The Duke of Ice
The Untouchables #7
by Darcy Burke
Publisher ~ Darcy Burke Publishing, Inc.
Genres ~ Historical Romance
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?
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.
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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