The Duke of Ruin
The Untouchables #8
by Darcy Burke
Publisher ~ Darcy Burke Publishing, Inc.
Genres ~ Historical Romance
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?
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.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Join Darcy's Reader Club for free books and other exclusives at http://darcyburke.com/readerclub. 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.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. 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. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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