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The Duke of Ice

(The Untouchables #7)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  364 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment ...more
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Darcy Burke Publishing
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
My heart is sad right now. I love Darcy Burke and have been raving about this series since the beginning. However, this book just wasn't a good fit for me and for the first time, I could not finish it (stopped at 60%). Does this mean I don't recommend the series? Heck no, I love this series and I'll definitely be reading (and highly anticipating) the next one and everyone should check it out. This book just wasn't my taste.

The premise of the story is how two people with a painful history suddenl
Isha Coleman
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Dramatic, traumatic and romantic collide in an emotional tale of soul searching and second chances. The Duke of Ice is about facing fears and owning up to mistakes. Life's greatest fear is of the unknown. Things we can't control, but always weigh on our minds. Ms. Burke always creates great characters, but for me Nick proved to be breathtaking. The tortured soul with so much love to give, but a ton of guilt to bear. My heart broke for him. Love should be a beautiful adventure, but for him it see ...more
Barbara Rogers
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-arc
Series: The Untouchables #7
Publication Date: 12/26/17

This has been and is a wonderful series – I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in the series and anxiously await each new addition. However, I do have to say that this has been my least favorite so far. I tried and tried and tried and just never could warm up to Nick. I know he’s had a lot of pain in his life but his total abdication of responsibilities at the end just kept me from getting that happy glow – it is also why I have given a 4-star
Tracy DeNeal
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas and Violet

My first book of the year!!!! What an awesome start. Darcy Burke has succeeded in creating a wholly distasteful hero. His snarling, snappish behavior toward all in his orbit created such an aura of dislike. But yet...

Violet, Lady Pendleton was such a sympathetic heroine. In spite of her short, detestable and entirely unhappy marriage, she has emerged mostly unscathed and genuinely a good and happy person.

An odd house party at the home of her best friend unwittingly throws th
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
The Duke of Ice is my least favorite Untouchable story. I almost gave it 2 stars but the ending help elevate it to 3 stars.

After a series of deaths in his family and much lost Nicholas Bateman becomes the 10th Duke of Kilve. Losing his wife and son was the final straw for Nick so he builds a walls of Ice around his heart and lives a solidary life not attending the normal functions of a Duke. He has only one friend and that is Simon The Duke of Romsey. Simon convinced Nick to attend a House Party
Tracy Emro
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Nicholas Bateman, the Duke of Kilve and Violet, Lady Pendleton have a past, eight years ago when Nick was merely Mr. Bateman and Violet was Miss. Caulfield, they were madly in love and wanted to marry. Violet was happier than she had ever been and couldn’t wait to tell her parents, but when they learned of her love, they swept her off to London and married her off. She left Nick a letter, but he never received it and just believed that Violet threw him over for a title.

Years pass and Nick has lo
Sissy's Romance Book Review
THE DUKE OF ICE by Darcy Burke is book Seven in "The Untouchables" series. This is the story of Nicholas Bateman and Violet Caulfield Pendleton. Violet and Nick were once in love but her parents married her off to Viscount Pendleton breaking her heart. Nick too was upset but he went on and later ended up getting the title of Duke of Kilve...he even married someone. But that was eight years ago and both are widowers who haven't seen each other in all that time. Neither it seemed kept up with the ...more
Dee Deacon Foster
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The talented Darcy Burke continues to amaze me with her ability to immerse her readers into her tales. From making her reader feel as if they are there feeling every emotion of the hero and heroine to quietly setting up her next story with secondary characters (without taking away from the hero and heroine) Ms. Burke showcases just how talented she is.
Nicholas Bateman is a man who has suffered many losses and shuts himself off, creating the persona of the Duke of Ice – cold and unemotional. Unti
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Bateman never thought he would become the Duke of Kilve, but when everyone he loved died, it fell to him, which has made him bitter, then when his wife & child died, he encased his heart in ice, letting no one is, so he became the Duke of Ice. When his friend, the only person in the world brave enough to talk to him, talks him into going to a party, he begrudgingly agrees to go. It's there, where he runs into the one woman that he loved, Violet Caulfield, who left him to marry a Vis ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas, Duke of Kilve, was brooding again, alone at home, when his friend Simon, Duke of Romsey, pays him an unexpected visit. Simon has brought an invitation to a house party; while Nick is content to wallow in his solitude, Simon is desperate to go out. Simon’s reputation has never recovered from the malicious gossip since the death of his wife, and has earned him the unsavoury moniker of The Duke of Ruin. If Nick goes to the affair, Simon will be able to accompany him; and Simon does want t ...more
books are love
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner for Darcy Burke. This is my first in this series of Darcy Burke’s I have read and it won’t be the last. Her writing enraptures you in the story. And Nicholas and Simon really capture your heart.

Simon poor guy feels so much guilt and loss but he is ready to move on and find someone to spend his life with. Only his rumour is hurting him. When he gets a invite to a house party, he grabs the opportunity and gets his friend to agree as well. Who is his friend and why is it so hard to d
vaneeta naik
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another good book in d series THE UNTOUCHABLES...i ve always liked Darcy's books ...her writing & presenting a story is unique in itself ...even if u feel d story is repetitive , Darcy, enchants u with her penmanship...

This is a touching second chance story... This is the story of Nicholas Bateman and Violet Caulfield Pendleton., who had met 8 years ago and fell in love. However, Violet's parents objected to the union because Nick was not a titled man. Violet is married off to Lord P
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
„The Duke of Ice“ is the 7th novel in the „Untouchable“ series by Darcy Burke. I have read all the others and enjoyed this series from the first book on. I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First of all it is not important to have read the previous six novels but it gives kind of an insight into the circle of Dukes we are playing with.

This novel kind of starts with a house party the Duke of Ruin wants to attend because even though his nick name is not really positive
And the reading meh continues.

Nicholas Bateman, Duke of Kilve, is known as the Duke of Ice because he is cold and distant. His only friend, Simon Duke of Romsey, known as the Duke of Ruin, persuades Nick to accompany him to a house party thrown by the Linfords. Simon has been ostracised from society because of his wife's mysterious death and hopes that this party might help him to find a new bride, but the invite clearly expects him to bring the Duke of Kilve. With bad grace Nick agrees to accom
Carol Bisig
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Bateman has lost everyone he has loved, prematurely, he has wrapped himself into a nothing world, that way, he can't feel, cannot be hurt, cannot love. The one problem is, he still hates, one lady, Violet! He had loved her so much, they were both young, he was a nobody, according to her parents. He has never forgiven her, instead of eloping with him, her parents drag her off, to marry, a Viscount, worthless man that he was. Now, that Nicholas is the Duke of Ice, he goes nowhere, sees no ...more
Lori D
Can there be a second chance at love after eight years and two marriages? Nicholas Batemen, the Duke of Kilve, now widowed and monikered the Duke of Ice by the Ton, just wants to be left alone and wallow in his misery of loss and feeling cursed. His first love, Violet, now Lady Pendleton had left him when he thought they would be forever and now widowed after his less than stellar marriage to another, nothing seemed to matter. Now, Nick's only friend, Simon, Duke of Romsey, pays him a visit and ...more
*2.5 stars*

“You can’t control everything,” Simon said. “As much as we want to, it’s all chaos in the end.”

I discovered Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series starting with book four, and I have really enjoyed them since. I expect charming characters, steamy connections, and plenty of great secondary characters that make me want more. While Duke of Ice started in the same vein, I can’t say that this one worked for me on many levels.

Nicholas Bateman is called the Duke of Ice, and he’s perfectly con
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

I enjoyed the characters and the main setting in this book. Nick had suffered many losses which affected him deeply. Violet carries guilt over having tossed Nick over and marrying another man. The house party allowed for Nick and Violet to interact and to begin dealing with the hurts of the past. The story delves deep into his emotions, making his reactions to events exasperating yet understandable.

I’ve enjoyed this series very much and can’t wa
Kari Maass
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

I loved loved loved the Duke of Ice! He lived up to his nickname until his HEA reminded him what it truly was to feel. Each of theUntouchables is a wonderful read. I could not put this story down!
Maggie Whitworth
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve loved every book in this series , but this one I think will always have a special place .
Nick is the Duke Of Ice , so called because of his demeanour, he’s moody , and not open to socialising in the least , seemingly the opposite to his best friend Simon the Duke Of Ruin a nickname picked up from the fact that society suspects him of his wife’s murder.
At a house party thrown by her friend ,Violet meets an old flame eight years on ,all Nick remembers is that she left him one night a
Anna Swedenmom
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its a buy book. However, arguably this book in my opinion would of been a five star. I should grade it as a 2 and a half, but the writing makes it the most difficult decision to how to grade. Why? Darcy Burke is one of many talented writers that usually captures and keeps my attention. I love her storylines!

Saying that., I loved this story line. I liked the plot, loved all the action and the way the story flowed. I loved her writing it was like being captured and held as a part of the story. Al

Nicholas Bateman never wants to marry again, not when he seems to lose those he loves. But when he comes face-to-face with his first love -- the woman that ended up marrying a viscount instead -- Nicholas decides that his self-imposed solitude can't go on. Will he give Lady Violet Pendleton another chance, or will they lose their second chance at forever after because of Nicholas's fear of losing those he loves?

I am a huge fan of Ms. Burke's contemporary romances, but this is the first of her Hi
Cathy Geha
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke
The Untouchables #7

Young love thwarted
Second chance given
Will it be taken or squandered?

Eight years before this book begins Nick and Violet met and fell in love. With his prospects only being a mister without a title, well, Violet’s parents whisked her away to marry another – and she let them. So, when the two meet at the house party they do know one another but neither is the young, hopeful, easy person they once were. There is attraction. There is conversation and
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars to be exact.

For someone who is blessed, Nick didn't know how to count his blessings. A lot of people cared and loved him---Violet, his uncle, his brother, his first wife and Simon (his best friend). Unlike Violet, her parents didn't not think of her happiness and well-being. But look at her, she's still positive.

It was a good thing that I didn't get exhausted reading Nick's behavior and sentiments. Probably to the credit of the author's writing skills. Because truly, a guy who is a sla
Book Gannet
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Even though this is technically the seventh book in this series, it essentially reads as either a stand-alone or a new beginning, because although the world is the same and the idea of the Untouchables carries through, the characters are all new and there is definitely a nice bit of scene setting for the next few books. So if you’re new to the Untouchables but are put off by that number, don’t worry, you can jump right in.

Having said that, this isn’t my favourite of the series. Normally I love a
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Bateman, the Duke of Kilve has isolated himself since the death of his wife and infant son. His best friend, Simon, Duke of Romsey has received an invitation to a house party. They want the two Untouchable Dukes - Ice and Ruin to attend. Simon convinces Nick to attend the party.

Lady Violet Pendelton always attends her dear friend's house parties. She is stunned when her first love, her true love appears at the party. Violet met Nick when he was a Mister and she was a Miss. They fell mad
Sue's Romance Reviews
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 STARS!

Mr. Nicholas Bateman once had everything he ever wanted... Until he didn't. It all started 9 years ago when the love of his life, Violet Caulfield, left him to marry a viscount. Since then, an unfortunate set of tragedies occurred and one by one, he lost his uncle, brother, wife and child.

He is now known as the Duke of Ice and has only one friend remaining, Simon, the Duke of Romsey.

Nicholas is happy living a solitary life where he conducts estate business, rides his horse and fishes
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Publisher's Description:

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her.

Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always l
Wit & Wonder Books
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Can an emotional past be mended? Forgotten? Even if the one who caused you pain is the one you love deep down?

Be swept off your feet by Darcy Burke in her seventh book of her Untouchables series in The Duke of Ice. A second chance, historical romance with all the right emotional turmoils in which your heart will be pulled in multiple ways.

Nicolas Bateman, Duke of Kilve and Violet, Lady Pendleton loved each other 8 years prior, befo
Maria Dariotis
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Bateman, the Duke of Klive is a very bitter man after being betrayed by the only woman he’s loved when he was a younger man with no title and fortune to his name. She chose a title and wealth, and that he can never ever forgive Violet Caulfield, now the widow Lady Pendleton.

Lady Violet Pendleton has never forgot the man she lost her heart to even though she never understood why he never fought for her, even though she was forced to marry another man she half expected him to rush in and
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