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.
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By Trish R. on 21-04-17
Awesome read and Awesome narration..
The only book Darcy Burke has on Audible and I certainly hope it’s not the last. This was such a good book. It’s about Nora, who was “ruined” nine years ago when she was caught in the embrace of Lord Haywood, and Lord Haywood was encouraged by Lord Titus St John, who became the Duke of Kendal, to act that rakishly. Titus gave up his rakish ways when his father died but never really got over the guilt he felt over Nora’s ruination. Nora became Titus’s stepmother’s companion, and that’s where the fun started.
There was no insta-love. The love came about throughout the book. It was just so romantic.
There was no stalker, no mystery, no suspense, no murder, BUT it was a really great story. AND it was only 156 pages. AND I don’t feel like I missed a thing. I was told about the beauty of the ballrooms, the colors of the beautiful gowns and what the gentlemen were wearing, without being bogged down with pages and pages of description.
AND, which I LOVE, because I'm shallow, Nora was beautiful and Titus was gorgeous.
My kind of hero and heroine.
There was desire in this story and one awesome sex scene. A romantic sex scene NOT erotic or vulgar.
AS to the narrator: Marian Hussey did an excellent job on all the voices and she read with wonderful emotions.
I hope to see more of Darcy Burke's books on audible very soon.
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By Lady M on 07-06-17
Great Love Story!
In her second season naive Eleanor Lockhart was caught kissing a charming rake who had promised her marriage, but ran out on her. She was sent home in disgrace. Although living with her father is a lonely existence Eleanor thought she would be able to live out her life in spinsterhood on a small stripend from her father. But it was not to be. Her father lost his money on a business deal, and the only home she had ever known. Her father was moving into a small cottage on his sisters farm with no room for her. There was no money for Eleanor. She finds herself homeless, broke, and with no place to go.
Fortunately she becomes a paid companion to a Duchess and soon becomes her ward. The Duchess takes delight in giving Eleanor a London season, and with the help of her son, the one they call the "Forbidden Duke", Eleanor becomes accepted back into the Ton. Although there are those who still gossip about her ruination nearly a decade ago, she is accepted for the most part, even receiving marriage proposals from two suitors.
Will Eleanor accept one of the proposals and live a safe, but loveless life? Or will she risk everything to be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation?
There is one explicit love scene.
This was my first Darcy Burke book, but I look forward to reading more from her. I like her writing style. Marian Hussey's narration was perfect.
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