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The Duke of Desire

(The Untouchables #4)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  575 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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 ...more
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Published March 28th 2017 by Darcy Burke
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

The Duke of Desire, the fourth book in Darcy Burke’s series, The Untouchables , is quite possibly my favourite of them all so far. I will admit that when I read the blurb, I was doubtful. After all, the idea that the eponymous duke is a kind of Regency Era sex-therapist who helps couples to liven up their love lives by sleeping with the wives and helping them to learn to find and give pleasure – is certainly most unusual, not to mention unlikely.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke of Desire 'The Duke of Desire' by Darcy Burke is book Four in the "The Untouchables" series. This is the story of Ivy Breckenridge and Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare. I have read the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book.Ivy has settled into be a companion while her close friends have married and started a family. Ivy has issue with men and at first it would seem hard to get past. West has a reputation of 'helping' married women by sleeping with them. S ...more
The Duke of Desire is Darcy Burke's fourth installment in The Untouchables series. I had never read Burke's books before discovering this series and now I am going to her backlist and adding all her books to my TBR pile and eagerly anticipating every new installment in what has turned out to be a new favorite series for me.

For those of you who have been following this series, The Duke of Desire has a slightly different feel. As the title implies, there is more sex in this one, but both character
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just find it stupid that a man needs to make a demonstration (by bedding a married woman) so that he could help the woman and her husband have a happy marriage via reaching mutual pleasure. He didn't need to engage the act with those women, he simply can teach their husbands on how to pleasure their wives.

I am a bit disappointed because I was really looking forward to this book but it was a let down.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.
One thing that kept bothering me throughout the book:
How could he have slept with all those women and not gotten an STD?
I thought they had french letters back then?
Trish R.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it

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, an
Isha Coleman
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I love reading Darcy Burke. Her stories whether contemporary or historical are masterpieces that blend a bit of classic romance with a smidgen of modern day wisdom. What I find hard is reviewing without exposing too much.

My personal title for The Duke of Desire is "So Speaks the Heart". Why? Ivy and Sebastian needed to learn to see past the subterfuge and listen to that inner voice that sees inside to the heart. Their connection was bigger than them both. They could have it all, if they opened
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dot Salvagin
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers
Here is a yummy romance not to be missed. We have a Regency style sex-therapist in the guise of the Duke of Clare, and yes that sounds a bit strange but trust me it all works in the hands of this terrific author. Then we have a ladies’ companion, Ivy, who has a scandalous past but is totally charmed by the Duke.
This is the first book I have read in this series and I was not lost. Characters from the previous books make appearances but all is well explained. However I do wish to read their stori
Tracy Emro
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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Maria Dariotis
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Breckinridge has a secret that if revealed will ruin her life and she can't afford to start over again-not after everything she's been through. Dreams of love and family are not for her.
Sebastian Westgate is the Duke of Clare he has only one passion and that's to bring pleasure to women and teach them the art of sexual satisfaction. But there's more to him than the facade of a philander. Until he meets the very intriguing Ivy who challenges him and he so loves a challenge, until she puts hi
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Hidden desires!

3.5 stars.

Ivy Breckenridge is a woman with secrets. When she and Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, or rather, the Duke of Desire, so named by Ivy and her friends, meet at a house party something zings. (Really, these house parties seem to be designed, in novels at least, to be hot beds of gossip and extra martial, or not so extra marital, intrigue.)
I really liked West and Ivy. Ivy on the outside is a blue stocking who holds her feelings in check, for good reason as we painfully d
Romance Novel Giveaways Lauren Seiberling
I really loved this book!!!

I'll admit that I'm not that educated on the time period, and I felt West's "occupation" was a bit odd, but I appreciated that it was sort of a "measuring stick" to show how he changed when he met Ivy.

I felt lots of emotions for Ivy, and I liked her independence. Her insistence on keeping things proper made the tension between she and West absolutely delicious, and when they were alone together, even in passing, sparks. Lotsa sparks. I especially loved the Blind Man's
Kari Maass
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the untouchables!

Ivy is s lady’s companion. At a House party, she meets West, The Duke of Clare or the Duke of Desire as she nicknamed him. She and her friends named him the fourth untouchable. West performs a service to the the married ladies by instructing them in the arts of pleasure, for themselves and their husbands. Until he meets Ivy. All he can think about is bringing her joy and happiness. It is what he does after all. He soon discovers that she brings him joy and happiness. How
Christy Carlyle
I love Darcy's characters. They're richly layered and likeable. Relatable, even when it's a handsome duke who basically offers sex ed. There was a great element of will they-won't they here. Sure, it's a component of every romance, but the dance of possibilities and building attraction is done particularly here. Also, as a English lit lover, I enjoyed the Goldsmith book/quotes/chats between the hero and heroine. Bonding over literature? I'm here for it! Always.

Dee Deacon Foster
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The folly of falling in love and the subsequent ruination keeps one in the shadows. The opportunity to infuriate one’s Mother keeps the other in the ton’s limelight. Neither want anything to do with love or marriage.

Ivy Breckenridge is quite content with her life as a lady’s companion. The position affords her the opportunity to remain in the shadows, a place she’s most comfortable with since having attention ruined her life many years ago and forces her to keep a secret even from her dearest fr
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
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 ta
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review

Just like every book by Darcy I was up to 2 am reading the whole book in one sitting. I loved it from the start because they both were different from what others saw. I was not expecting Ivy's past to come to light the way it or the reasons for the way West acted. I could picture everything as it happened especially a certain scene involving a shirt be removed. I was not expecting his mother and loved when he put her in her place
Maggie Whitworth
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a real addictive read
Book Gannet
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this a thoroughly enjoyable, sumptuous Regency read with a strong-willed heroine and a surprisingly caring hero (considering his reputation). Neither are quite what they seem and I loved the slow, steady way in which they transformed each other as the book progressed. It’s a slow and delicious seduction that drew me in right from the start.

Ivy has no intentions of ever marrying, and she has excellent reasons for this. She may seem cold to some, unimportant to many, but she’s worked hard
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s now a lady’s companion. She attends a house party with Lady Dunn & meets The Duke of Clare a man who 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, she can’t trust any man, alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.
With a notorious reputation for training married
Debra Martin
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
After Ivy Breckenridge's life is ruined when she was a green girl, she has reinvented herself as a companion and does her utmost to be proper in every situation. She has finally found some peace after surviving a horrific time on her own and she's vowed never to marry or let a man rule her or her emotions again. Sebastian Westgate has been nicknamed the Duke of Desire for his numerous affairs. He's a rake and once he sets his sights on Ivy, he's the one to be disappointed by her lack of interest ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Duke of Desire" is the forth book in the series - and I loved it just as much as I loved the other books!

Well, I was a bit miffed at our hero, the Duke of Desi...,pardon, Duke of Clare's in the beginning because he was very insistent and very seductive and, well, let's face that fact once more, right: seduction was fine in those times - if you didn't happen to be a woman, then it just meant that you were completely and utterly ruined.

Unfortunately Ivy Breckenridge is a woman - and one who
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
West and Ivy are both against marriage for their own personal reasons that we learn about as they get to know each other. He is known for his many affairs with married women, so his nickname fits him quite well. But there is so much more to him and the reasons he does what he does - until he meets Ivy at least. Ivy's past has colored her view on men like West, and at first does what she can to avoid him, but little by little, he wears her down. I love the friendship that develops along with the ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in The Untouchables series, and I believe the most fun out of the four, and the reason for it was the hero.Now, that said, I have to warn you that in reading this story, you need to suspend your imagination waaaaaay up high, and only then you’ll be able to enjoy it.

I truly liked both Ivy and West from the start, but by the end of the story as their characters grew and their stories came to light, I loved them and their happily after was worth the road they traveled togeth
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars. I didn't love it as much as Lucy's story and I was kind of disappointed how easily Ivy's issues with Clare and men of his ilk were resolved, but this was still a good, fast read.

(I will say I couldn't help but roll my eyes over the reason behind Clare's debauchery. Andrew and Ned had FAR more believable and understandable reasons behind their reputations.)
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Certainly a different kind of Duke. Loved West and Ivy’s story. ❤ ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, i-own
The Duke of Desire is some kind of Regency sex therapist.
Yeah…I know. As a concept, it didn’t work for me.
It’s a ridiculous premise, but Clare also takes on the sex education of a couple by fucking the wife. Then lecturing the husband when he steps away from the marital bed as a supposed benefit to both. I mean couldn’t he just tell/teach the man what to do without touching the wife? Without adding in that he’s a Duke. Primogeniture is always the antagonist in Regency romance. His heirs matter.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do I love Darcy Burke's book or do I love them? I mean this story seemed so predictable in the beginning but it wasn't and the developments, bit by bit, were so adorable. I really loved Ivy's background and the way they dealt with it. Well done!
Carol Bisig
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

I have read this series from the first novel and it is a wonderful series. The author, Darcy Burke, does a good job with the characters and the plot. Even though each story is it own, it still brings back some of the characters from the previous books in the series. Each story builds on the other.
Ivy Breckenridge was ruined ten years ago by a man who promised her marriage and then left her. She was forced to leave her family a
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG, I knew I was going to love Ivy's story--I've been dying to find out what her backstory was for three books now--but how much I loved it still managed to take me by surprise.

Because, Ivy. And West. Seriously, they're right up there in my top ten favorite couples. Heck, they're probably in the top five.

Ivy's been a mystery for the whole series--she was befriended by the other wallflowers at the start of book one ( The Forbidden Duke ) but most of her life before and after that point remained
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such an interesting Historical Romance. As most of you know, I’m still pretty new to this genre. But, I must say, it really is nice to mix up genres every once and a while.

The Duke of Desire was an intriguing read. I loved the writing style and found the plot of the story to be really interesting. West had the most interesting job, teaching married women the art of passion and love making. While his job was totally unconventional, I loved discovering that there was more to this man that what mee
Kim Vanravenswaay
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great name for West world be, the Duke of Rescues. He is constantly rescuing someone. Whether it's a couples sex life, or a damsel in distress. Ivy was very surprised to see what a kind man West really was.
West is awed by Ivy the first moment he sees her. And then he takes the time to get to know her. He has a lot of female friends, but they only become friends after having a session with their husbands and West. So it is quite new for him to start out as friends.
The Duke of Desire, is a
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read all of the books in this series and this one is my favorite story. I loved Ivy even though her story is tragic. She is a strong woman and you know she will pull through. I liked West, however I was uncomfortable with his “service”. I am not a prude but it did not sit well with me. That being said, West did change and I liked how he would not give up on Ivy. This is a very emotional story that was beautifully written.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored the hero of this story! ::sigh::

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THE DUKE OF DESIRE by Darcy Burke is another great Historical Romance in her "The Untouchables" series. While, book 4, it can be read as a stand alone. This is the story of Ivy Breckenridge and Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, known as the Duke of passion. Passionate, sexy, dangerous to your heart, secrets, hidden desires, resilience, and the power of finding a true love.

A powerful, emotional story, were the characters have many depths and emotional baggage. Sebastian at first doesn't seem muc
AC Authors
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have an affinity for historical romance books, but it does occasionally leave a distasteful lingering feeling of offense. Historically speaking, you can’t expect to find feminism in regency romances, but that’s exactly what some of today’s historical romance writers are doing, and I’m pleased to discover that Darcy Burke is among that list. Part of the appeal is character outrage when the dainty female who was raised to find a husband and have his heirs turns out to be a witty, intelligent, an ...more
BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
Amount of sex 2 / 5
How explicit 2 / 5
Romance 5 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

Review: Oh the Duke of Desire (or the Duke of Clare, West as he is know by his friends) will make you swoon!

While The Duke of Clare (West) has a scandalous reputation is a man with a heart and a mission. He is involved with married women to teach them the art of love, with their husband's permission (if not instance).

Ivy is a independent woman who believes in helping others that society has forgotten. Ivy is also a woman with a secr
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Companion Ivy Breckenridge is a woman with a mysterious past, even to her closest friends. As the final member of the League of Invincibles to be unmarried, her friends want her to find the same happiness they has all found. Ivy still finds comfort and safety in her unmarried state and finds marriage deplorable.

The Duke of Desire, Sebastian Westgate, is a notorious rake with a penchant for affairs with married women. He enjoys the ladies and helps them with their marriages.

Both Westgate and Ivy
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 p
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Once again Darcy Burke has written a novel that shows why she is one of the best historical romance authors. I’ve been a huge fan of this series and Ivy’s story has been one that I have looked forward to learning about the most.

Ivy is intelligent, caring, witty and holding on to the pain of a past that forced her life to change course. After reinventing herself and now has loyal friends and a position as a paid companion. And it is due to her position that she is now at a house party that brings
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series by Darcy Burke! The Duke of Desire is the fourth book in this series.
Ivy Breckenridge's past forced her to reinvent herself as a ladies companion for her survival. She and her best friends always said that they would never fall in love or marry. Their lives could be full without them ever depending on a man, but her friends soon find men that they can trust and love leaving Ivy alone in her strength and solitude. Meeting the Duke of Desire at a house party and spending time w
Debbie Glenn Brown
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ivy Breckenridge life was destroyed ten years ago. She’s had to make it on her own in the cold cruel world now as a paid ladies companion. She has no desire to marry, she’s forgotten her dreams of marring and having a family. Sebastian Westgate “West”, the Duke of Clare has been deemed an Untouchable by Ivy and her friends gave him the nickname of The Duke of Desire. He guards his life and doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. He encounters Ivy at a house party whe ...more
Angel Hatfield
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Westg ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ivy has spent the last 10 years remaking herself. Once she dreamed of a husband and children, but when that was cruelly taken away from her she remade herself. Now she is a fiercely independent woman. As a companion to Lady Dunn, she attends all of the social gatherings, but she still is out the fringes of society where no one notices her or can find her secret out.

West is drawn to the red-haired beauty he sees in Ivy. Known for his reputation as the Duke of Desire, he helps married women find h
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 26, 2017 08:00AM  
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  • The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters, #1)
  • The Nutcracker Bride (12 Brides of Christmas #2)
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  • The Governess and the Beast (Blind Cupid Series Book 2)
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Other books in the series

The Untouchables (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables, #1)
  • The Duke of Daring (The Untouchables, #2)
  • The Duke of Deception (The Untouchables, #3)
  • 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)