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    It was not for me.

    Miss Sara Colton wanted to marry for love or not at all. She had amassed enough money to open her own millenery shop. Everything was going according to plan, until her parents decide that it's high time she got married, even if they have to pick a husband for her. Her brother Anthony and his best friend Felix Havers, Earl of Ware, won't have it. And so Felix, THE DUKE OF DISTRACTION, will help her find someone to love. Darling, adorable Felix, how eagerly I had been awaiting his story! Unfortunately, the book was not what I had hoped for. I loved the friendship Sarah, Anthony, and Felix shared; there was real affection and respect, and in a strange way, it proved to be somewhat of a problem later on. Even though I was told about it, I never felt a shift in the relationship between Sarah and Felix, unless you count the "lightning bolt" moment. It seemed as if two siblings had suddenly fallen in lust with each other after a somewhat contrived event gave them an opportunity for a little passionate episode. Felix had the usual hero's aversion to marriage, and Sarah was "his best friend 's little sister". Allow me a moment to rant here. This is not aimed solely at Darcy Burke, but I noticed a trend recently in romance novels, which I find very annoying. Do the authors - and/or publishers - deem it necessary to remind us countless times of the trope(s)? I know what the trope is, you told me already, I haven't forgotten, could we please get on with the story, not just a "best friend's little sister" story. The progression from friendship to something else was thankfully not rushed, but it felt forced. I was rather shocked at Sarah's behaviour when the first kiss - and groping - occurred and she turned into a wanton. The "tragedy" was extremely convenient, requiring some obligatory "distracting", and Sarah's subsequent decisions made no sense to me. I thought she acted foolishly, but changed her mind according to what the plot dictated, I suppose. Even more frustrating was that, while there were detailed descriptions of very minor characters, and extensive and vibrant ones of Sarah's hats, there was precious little about the main couple. Although I dislike endless flowery descriptions of the main protagonists, I do enjoy having some idea of their appearances. Up until 65% in the book - when we finally get to know that Sarah has blue eyes - we only knew that she was shorter than Felix (no big surprise there), and that she had "bow-shaped lips" (of course!). At 88%, at last, we are told that her hair is dark; that's about the extent of Sarah's description, and it's disconcerting! (But at least, you will fare better than I did). Around the 75% mark is really where the author lost me as some inconsistencies crept in, again for obvious storyline purposes. A crucial event was even remarked upon by a character as being inconsistent with what had been done, and it was casually dismissed! I thought the last quarter of the book unsatisfying and rather unpleasant. And what was that epilogue all about? The introduction to an upcoming series? To my consternation, THE DUKE OF DISTRACTION just didn't work for me. I felt it lacked the originality, the creativity, the excitement, the unpredictability, and the charm that had made The Untouchables so special and memorable. If you're looking for a well-written, steamy, and safe "best friend's little sister" historical romance, it might be the right book for you.
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    The Duke of Distraction

    So many emotions in this story. At times I needed a Kleenex. A friends to lovers romance that heals wounds for Felix and Sarah. I Was very happy for Felix. The story is well written and very enjoyable.
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    Loved it!

    The Untouchables series has been an amazing collection and this last story is about Felix and Sarah. Felix appeared in many of the other books and but no much was said about his history. He is just so darn lovable and always seemed to be helping others. But it comes out what he has endured and why he never wants to marry. Sarah has know Felix forever because he is her brother Anthony's best friend. He has always been there to dance with her and just a lot of fun. When her parents insist she find a husband, Felix is there to help her. Oh yes, not to marry her as her parents suggest! Unexpectedly, they wind up at a house party he plans and hopes to find her a match. But when they are having a fun game with everyone, they end up kissing, and oh that sets a new awareness in motion! There is a tragedy and some strong emotions that come out and these two slowly try to come to terms with their feelings. I can honestly say it touched my heart at some places and I could only cheer these two on to find their happy ending. What a memorable series by Darcy Burke who knows just how to pull all the elements together for the perfect historical romances I love to read.
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    Love Felix

    Finally, Miss Sarah Colton gets her story. She is being commanded by her parents to get married, hopefully to the Earl of Ware. He is known as the Duke of Distraction for all the entertainments he sets up.  She wants to marry for love and it that doesn't happen, then making hats is her next love. Felix has decided to help Sarah find a husband. He has known her and Anthony, her brother and his best friend since they were very young. He decides a house party with eligible bachelors and races would be a good start to helping Sarah. Then one night, there is a kiss given by mistake that changes everything, but Felix will never marry. When Sarah and Anthony get devastating news while at the party, Felix takes over. He realizes that due to a childhood trauma, he doesn't know how to love. Will Sarah be able to change his mind? I love Felix , he's a caregiver and doesn't even know it. There is more than one storyline and they are woven into a book that you will not want to put down. Another Untouchable down. I have loved every one. I received this book from the author for a honest review.
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    4 1/2 stars...a great read!

    When I was asked to review an advance reader copy of The Duke of Distraction, I gladly jumped at the opportunity. The only Untouchables I had read, included in a boxed set, was The Forbidden Duke and I remember I loved it. I can honestly say I found just as much enjoyment in reading The Duke of Distraction. Sarah has known Felix, her brother’s long-time friend, for many years. They have in common the fact that they both wish to remain unwed. Sarah would like to open a milliner’s shop (run by someone else to protect the family’s name), as she is talented in creating beautiful hats. Being almost on the spinster’s shelf, her parents are pressuring her to marry. Felix, the Earl of Ware vowed long ago not to wed having seen the effects love, or the lack of, had on his father and uncle’s marriages. He would rather maintain his status as the ton’s master of entertainment instead of succumbing to love as had many of his friends. Having read a few books in her other historical romance series, I feel Darcy Burke does a credible job of portraying her characters and engaging her readers' interest in them and the story taking place. I never questioned the reason why Sarah had a reluctance to marry, but the reason for Felix’s was initially vague to me. Once the reason was fully revealed, I could understand his reluctance and why he was the consummate party planner, bon vivant, and kept his heart insulated from deep entanglements. For me, the slow-growing feelings and eventual romance between Sarah and Felix was so sweet with just the right amount of spiciness. The added bonus of an enjoyable epilogue to The Duke of Distraction was the icing on the cake. So very much, that I plan to acquire or check out from the library the other works in The Untouchables series. I must find out more about those other Untouchables.
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