The Forbidden Duke (Untouchables Series #1)

The Forbidden Duke (Untouchables Series #1)

by Darcy Burke


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Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel's excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she's lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn't be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation...

Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters Society just once each year at his stepmother's ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart-and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she's back, and she needs his help. But by "saving" her, he may just ruin her life all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944576103
Publisher: Darcy Burke
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: Darcy Burke's Untouchables Series , #1
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 377,152
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Darcy Burke is a USA Today bestselling romance author. Fall in love with a host of dukes, marquesses, and earls in her Regency-set The Untouchables series and journey to Oregon wine country and meet the Archer family in her contemporary Ribbon Ridge series. Darcy lives in Oregon with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and four crazy, beloved cats.

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The Forbidden Duke 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book was amazing! I loved that both Titus and Nora had not so perfect pasts and that's what brought them together. Nora was a refreshing change from the typical heroine and I absolutely loved her because there wasn't anything to hate about her like most heroines. I was sucked into the story from the start and couldn't put it down. I loved that even though his step mother was pushy, you had to love her. I started to get worried when Nora found out about his involvement in the past because most of the time that creates a conflict and you want to shake the girl, but not with Nora and it was great. I think Titus was a perfect Duke. I usually don't like Dukes very much because they can be untouchable like Nora says, but he was human and didn't care about all of that stuff. I can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Can't wait to read the rest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dstcy Burke wrote a very entertaining romance of Titus and Eleanor. He was the leader of the formiable young rakes nine years ago during her second season. It was his friend who had ruined her and caused her cousin to withdraw their support for the rest of the season. She was exiled for being caught kssing a man who was not engaged to her. She was ruined and, so, her younger sister never had a season. Instead she married a judgemental vicar. Eleanor's father had lst his money and after nne years spent in seclusion, she was forced to earn hr way. She applied for a spot as a companion, and found a loving, warm woman who hired her and found it in her heart to care for her because Eleanor reminded her of her daughter who had died too young. Although there was only one sexual encounter, it is explicit. I found the characters beguiling and interesting. The ending was a enticing and inviting us to continue our journey into the other books in the series. I recomend this story to all adult readers.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first I’ve read of Darcy Burke’s historical romances, I found that my anticipation was met and exceeded on my enjoyment scale. I adored the characters of Eleanor and Titus, and Lady Satterfield was an utter gem, perfectly suited to the title of fairy godmother. See, years ago Eleanor was a young innocent: starry eyed and full of romantic ideals and believing that everything told her was the truth. Unfortunately she was surrounded by society and their harsh judgments, and the notorious rake that had settled his eyes on her spoke all the words the young girl could want to hear. More unfortunate still, this man was after little more than yet another notch, and left her ruined and shamed, to flee from London with hopes of marriage and a good match thrown to the wind. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal has been floundering for the past few years, searching for something. More recently, the emptiness of his life and being ‘the rake’s rake’ among his group of peers had worn thin. Without a clue how to proceed, he’s retreated from all social engagements spare one, his stepmother’s ball, but that is where his nod to convention ends. With the death of Eleanor’s father and the new awareness of just how impoverished she is, Eleanor must find shelter: her sister and her husband the vicar are not an option because of her scandalous past. Biting the bullet, she decides a position as companion would be suitable, if she finds the right dowager who can overlook the noise. Enter Lady Satterfield, Titus’ stepmother and fairy godmother extraordinaire. Not unaware of the harsh double standards in judgments passed by the ton on everyone, she also is convinced that Eleanor’s misstep of years ago was due to her innocence and naiveté, and not a character flaw. So, she has decided to hire Eleanor, and provide her with a second chance… because it will give her stepson what he needs. Approachable and convincing, the characters fairly breathe in the corners as you get to know them, feeling the weight of Eleanor’s shame at the scandal, Titus’ restraint and later guilt at knowing he ruined this young woman, not directly but by encouraging others for sport. Above all, the glue is Lady Satterfield: kind and generous, old enough to see the truth around her and the arrogance with which the ton passes proclamations, yet sensitive enough to see the true intentions and hearts of those she cares for. A wonderful introduction to the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via tour organizer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read! I liked that both Nora and Titus were older than the usual Regency heroine/hero (Nora more than Ttitus, since the men tend to be older anyway, but he acted older than many of his peers) and that both were still trying to deal with things that had happened ten years earlier. I was a bit worried about what would happen when Nora found out that Titus had had a part in her ruination so many years earlier, but that part was nicely handled and very believable. Did I mention that I liked having more mature heroes and heroines? Especially when they manage to act like rational human beings... Their romance was nicely built up; I loved how Titus kept finding ways to justify all the extra time he spent at society functions (he usually attended a single ball each season--his stepmother's--where he danced one time only) just to see Nora again, even if deep down he knew he was full of it. So adorable. And Nora really tried to find a husband that wasn't Titus... ;) The secondary characters in the story were delightful as well--I loved Titus's stepmother, Lady Satterfield (also Nora's employer/sponsor) and Lady Dunn, the society matron who takes Nora under her wing. Lord Satterfield, Titus's stepmother's new husband, was also a great character. I could have easily spent another hundred or so pages in company with all of them! A few of the events toward the end--the rumor that serves as a catalyst to action for Titus, and the introduction (I assume) of future series characters--felt a bit heavy-handed, but I enjoyed the rest of the story so much it's hard to really mind all that much. Ms. Burke is a new-to-me author, but I'll definitely be reading more from her in the future--both the continuation of this series and others :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this historical by Darcy Burke! Nora was suddenly homeless and without an income so she took a job as a lady's companion. She felt that this would be her life after the horrible situation she had found herself in years ago during her last Season. Since then she had stayed in the country and accepted that her life would be alone and without a family of her own. Titus couldn't believe that his mother's companion was the young woman that his friend had basically destroyed all of those years ago during her Season, but here she was and he now could do everything that he could to repair the damage that had been done. Little did he know that after years of misbehaving he was falling for a woman that he could love forever. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Darcy Burke's historical romances! I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
ECD 6 months ago
Okay... so this is light fluffy fanciful reading. BUT I LOVED IT. The pace was smoothly moderate, there were no plot holes nor any hiccups. The segues between scenes were seamless. Everything made sense and there were no loose ends. I loved the characters. So kind, so thoughtful, generous and giving. Even the cretin in the story played his part well. What can I say? It is a quick read but oh so romantic. (swoon) If you have extra time, give this book a twirl. I promise it will endear itself to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you entertained and constantly looking for that unexpected bit of info that explains all.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never devoured a book in my this intixctively. It had me enthralled. Literally a five stars book. If you like old historical books with romance than PICK THIS BOOK UP!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Forbidden Duke is an amazing historical romance by Darcy Burke. This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time. Ms. Burke has delivered a well-written book filled with outstanding characters. Eleanor's reputation was ruined years ago and now finds herself suddenly homeless and must take a position as a companion. Titus is the Duke of Kendal and while he didn't ruin Eleanor, he feels guilty that he did play a part in her disgrace. Titus and Eleanor's story is loaded with drama, humor and sizzlin' hot sex. This book captured me from the first page and held me hostage until the last. I enjoyed every page and look forward to my next book by Darcy Burke. The Forbidden Duke is book 1 of The Untouchables Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story, it was a nice easy read. Plus I loved watching the interaction of the duke with his step-mother. She was the only mother he ever knew and he treated her as such. It's not often you get that in a story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything and more than expected and I loved the growing explosive passion between the two main characters
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Both characters were likable and fun. Wished it was longer.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
One indiscretion has ruined Nora and she's been on the shelf for a while. Her quiet life in the country has taken a turn after her father makes a poor decision and she ends up looking for a job as a companion. Titus likes to keep to himself and not engage with the ton of London. However, after meeting his step-mother's companion he can't seem to stay away this season after his step-mother decides to sponsor her for the season. I loved Nora and how real she is. She didn't let people treat her badly and was done with the expectations of being the perfect wife to be for the season looking for a husband. Titus, well he's determined to right his past mistakes that effected Nora and has never left his mind. The story is perfectly steamy and filled with romance. I felt that Nora is too quick to forgive when I was expecting a bit more tension. If you enjoy a historical romance that will keep you engrossed until the last page I recommend The Forbidden Duke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, highly recommend!!!!!
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Burke. It is a very enjoyable novel. The double standards of society is a good starting point. The hero and heroine were interesting and engaging.
TeatimeandBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke is such a breathtaking read, filled with vivid history, passion, loss and yes, romance. Lots of romance. A wonderful 5 star read that will make a great addition to anyone’s library. We start off by seeing spinster, Eleanor Lockhart meeting with her father and being informed that he’s lost it all. He has nothing left to provide her with and she must find new accommodations. Eleanor at first is at a loss of what to do, she been banished by family and many friends due to an incident that occurred several years prior. She was caught in a passionate kiss with a rake which ruined her name and life in society. The only thing she could do is become a ladies companion. She’s soon hired by Lady Satterfield, who immediately falls in love with the young woman. Here, Eleanor meets the dashing, yet dark and mysterious Forbidden Duke or so his nickname goes. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal who just happens to be Lady Satterfield’s step-son and the one who is responsible for Eleanor’s fall from grace some years prior, no, he’s not the man in question. However, it was he who influenced his friends to go about acting rakish and ruining innocent misses. Titus soon finds himself smitten with the lovely Miss Eleanor and he soon finds himself drawn to helping her and she too begins to fall for the dark and mysterious duke. Can Titus help Miss Eleanor regain her rightful name in society? Will he express his love and finally settle down and wed the lovely miss? This is my first book of Darcy Burke’s and I must say I am now a huge fan. Her writing style is impeccable and she weaves such a deep and vivid tale that just captures the reader and draws them back in time to the elegant ballrooms, the afternoon teas of the ton and of course into the passionate lives of the characters. Her characters spring to life on the pages and one can’t help but fall in love. This is a wonderful read and I can’t wait see what to come next in this amazing series of The Untouchables. **I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review**
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful start to the new series, The Untouchables. I don’t read a lot of Regency Era romance, mainly because the women can very quickly end up annoying me with how vapid they act. Eleanor Lockhart was a refreshing change. It may be because she is a bit older, and has had to learn to rely on herself. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed her character. I also like that this is a second chance story. Eleanor was disgraced when she was younger, thinking a man cared for her, when he was just a scoundrel. After taking some time away from society, she must look for a job, that lands her back into the society that had rejected her. Through the love and goodwill of her employer, she is reintroduced back to society. Things don’t go smoothly, but she winds up with a fantastic employer/friend, and steals the heart of a Duke. The descriptions of the architecture, rooms and clothes are magnificent. That’s one of the reasons I do enjoy reading this era of romance, and Darcy Burke does a fabulous job with the descriptions. Her development of the characters are also done very well, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these characters, and future ones, grow in this series. And as always, the sex scenes are very steamy. This is a very quick read, and felt more like a novella to me, although I don’t think it’s marketed as such. But either way, it’s a fun read, and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series, The Duke of Daring.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Untouchables series. Miss Eleanor Lockhart has suddenly lost her home. Her only recourse is to get a job. Knowing that in London, she might run into people from past,she wants to be honest and upfront with her employer about the scandal that had her leasing London a decade ago. Thankful that she finds employment, she never imagined that her employer would offer to find her a season so that she might finally find a husband. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is not often seen out in society. Know as the Forbidden Duke, he only ventures out into society for his step-mother's yearly ball. When she asks for help in launching Eleanor, Titus can't say no. He has carried the guilt of Eleanor's ruination for a decade. Although he wasn't the cad that ruin her, he did play a big part in it. Eleanor and Titus soon find they can't fight their mutual attraction. Will this unlikely duo find their happily ever after with each other? I LOVED this story!! Eleanor was a very strong woman. She had to be to go back into society after being ruined all those years ago. I loved that she was offered a second chance at finding love. Fate had getting a job with the right person. Of course, like other men, Titus was not ready to settle down yet. But there was no denying the attraction that he felt toward Eleanor and when push came to shove, he wasn't about to let anyone else have her!! I'm excited to read the next book in Burke's Untouchable series, The Duke of Daring, which comes out in August!! Thanks go out to the author via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
Eleanor “Nora” Lockhart’s life hasn’t gone as planned. Ruined as a young lady, she has spent years in seclusion. Without funds, she comes back to London to be a companion to one of the Ton’s most gracious women. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendall, was once a young buck, not caring for the feelings of the young ladies he dallied with and encouraged his friends to do the same. Unfortunately, Nora was one who his friend ruined and refused to marry. All these years later, Nora is now his step-mother’s companion and he might have a chance to redeem himself for his earlier transgressions. I love how Burke brought these two together. I have always been a sucker for a second chance story. She crafts her characters into the story in such a way, I actually felt along with them. Those emotions are how I gauge a magnificent story. Burke succeeded in bringing this reader into the Untouchable’s world and made me fall in love with it instantly. I wish the story was a bit longer, but I hope to see these characters again as the series continues. As this is my first read by Burke, I will definitely reading more from her in the future. The Forbidden Duke is a magical tale of redemption, forgiveness, and passion. I recommend this for any fan of historical romance who loves a well crafted story to go along with the amorous tidbits. I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
Regency historical . Hero is Titus . Heroine is Nora . Book 1 in a new series . Nora just found out that her father lost everything in a business venture . He doesn't have a place or money for Nora . Nora can't go to stay with her sister . Nora sister is married to a Vicar and he disapproves of Nora . You see Nora had a huge scandal 9 years ago in London . Nora was ruined and had to come back to the village . Nora has no choice but to try to find work . Nora figures as a companion better than a governess. So off to London she goes . Nora goes to see a countess about the companion work . Titus is a Duke with the title of the Frozen Duke . He doesn't mingle with anybody . He keeps to himself . One ball , one dance . Even at Brooke's (the gentlemen club ) he keeps to himself and eats alone . He goes to his Stepmother the countess who hired Nora ) house for tea and that is where his eyes feasts on Nora . His body is reacting to her. Titus hears her name and he knows about the scandal . Titus also knows he was the leader of the group of men that ruined it for Nora . Grab it and see how Titus makes it up to her . Does Titus open the doors for her to find a suitor . Yes we know a Duke can do that but which suitor will ask for her hand ?
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
***ARC Provided by the author and NetGalley*** It has taken me a little while to write this review, as I am hesitant to give a 5-star review. Even though I enjoy Darcy Burke, have read most (if not all) of her other titles and loved this. 5 means perfect, it means I wouldn't change a thing, it means that I liked the main characters, the supporting characters, the writing and the story. As I reflect on all of these, I realize this is true. Eleanor was charming, she was strong, and she was spirited. You wanted her to be happy. Titus was troubled, and he felt guilty for what he sees as his small part of events in her past. I loved the fact that there was no "great break up" scene. Yes, I love those sometimes, and in some books they work very well. But, in this case, what Titus needed more than anything else was for Eleanor to have quiet faith in him. And she does. And, while I often do enjoy the bit of angst the break-up and make-up provides, in this case, the way Burke wrote this was perfect. As I am writing this review, I am becoming more convinced that this really was perfect. I have no criticism of it, I have nothing I would change...ok, maybe make it a little longer as I was sad to see it end. It was well written, paced perfectly, and told a fun story. It was a bit predictable, but romances by definition are...if there is no HEA, that would be an issue. And the scenes with Titus and Eleanor were fun, enjoyable, and in one case, hot. Definitely worth the read.