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The Forbidden Duke Audiobook

The Forbidden Duke: The Untouchables, Book 1

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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.

©2016 Darcy Burke (P)2017 Darcy Burke

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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-21-17
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome read and Awesome narration.."



    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M 06-07-17
    Lady M 06-07-17
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    In her second season naive Eleanor Lockhart was caught kissing a charming rake who had promised her marriage, but ran out on her. She was sent home in disgrace. Although living with her father is a lonely existence Eleanor thought she would be able to live out her life in spinsterhood on a small stripend from her father. But it was not to be. Her father lost his money on a business deal, and the only home she had ever known. Her father was moving into a small cottage on his sisters farm with no room for her. There was no money for Eleanor. She finds herself homeless, broke, and with no place to go.

    Fortunately she becomes a paid companion to a Duchess and soon becomes her ward. The Duchess takes delight in giving Eleanor a London season, and with the help of her son, the one they call the "Forbidden Duke", Eleanor becomes accepted back into the Ton. Although there are those who still gossip about her ruination nearly a decade ago, she is accepted for the most part, even receiving marriage proposals from two suitors.

    Will Eleanor accept one of the proposals and live a safe, but loveless life? Or will she risk everything to be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation?

    There is one explicit love scene.

    This was my first Darcy Burke book, but I look forward to reading more from her. I like her writing style. Marian Hussey's narration was perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TNMead 05-19-17
    TNMead 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very entertaining"

    I really enjoyed The Forbidden Duke. it was well written and well performed. The idea of the ruined debutante and the formidable rake of a Duke was well developed and moved fluidly to the well deserved obligatory HEA! I recommend the book and audio book, they make a great pair!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta L Mote 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    The book was good and the narrative was the
    best I have heard. great job.

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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 04-26-17
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 04-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen 04-18-17
    karen 04-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Really Great Book"
    If you could sum up The Forbidden Duke in three words, what would they be?

    Short and sweet.
    It was a great length with enough to keep the story interesting. I look forward to reading more by this author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forbidden Duke?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Marian Hussey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I like her narration. She is not the best, but does a really good job distinguishing between the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to other books in the series , or at least I hope it is a series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cam 09-25-17
    Cam 09-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A bit sappy at the end"

    The story had potential but the development did not happen. The love did not flourish. It was just there all of a sudden and I wondered when that even happened. Performance was very good but I am not sure if I can recommend it. Not a great book but not terrible either.

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-25-17
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-25-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Okay story, Great narration."

    This story was okay. I've read better HR. I like that there was no insta lust.
    The characters we well matched.

    No mystery, suspense or surprises, just a typical romance story.

    As for the narration it was fantastic. I am a big Marian Hussey fan. She does a great job on the men's voices and reads with emotion.

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