Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind. Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her.
The Duke of Ice is my least favorite Untouchable story. I almost gave it 2 stars but the ending help elevate it to 3 stars.
After a series of deaths in his family and much lost Nicholas Bateman becomes the 10th Duke of Kilve. Losing his wife and son was the final straw for Nick so he builds a walls of Ice around his heart and lives a solidary life not attending the normal functions of a Duke. He has only one friend and that is Simon The Duke of Romsey. Simon convinced Nick to attend a House Party where he encounters his long lost love Violet. Who eight years ago dumped him to marry a Viscount Pendleton. Nick was only a Mr. then. But it was Violet's parents who made her marry the Viscount. Nick can't forgive her for this.
Nick realizes he is and always will be in love with Violet. Violet never stopped loving Nick and was force to marry Viscount Pendleton 8 years ago.
OK my problem with the story is I am sick of The Spinister Widow characterization who thinks she is barren. I also, didn't like the fact that once Violet and Nick had reconnected sexually and what seemed to be lovingly that he goes off and Proposes marriage to Dianna Kingman. A young lady Nick and Violet met at the Linford House Party. This was really ridiclous. The reason is he won't marry Violet because he loves her and everyone he loves dies. So He Propose Marriage to someone he barely know and doesn't love to protect his feelings. What a waste of story. Dissappointing story since I loved so many other stories in The Untouchable series. I hope bk 9 "The Duke of Ruin" Simon and Dianna stories is much better.
After killing his opponent in a duel, Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. Tortured by guilt, he shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills another man in another duel, he's beyond redemption, even though it wasn't his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man's name, especially when he's left behind a blameless widow who doesn't deserve an even bigger scandal.
Another great story by Darcy Burke!! WOW this series is Amazing and I Highly Recommend you read the books and read them in order as the H/H is always characters from previous stories.
Lionel Maitland Marquess of Axbridge is know as The Duke of Danger because he has fought 3 Duels, which resulted in 2 dead's of the men he dueled. This has caused Ax/Lionel to be very self loathing and he believes he should suffer any unkind or mean spirited thing people do to him as punishment for killing these men. The 2nd man he killed is Lord Townsand a hot head ill temper man who we met in bk4 The Duke of Desire. Emmaline Fourth-Hodges is the Miss he eloped with in The Duke of Desire.
After Townsand dies from his gunshot wound Lionel goes to Emmaline and promises her that he will do anything she request of him if she needs him. Emmaline at the time didn't know all the debts her husband had incurred and the debtors are coming after her and her parents for settlement. Emmaline's parents find a new husband for her and old man Sir Duncan who is quite smelly and she doesn't want to marry him. He has promised her parent he will pay off all of Townsends debts. Emmaline isn't having it so she tells Lionel he must marry her and he does to help her out.
Lionel is an amazing, kind, generous and loyal friend and husband to Emmaline. He is also a very compassionate and honorable men. I didn't like Emmaline at first. It took awhile for me to like her. She was punishing Lionel for killing her husband until she finds out what a reprobate cur he really was. Her and Townsend had been married less then a year and he had only shared a bed with her for the first few months of there marriage before he starts having affairs. Emmaline began to realize she made a mistake in marrying Lord Townsend before he died and she felt guilty because he is dead and now she is falling in love with her wonderful and kind new husband Lionel. Lionel feels guilty because he has take what he thinks is Emmaline's loving husband away from her He doesn't realize that Emmaline is happy in her life without Townsend. So there hard fought road to love was romantic, sensual and very real. I loved the way Emmaline was ready to duel for her husband Lionel at the end of the story and made the old Sir Duncan look like a fool.
Ten years ago, Ivy Breckenridge's life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she's nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she'd once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can't trust him - alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.
I really have mixed feelings about The Duke of Desire. Dukes just didn't act like this in public and didn't freely talk about having intercourse with married lady's of the Ton. My feelings are mixed because there is another side to Sebastian Westgate Duke of Clare. He is gentle, kind and considerate. He does not judge and doesn't seem to be proud of anything other then talking about his sexual prose with married women.
Ivy Breckendridge employed as an Ladies Companion, would not have so freely talk about the sexual congress with a Duke. Women just didn't do this. Ivy is no virgin but still she is hiding from a scandalous past, so I couldn't figure out why she would act so scandalously. One minute Ivy would be very likeable and then she would be Ice cold. I guess this was the way the author showed how walled in she was. Ivy had given her virginity to a reprobate Peter a decade ago. She was young when this happen but when she became pregnant the scoundrel dumped her and her parent kicked her out of there home.
I loved the ending of the story and I was happy to see Ivy and West get there HEA!!
This is another Erotic story!!
After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn't actually want to marry - her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she's nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there's one thing she knows, it's that a gentleman is never what he seems.
I really enjoyed reading this light hearted. funny and engaging story. Edward Bishop the 9th Earl of Sutton know as Ned, is keeping a secret and it is not the secret the Ton thinks it is. Ned has been wife hunting and these young ladies he is considering must pass a few test he and his Aunt Susannah has conjured up. So far only one has made it to the final stage all the other young ladies have failed his test. Therefore it appears to the Ton that Ned leads the ladies on and drops them without proposing. Until he meets a young Miss Aquilla Knox who has been locked outside in the pouring rain on a patio at a dinner party they bought are attending.
The sparks fly between Ned and Aquilla and they are a lovely couple. Both of then are kind, compassionate and loving. They were fun to read. They had pretty sensual relationship. The sex scene were well and tastefully done. The secondary characters were lovely too.
I like the way Darcy Burke handle the mental illness of Ned's brother George. It was sad but nicely written.
I just wish that Aquilla's father and brother had gotten some kind of punishment for there cruel treatment of there wives. They were abusive men and this should have been handled in some manner in the storyline.
Adair Thorne has just watched his gaming-hell dream disappear into a blaze of fire and ash, and he’s certain that his competitors, the Killorans, are behind it. His fury and passion burn even hotter when he meets Cleopatra Killoran, a tart-mouthed vixen who mocks him at every turn. If she were anyone else but the enemy, she’d ignite a desire in him that would be impossible to control. No one can make Cleopatra do anything. That said, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her siblings - even if that means being sponsored by their rivals for a season in order to land a noble husband.
The Hellion is the uniting of the Black family owners of the Hell an Sin Gaming Hell and the Killoran family of the Devils Den Gaming Hell. Two rival gangs that hate each other are untied in a cause to make the Killoran's expectable in the eyes of the Ton. The Black family has already made this transition so to make a peaceful truce they will help the Killoran's. They will bring out Cleopatra Killoran and help her find a proper Lord to marry. Oh but not so fast Adair Thorn who is brother to Ryker Black and runs the Hell and Sin club might have a different opinion.
The story moves very slow. The hatred of Cleo and Adair have toward each other goes on far to long. There love story is not believable!! It just takes too long for the couple to become a loving couple. Sorry this is not one of Christi Caldwell's best works. It needs more sexual spice and more companionship or love adventures between Adair and Cleo.
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London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear. Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.
Satyr's Son IS A "CLEAN ROMANCE NOVEL" for those readers who do not like to read sex and lovemaking scene's this is the book for you!!
The story is set in the Georgian Era and Lucinda Brant is a master storyteller. I felt like I was there in every scene and in every conversation with the many lovely and delightful characters of this story.
I love Lisa the heroine, she has had a tough life but refuses to give into to despair. Her relatives are horrible to her. But one faithful day she helps one of the most powerful and riches peers in the land Henri Antoine. Son of a Duke and brother of the current Duke. Henri Antoine/Harry's mother is a 2 times Duchess, she had a Duchy in her own right. The Roxton's are the wealthiest and powerful family outside of the King and Royal Family in the land.
There is little romance in the story between Henri and Lisa and they do become sexually involved until near the end of the story. It is mentioned After the Fact that they have made love. But the story is still just delightful to read. It does drag a bit at times and I wish that the H/H had more time together in the story. Other than that this is a exceptional story very well written. Great Characters overall. I couldn't put it down!!
Sibyl Blackthorne isn't afraid of anything - except maybe being sold into marriage to a man she doesn't love. A man she's never even met. A man who, by reputation, is one of Scotland's cruelest lairds in over a century. But what choice does she have, with her father dead and her uncle now married to his brother's widow, putting him in charge of not only the Blackthorne fortune, but Sibyl's future as well?
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" Allen's review
Mar 24, 2018 · edit
really liked it
Very Enjoyable well written continuations of the Highland Wolf Pact seres. I loved both Kirstin a Wulver female and Donal MacFalon. The two lead characters are well written and have the type of love and romance every couple wishes for. I like that Kirstin is smart and doesn't fall in the trap of the dumb heroine. Her and Donal who is now Laird of the MacFalon Clan have a very hot and sexy romance. Compromising Positions is a very sensual story. You know who the villains will be pretty quickly but you don't know what he is up to until almost the end of the story. I like the element of the witch in the story and I am very sure we will see more of her in the next book.
What I didn't like was Kirstin becoming human and not a wolf shifter anymore. I didn't like her taking Sibyls cure that would keep her from turning into a wolf during her moon cycle. Now she is just a human. But I still Highly Recommend Compromising Positions!!
The listen to Compromising Positions on Audible. The Narrator Dave Geillis is very good!!
Despite the death of a traitor and key conspirator, the plot to use the GhostWalker experiments to undermine the security of the US by foreign interests still exists. The GhostWalkers themselves must race against the clock to neutralize the danger.
RECORDED VOLUME WAS TO LOW !!EVEN WHEN TURNED ALL THE WAY UP TO HIGH IT WAS TO LOW!! HARD TO HEAR IF SOMETHING ELSE WAS GOING ON AROUND YOU. LIKE IN THE CAR!!
Zara Hightower has be captured by Cheng and is horrifically tortured by his brother Bolan Zhu. Readers Beware the torture is descriptive and goes on way to long before Zara is Rescued by GhostWalker Team 4. It took me over a day just to get past the descriptions of the torture Zara was enduring. It was way to much for me and way to descriptive. But once I got past that part of the storyline the rest was a good mix of action and a growing love relationship between Zara and Gino. Gino Mazza is your typical Alpha Male. I loved the way he loved Zara and her acceptance of his dominate personality. Gino was dominate but not dominating. Of course they have a pretty hot sensual relationship. But surprisingly not as sensual as most of Christine Feehan's books. This was a bit toned down in my opinion. Zara has a unique GW ability she can communicate with computers and she store there information and files in her brain, just like she is computer herself. This was really interesting to read and I hope CF expands on AI intelligence in future GW stories.
The triplets Ginger, Cannalle and Thym are mentioned through out the story, but there is no real interaction of banter with them. I Loved there antics in the other GW stories. I love Nonny and those triplet babies. So I missed there presence in this story and hope they get there usual spot in the next GW book. Nonny of course was there to give her advice to her new girl Zara. There girls night out was a pleasant surprise to the story.
If an CF wants to write descriptive torture scenes then I wish she had written Gino's torture of Bolan Zhu instead Zara's torture by Bolan Zhu. We are just told that Gino tortured Zhu before he killed him. All in All it was an Okay addition to the wonderful World of GhostWalkers.
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The cruelty of men is something Lady Chloe Edgerton understands. Even in her quest to better her life and forget the past, men always seem determined to control her. Overhearing the latest plan to wed her to a proper gentleman, Chloe finally has enough...but one misstep lands her in the arms of the most notorious rake in London. Leopold Dunlop is a ruthless, coldhearted rake...a reputation he has cultivated.
The Lady Who Loved Him is a well thought out story of the Cato Conspiracy which is a true plot to overthrow the British Crown. However our H/H of the story are fictional. Leo Dunlop is the Marquess of Tennyson and undercover agent for The Brethren a group of secret agents to the Crown. Leo is caught in a compromising position with Lady Chloe Edgerton age 25 a spinster. Chloe is really a true heroin intelligent beautiful and non compromising in her beliefs. She is a strong advocate of women's rights, which are unheard of in 1821. She is well written. But I am just tired of the Spinster scenario. Young Women of this era were married very young. So why not go with the truth? and write younger heroines of the times instead of spinster to help placate modern day sensibilities. Most people who read know that women were married off as early as 15 and to make it to 25 without getting married would be like a 50 year old virgin in our times. I guess I am just sick of the Spinster!!! The other problem I had with the story was the fact that Chloe and all her siblings had been so horribly beaten with canes and fist by there Marquess father. I am sure things like this happen but I don't care to read how a 4 year old girl was beaten with fist by her father for entering is library. Its puts a real damper on what is suppose to be a romance story!! Bothe Chloe and Leo were abused physically and mentally by there Marquess fathers. I read HR to escape what is happening in the real world and not too read about it in my fantasy world of books.
This is a pretty clean romance the husband wife get married in the beginning of the story but don't make love until the very ending of the story. I like a little more sensuality and sexual heat in my Romance stories.
Overall I am giving it 4 stars because the storyline works and I really like Chloe and Leo. They were perfect H/H
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The third son of a duke, Lord Clayton Clearbrook, discovers he needs to marry quickly and sets his sights on Miss Briana Garland for a convenient marriage. To his shock, Briana, wanting love, denies the nobleman. However, when an enemy comes calling, the couple soon discovers that love may indeed be the most important weapon of all... This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.
Decisions Decisions!! I couldn't make up my mind between 2.5 stars and 3 stars. The story has to much angst between the H/H. The storyline is a cookie cutter just like the previous 2 books. I think the author uses an outline and just changes the names of the characters and changes a few of the scenarios in the story to give the illusion of a different story However, they are all the same story even down to the type of villain in the stories. This one really is lacking in any sort of romance. This author never writes sexual nor sensual sense in her books and I don't mine that but a little heat and romance between the couple would have gone a long way. I finally decided on 3 stars because of the one central character in all the books Aunt Agatha. The petite chubby old lady who is a spy for Whitehall. She is just fabulous and she is so funny. Her and that parasol of hers. There is also Nigel the dog who always makes an appearance in the stories. He is pretty funny too. Then we have the chubby 3 year old baby Gabrielle who I felt I could pluck off the pages of the book and hug and kiss. She really comes through in the story. Adorable!!!