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    Historical Romance

    The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke The Untouchables #7 Young love thwarted Second chance given Will it be taken or squandered? Eight years before this book begins Nick and Violet met and fell in love. With his prospects only being a mister without a title, well, Violet’s parents whisked her away to marry another – and she let them. So, when the two meet at the house party they do know one another but neither is the young, hopeful, easy person they once were. There is attraction. There is conversation and there is a kiss or two shared BUT will there be more? Nick went to war, lost many of his loved ones and feels “cursed” and unwilling to love again. He is not as easy to approach or as spontaneous or smiling but is his old warm self really gone forever encased in the icy exterior he presents to the world? His friend Simon, Duke of Romsey (or Ruin as some call him) has not given up on him and as a result the two are off to a house party together. Violet had an unhappy marriage to a man that did not love her and in more than one way abused her. She was happy to be rid of him though unhappy he had to die in order for her to be free. When she sees Nick the feelings of love she never surrendered are reignited and Simon encourages her to try to break through the ice surrounding the man she has continued to love. The house party has games, events, conversations; young girls on the marriage market, older women that are “mean girls” and the potential for all to get to know one another. The hostess is hopeful that she will be able to provide ‘the’ event that will elevate her social status. The young women and their parents hope for introductions to men that might be suitors of a suitable sort. Nick hopes that rumors about Simon can be squelched and is willing to be there for his friend…just as Simon is there for Nick. After the house party there is a sense of…well…an unsettled sense for both Nick and Violet. Nick is beginning to thaw but has not thawed enough by the end of the party. The two meet again and things improve…until a wrench or two are thrown into the mix and then…misgivings arise and almost thwart true love forever…almost…until good friend Simon arrives to sort of save the day. At times Nick baffled me. I know he had suffered much but for a smart man he seemed somewhat not-so-smart…or fearful…or…something. Violet seemed to lack the fire to pursue what she really wanted and a bit too accepting of fate. The fact that they found a HEA was satisfying not only to them but to me, too ;) I am eager to find out what Simon tells Diana and how the two of them manage their HEA and as their story is up next…hope to find out soon! Thank you to the author who provided me an ARC of this book via NetGalley – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    A Second Chance Wonder

    This is another good book in d series THE UNTOUCHABLES...i ve always liked Darcy's books ...her writing & presenting a story is unique in itself ...even if u feel d story is repetitive , Darcy, enchants u with her penmanship... This is a touching second chance story... This is the story of Nicholas Bateman and Violet Caulfield Pendleton., who had met 8 years ago and fell in love. However, Violet's parents objected to the union because Nick was not a titled man. Violet is married off to Lord Pendelton, a horrible man. they meet again after 8 yrs where both there circumstances ve changed...Nick has come into a title & Violet has become a widow... From here d 2nd chapter in there life starts... Nick having faced lots of losses in his life has turned into a bitter ,self-sympathetic ,lonely ,depressed recluse...he blames allhis bad luck on Violet... here i couldnt digest dat The Hero of d book was so weak & pathetic..but still Darcy by her excellent understanding justifies his character &also as usual her women characters r always strong which i like very much... A story that covers the full range of emotions, from laughter to tears.Darcy Burke has written this beautifully, depicting how various characters deal with their life's knocks in different manners to numb their pain. i liked d character of Simon the Duke of Romney aka the Duke of Ruin, & look fwd to read his story...Even the secondary characters are splendid & r so well placed in d story dat d story would be incomplete without them... once again i m very impressed with Darcy ...she has not disappointed & has come up with a winner again... I Recd a ARC copy of dis book from d author ,this is my voluntary & honest Review ...
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    The Duke of Ice

    Second chance at happiness! Eight years later after their first romance; the couple both widowed and carrying baggage from their marriages meet at house party! After a few false starts there is a happy ending. This couple are more mature than the 18 year old debs and 24 -30 rakes normally encountered therefore they have more depth and make for a more interesting read!
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    Second Chances

    Can there be a second chance at love after eight years and two marriages? Nicholas Batemen, the Duke of Kilve, now widowed and monikered the Duke of Ice by the Ton, just wants to be left alone and wallow in his misery of loss and feeling cursed. His first love, Violet, now Lady Pendleton had left him when he thought they would be forever and now widowed after his less than stellar marriage to another, nothing seemed to matter. Now, Nick's only friend, Simon, Duke of Romsey, pays him a visit and persuades him to go to a house party with him. Simon, having been named the Duke of Ruin, wants to remarry and hopes that his appearance at the party will aid him in finding a wife. There Nick meets Violet again and past resentments as well as passion ignites. Violet has always loved Nick but has a hard time recognizing the cold man he has become. He begins to realize how much his life is vacant and lonely and begins to feel again as another tragedy strikes. Can true love persevere and guide the couple to happiness? Darcy Burke is a master of pulling the reader into the story and strongly feeling the emotions of the characters. As the last page is turned, the only reaction is "when will the next story be published?"
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    Wonderful Second Chance Romance

    Nicholas Bateman, Duke of Kilve, is cursed to lose everyone he loves because he dared to be happy eight years ago. Now he lives like a hermit and permits no one close. He wears his nickname, The Duke of Ice, like armour and to keep all at a distance. Lady Violet Pendleton, now widowed and in complete control of her future has the potential second chance at love. Eight years ago, her parents denied her a love match and though she married, she never gave up the love she had for Nick. The Fates have intervened, and at a house party thrown by Hannah Linford, close friend of Violet, the two star-crossed lovers meet once again. It is evident that the love they shared still burns, but the years have changed both of them. War and many tragic deaths have hardened Nicholas Bateman to be almost unrecognizable. Can they both accept the past and embrace a future together? Or will fear of the curse divide them forever? This seventh book in the Untouchable Series has once again been tough to put down. It’s a story of second chances. Will Nick and Violet choose to leave the past in the past? As just a beautiful memory? Or will they build on the love they shared and create a wondrous future together? Simon, Duke of Ruin was a much needed breath of fresh air. I was at times extremely frustrated and vexed and at other times in awe of the feats Nick goes through in his journey. The part with the kitty bowl did give me a giggle. I adore the story of Nick and Violet. The teasing bits of Simon and Diane have me excited to Duke of Ruin. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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