Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel's excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she's lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn't be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation.
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters society just once each year at his stepmother's ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart - and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she's back, and she needs his help. But by saving her, he may just ruin her life all over again.
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The only book Darcy Burke has on Audible and I certainly hope it’s not the last. This was such a good book. It’s about Nora, who was “ruined” nine years ago when she was caught in the embrace of Lord Haywood, and Lord Haywood was encouraged by Lord Titus St John, who became the Duke of Kendal, to act that rakishly. Titus gave up his rakish ways when his father died but never really got over the guilt he felt over Nora’s ruination. Nora became Titus’s stepmother’s companion, and that’s where the fun started.
There was no insta-love. The love came about throughout the book. It was just so romantic.
There was no stalker, no mystery, no suspense, no murder, BUT it was a really great story. AND it was only 156 pages. AND I don’t feel like I missed a thing. I was told about the beauty of the ballrooms, the colors of the beautiful gowns and what the gentlemen were wearing, without being bogged down with pages and pages of description.
AND, which I LOVE, because I'm shallow, Nora was beautiful and Titus was gorgeous.
My kind of hero and heroine.
There was desire in this story and one awesome sex scene. A romantic sex scene NOT erotic or vulgar.
AS to the narrator: Marian Hussey did an excellent job on all the voices and she read with wonderful emotions.
I hope to see more of Darcy Burke's books on audible very soon.
Enjoyable regency romance. Well written and expertly performed. There was plenty of room to have built it bigger and better yet it was just fine as it is. I truly enjoyed this book and was sad to reach the end.
Not much heat.... but well done.
I recommend it for a lighthearted listen.
Short and sweet.
It was a great length with enough to keep the story interesting. I look forward to reading more by this author.
I think the love scene was fantastic. It was filled with great dialogue and maturity that fit with the age of the characters.
Even though it was one scene, it was touching and lovely.
Yes. I like her narration. She is not the best, but does a really good job distinguishing between the characters.
The scenes with the heroine and the hero's stepmother are very respectful and warm, especially because the stepmother lost a daughter . You can see that the heroine is taking some of the grief away , but there is still feelings of loss.
Looking forward to other books in the series , or at least I hope it is a series.
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