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The Duke of Danger

(The Untouchables #6)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  537 ratings  ·  97 reviews
After killing his opponent in a duel, Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. Tortured by guilt, he shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills another man in another duel, he’s beyond redemption, even though it wasn’t his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man’s name, especially when he’s left behind a blameless wid ...more
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Published September 26th 2017 by Darcy Burke
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Duke of Danger is the sixth installment in Darcy Burke's addictive Untouchables series. I have read every one and I see no sign of Burke slowing down! She has a lot of material to work with and I enjoy the world she is building a little bit more within each new book. Honestly, I think Burke is super woman in her ability to consistently publish books that are this good every few months!

This story features a jaded Miss Forth-Hodges (friend of Ivy and first featured in Duke of Deception and Duk
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve been enjoying Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series, although I’ll admit I was rather disappointed in the last instalment, The Duke of Defiance and wasn’t sure I was going to read further. But I decided to put that one down as an aberration and I’m glad I picked up The Duke of Danger, which is a much more strongly-written and well-conceived story than the previous one. The eponymous duke isn’t actually a duke, but the ducal nicknames were invented – tougue-in-cheek – to show that the gent ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Duke of Danger' by Darcy Burke is Book Six in "The Untouchables" series. This is the story of Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge and Lady Emmaline Townsend. I have read the other books in this series (and loved them!) but feel you can easily make this a standalone book.
Lionel is dubbed with the nickname "Duke of Danger" by the Town. Lionel doesn't fare well have each duel. Although he is left a left with his life, it has effected his feelings. This has sent him into a tails spend with h
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Honor and the lengths some men go to to claim it and defend it. A man's word is his bond and when Lionel said he would do anything for Emmaline, he backs that up with actions. When he finds himself is the untenable position of a marriage of convenience, one his bride says will absolutely not ever be consummated, he has only one way out of this situation: make his bride fall in
Barbara Rogers
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-arc, netgalley
Series: The Untouchables #6
Publication Date: 9/26/17

Oh, my. I think I am in love – with Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge (Duke of Danger). Yes, he has fought in three duels ending in two deaths, but the duels were fought for honorable reasons. They were fought to avenge the death of his father, to protect a child and to protect a friend and her child. What else was he to do when the miscreants wouldn’t stop, back down or apologize? He always tried everything he could to avoid the duels, but
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It all started with a kitten named Jade. The progression of the emotions from anger and despair to acceptance and love is written in a very believable way that really makes this story so wonderful. Okay, so I did not like Emmaline through about half of the book but as the story progresses her demeanor changes and you see her in a different light. Lionel on the other hand was so easy to like from the beginning. He is so distraught, you ache for him. It was lovely watching their changes and seeing ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great story by Darcy Burke!! WOW this series is Amazing and I Highly Recommend you read the books and read them in order as the H/H is always characters from previous stories.

Lionel Maitland Marquess of Axbridge is know as The Duke of Danger because he has fought 3 Duels, which resulted in 2 dead's of the men he dueled. This has caused Ax/Lionel to be very self loathing and he believes he should suffer any unkind or mean spirited thing people do to him as punishment for killing these men
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Damn you to hell, Axbridge.'

Not a sentiment to encourage love and romance. But when Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, kills Lady Emmaline Townsend's husband in a duel she finds that her husband has left her nothing but debts.
The 'Duke of Danger', an unfair label given Lionel by the 'wallflower' young women before they became more intimate with some of that group. To be fair they do wince when those nicknames are now mentioned in their presence,
Lionel has an unfortunate reputation for duell
Isha Coleman
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
His reputation precedes him, but it's his heart that tortures him. Will it lead to his undoing or become his saving grace? One moment changed a man's life. One choice set in motion a chain of events that connected the lives of three people forever. Out of greed, guilt and violence comes a romance as passionate as it is heartbreaking. Lionel and Emmaline are unwitting pawns in an ugly conspiracy set in motion by a dangerous man. When the tide turns in their favor, will they survive the revelation ...more
Kim Vanravenswaay
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If only people knew what it does to Lionel every time he duels. He is a man of honor, and he tries to do the honorable thing. So when the Widow of the last man he dueled asked him to marry her for convenience only, he felt honor bound to grant her wish. It's the little things that he does and the things that people tell her about him that make her doubt the things she believed about him. The story pretty much is just Lionel and Emmaline, with just glances of their friends. The Duke of Danger is ...more
Carol Bisig
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved This Book!

I read this book several months ago, and wish I had time to reread it! It is in my top 19 out of 20 books for 2017! Not in that order! Lionel Maitland is a Marquess, he has had to fight two duels of Honor, and now people consider him, mad, and dangerous. He goes to visit Lady Emmaline, the wife of the last man that was killed in the fuel. He feels horrendous over what has happened, and wants to offer whatever assistance that he can.
However, he never expected Lady Emmaline, to de
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lionel Maitland, the Marquess of Axbridge, had truly earned his nickname of THE DUKE OF DANGER: three duels, and two men dead. The latest had occurred eight months prior. Geoffrey Townsend had cheated, and Lionel acting on a reflex had shot Townsend, who subsequently expired. Lionel had never gotten over his guilt over the two previous duels, and this one almost undid him. Lionel had gone to see Lady Emmaline, Townsend’s widow, to offer his condolences and tell her that were she ever to need any ...more
Dee Deacon Foster
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, earned his nickname – Duke of Danger – on the dueling field, a fact that eats at Lionel’s soul. The latest casualty leaves behind a destitute widow which only compounds Lionel’s guilt. An offer of help is met with uncontained hatred and Lionel vows to leave the widow alone; though she’s never far from his thoughts.
After her husband is killed, Lady Emmaline Townsend is left at the mercy of her parents and must abide by their wishes or fend for herself. Despi
Candy Briggs
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lady Emmaline Townsend is now a widow. Her husband died after a duel with the Duke of Danger.
Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, Duke of Danger, has had three duels and two men died as a result. He hates himself and did not want to kill anyone.
An excellent story of duels, intrigue, lies and great guilt. Lionel is actually a good man, but he has an extraordinary sense of honor. The descriptions give you the background to picture yourself in the tale. The characters are life like and full of e
4.5 Dangerous stars!

I have to say, this is the BEST of this series! Lionel and Emmaline gave me relentless fits but their romance, oh my... what an incredible, heartfelt story! So much angst but exactly the type of romance I would expect from Darcy!

The Duke of Danger is book #6 in Darcy Burke's, “The Untouchables” historical romance series

I thoroughly enjoyed this book finding it incredibly difficult to put down! I literally finished this in less than 24-hours.

Once again Burke gives us a l
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites of the Untouchables. Loved Lionel and Emmaline’s story. This series is a must read, with wonderful characters and great storylines.
Vânia Nunes
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vânia by: editor
The Duke of Danger.
This was how Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge was known after having participated in 3 duels, in which in 2 of them his opponents died.
And in the last duel, although Lionel did not want to participate, his opponent, Viscount Geoffrey Towsend was an irascible man.

When Lionel put himself at the disposal of the widow, consumed with the guilt of having killed another man, he did not expect her to really make him deliver on the promise.

When a year later, Lionel, in Ireland, re
vaneeta naik
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'The Duke of Danger' by Darcy Burke is Book Six in "The Untouchables" series...I LOVE Darcy's historical romances!... her books r simply excellent...
This was a very different story, meaning where the heroine marries the man who killed her husband?
set in a regency era ....the subject itself was intriguing....
Lionel Maitland, the Marquess of Axbridge is a troubled man,he has fought three duels, killing two men. He has earned the nickname 'The Duke of Danger.' He is a man driven by honour and the d
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After duelling twice & killing the second opponent, Lionel Maitland, Marquis of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. However he’s tortured by guilt but shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills Lord Geoffrey Townsend in a third duel, he’s beyond redemption, even though it wasn’t his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man’s name, especially when he’s left behind a blameless widow who doesn’t deserve an even bigger scandal. Widowed and destitute, Lady Emmaline ...more
What an original storyline that just kept on giving!

The Duke of Danger is book six in The Untouchables series by Darcy Burke. What’s more forbidden than killing someone in the duel? Marrying the man’s widow. I loved the forbidden feel of this book and couldn’t wait to see how everything played out.

I have a big ole soft spot for Lionel. He’s got so much honor (perhaps a bit too much at times) that it’s landed him in not one, not two, but three duels. His very last duel leaves his opponent’s wido
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, historical
I feel like I say this after finishing every book in this series, but this book's couple is my absolute favorite of all of them. Somehow it's true every time, and even more so with Emmaline and Lionel. They start as enemies--at least Emmaline believes Lionel is her enemy, and she gets through months of her life by plotting how she'll get even with him--but end up as the best of friends and lovers, as the family that both of them have longed for for so long. How Ms. Burke gets us (and them, of co ...more
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I LOVE Darcy's historical romances!

This book read very smoothly. I was engaged from the very beginning, and I especially liked Lionel. I got to like him more as the story went on, and I really felt for him and hoped he could find happiness.

Conversely, I was not a fan of Emmaline at first. In my opinion, I felt her actions and venom towards Lionel were a bit overkill, especially given the situation she put him in. As the story went on, I liked her more,and ultimately, I admired her relentless pro
Lori D
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Danger is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone book. This is a story of Lionel Maitland, Marquess of of Axbridge, a man given the moniker of the Duke of Danger unfairly due to circumstances. He has been involved in several duels with two men being killed by him, the last due to the opponent, Viscount Geoffrey being without honor.
Unfortunately, His death leaves his widow, Emmaline Townsend, almost penniless and she has to return to her parents home. Can you imagine after
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth book in the Untouchables series and so far my favorite of all of them. I’ve been having a bit of difficulty with this series. I’ve rated them from two to five stars, and this is, obviously, one with the five and the reason for it is the hero.

This man had so much baggage that I honestly had doubts if he’d ever get rid of them all. My heart ached for him and at the beginning of the book I truly didn’t think that the heroine was the right one for him. Leave it to Ms. Burke to disa
Book Gannet
This is another easy and enjoyable Regency read from the Untouchables series, even if it does stretch the point of credulity a little too far in some places to accommodate the plot. It’s also a fairly unusual romance in that our heroine marries the man who killed her husband – something about which she really wasn’t happy at the time.

It’s a good thing I liked Lionel, because the idea that even a peer could kill two men in a duel (including another peer) and just hang out in Dublin for a year eac
Kari Maass
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great story in this series

I love this series by Darcy Burke and the Duke of Danger is no exception! The hero is a tough but honorable man labeled as dangerous by the ton and the heroine is as strong as they come! Really enjoyed this story!
Tracy Emro
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
This was a very unique story, I mean how often do you read a regency era book where the heroine marries the man who killed her husband? Well, that is exactly what happens in this book!

Lionel Maitland, the Marquess of Axbridge is a troubled man. He has been dubbed the Duke of Danger because of his unfortunate tendency to fight duels - two of which resulted in the death of his opponent. But what people don't know is that each duel has stolen a piece of his soul, he is wracked with guilt and is una
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge was dubbed the Duke of Danger by the League of Invincibles after having participated in 2 duels and killing his last opponent. Having recently returned from self exile, he finds himself in another duel to defend the honor of a close friend from Geoffrey Townsend. The duel does not proceed as either opponent expects and another victim falls to the Duke of Danger. Regret eats away at Axbridge and he offers to aid the Widow Townsend in any way she needs before ...more
Ginny Lurcock
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually have no idea how to rate this book... so basically I'm writing this review in hopes that it becomes clear. Buckle up, kids, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

So this was my first book by Darcy Burke and it's the sixth in a series so obviously the best place to jump into things. But while I didn't know all the players, necessarily, it was easy to pick up the game. Emmaline married in haste and had begun to regret in leisure. Due to this, she made a bad call and felt subsequent guilt over it w
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-finished

Darcy, has done it again! I love it when a book grabs your right from the beginning, I read it one sitting, could not put it down. I just love the untouchable series. Every time, I read one of these books, I say oh this is the best one yet...SO I'll say it again, The Duke of Danger is my favorite yet. I half way fell in Love with the Marquess myself. That's the best part of Darcy's writing, the characters are so layered and real. Real issues and problems, none of them are perfect and I just find
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