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The Forbidden Duke

(The Untouchables #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
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 he ...more
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Published March 15th 2016 by Darcy Burke
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He kept his back to her. "I would imagine so after being in London. Young women such as yourself are scrutinized in a horrid fashion."
She joined him at the bookshelf. "So are forbidden dukes. It makes one conclude that London, or rather Society, is the problem."

This was a little shorter (150ish pgs) than the average romance book length and the hero's character suffered a bit because of it. His almost completely removing himself from society seemed more sad and odd than understandable. The reas
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the first time I've tried Darcy Burke and it certainly won't be the last! The Forbidden Duke is a story about two people who made youthful mistakes and have reshaped their adult lives as a result.

Nora has been living in the country for the past nine years because in her first season she was caught kissing a notorious rake who then didn't offer to marry her. She has been forced to return to society as a lady's companion because her father no longer has funds or space to care for her. The
I've given this a B+ for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals, so I'll leave it at 4 stars.

The Forbidden Duke is the first book in Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series, so named because the heroes are all men whose highly elevated positions in society make them unattainable by any but ladies of the highest station and put them most definitely beyond the reach of the heroines... supposedly.

I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of the later books in the series, so when this one popped up at Au
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This one was was not bad, but not as good as the two HR I've just read!

The story is rather overused: poor destitute, riuned heroine and a stern, conquest a devastatingly handsome Duke!

It's not bad, but I found it rather tepid... Sorry...
Shannon Gallagher
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I'm really torn about this book. On one hand it was a nice story and the writing was good. On the other I'm not sure how much I liked it. I never had that fall in love feeling. The characters were likable, but they were missing something visceral in their reactions.

I was left wondering whether this was supposed to be a novella that was too long or a novel that ran short.

I do think the story had great potential and so did the characters. I'm glad I read it. It was a 3.5 star read for me,
Trish R.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it..

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
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Forbidden Duke is a regency fairytale, only without magic. After nine years 'in exile', Nora is forced to come back to London as a companion. She is very lucky because her employer has decided she should have a second chance. Lady Satterfield is a wonderful character. Fairy godmother role suits her well. And she has a stepson. A duke. Enough said.
The blurb implies that the duke was the reason Nora was ruined. It is true but not the way you'd expect.
The story is short and fun. An okay way t
Tracy Emro
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley, trt
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This was a really good story that is hard to put down.
Eleanor Lockhart had a encounter with a Rouge about 10 years ago where they were caught kissing. Nora had to leave town but now in the present day she finds that her father has lost all the money and she is pretty much homeless. Nora goes forth to find a job as a companion. Lady Satterfield hires Nora to be her companion but later Lady Satterfield likes he
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet read, with wonderful characters and great storyline. Couldn’t put it down.
Estephany Rojas
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I would've enjoyed this five years ago when I used to read everything I could put my hands on.

This book is extremely cheesy/cliché. I liked the last 10 pages.
Inn Auni
Nora was plunged into a scandal in her second season. And because of that, she moved to the countryside. After nine years, she was forced to look for another home as her father went bankrupt. She was hired a companion to a Lady and there was where she met Titus, the Forbidden Duke.

So, Nora had accepted a solitude life and all she wanted was to live in a small cottage with some money to support herself. Of course being a companion was nice as she had roof over her head and food in her belly.

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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You know, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting to like the book this much. I've read books from this author before, and I usually like and enjoy them. However, I think I like this book the most out of her other works. I think one of the reasons why this book stands out for me is the fact that I love the main characters. The hero used to be a reckless young man who thought of no one but himself and what he wants
Diane K. Peterson
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice book. I enjoyed it. The writing was not particularly inspired, the story was not unusual, There wasn't a high degree of conflict, and the characters were pleasant but not exceptional. It was, however, a cohesive story that kept my attention.

This is an honest review provided in exchange for the privilege of reading an ARC of the book.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yeah! I actually finished a whole book! That's a good sign :) The story was actually shorter than I am used to, at 229 pages. I loved the characters, especially the lady that the heroine goes to be a companion for, and another of the older ladies, Mrs. Dunn. The love story was cute and fun to watch... I think there was enough mention though on why the duke was "the Forbidden Duke". That gets referred to, a lot. I was surprised at the heroines boldness with the hero when they first go at it... I ...more
Shari Kay
Oct 03, 2017 marked it as maybe-maybe-not
If I start this series I’ll need to stop at book 3. Book 4 is a serious no-go

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Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars. This one just didn't work for me, primarily due to issues with the story itself. The entire plot revolves around the fact that the h, Nora, was ruined 9 years prior when she was in London for the season by being caught in a "suggestive" situation with a man who didn't then marry her. The details of that night aren't ever really delved into, so I was left to assume that they were just kissing (or it sai
The first I’ve read of Darcy Burke’s historical romances, I found that my anticipation was met and exceeded on my enjoyment scale. I adored the characters of Eleanor and Titus, and Lady Satterfield was an utter gem, perfectly suited to the title of fairy godmother.

See, years ago Eleanor was a young innocent: starry eyed and full of romantic ideals and believing that everything told her was the truth. Unfortunately she was surrounded by society and their harsh judgments, and the notorious rake t
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader

Miss Eleanor "Nora" Lockhart needs to find a position right away. she didn't realize her father was broke until it was too late. Having made bad investments, he has lost everything and can't even afford to keep his daughter any longer. Nora is forced to figure out her future and very quickly. She needs a position as a governess or a companion. She is worried about returning to London. She left in a haze of scandal years ago after believing a Rake who promised a marriage but only have a kiss.

Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Nelle's NightstandThis review was originally posted on Nelle's NightStand

This is a different kind of second chance story. Eleonor "Nora" Lockhart was ruined her first season in London. Nine years later she returns to London as a lady's companion. It just so happens that she becomes companion to Lady Satterfield, Titus St. John, the fifth Duke of Kendal's stepmother.

And yet Nora's disgrace had a profound effect on Titus nine years ago, along with the death of his father. Titus used to be the head of an unruly cro
Ruckasaurus Rex
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
**advance reader copy received via NetGalley**

This was my first Darcy Burke read, and the first book in The Untouchables. While the destitute spinster and ruined first season tropes have been done in the historical romance genre, Burke weaves the two classic tales together and infuses the overall with a refreshing twist. In The Forbidden Duke, Eleanor is offered a second chance at happiness while the Duke of Kendal gets an opportunity for redemption. Will the two throw caution aside and grasp
Isha Coleman
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am usually on the fence about Ms. Burke's historical romances. Either I really like or have a tepid response to them. The Forbidden Duke is one I adored. Titus has committed acts in his past that he is not proud of. Wanting to be a better person he sets out to right the wrongs he caused, starting with Eleanor. Eleanor has lived with the fallout from an event that she tries to forget but society keeps punishing her for. The Forbidden Duke is a lesson in redemption, forgiveness and trust. People ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was too short. Way too short. It meant that there was no real conflict, just a whole shit ton of Nora mooning over Titus. And Nora wasn't much beyond that. It was just...blah.
3.5 stars

I had such a hard time finishing this novel up until the 50% mark. The first half seemed to crawl by so SLOWLY that I found myself wanting to DNF it. The second half was much better at keeping me interested and engaged as the pacing seemed to speed up and the interactions between Titus and Nora became more.....substantial and more than just "she/he looks cute, I wish I could talk to her/him but instead I'll just brood from afar". Ugh.

But the second half was SO MUCH BETTER. The plot fina
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Fue una lectura entretenida, me parece que falto aunque quizá esto se debe a lo corto del libro.
Regularmente las historias tienen ciertas etapas y en este libro me parece que falto el nudo, ese conflicto que debe ser resuelto para concluir.
4.0 stars

This was rather short, I think around 150 pages and a fast and easy read. Because of this the story, especially the ending was relatively drama free, no misunderstanding after misunderstanding, but it also meant no real character development. I had my problems understanding their feeling or why they fell in love, but found the story to be entertaining. Although I find the blurb to be slightly misleading, I thought the hero was the man who was directly involved in the heroines scandal, w
3.5 stars. The beginning was a little choppy and there was a lot of repetition, e.g. explaining situations we were already informed of, introducing characters we'd already met, etc., which was annoying since this book was shorter than I anticipated when I first bought it.

But once Kendal and Nora established a rapport, it was a fun, quick read.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous start to an amazing series!
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
This was a really light and fun read. I loved that there were not ridiculous misunderstandings for the most part. It's pretty clean compared to most romance books. I would recommend.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading the Forbidden Duke!! from Darcy Burke's new series the Untouchable. The Untouchables are the Hierarchy of the Ton those whose titles make them above the rest of the Ton. They are the Dukes, Marquis and Earls!! I love anything about a Duke if it is reasonably possible and The Forbidden Duke was believable.

Ten years ago Miss Eleanor Lockhart was ruined by one kiss in a garden. The Untouchable rake Lord Haywood refuse to marry her. As she was not in the hierarchy of which he seek no
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  • The Scandal Before Christmas (The Reckless Brides, #3.5)
  • The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced, #4)
  • The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway (The Dukes of War, #6)
  • Miss Featherton's Christmas Prince (The Marriage Game, #8)
  • Passionately Yours
  • A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find (The Lords of Worth, #2)
  • To Charm a Naughty Countess (The Matchmaker Trilogy, #2)
  • Highland Heat (Highland Knights, #1)
  • How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy (The Renegade Royals, #3)
  • A Whisper of Desire (The Disgraced Lords, #4)
  • Tangled Hearts (Highland Hearts, #2)
  • Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (Jewels of the Ton, #3)
  • The Art of Ruining a Rake (The Scandalous Spinsters, #4)
  • The Temptations of Anna Jacobs (Dangerous Liaisons, #2)
  • Never a Bride (Kansas Bride #2)
  • Meet the Earl at Midnight (Midnight Meetings, #1)
  • M is for Marquess (Heart of Enquiry, #2)
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at

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Other books in the series

The Untouchables (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • The Duke of Deception (The Untouchables, #3)
  • The Duke of Desire (The Untouchables, #4)
  • The Duke of Defiance (The Untouchables, #5)
  • The Duke of Danger (The Untouchables, #6)
  • The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables, #7)
  • The Duke of Ruin (The Untouchables, #8)
  • The Duke of Lies (The Untouchables, #9)
  • The Duke of Seduction (The Untouchables, #10)
  • The Duke of Kisses (The Untouchables, #11)
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