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    Still going strong!

    Frances “Fanny” Snowden and David Langley had briefly met on Christmas Eve of the year 1817, and because of Frances’ kind heart and her clumsiness, Fanny and David ended up exchanging a kiss and not precisely telling the entire truth about who they really were. In April of the following year, David, Earl of St. Ives, has to familiarise himself with London society. He has made a couple of friends – Felix, the Earl of Ware, and Anthony Colton, a viscount’s son, who invite him to a ball; Anthony is escorting his sister Sarah. David would rather be in the country and looking at birds, but some sacrifices cannot be avoided, so he accompanies his new mates. David doesn’t do people, but when he sees Sarah’s friend – his lovely Frances, whom he has been thinking about for the past few months! - he reconsiders society events altogether. Eleven books in this fabulous series and Darcy Burke is still not running out of steam! I fell in love with Fanny and David upon meeting them; they are such wonderful characters: charming, engaging, normal, and ever so sympathetic. Their connection was evident from the very start, and their conversations were so sweet; I felt the love emanating from the pages. In fact, all the dialogues in THE DUKE OF KISSES are astounding, and it dawned on me at some point that Ms. Burke masters her verb tenses like few authors (yes, I notice these things and they are important to me). With sometimes amazingly ordinary conversations between the many characters, she establishes the relationships that connect them, while adding pertinent details so that a newcomer can feel at ease right away, and that is a feat indeed! I also marvel at Ms. Burke’s talent at creating such appealing and well-defined characters, and in so few words. The romance between David and Fanny is simply exquisite, but David has sort of tried to forget that he made a promise to his father on the latter’s deathbed, and he had pushed somewhat pushed this notion out of his mind. However, he has no choice but to remember, and oh my goodness, how cleverly all this was presented! It sent a chill down my spine as I sat, thinking of the terrible implications it could have on the lives of so many characters! There is one particular scene that is a monument of subtlety and superlative writing; barely anything is said, yet everything hangs in the air, as we are made aware of the tragedy that could strike several characters. The threat did not come from the source I was expecting, nor in the way I was expecting; but oh the drama, the heartbreak, the complicated family relationships! I was surprised that Fanny made a decision that I thought was foolish, particularly in view of her family’s history; fortunately, there were no dire consequences from her recklessness. Unlike the previous books, the story dragged a bit in places, and there were a few repetitions; although thankfully, there was no miscommunication, which is what I feared. I admit I was disappointed with the ending: it seemed a bit far-fetched, mostly because it came about because of letters previously mentioned in the narrative; it did not make sense to me, and it seemed extremely improbable. Also, a pivotal secondary character was somewhat cavalierly brushed aside. I loved David’s friend and steward Graham, and it was love at first sight with Felix, who will thankfully star in his own book, the next instalment in The Untouchables: The Duke of Distraction, and I cannot wait; he is just wickedly delish.
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    historical romance

    Frances Snowden, visiting her newly wed sister, meets and kisses a man while out on a winter afternoon. A fleeting encounter that left them both curious and interested though neither thought anything could come of it. A few months later they meet at a dance and find that the issues that they thought might keep them apart did not exist and they also realized that their interest had not died – not one little bit. Of course there have to be issues that stand in the way of true love and truelove does conquer. Fanny and David, Earl of St. Ives, were a match of kind souls with much in common. They both have family issues to contend with. There were races, dances, giving, seducing, loving, communicating and in the end the two did achieve their HEA. I enjoyed this book but enjoyed a few of the previous books in the series slightly more as they evoked more emotion on my part. Thank you to the author for bequeathing me an ARC of this book through NetGalley – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    Love those Kisses!

    Another awesome addition to the Untouchables series! Anything can happen as Frances gets away from her uneventful life to spend time with her sister Ivy who married a Duke. Well something definitely happens when she meets David and they share a kiss. So isn't that wonderful? Each has pretended to be someone else, so when they meet again at a ball, their identities are revealed and yes, that initial attraction blooms! But David had promised his dying father to marry another man's daughter. He also finds out that a feud exists between his and Fanny's family. What else could keep them apart? This was such a well written story and I fell in love with these two. Their romance is palpable and David is so lovable. They go through several ups and downs but true love has a way of surviving even when a terrible threat hangs in the balance. Do not miss this wonderful addition that can be read as a standalone. This may be my favorite one, but of course I say that about each book by Darcy Burke as I turn the last page!!
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    Addicting kisses

    The Duke of Kisses is another book in the Untouchables Series. Frances Snowden has been rescued by her sister to get away from the rest of her family. When Frances is taking a walk while at her sisters', she falls. A very handsome man helps her up. When introduced, they are a housemaid and a steward. When you want a kiss, a lady shouldn't ask. Six months later, they meet at a party, Miss Frances Snowden and Lord St. Ives. The attraction is mutual and the kisses addicting. .There are secrets and another woman. Will this tear them apart? Will the Lord of Kisses find his true happiness? I really love this series and the Duke of Kisses is another great addition to the Untouchables. I received this book from Net Galley and the publisher for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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    Loved the Duke of Kisses!!!

    Frances Snowden can hardly believe her good fortune she’s going to with her sister the Duchess and be a debutante in London. One day while out walking and chasing rabbits she meets the most mysteriously handsome man who kisses her and she starts day dreaming of her mysterious man and what she desires is him. David Langley, Earl of St. Ives made a death bed promise to his father to marry the woman his parents chose. He’s off to London to meet her, but he can’t get a mysterious woman he met at home out of his mind. David while attending a ball in London comes across his mysterious housemaid and instantly is drawn to her. Franny and David are sweet together, each has history to overcome in the story, a family murder mystery is solved and especially the woman who thinks the Earl is going to marry her. A great story of love and commitment, standing strong even when family don’t always agree with your decisions. This is my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.
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