The Duke of Desire

The Untouchables, Book 5
Narrated by: Marian Hussey
Series: The Untouchables, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn't allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won't pay. 

©2017 Darcy Burke (P)2017 Darcy Burke

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OK book with great narration..



I didn’t like this book nearly as much as I did the others. I just can’t get that West sleeps with sooo many women so he can teach them how to get more pleasure with their husbands and then to teach their husbands how to give and get their own pleasure AND, as West says, “because I like sex” and I like helping people. It was all too much! And, then, he tells Ivy he can “change her life” by making love to HER. He thought a lot of his own prowess. I had to skip the pages where he told Ivy what, and in what order, he would do things to her.

I mean, really? Lord Fowler and his wife came to West asking West to sleep with Fowler’s wife to teach her so she could teach Fowler and all West did was TELL Fowler how to give his wife pleasure so why did he have to sleep with all the others’? And then for him to tell Ivy the husbands were happy and thanked him was unbelievable.

I really had a hard time with this book at first. It wasn’t Ms. Burke’s best, as far as I’m concerned. I read The Forbidden Duke, The Duke of Daring, and The Duke of Deception and loved them all but this one left a lot to be desired!

Fortunately, it got a little better at about 45%, he stopped talking about sex and how good he was at it. After that Peter Bothwick came into the picture and the story gained a little more interest.

Overall,it went from a terrible book to a little better than OK one.

There were a couple of explicit sex scenes in this and the F-bomb was used 3 times.

As to the narration: Marian Hussey did a great job. Her voices are well done and she reads with emotion, you can't ask for more than that.

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wonderful story

I love the series so far. every story is wonderfully written. the narrative was enjoyable to listen to

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Just wasn’t feeling it.

I’ve enjoyed the rest of the books in the series very much but this one just kind of creeped me out. The heroine wasn’t likable and the hero was just too promiscuous. I get that he was some kind of “hands-on“ sex therapist type but it was just too creepy for me.

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love it!

I love this series,. the narrator is wonderful and the story line is magnificent cant put these books down.

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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!!

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Great Story!

Darcy Burke has great stories with Marian Hussey narrating the characters & story line is the best!

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Unfinished angst filled story.

Heroine persistent grumbling about the marriage & foolish distrust of her husband was very irritating. Conclusion just did not fit and left one very unsatisfied with what happened to characters

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 08-24-19

Secrets

This was a very enjoyable read/listen. I really enjoyed the way Ivy’s back story was revealed bit by bit throughout the book. You could guess at some of the things that had happened to her, but not everything. Her attitude towards marriage and ‘gentlemen’ makes perfect sense. The Duke of Clare has also allowed his adult life to be formed in reaction to things in his past. Meeting Ivy is the turning point for him. These two characters are very likeable and it is their differences that make them believable as a couple. Marion reads very well and it is quite easy to keep up with individuals within the story.