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The Duke of Daring

(The Untouchables #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  854 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money, a dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, and she’d just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London’s hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 22nd 2016 by Darcy Burke
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

“You’re absolutely fearless, do you know that?”
Her gaze didn’t waver, nor did she flinch—confirming what he’d said. “I want what I want.”
He cupped the side of her face, his thumb moving over her flesh, soothing her. “And what’s that?”
“Freedom. Independence. Security.”

This started off as quite a fun read for me, the heroine is a spinster at the ripe old age of 26 and enjoys shooting and gambling. The hero is a thrill seeker, from jumping into the Thames starkers, to flying in a hot air balloon
I didn't feel the romance between the couple and too be honest, this kind of felt like a paint-by-numbers. Heroine dresses as a man, hero is only one who notices, helps her on her adventures, hero and heroine committed to never marrying, hero has sad past, and then heroine gives hero a bj. Err, what? Yeah, that part kind of woke me up, lol. Felt a bit out of place, heroine seemed a bit more modern in the bedroom. I've read better by the author. I don't know, the whole thing left me uninspired ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
4.5 Stars
'The Duke of Daring' by Darcy Burke is book two in "The Untouchables' series. This is the story of Lucinda Parnell and Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford.
Lucy didn't have a successfully time on her debut and now she is settled in the thought of staying unmarried. Lucy would like to live with her grandmother but she knows that her grandmother wouldn't be able to afford her so she makes a plan. Lucy decided to try and earn money gambling while posing as a man. At one club she runs into
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Duke of Daring is Book 2 in Darcy Burke's new Untouchables series. I've never tried this author before this series, but now I'm hooked. What's more unique about these novels is their shorter format. They are longer than a novella, but shorter than many of the novels that are now being published. According to Amazon, this story clocks in at about 233 pages, which was great. I got to see a well-developed romance without any needless angst thrown in at the end to tack on the extra hundred pages ...more
I have very mixed feelings about this. I absolutely loved the beginning where our heroine dressed up as a man to try her luck at gambling and forms a reluctant friendship with the hero after he discovers her secret and offers to help and keep her safe. I thought she was rather awesome, and I liked that she seemed so rational and not prone to hysterics. It made for a nice change to have two people who were so similar, who treated each other as equals.
But then she turned into a complete ninny in
Tracy Emro
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
*I received an eARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars

I liked this book, but not quite as much as the first book.

Lucy is a good heroine - she has decided that she doesn't want to marry but her grandmother can't afford to support her after the season. Lucy has decided to take matters in her own hands and has been gambling in disguise to make the funds she needs to retire with her grandmother.

Andrew has been dubbed the Duke of Daring by Lucy and her friends because
Isha Coleman
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous read from the ever creative mind of Darcy Burke. I received an ARC of The Duke of Daring in exchange for an honest review. Emotion guided Lucinda. Ms. Burke broke the mold for strong female heroines with Lucinda. Heart was the driving force behind every move she made. Despite numerous disappointments and loads of weighty responsibilities she never just let life happen to her. Sure she experienced hard knocks but she picked herself up and made the best of the circumstances. Her ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
The Duke of Daring is one of those romances you could sit back, enjoy and breeze through. It's very low on angst and their escapades are very entertaining. I loved both characters. Lucy is not an annoying heroine. She is daring and brave and Dartford is wonderful.
I know I don't sound really thrilled, but I did enjoy this story. It is very light, in case you need such a book.
Dilushani Jayalath
*Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for and honest review*

Yes I'm in that Regency/Historical Romance flow now.
Addie H
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF 62%

I was sceptic while reading, because I felt two modern characters with modern speech was pretty much dropped into Regency era. And for such a long time the main characters hardly spent any time together, so I struggled to believe their growing feelings. But when the heroine went down on the hero and swallowed during her first sexual encounter I gave up.

Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
... daring becomes her!

I never seem to tire of the 'girl dressed as a boy' trope. Why? That picture or idea of a girl going against the mores of the times and discovering a new freedom is exhilarating, particularly when set in times where women were segregated and socialized into given roles. What harsher critic can there be than the 'ton' doing their damnedest to harness the maidenly energies of young woman into their 'proper' places and roles.
Lucinda Parnell is a fiercely independent woman. A
I have always been charmed by stories where a heroine dresses as a man. The Duke of Daring is an enjoyable book that has some fun with the “girl-in-pants” plotline but also touches on deeper things that can touch a person and affect their lives.

Lucinda Parnell has a plan for her future and it is very different to what most young women in England would come up with. If it were up to her grandmother, Lucy would be trying her hardest to find a respectable husband and marry just for the security
I do love historical romance because it is a time so out of touch with today but also a time that really happened. I also love the constraints of society and the loopholes people find. Alas, this was just okay and wasn't something that made me super excited. The premise of the story is interesting but the heat level was really cool and I needed more heat.

Lucinda and Andrew meet while Lucinda is dressed as a young man and gambling. The two start a very interesting relationship of sorts from
Trish R.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I didn’t like this book as much as The Forbidden Duke but it was still a very good read. This was about Andrew, the Earl of Dartford, who suffered from a serious case of survivor’s guilt. His parents, two sisters and his little brother all died within weeks of each other of some kind of fever and he was afraid that loving someone meant losing them and being hurt again. Lucy went about dressed like a man to gaming hells trying to make enough money to move with her grandmother to Bath, after her
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
Originally posted on A Heroine in Disguise: ARC Review of The Duke of Daring by Darcy Burke.

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One of my favorite tropes was used in this story. I love it when the heroine disguises herself as a male. It’s one of those things that adds to the mystery of it all and I enjoy seeing the hero try to figure out what is going on. It also adds humor to the story which always makes for an enjoyable experience.

Lucinda also plays the part of Smitty, who likes to visit gaming Hells and
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This was a pleasant historical romance. I haven't read the first book in the series but I had no difficulty in reading this as a stand-alone.

Miss Lucy Parnell is the orphan of an inveterate gambler. She and her grandmother are almost destitute and with her chances of contracting an advantageous marriage fading fast she decides to utilise her dubious heritage and try to gamble to win enough money
What a lovely book!

It had one of my favourite things to read about;a badass heroine. Lucy, a woman "past her prime" according to the times she lived in, was intelligent,fearless, adventurous,independent and most importantly [and I cannot stress this enough ], had a steel backbone . She refused to be a doormat to anybody and I adored her for it.

Andrew,the "Duke of Daring", was a tortured soul as a result of the grave losses that he experienced quite early in life. He sought the thrills of life to
Joann Maggio
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Duke of Daring Darcy Burke
(The Untouchables #2

This was by far one of my favorite books by Ms Burke. I just adored the fact that Lucinda Parnell needed money so desperately she had to dress as a man and go to gambling hells to earn money. Lucinda considered herself a failure in seeking a husband and wanted to earn enough money to buy a cottage for her grandmother and herself and live her life as a spinster.

However, while in her disguise Andrew Wentworth, the Earl of Dartford insists on
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Fun, alluring, disguising. Lucy had her sites set on making a life for her and her grandmother away from London. With her failed take on the marriage mart she has just one option open to her. She takes the chance and makes the most of it. Until she had one chance encounter with one very daring earl, Andrew. He changes more that just her direction of the evening. He changes her completely.

I enjoyed having fun with Lucy and Andrew. Night time events became more exciting to participate in and more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the hero and heroine, Lucy Parnell and Andrew, the Earl of Dartford met and fell in love. Lucy needs money and rather than look for a husband she does the unconventional and attempts to win it rather than look for a rich husband. She's an interesting character since she is willing to do whatever it takes to get around the limitations imposed on her by Society because of her gender. I liked that she goes after what she wants knowing the risks she is taking. Andrew's past losses has ...more
Bronwen Evans
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unconventional beauty set on life as a spinster meets the one man who might change her mind, only to find his painful past makes it impossible to love. Ms Burke took me on a wonderfully emotional journey from attraction, to friendship, to a love that conquers all.” - Bronwen Evans USA Today Bestselling Author
I really like thses kind of historical books and The Duke of Daring was a very enjoyable read.
It was funny in the right way and the characters were, not only entertaining, but great too!
Eleanore June
3.5 that I rounded up.

Hero dealing with emotional baggage of his whole family dying when he was young. Heroine who dresses up like a man to gamble - trying to earn enough money to avoid marriage.

There were some sweet moments. the Reader on the audio version was good. It just didn't spark for me.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy and Andrew - Loved them

I absolutely love this series, and can’t get enough of Darcy Burke’s characters... on to book 3!
The moniker of Untouchable works in both sides of the coin in Darcy Burke’s series. Debutantes who failed at the marriage mart that is their coming out and eligible Dukes with reputations or personal histories that ensure their solitary lives. Fortunately for both, circumstances and attraction take precedence, allowing them to find happiness they once thought lost.

Lucinda Parnell has had her season, and there is little money left for another. While she’s not interested in being a ‘thing’, even
Maria Dariotis
I received an ARC from the author for my honest review.

This is Andrews and Lucy's story.
A man who has lost everything he held dear to his heart "family" he tries to keep himself apart from his friends ,his staff and not care to deeply. His life has been one adrenaline seeking adventure after another testing fate to the limits. One thing he keeps heavily guarded is his heart he can not under any circumstances fall in love, ever since his whole family perished from an illness when he was
Dee Deacon Foster
Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford, was very young when he lost his entire family. Not wanting to feel that sense of helplessness and pain watching those he loved die, Andrew vowed never to fall in love nor marry. He spent the years since avoiding his family home, keeping everyone at arm’s length, and pursuing dangerous activities (this last earning him the nickname “The Duke of Daring” by a trio of wallflowers).
After the life she has been relegated to since the death of her gambler of a father,
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
The Duke of Daring had potential but didn't quite meet the mark. This story is not abut a Duke but and Earl so why not The Earl of Daring as the title. I know the Wallflowers called him that because he was what they also, called and Untouchable. Andrew Wentworth Fourth Earl of Darford did not live up to the standard of an untouchable person in the tons hierarchy. As soon as he meets an figures out Lucinda Parnall/Lucy, is a female dressed as a male in a gaming hell. Andrew sets out to help her ...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
Another terrific read from Darcy Burke. I think I can honestly say I never read such an strong willed independent heroine than Lucy Parnell. The depiction of her character was so realistic I could swear that she was standing right next to me. Lucy was not your typical wallflower, sure she may still be unwed but she has a plan. After her gambling father left her penniless, Lucy needs to be creative on how she will support herself and her grandmother. So what does a gambling daughter do, well she ...more
I've had to put this book in my DNF pile @ 27% of the book.

Really looked forward to the plot of this story but I just found it slow going & it couldn't keep my interest no matter how many times I tried.

I will try to read this book again in the future & would possibly look at reading the rest of the series.

*Arc provided by NetGalley*
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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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The Untouchables (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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