January 2, 2019
The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke
My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: The Untouchables, Book 11
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Frances Snowden can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s whisked away from her boring life by her sister who is now a duchess. Instead of becoming the third wife of her parents’ stuffy neighbor, she can be anything she wants: a doting aunt to her newborn niece, a debutante in London, or even an independent spinster. But when she meets and kisses a mysterious man on a walk in the countryside, she knows exactly what she desires—him.
David Langley, Earl of St. Ives, is resigned to marrying the dull woman his parents chose when he was a child. His future is suddenly, and happily, diverted when he encounters a captivating young woman who shows him everything he’s been missing. Ready to embark on a blissful life together, a long-buried feud between their families makes their marriage impossible. Nothing is more important than duty and family, but can he turn his back on love?
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Oh, those Untouchables! Who knew a forbidden kiss would linger over time then ignite into so much heat and strife?
Frances Snowden is thrilled to 1) have escaped the plans her parents had for her and 2) live with the sister who was torn from her at an early age. She’s content in the knowledge she can do/be pretty much anything she desires. A chance encounter leads to a kiss that proves that may not be the case when she cannot forget a handsome stranger or his kiss.
David Langley, Earl of St Ives, isn’t ready for the duties thrust upon him after the sudden premature death of his father. As the demands become to much he escapes for some solitude. A solitude broken by the enchanting nymph he comes across. A nymph who helps him forget who he is if only for a brief moment.
As time goes by David decides his nymph isn’t real and he resigns himself to his duties. At least until another chance encounter reveals his nymph is flesh and blood and standing in front of him.
I loved the way Darcy Burke wrote these characters. Frances is strong and not afraid to say what she thinks or go after what she wants without coming across as to independent and crass. Ms. Burke does an excellent job walking the fine line with David as he decides between duty and love without making him appear wishy-washy.
Darcy Burke continues to write fabulous stories involving those rakes, The Untouchables, and the women who capture their love. PLUS, each story includes past Untouchables making each book feel like your visiting old friends. That said….each book can be read as a stand-alone but don’t deprive yourself! Read them all!!!
I received a arc copy from the author for an honest and unbiased review.