for another wife and going back into society. Egads did he have an uphill battle. In that book as well as this book the reader will get a clear view of his personality and character and wonder how he could have done what he was accused of doing. Thank goodness Diana has a good head on her shoulders. She was able to look beyond the innuendos about Simon and see the man. For the record I don't know how she survived her father's personality. Her father's personality is a stark difference to Simon's which she gets to experience in close quarters and how she reacts to it is very rewarding. I did mention she had a good head on her shoulders, well she did make some very interesting decisions that would lead the reader to think she was quite ditsy. But this is where the authors writing skill comes through and as the reader you will have compassion for Diana decisions and also for Simon and his past. I really enjoyed this story because two people who were suffering in the lives they lead discover much about themselves and grow into people who find redemption. I give this 4 STARS for being thought provoking.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Ruin. What a fitting name. He, Simon Hastings, The Duke of Romsey, had allegedly killed his wife and child. That is the rumor and we all know ton rumors are much more believed than any truth. He has a decidedly difficult task in incurring a young woman that her betrothed had absconded to marry his true love. Diana, Miss Kingman, is the unfortunate lady. Simon has met her before and understands her plight. There will be a scandal. He doesn't have a clue about the real problem for Diana. That is her father. The man is a menace and always had been for Diana. She is his currency and she will elevate him to the status he desires above anything. He will be furious and she is afraid of what he might do. Simon offers to take her anywhere she wishes to go to avoid the scandal. Even offering to marry her himself, but her father would be doubly angry if she married a social pariah. So she decides to run away. Simon offers his protection and carriage to whatever her desired destination. Off they go on a grand journey. Getting to know each other along the way. I loved this story and the ending was perfect for Simon. A good man wronged. The story was so well written that I couldnt put it down. I felt the chemistry between the characters right away and it just got better and better. I was very happy with the ending as well! This author knows how to capture her audience and keep them riveted until she gets to the end. This is a lovely story with an equally lovely HEA.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved The Duke of Ruin by Darcy Burke! It is the eighth book in The Untouchables series and definitely worth reading! After her betrothal to a duke ends and will leave her with nothing but scandal Diana Kingman believes the only thing left to do is to flee town and find a place to live in solitude. Easier said than done because her father has raised her to be married to nothing less than a duke. He will not quit looking for her until he gets what he wants. Simon Hastings has taken it upon himself to make sure that Diana is safely out of town after his friend leaves her without a betrothed and a scandal to contend with, but while trying to help her them being seen with each other puts her in even more danger of a scandal along with the fact that they are growing attached and attracted to one another. They must get her settled soon because there is absolutely no way that her parents would ever approve of Simon as their daughter's husband even if he is a duke. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this wonderful series! I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
Diana Kingman has had few choices in her life; so when her engagement to the Duke of Kilve is broken, she is presented with two choices. She can either stay in London and weather the scandal and her father’s rage or she can steal away and make a new life for herself. In a selfless act of friendship, Simon Hastings, must inform Miss Kingman that her engagement has been broken and offer his services to protect her from the ensuing scandal. Simon, Duke of Romsey (Duke of Ruin) met Miss Diana Kingman at a house party a few months back. He easily charmed her, but he was off limits even with his title. No parent would wish a marriage to a man rumored to have murdered his previous wife. As the pair race away from London, they discover that appearances are not what they seem. Will these two gentle souls discover and embrace a love that will banish the darkness of their past? My heart broke for Simon and Diana. Simon who can’t remember the events leading up to the night his wife died. His remorse and guilt has him accepting the blame and his family and most of his staff has left him to suffer his grief alone. Diana, whose life, has been dictated by her domineering father, who treats her as a high valued commodity to acquire a higher status in society, has had few choices and little in the way of parental love. I was glad when Diana, grabbed at her opportunity to live a life she wanted. Both Simon and Diane travel on their grand adventure as Mr. and Mrs. Byrd. It’s much more fun to leave the trappings of the ton behind and be yourself. To say that I loved this book is an understatement. Darcy Burke is a marvelous story teller and this is the best one, yet. I received an advanced 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.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
I adore this series full of misfits and damaged souls. Every one makes my heart go out to them. This one especially. Simon Hasting, Duke of Romsey is Nick, the Duke of Kilve's best friend since university days. They've been stanch supporters of each other as life has made them the outcasts of society. In the previous book Nick has "run off" and married his long lost love Violet leaving behind his fiance Diana Kingman. Simon, "The Duke of Ruin" as he's been dubbed by society, comes to his friend's rescue and tells him he'll make sure Diana will be protected. Scandal will ensue so Simon proposes that Diana "disappear" as her controlling father will make her life a living hell as well as society. Diana agrees as she wants to never be hurt by her father again. Simon has promised to set her up in a new life somewhere where she can find happiness and independence. They travel under alias' and keep a low profile until forced to stop at a large inn because of a snowstorm. A strange thing happens during the journey, Simon discovers he can love again and Diana finds someone who is everything her father is not. I love the heart and sensitivity Darcy weaves into every story she tells. These two lost souls spoke to me and I was pulling for them the whole way. There were predictable plot points but Darcy gave us storylines and characters reacting the way I didn't expect. Thank you for another delightful adventure. I was given an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Diana and Simon's story!! When reading The Duke of Ice, my heart was aching for Simon. I was so glad to see that his story was next. Diana is his perfect mate! After losing his wife, Simon has turned around his life and given up drinking. He blames himself for her death, as do others, but has made the best of his situation. He does a favor for his best friend and never imagined that it would get him married!! Diana is trying to get away from her horrible father. She just wants to disappear and enjoy the rest of her life. With Simon's help, she gets away, but circumstances demand that they marry. Can this unlikely duo turn their unplanned marriage into one of mutual love and understanding? I'm so excited for the next book in the story! It will feature Diana's cousin Verity. Just when she is ready to move on with her life, her husband returns from the dead! How exciting!! Look for Verity's story in May.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
THE DUKE OF RUIN begins towards the end of The Duke of Ice, and while it works fine as a standalone, I would strongly encourage readers to read the previous book in order to get the full experience of the complexity of the unfolding drama. And it was sheer torture having to wait for this book! Diana and Simon are thrown together into an impossible situation; she is terrified at the punishment her father will inflict upon her for irreparably disgracing the family. And Simon, poor Simon, whom everyone but his closest friends abandoned him after his wife’s untimely death – even his own mother! Simon and Diana had met briefly at a house party, and if he hadn’t been the infamous DUKE OF RUIN, he would have featured on Diana’s husband shopping list. Simon is the ultimate tortured hero, and for good reason, and how well Ms. Burke conveys his inner pain, his guilt, his sorrow is remarkable; I ached for him. He is so charming, considerate, while his heart and spirit remain utterly broken. Diana has endured a lifetime without freedom, lonely in her gilded cage waiting to be married off to a duke, any duke. She has been resigned to her thankless life because of her terrifying father. In a way, her unfortunate failed wedding is a blessing: while losing everything else, she has gained a modicum of freedom, but she is not one to make mistakes. She doesn’t fly into hysterics, she will find a solution, and in the end, her solution gives Simon hope. THE DUKE OF RUIN is a marvellously well-crafted story, and Darcy Burke has thought of the minutest detail, which culminates in a spectacular, wonderful, and entirely unexpected ending. Yet, it was exactly how it should have been, and never in a million years would I have seen it coming! The plot is hermetically woven, exceptionally compelling with descriptions that will take your breath away, and an underlying sensuality that will make you wish of finding this kind of love. Simon and Diana have superb backstories, the characters are sublimely fleshed-out, the pace impeccable, the dialogues splendid, and the writing is outstanding. Some plot twists had me gasping, as I felt that Simon and Diana would never find happiness; they had so many hurdles to deal with! The romance itself is divine, perfect every step of the way; steeped in respect, honesty, communication, and understanding. I had loved Simon before – he always was a fascinating character – but I loved him even more in THE DUKE OF RUIN. How the scandal of Miriam’s death was handled by Ms. Burke is genius itself! Nothing happens by accident or magic in THE DUKE OF RUIN; Darcy Burke chose to explore Simon’s situations in depth, and there was not one big reveal, but the truth came out gradually, giving us shock after shock. The suspense was untenable, and what an ending it was! Brilliant, fantastic, epic – words fail me! I knew THE DUKE OF RUIN would be fabulous, even if my expectations were sky-high, I knew it would not disappoint because The Untouchables is one of the most amazing series ever, but I was stunned, awed, and elated at how it turned out. How does one write a review that will do justice to a book this extraordinary?
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
An emotionally damaged hero and a desperate bride to be, find each other thrown together in an unexpected turn. Simon Hastings, Duke of Romsby cannot stand himself. Accused of killing his wife and unborn child he is shunned by everyone except his one friend Nick, the Duke of Klive. Nick is in desperate need to break his betrothal to Lady Diana Kingman so he can marry the woman his loves. Diana is being forced to marry Nick by her father and only wants her freedom. Will she take up Simon's offer to take her anywhere she wants to go and help her set up a new life. As they across country and are in close quarters, the attraction is hard to deny. It seems fated that these two should come together as souls who both need healing. But outside forces might pull them apart. Can Simon and Diana be happy even though both have past fears and feelings that are hard to let go? Darcy Burke has a way of making the reader feel the emotions of the characters and become invested in their story. I love the wounded hero/heroine who hopefully can find redemption and love. Part of the fabulous The Untouchables series, this can be read as a standalone, but truly you will want to read them all. Lori D
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Loving this series – haven’t read all of it but every book I have read has left me satisfied with the story read but eager to read the next when it comes out. In the previous book The Duke of Ice jilts Diana Kingman for the woman he has always loved. Well, that puts Diana in a pickle so when The Duke of Ruin, bearer of the jilting news, offers to help her in any way…she takes him up on it. Why would she trust Simon? Well, her father is NOT a man she wants to face when the news that she is no longer betrothed is revealed. So, Simon and Diana head north to her cousin’s home knowing that they will have days and nights on the road before reaching their destination. Simon has experienced true love and great loss. He is guarding his heart but really is attracted to Diana. The attraction is mutual as Diana finds Simon handsome and so much more than his reputation. The time on the road provides information to the reader and to the couple. I have to say that I admire both hero and heroine and would love to spend time getting to know them. I liked the resolution to the situation, the mystery about Simon’s deceased wife that is revealed and the fact that both the Duke of Ice and the Duke of Ruin end up with the happily ever after that they both deserve…and that they end up with such wonderful women! Oh, I love the openness of Diana, the gentleness Simon shows and the romance that develops between them…what a delightful book this was for me to read last night! Now…who is next in this wonderful series? I can hardly wait to find out! Thank you to the author who bequeathed me an ARC through NetGalley – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Darcy Burke had to have been a poet in another life. The imagery of her words. The emotions behind her characters and the captivating tales she creates are ethereal to the heart. The Duke of Ruin is a redemption song. Out of darkness emerges a ray of light. Forced to live with choices that change the course of their lives, Diana and Simon find each other in vulnerability and end up being each other's strength. From a fateful meeting to an everlasting love, Burke takes readers through a traumatic voyage of heartbreaking emotion, heartwarming love and inspiring redemption. The Duke of Ruin is a magnificent tale of courage that never let's go of the heart.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I loved Simon in the previous series book, The Duke of Ice , and so had high hopes for his story. I am so happy to say that he did not disappoint! Though his heroine, Diana, was a bit hard to get to know in the last book--and very prickly for much of this one--coming to understand what makes her the way she is is what really "made" this book for me. Growing up in her father's household was truly terrible, and made Simon's job of gaining her trust that much harder--practically a Sisyphean task. Fortunately, he is most definitely the man for the job. :) Simon and Diana, though they get off to an extremely rocky start and appear doomed to failure--she doesn't trust love and is convinced that she's probably incapable of it, he lost his first wife under suspicious circumstances and believes he deserves nothing less than eternal torment because of the role he *might* have played in her death--these two make a wonderful couple. He helps her to discover her own inner strength, and she helps him to heal. The fact that Diana's instrumental in figuring out what really happened the night the previous duchess died doesn't hurt, either. I loved, loved, loved that Ms. Burke made Simon a widower who loved his wife, and who continued to love his wife even after she was gone and he'd moved on with another. (The conversation he has with his mother about this nearly moved me to tears :) So. Good.) I just haven't been able to find enough widow/widower stories that do that, and it makes my heart happy to find one that also such a lovely romance on top of that. Diana's cousin, who looks enough like her to be her sister and who's had a similar experience growing up, is being set up as the next book's heroine, and I can't wait! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I loved Simon in the previous series book, The Duke of Ice , and so had high hopes for his story. I am so happy to say that he did not disappoint! Though his heroine, Diana, was a bit hard to get to know in the last book--and very prickly for much of this one--coming to understand what makes her the way she is is what really "made" this book for me. Growing up in her father's household was truly terrible, and made Simon's job of gaining her trust that much harder--practically a Sisyphean task. Fortunately, he is most definitely the man for the job. :) Simon and Diana, though they get off to an extremely rocky start and appear doomed to failure--she doesn't trust love and is convinced that she's probably incapable of it, he lost his first wife under suspicious circumstances and believes he deserves nothing less than eternal torment because of the role he *might* have played in her death--these two make a wonderful couple. He helps her to discover her own inner strength, and she helps him to heal. The fact that Diana's instrumental in figuring out what really happened the night the previous duchess died doesn't hurt, either. I loved, loved, loved that Ms. Burke made Simon a widower who loved his wife, and who continued to love his wife even after she was gone and he'd moved on with another. (The conversation he has with his mother about this nearly moved me to tears :) So. Good.) I just haven't been able to find enough widow/widower stories that do that, and it makes my heart happy to find one that also such a lovely romance on top of that. Diana's cousin, who looks enough like her to be her sister and who's had a similar experience growing up, is being set up as the next book's heroine, and I can't wait! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
So incredibly boring.