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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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    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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    Great Fun

    Simon Hastings, the Duke of Romsey is trying to think of a way to help a friend and save a young woman from scandal. Our hero is known as the Duke of Ruin. Everyone believes he got away with murder. Miss Diana Kingman proposed a convenient marriage to escape from her father. Now the man she was to marry is gone and she needs to escape more than ever. Our heroine has suffered years of emotional abuse from her father and is desperate to make her own decisions in life. An emotional and amusing journey up the full length of the England and back. We have wonderful characters that both have problems in their past that could come back to bite them. This story does follow on from "The Duke of Ice" but you can easily read it as a stand alone. A thoroughly entertaining read. I have loved all in this series.
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    A Wonderful Story

    An emotionally damaged hero and a desperate bride to be, find each other thrown together in an unexpected turn. Simon Hastings, Duke of Romsby cannot stand himself. Accused of killing his wife and unborn child he is shunned by everyone except his one friend Nick, the Duke of Klive. Nick is in desperate need to break his betrothal to Lady Diana Kingman so he can marry the woman his loves. Diana is being forced to marry Nick by her father and only wants her freedom. Will she take up Simon's offer to take her anywhere she wants to go and help her set up a new life. As they across country and are in close quarters, the attraction is hard to deny. It seems fated that these two should come together as souls who both need healing. But outside forces might pull them apart. Can Simon and Diana be happy even though both have past fears and feelings that are hard to let go? Darcy Burke has a way of making the reader feel the emotions of the characters and become invested in their story. I love the wounded hero/heroine who hopefully can find redemption and love. Part of the fabulous The Untouchables series, this can be read as a standalone, but truly you will want to read them all.
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    Sweetly poignant and endearing

    Diana Kingman has had few choices in her life; so when her engagement to the Duke of Kilve is broken, she is presented with two choices. She can either stay in London and weather the scandal and her father’s rage or she can steal away and make a new life for herself. In a selfless act of friendship, Simon Hastings, must inform Miss Kingman that her engagement has been broken and offer his services to protect her from the ensuing scandal. Simon, Duke of Romsey (Duke of Ruin) met Miss Diana Kingman at a house party a few months back. He easily charmed her, but he was off limits even with his title. No parent would wish a marriage to a man rumored to have murdered his previous wife. As the pair race away from London, they discover that appearances are not what they seem. Will these two gentle souls discover and embrace a love that will banish the darkness of their past? My heart broke for Simon and Diana. Simon who can’t remember the events leading up to the night his wife died. His remorse and guilt has him accepting the blame and his family and most of his staff has left him to suffer his grief alone. Diana, whose life, has been dictated by her domineering father, who treats her as a high valued commodity to acquire a higher status in society, has had few choices and little in the way of parental love. I was glad when Diana, grabbed at her opportunity to live a life she wanted. Both Simon and Diane travel on their grand adventure as Mr. and Mrs. Byrd. It’s much more fun to leave the trappings of the ton behind and be yourself. To say that I loved this book is an understatement. Darcy Burke is a marvelous story teller and this is the best one, yet. I received an advanced 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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