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The Duke of Ruin (The Untouchables #8)

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With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm...no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, a ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Darcy Burke Publishing
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Becca
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After not being able to finish the Duke of Ice, I approached The Duke of Ruin with cautious optimism, mostly because the only things I like about The Duke of Ice were Simon and Diana, the leads of this story. And what a story this is! Duke of Ice aside, I've enjoyed The Untouchables series enormously and The Duke of Ruin had the trademark romance, redemption, and breezy writing I've come to expect and adore of Burke's work.

The story opens with Simon, the Duke of Romsby, approaching Diana Kingman
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My heart is all warm and gooey after reading this lovely book!

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To be honest I have never read from Darcy Burke before nor was she familiar to me. It so happened that I was in a mood for a historical romance when I stumbled across this gem on Netgalley. The blurb literally piqued my curiosity, I immediately knew I had to read this book. To my utter surprise I ended up loving everything about this book, the story, those characters, and the heart-warming romance was exactly what I nee
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Barbara Rogers
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Series: The Untouchables #8
Publication Date: 3/27/18

I absolutely flew through this book in one sitting because it was a wonderful book AND it was the perfect story for Simon. I wasn’t so sure it was going to be the perfect story for him after I finished with the Duke of Ice and Nick had left Simon to clean up a huge mess of Nick’s making. I couldn’t picture how the author was going to make Diana into the perfect Duchess for Simon, but she sure did it – as a matter of fact – she did it over the t
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Dee Deacon Foster
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon Hastings, Duke of Romsby, has had years of self-loathing and being a social pariah. Accused of murdering his wife and unborn babe, even his family shuns him. Only one friend, the Duke of Ice, remains by his side. A friend Simon vows to help break his betrothal while vowing to protect the jilted girl to the best of his ability. A feat that may take his nickname, the Duke of Ruin, to a whole new level. A feat that may just make him feel “whole” again. But will old memories continue to haunt ...more
eyes.2c
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Racy Regency romance with a twist!

A jilted young woman, a scandalous Duke rumoured to have murdered his wife, the Duke's ducal friend turning his back on his fiancé to pursue his one true love, an atrocious father, and a hastily undertaken journey of a week or more. All the ingredients for a rather laughable, yet enjoyable romance. A note of seriousness underlies the playfulness. The tea sipping Duke of Ruin cannot face himself let alone others. He's convinced he killed his wife but is unsure of
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Isha Coleman
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Darcy Burke had to have been a poet in another life. The imagery of her words. The emotions behind her characters and the captivating tales she creates are ethereal to the heart. The Duke of Ruin is a redemption song. Out of darkness emerges a ray of light. Forced to live with choices that change the course of their lives, Diana and Simon find each other in vulnerability and end up being each other's strength. From a fateful meeting to an everlasting love, Burke takes readers through a traumatic ...more
Maggie Whitworth
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It’s not a matter of forgetting the past or the person , the past must stay behind you .
Look forward to the future, forgive yourself.
Simon Duke Of Romsey,or Duke Of Ruin to most of society is a widower, and suspected murderer.
He’s Lonely and has only one good friend , the Duke of Kilve , Who is in need of help to break his betrothal to Lady Diana Kingman .
She’s really only upset about this problem because of her cruel, domineering father , who will take out his aggression on her when he he
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Tracy- OMGReads
Book 8 of a series of standalones, do not let that number scare you. Having not read any of the previous books, I can say this reads as a total standalone. Although, if you are anything like me, you will be anxious to binge the previous 7 books, ASAP.

The Duke of Ruin had me hooked from the start. It was an intriguing beginning, Simon and Diana exude chemistry, even trying to be as proper as one had to be. Their story is adventurous and touched with mystery. It’s a slow burn, and has some of the
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Laura
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Historical romance is a tricky thing. In order for it to work you have to be engaged with the characters, and you have to want them to be together, and you have to be able to believe their attraction...yet they are not able to date, to spend time alone, or to have any of the other "moments" that make a romance work.

So, the author has to find a way to make it work...and in this one, we are with Diana and Simon while he helps her leave London after her betrothal falls apart and she is afraid of th
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Monique
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Miss Diana Kingman had been groomed from birth to marry a duke, and according to her father any duke would do, except Simon Hastings, the Duke of Romsey – THE DUKE OF RUIN. As Diana is about to marry a duke she doesn’t even love, disaster strikes and Diana’s life is ruined. She has no choice but to flee or face a lifetime of disgrace and disapproval from her autocratic father. Isn’t it ironic that THE DUKE OF RUIN would help her, but after all, he has nothing left to lose. Two years after his be ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Ruin was a great story. I sort of fell in love with Simon in bk7 "The Duke of Ice" when he is first introduced as a character.

Simon Hasting 12th Duke of Romsey is a pariah in the world of the Ton. Simon is ostracized because people believe he pushed his pregnant wife down a flight of stairs causing her death. Simon can't remember anything except holding her at the bottom of the stairs and pleading with her not to die. So of course the dim witted members of the Ton believe the rumors
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Diana has never known anything other than her training to become a duchess. After years and years of ridicule from her own father, Diana has found her way out. Only then enters Simon and smashes her dreams. Simon is a good, kind-hearted Duke doing his best to make amends for his past. He feels compelled to help Diana in anyway possible, which led them to becoming the Duke and Duchess who eloped.

Diana and Simons’ relationship is a joyous thing to watch blossom. Their personalities easily complim
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke of Ruin by Darcy Burke is Book 8 in The Untouchables Series. This is the story of Diana Kingman and Simon Hastings. I have read the other books in this series (and Loved Them!) but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Diana doesn't wish to marry but her father feel otherwise and is making life impossible for her. Diana father has always been abusive towards her and she just wishes to go away in peace.
Simon feels the guilt of losing his wife and unborn child and is blamed for their de
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Showie Ford
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

This story was lovely. The characters, the story, the dialogue, all of it was lovely. I read the entire thing in one sitting. I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

I think I’ve been waiting forever to find out exactly what happened with Simon’s wife, so I was thrilled to read his story and finally find out. I thought the way in which it was revealed was wonderful. Simon is the sweetest, most gentle hero in this entire series thus far. I adore him.

Diana definitely deserves a hero as
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Annie Deo
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After being unable to finish a different regency romance, this was a wonderful change! It's the first book I've read by this author, but it certainly won't be the last! I love this sub-genre, but sometimes I hit a streak of poorly written novels with shoddy characterization and think that maybe I need to move on, then I'm lucky enough to happen upon a gem like The Duke of Ruin that re-establishes my faith and optimism. I raced through this over the weekend due to the heartily entertaining story- ...more
Tracy Emro
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Simon Hastings, Duke of Romsey (aka Duke of Ruin) is probably one of the most wonderful heroes to ever grace the pages of a romance book. A man with a heart of gold, but overcome with grief, guilt and shame. Two years ago his beloved wife Miriam died along with their unborn child. Most assume that Simon killed her and he makes no move to clear his name, he was drunk at the time and doesn't remember anything other than holding his love in his arms as she died. Unable to move past the heartbreak a ...more
Cathy Geha
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Duke of Ruin by Darcy Burke
The Untouchables #8

Loving this series – haven’t read all of it but every book I have read has left me satisfied with the story read but eager to read the next when it comes out.

In the previous book The Duke of Ice jilts Diana Kingman for the woman he has always loved. Well, that puts Diana in a pickle so when The Duke of Ruin, bearer of the jilting news, offers to help her in any way…she takes him up on it. Why would she trust Simon? Well, her father is NOT a man
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Debbie Glenn Brown
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the end of the Duke of Ice book and Nick the Duke of Klive had left his best friend Simon to clean up a huge mess of Nick’s making. Diana Kingman betrothal to the Duke of Klive is in tatters and imminent danger of causing a scandal until Simon Hastings the Duke of Romney comes and offered her a choice. Diana seems cold and aloof, but she really isn’t she’s been abused all her life by her abusive father, she’s extremely worried about how he’ll react when he finds out about her brothel is broke ...more
Lori D
An emotionally damaged hero and a desperate bride to be, find each other thrown together in an unexpected turn. Simon Hastings, Duke of Romsby cannot stand himself. Accused of killing his wife and unborn child he is shunned by everyone except his one friend Nick, the Duke of Klive. Nick is in desperate need to break his betrothal to Lady Diana Kingman so he can marry the woman his loves. Diana is being forced to marry Nick by her father and only wants her freedom. Will she take up Simon's offer ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon and Diana

I love The Untouchables series! Darcy Burke is such a talented writer. Of all of the books thus far, this one is my favorite!

Simon is such a nuanced and tragic figure. I fell in love with him in Book 7. I read reviews where other readers actually liked him best of all in Nick's book. I agreed.

Diana was a bit of a mystery in Book 7, but oh my when she is truly revealed in this book, she became my favorite heroine thus far in the series. Together, they are a most memorable couple.
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Lori Quick
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance readers copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have read several books by Darcy Burke, but this is my first in the Untouchables series. I enjoyed it a great deal and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I highly recommend this awesome book.

I think my favorite character was Simon Hastings, 12th Duke of Romsey. He is willing to help his best friend get out of an engagement but also willing to help the young lady once the engagem
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Susan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Story ❤ This book was so good, with an awesome hero and a beautiful heroine. There are so many great characters, some major and others minor, all woven into a perfectly written story. Emotional, sexy, romantic, amazing!

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Sarah
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon takes on the unenviable task of telling Diana that her fiance has decided to marry another woman (see The Duke of Ice). Does Diana cry off? Ruination! Simon offers to help Diana disappear in to the wilds of England to avoid a potentially nasty confrontation with her VERY abusive father who will not understand the situation. Potential ruination #2. During their journey (and can I tell you that the thought of being inside a slow-moving carriage on bumpy roads for longer than a few hours, let ...more
Lisa Jackson
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book number eight in this wonderful series, The Untouchables, Simon is known as the Duke of Ruin. His reputation stained by the rumor he killed his first wife, he is reviled by society and avoided everywhere despite his exalted rank. His friend, Nick, another Duke of poor repute, has dumped his fiancée to run off and marry another woman. Simon has volunteered to break the news to the jilted fiancée, Diana, and he also offers to assist her in avoiding scandal- as if THAT were possible!
Diana’s fat
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books are love
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since meeting Romsey in the Duke of Ice I wanted to know his story. He was so kind and gentle but had such a tragic tale that you are drawn to him. So when the Duke of Ruin came out I jumped on it and was not disappointed. It is all that you want and more.

This picks up with Romsey (Simon) helping his friend the Duke of Kilve out by going to Diana and helping her. She was supposed to marry Kilve but he is no longer available. Romsey is there to help her figure out her life now. He is willing to d
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Helois
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favorites
This is the 8th book in the untouchables series, but don't be scared by the number because, each of them reads as a stand alone. However, if your anything like me you will want to go back and read them all because they are so, so delicious.

A quirky and sassy heroine and a non-traditional, flawed but hunky hero. A witty and well paced writing style. Well developed characters, a nice plot complete with a villain, hero, fair maiden and a quest (ok the quest might be a stretch how about adventure).
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Book Gannet
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Despite not enjoying the last book in this series (The Duke of Ice), I really wanted to read Simon’s story because Simon is lovely. He’s got a serious tragedy in his past and is carrying a whole heap of guilt around with him, but he’s also generous and charming and really wants to help others – which is how he entangles himself in Diana’s life. Even though Diana is not as instantly likeable as Simon, she is definitely in need of a rescue and the pair of them make a fun couple as they d
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Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
I was looking forward to this so much since we got to know Simon in The Duke of Ice and it didn’t disappoint! I loved that it pretty much picked up from the last one and was an adventure from the start. They needed each other and both learned to open up about their pasts and secrets. I loved that her cousin started making plans and knew how things were going to turn out. I didn’t see the truth about his wife’s death coming in a thousand years because I thought that it would stay a full mystery t ...more
Avis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's.

Simon, Duke of Romsey is willing to help his best friend Nick, no matter what. So off he goes to London to help his friend with a minor inconvenience, an unwanted betrothed name Diana. Simon hopes to lessen the possible scandal for Diana and he offers to help her escape the scorn of society.

Diana is in total disbelief that this is happening. She
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Candy Briggs
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon Hastings is the best friend of the Duke of Kilve, he proposed to Diana Kingman. But he met up with his old love and they decided to get married. Where does that leave Diana? Simon, 12th Duke of Romsey, comes galloping to the rescue. He tells her that he will help her, take her where ever she wants to go, set her up, help in any way he can. Diana's father is a cruel and abusive man. She is frightened of him, she begins to shake and stutter when something she knows will upset him.
I really l
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