The Duke of Ice (Untouchables Series #7)

The Duke of Ice (Untouchables Series #7)

by Darcy Burke


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Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she's always loved. But she isn't prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it's clear their passion hasn't dimmed. However, the heat between them isn't enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944576363
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Series: Darcy Burke's Untouchables Series , #7
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 447,299
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

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 and Pinterest at

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The Duke of Ice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and good story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is wonderful! I love the complexity of the characters and the relationships between all of them. I love the struggle between Violet and Nick! I especially love the ending and how everything came together. Such a great story full of twists and turns. You get wrapped up in the outcome of the characters and how everything turns out! The one of the best stories from this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice easy read. Lighthearted. Predictable but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great flawed characters. Cant wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good one in this series!
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sportochick More than 1 year ago
Book seven of The Untouchable series is filled with tortured attractive men that instantly grabbed my attention. Nicholas Bateman, the Duke of Ice and Simon Hastings, the Duke of Ruin are in this book and both of them are living tragic lives that add just the right amount of deliciousness to this story. It was really hard to choose which one is more exciting but then again that is the fun in reading, you can enjoy both men without committing. Each character was fully developed and the mysteriousness surrounding them is equally fascinating. Violet like many women of her era is forced into a marriage she didn't want so the main part of this book starts after she is a widow and meets the man she loved again as a mature woman. Filled with emotion on both Violet and Nick's part as they deal with their past and who they are to each other in their present day was handled with finesse and in expressive detail. Violet's character shows a woman who took adversity and came out a better person. I felt it was presented well and it was believable. I like the fact that she was not a bitter person. Of course there is drama in this book and how this drama is resolved leaves the reader anxiously anticipating the next book to this series which will involve the extremely gorgeous Duke of Ruin. I give this book 4.5 stars for resolving the storyline in a manner that had a dramatic ending and satisfying results.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Nick and Violet met and fell in love eight years ago, but were torn apart when she was forced to marry the man her family chose for her. Both have been hurt in the years since they saw each other. When they are brought together for a week at a house party, they realize that they still have feelings for each other. Violet slowly and quietly begins a campaign to win him back. Will she be able to melt his heart? Can he move past his bitterness and fear to have a second chance with Violet? Rollercoaster ride would be an understatement for this one, especially for our hero. Violet is a strong, caring, and very patient woman. And then there’s Simon. He does everything he can to help bring Nick and Violet together. If he could only find someone to help him shake his Untouchable reputation as the Duke of Ruin. I received a ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed it and the comments are my own.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
And the reading meh continues. Nicholas Bateman, Duke of Kilve, is known as the Duke of Ice because he is cold and distant. His only friend, Simon Duke of Romsey, known as the Duke of Ruin, persuades Nick to accompany him to a house party thrown by the Linfords. Simon has been ostracised from society because of his wife's mysterious death and hopes that this party might help him to find a new bride, but the invite clearly expects him to bring the Duke of Kilve. With bad grace Nick agrees to accompany Simon only to find that the hostess' best friend is none other that Violet Caulfield, Lady Pendleton, the woman with whom he had a brief but passionate fling when they were much younger, the woman he fully intended to marry until she threw him over for a man with a title. I thought this book could have been over a lot earlier than it was. Nick spent most of the book metaphorically wringing his hands and bemoaning the fact that he was cursed because everyone he had ever loved, except Violet, was dead. To love is to feel and then when they die it is devastating so wall off your emotions and don't have any friends! Good plan. I was bored of him and his rinse and repeat 'get close to Violet then push her away' behaviour. In contrast, Violet started off as a great character and then at one point became a complete doormat. Overall, meh. I am so tired of not enjoying books and I'm hoping that February will herald a new joy of reading.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved Nicholas and Violets story!! Reunion stories are one of my favorites!! Violet wanted nothing more than to reunite with Nicholas, but he is fighting his own demons including how brokenhearted he was when Violet married another man. I loved watching these two fight for their HEA!! I can't wait for Simon's, the Duke of Ruin, story!!
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story! The Duke of Ice is the seventh book in Darcy Burke's The Untouchables series. Even though I have loved every book in this series this story pulled all the heartstrings. Nicholas Bateman and Violet Pendleton fell in love when they were younger, but Violet's family pulled them apart and for eight years Nick has hated her for that until recently when he finds out that Violet never stopped loving him. Violet realizes that Nick isn't the same man she fell in love all those years ago. Now he is walking wounded and keeps everyone at arms length in order to never feel pain again, but they are finding their attraction for one another is stronger than ever and their love is growing more each day. They may never be able to go back, but can they start afresh today? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Bateman, Duke of Kilve, is cursed to lose everyone he loves because he dared to be happy eight years ago. Now he lives like a hermit and permits no one close. He wears his nickname, The Duke of Ice, like armour and to keep all at a distance. Lady Violet Pendleton, now widowed and in complete control of her future has the potential second chance at love. Eight years ago, her parents denied her a love match and though she married, she never gave up the love she had for Nick. The Fates have intervened, and at a house party thrown by Hannah Linford, close friend of Violet, the two star-crossed lovers meet once again. It is evident that the love they shared still burns, but the years have changed both of them. War and many tragic deaths have hardened Nicholas Bateman to be almost unrecognizable. Can they both accept the past and embrace a future together? Or will fear of the curse divide them forever? This seventh book in the Untouchable Series has once again been tough to put down. It’s a story of second chances. Will Nick and Violet choose to leave the past in the past? As just a beautiful memory? Or will they build on the love they shared and create a wondrous future together? Simon, Duke of Ruin was a much needed breath of fresh air. I was at times extremely frustrated and vexed and at other times in awe of the feats Nick goes through in his journey. The part with the kitty bowl did give me a giggle. I adore the story of Nick and Violet. The teasing bits of Simon and Diane have me excited to Duke of Ruin. 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.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
The Untouchable "Duke of Ice", Nicholas Bateman, the tenth Duke of Kilve is a reluctant Duke who has been plagued with death. He achieved his great title because everyone he'd ever loved had died and he was all that was left to inherit. He's a recluse, afraid to make friends or love others because he's "cursed" to kill anyone he loves. his beloved brother, his grandfather, his wife and newborn child. Luckily his best, and pretty much only friend, Simon, Duke of Romsey, aka "Duke of Ruin" is a loyal and determined friend. He drags Nick with him to a house party to try to find a way back into English society. Simon is determined to remarry and he thinks Nick should too. After all Dukes must breed an heir to the title if nothing else. Enter Lady Violet Caufield, widow of Clifford Viscount Pendleton. She is the good friend of Hannah Linford, hostess of the house party. Nick and Violet met years ago just before Violet "came out". They had a torrid affair her parents didn't approve of and whisked her away to immediately wed Clifton, a titled aristocrat as Nick was only a Mr at the time. Meeting unexpectedly at the house party is uncomfortable and difficult for them both. Luckily Violet likes Simon immediately and they decide to help get Nick's social feet wet once again. I love visiting with these Untouchables. They are so damaged and only love will heal their broken hearts. Each one has a story and each one is different. I'm a sucker for second chance at love stories and this did not disappoint. The groveling at the end was perfection! I also enjoyed how she wove the younger women into the story that we will see once again in Simon's story, The Duke of Ruin. Oh yeah! Thank you Darcy for allowing me to be on your review team. Loved another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written well, good story line and such emotions that I couldn't put it down until I read the whole book! Both characters are developed well and have a good relationship.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, goodness. I was torn throughout this book with wanting to hug Nick (which of course he wouldn't allow anyway) and wanting to hit him upside the head. He is tortured and gloomy and all that one could hope for in an angsty hero, but ohmygosh man, it's not all about you! The whole "I'm cursed, therefore everyone I live will die" attitude seemed a bit immature for someone of his age and experience. And then when he almost does what he decides to do toward the end? Even knowing this is a romance and he couldn't possibly do that I was almost in tears. Poor Violet! Fortunately he has a true friend in Simon ( The Duke of Ruin ) who manages to pull his head out of his arse in time. Even more fortunately, Nick does a fantastic grovel. As he should! The Duke of Ice definitely had me turning the pages, anxious to find out how Nick and Violet would get to their HEA--even when I was frustrated with what they were doing, I couldn't stop reading. Ms. Burke sets up the next book nicely (just what are Diana and Simon doing???) and it seems that the other two debutantes Violet encounters at the house party are also being set up for future series heroines, which gives us much to look forward to. Though this one is the seventh in the series, it would work just fine as a standalone since there is very little (if any?) past series characters or stories here. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Everyone Nicholas has ever loved has died except Violet, although after she left him for another he is not sure that was love. Now a widow and a recluse his friend Simon shows up and persuades him to come to a house party. Violet is there. Will Violet be able to melt the Duke of Ice’s heart? This was a good read with plenty of drama and great characters. I liked it.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
I discovered Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series starting with book four, and I have really enjoyed them since. I expect charming characters, steamy connections, and plenty of great secondary characters that make me want more. While Duke of Ice started in the same vein, I can’t say that this one worked for me on many levels. Nicholas Bateman is called the Duke of Ice, and he’s perfectly content shunning society and its ways. The exception is when one of his friends, The Duke of Ruin, decides to attend a house party and repair his reputation. Nick goes along for support, but he doesn’t expect to reconnect with his long-lost love or for his icy façade to fall spectacularly to pieces. I enjoy my grumpy, tortured heroes. I love getting into the nitty-gritty and watching the hero grow and shine. I enjoy the push-pull that leaves me anticipating each scene. Unfortunately, I never believed in the second chance love between him and Violet. I never believed in a first love between him and Violet. So, my biggest complaint was that whenever Nick and Violet were in the room together or interacting, I didn’t feel that connection that I was hoping for. There are very few details on their romance to begin with and compound that to the present where the desire and passion and connection wasn’t there? Much of their time together focused on finding a match for Simon, the Duke of Ruin, instead of reigniting their connection. In fact, Simon stole the show completely. I was so invested in him! But when it came time for the main characters? I didn’t feel it. Then the ending? Their was an abrupt wrench in the plot that didn't fit. It seemed to be an afterthought, and it had me doubting Nick really cared for Violet at all. While there are a few moments where Nick shines as a character, the overall romance between the main couple left me unsatisfied. I definitely recommend this series, but perhaps not this book if you’re just starting out. I will say, however, that I’m desperately awaiting Simon’s story.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Can there be a second chance at love after eight years and two marriages? Nicholas Batemen, the Duke of Kilve, now widowed and monikered the Duke of Ice by the Ton, just wants to be left alone and wallow in his misery of loss and feeling cursed. His first love, Violet, now Lady Pendleton had left him when he thought they would be forever and now widowed after his less than stellar marriage to another, nothing seemed to matter. Now, Nick's only friend, Simon, Duke of Romsey, pays him a visit and persuades him to go to a house party with him. Simon, having been named the Duke of Ruin, wants to remarry and hopes that his appearance at the party will aid him in finding a wife. There Nick meets Violet again and past resentments as well as passion ignites. Violet has always loved Nick but has a hard time recognizing the cold man he has become. He begins to realize how much his life is vacant and lonely and begins to feel again as another tragedy strikes. Can true love persevere and guide the couple to happiness? Darcy Burke is a master of pulling the reader into the story and strongly feeling the emotions of the characters. As the last page is turned, the only reaction is "when will the next story be published?"
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
THE DUKE OF ICE by Darcy Burke is book Seven in "The Untouchables" series. This is the story of Nicholas Bateman and Violet Caulfield Pendleton. Violet and Nick were once in love but her parents married her off to Viscount Pendleton breaking her heart. Nick too was upset but he went on and later ended up getting the title of Duke of Kilve...he even married someone. But that was eight years ago and both are widowers who haven't seen each other in all that time. Neither it seemed kept up with the other one because with they meet at a house party given by Mr &Mrs. Linford neither knew what had happened to the other. Hannah Linford is best friends with Violet and asked for her help with this party. Hannah had invited the two dukes Simon and Nick to make her party more popular. Simon and Nick don't get any invitations anymore due to their scandalous reputations. Simon talks Nick into going which lead to him wanting to continue his affair with Violet that started all those years ago. But can they move past their old hurt and what they think they have become? A great second chance at love story!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
THE DUKE OF ICE by Darcy Burke is book Seven in "The Untouchables" series. This is the story of Nicholas Bateman and Violet Caulfield Pendleton. Violet and Nick were once in love but her parents married her off to Viscount Pendleton breaking her heart. Nick too was upset but he went on and later ended up getting the title of Duke of Kilve...he even married someone. But that was eight years ago and both are widowers who haven't seen each other in all that time. Neither it seemed kept up with the other one because with they meet at a house party given by Mr &Mrs. Linford neither knew what had happened to the other. Hannah Linford is best friends with Violet and asked for her help with this party. Hannah had invited the two dukes Simon and Nick to make her party more popular. Simon and Nick don't get any invitations anymore due to their scandalous reputations. Simon talks Nick into going which lead to him wanting to continue his affair with Violet that started all those years ago. But can they move past their old hurt and what they think they have become? A great second chance at love story!
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
This is a touching second chance story. To some parents, status is more important than the happiness of their daughters. Nick believes that he is "cursed" after having suffered the loss of those he cares for. He doesn't allow himself to show any emotions, earning him the title of Duke of Ice. Violet was forced into a loveless and unhappy marriage. She is now a widow who still dreams about her first and only love. Nick chooses to live in seclusion through his fear of loss. Getting close to anyone can only bring pain and misery. His best and only friend, Simon is a social pariah known as the Duke of Ruin. When Simon receives an invitation to a house party, he manages to talk Nick out of his comfort zone to accompany him. Nick doesn't expect to meet the one person he blames for his misfortunes. His reaction upon seeing her baffles him, after spending so long hating her. Violet is even more shocked with his cold demeanour. Despite everything that's happened, the fire still burns between them. Nick is not prepared to go down that road again. Can she find her way into thawing the ice and find the man she once knew? They have both changed as a result of their unhappy pasts. In some ways, I felt for Nick and his aversion to love. That doesn't mean that I didn't feel like knocking some sense into him to make him see what's right in front of him. His cowardice after going to great lengths to move forward is frustrating and painful, but he redeems himself. Violet owns her mistake and is patient and understanding. This novel gets to the heart of how some react to their losses and protect themselves against further pain. It's a heartfelt story with well portrayed characters all round. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke The Untouchables #7 Young love thwarted Second chance given Will it be taken or squandered? Eight years before this book begins Nick and Violet met and fell in love. With his prospects only being a mister without a title, well, Violet’s parents whisked her away to marry another – and she let them. So, when the two meet at the house party they do know one another but neither is the young, hopeful, easy person they once were. There is attraction. There is conversation and there is a kiss or two shared BUT will there be more? Nick went to war, lost many of his loved ones and feels “cursed” and unwilling to love again. He is not as easy to approach or as spontaneous or smiling but is his old warm self really gone forever encased in the icy exterior he presents to the world? His friend Simon, Duke of Romsey (or Ruin as some call him) has not given up on him and as a result the two are off to a house party together. Violet had an unhappy marriage to a man that did not love her and in more than one way abused her. She was happy to be rid of him though unhappy he had to die in order for her to be free. When she sees Nick the feelings of love she never surrendered are reignited and Simon encourages her to try to break through the ice surrounding the man she has continued to love. The house party has games, events, conversations; young girls on the marriage market, older women that are “mean girls” and the potential for all to get to know one another. The hostess is hopeful that she will be able to provide ‘the’ event that will elevate her social status. The young women and their parents hope for introductions to men that might be suitors of a suitable sort. Nick hopes that rumors about Simon can be squelched and is willing to be there for his friend…just as Simon is there for Nick. After the house party there is a sense of…well…an unsettled sense for both Nick and Violet. Nick is beginning to thaw but has not thawed enough by the end of the party. The two meet again and things improve…until a wrench or two are thrown into the mix and then…misgivings arise and almost thwart true love forever…almost…until good friend Simon arrives to sort of save the day. At times Nick baffled me. I know he had suffered much but for a smart man he seemed somewhat not-so-smart…or fearful…or…something. Violet seemed to lack the fire to pursue what she really wanted and a bit too accepting of fate. The fact that they found a HEA was satisfying not only to them but to me, too ;) I am eager to find out what Simon tells Diana and how the two of them manage their HEA and as their story is up next…hope to find out soon! Thank you to the author who provided me an ARC of this book via NetGalley – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Dramatic, traumatic and romantic collide in an emotional tale of soul searching and second chances. The Duke of Ice is about facing fears and owning up to mistakes. Life's greatest fear is of the unknown. Things we can't control, but always weigh on our minds. Ms. Burke always creates great characters, but for me Nick proved to be breathtaking. The tortured soul with so much love to give, but a ton of guilt to bear. My heart broke for him. Love should be a beautiful adventure, but for him it seemed to be the beginning of something much darker. A lifetime of pain. Violet was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was the key to a mystery years in the making. All he has to do is trust his heart and open his soul. Darcy Burke went in an unexpected direction, but delivered one of her most human tales to date. Violet and Nick will leave readers breathless.