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    Beautiful Romance

    This is the 8th book in this wonderful series, The Untouchables, Simon is known as the Duke of Ruin. i read about Simon character in Duke Of Ice , hence was interested in reading his story. i found d book ok but as always am partial to Darcy's books & her writing style... wat ever d contents she keeps d reader interested & engrossed... her presentation of a story & handling of d plot is always unique ... hence even though d story was predictable & characters a bit dull i was not bored... the pace of d book was fast ...The woman characters projected as usual portrayed as strong, bold, sensible as opposed to to the Regency Era... Simon with his reputation stained by the rumor he killed his first wife, he is reviled by society and avoided everywhere despite his exalted rank. His friend, Nick, another Duke of poor repute, has dumped his fiancée to run off and marry another woman. Simon has volunteered to break the news to the jilted fiancée, Diana, and he also offers to assist her in avoiding scandal.. Diana’s father is a baron, and he’s an ugly, abusive parent. He has arranged her marriage and will not be at all happy... The story is about how dey achieve love & happiness facing & overcoming diffculties ...As was expecting a lot so found d character of Simon dull , was disappointed ,,, but Diana 's character has come along well ... overall a good read .. i would Recommend it at least a one time reader ... " I Received a ARC copy from d author .this is my honest & voluntary Review "
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    Which superlative to choose!

    Miss Diana Kingman had been groomed from birth to marry a duke, and according to her father any duke would do, except Simon Hastings, the Duke of Romsey – THE DUKE OF RUIN. As Diana is about to marry a duke she doesn’t even love, disaster strikes and Diana’s life is ruined. She has no choice but to flee or face a lifetime of disgrace and disapproval from her autocratic father. Isn’t it ironic that THE DUKE OF RUIN would help her, but after all, he has nothing left to lose. Two years after his beloved wife Miriam’s death, Simon hasn’t recovered from the pain of losing his wife, and he doesn’t remember what happened; he was too drunk. Simon is still shunned by society, the rumours about him having murdered Miriam haven’t abated, and his guilt and shame eat at him every hour of the day. He needs to atone for his past sins, and that’s why he doesn’t hesitate to help Diana; his reputation can hardly suffer any further. THE DUKE OF RUIN begins towards the end of The Duke of Ice, and while it works fine as a standalone, I would strongly encourage readers to read the previous book in order to get the full experience of the complexity of the unfolding drama. And it was sheer torture having to wait for this book! Diana and Simon are thrown together into an impossible situation; she is terrified at the punishment her father will inflict upon her for irreparably disgracing the family. And Simon, poor Simon, whom everyone but his closest friends abandoned him after his wife’s untimely death – even his own mother! Simon and Diana had met briefly at a house party, and if he hadn’t been the infamous DUKE OF RUIN, he would have featured on Diana’s husband shopping list. Simon is the ultimate tortured hero, and for good reason, and how well Ms. Burke conveys his inner pain, his guilt, his sorrow is remarkable; I ached for him. He is so charming, considerate, while his heart and spirit remain utterly broken. Diana has endured a lifetime without freedom, lonely in her gilded cage waiting to be married off to a duke, any duke. She has been resigned to her thankless life because of her terrifying father. In a way, her unfortunate failed wedding is a blessing: while losing everything else, she has gained a modicum of freedom, but she is not one to make mistakes. She doesn’t fly into hysterics, she will find a solution, and in the end, her solution gives Simon hope. THE DUKE OF RUIN is a marvellously well-crafted story, and Darcy Burke has thought of the minutest detail, which culminates in a spectacular, wonderful, and entirely unexpected ending. Yet, it was exactly how it should have been, and never in a million years would I have seen it coming! The plot is hermetically woven, exceptionally compelling with descriptions that will take your breath away, and an underlying sensuality that will make you wish of finding this kind of love. Simon and Diana have superb backstories, the characters are sublimely fleshed-out, the pace impeccable, the dialogues splendid, and the writing is outstanding. Some plot twists had me gasping, as I felt that Simon and Diana would never find happiness; they had so many hurdles to deal with! The romance itself is divine, perfect every step of the way; steeped in respect, honesty, communication, and understanding. I had loved Simon before – he always was a fascinating character – but I loved him even more in THE DUKE OF RUIN. How the scandal of Miriam’s death was handled by Ms. Burke is genius itself! Nothing happens by accident or magic in THE DUKE OF RUIN; Darcy Burke chose to explore Simon’s situations in depth, and there was not one big reveal, but the truth came out gradually, giving us shock after shock. The suspense was untenable, and what an ending it was! Brilliant, fantastic, epic – words fail me! I knew THE DUKE OF RUIN would be fabulous, even if my expectations were sky-high, I knew it would not disappoint because The Untouchables is one of the most amazing series ever, but I was stunned, awed, and elated at how it turned out. How does one write a review that will do justice to a book this extraordinary?
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    Historical Romance

    Loving this series – haven’t read all of it but every book I have read has left me satisfied with the story read but eager to read the next when it comes out. In the previous book The Duke of Ice jilts Diana Kingman for the woman he has always loved. Well, that puts Diana in a pickle so when The Duke of Ruin, bearer of the jilting news, offers to help her in any way…she takes him up on it. Why would she trust Simon? Well, her father is NOT a man she wants to face when the news that she is no longer betrothed is revealed. So, Simon and Diana head north to her cousin’s home knowing that they will have days and nights on the road before reaching their destination. Simon has experienced true love and great loss. He is guarding his heart but really is attracted to Diana. The attraction is mutual as Diana finds Simon handsome and so much more than his reputation. The time on the road provides information to the reader and to the couple. I have to say that I admire both hero and heroine and would love to spend time getting to know them. I liked the resolution to the situation, the mystery about Simon’s deceased wife that is revealed and the fact that both the Duke of Ice and the Duke of Ruin end up with the happily ever after that they both deserve…and that they end up with such wonderful women! Oh, I love the openness of Diana, the gentleness Simon shows and the romance that develops between them…what a delightful book this was for me to read last night! Now…who is next in this wonderful series? I can hardly wait to find out! Thank you to the author who bequeathed me an ARC through NetGalley – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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    Surprisingly spicy

    This is an enjoyable story with some heat. Simon and Diana are lovely together. Their HEA is deserved after all they've gone through.
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    The Duke of Ruin

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