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The Duke of Lies

(The Untouchables #9)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Verity Beaumont has suffered domineering men most of her life, first with her father and then with her husband. Free from both men, she has finally found peace. Even meeting a kind and hard-working gentleman who just might be the perfect father her young son so desperately needs. But as she dares look to the future, her carefully ordered world is shattered when her dead hu ...more
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Published May 29th 2018 by Darcy Burke Publishing
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Lana Birky
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is Book 9 in The Untouchables Series & it is an outstanding story! I am never disappointed in Darcy's ability to catch her readers & pull us into the pages of her books. Captain Christopher "Kit" Powell our hero & the Duke of Lies is so lovable, kind, funny, smart & just downright sexy. Verity Beaumont, Duchess of Blackburn is our heroine who has been mistreated her whole life by her father & her deserting husband the Duke of Blackburn, who has been gone almost 7 y ...more
Maggie Whitworth
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book and chose to submit a review
Is it possible to build a relationship, a marriage ,on lies and deception?
The answer is here.
Darcy has given us another gem of a book , she’s pulled off a brilliant plot that twists and turns , it’s moving , fun and emotional, reading of the relationship that’s created between father and son is nothing short of heartbreaking, inspiring and a pleasure to witness.
I couldn’t shake the feelings of love and devotion betwee
Barbara Rogers
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-arc, iblog
Series: The Untouchables #9
Publication Date: 5/29/18

Lies! Lies! Lies! There are enough lies to build a ladder to the moon. It seems everyone, except our lovely heroine, Verity, and her delightful son, Beau, are filled with lies, betrayals, and secrets. Can you build a life together when the relationship is filled with lies and deceit? Well – You’ll just have to read this finely crafted book to find your answer. This is a marvelously written roller-coaster ride of a book filled with more twists a
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After eight books, you somewhat expect a series to have grown a little stale, well you better tell that to Darcy Burke, because book 9 of The Untouchables is spectacular! And it even stands perfectly on its own!

Just a few months shy of being declared dead, Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, shocks his wife Verity with his unexpected return. Their short marriage had been unbearable for Verity, and she fears for her son Beau’s safety as well as her own. She had been considering marrying again, but
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.

I’ve read and/or listened to a number of the books in Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series and generally enjoyed them, but what attracted me specifically to The Duke of Lies was the fact that the premise is reminiscent of one of my favourite films, The Return of Martin Guerre. Set in medieval France, a man returns to his village – and his wife – after a long absence and is welcomed and accepted by all… until doubts begin to cr
I had read and enjoyed some of Darcy’s contemporary books and had no idea that she was writing historical as well, so when I saw her name on NG, I had to request.

I loved Verity and Rufus. I loved her strength and her smarts and her want for things to have changed. Rufus is charming and sensitive. Their chemistry is not instant, which I enjoyed. I was so happy to see their relationship grow out of trust and friendship.

Plot wise, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, it was better. The truth of
Isha Coleman
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Duke of Lies is not always pretty. Darcy Burke paints a picture of some of life's ugliest moments for Verity and Rufus. Yet she finds the value in the experience. For this duo, love is about learning from past mistakes and rebuilding a stronger, equal foundation. Verity is spreading her wings after years of being tied down. She's learning to use her voice by speaking her mind and listening to her heart. All is going her way until her overbearing past reappears in her present. Rufus, her dead ...more
Tanya Sridhar
A safe 3/5 stars.

The heroine was quite interesting, and so was her son. The hero, while I like in general too much about him seemed to easy.

Overall while the romance is quite good, the plot just couldn't sit right with me. Not my favorite burke, but it definitely doesn't deter me from reading her in the future again.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I think I had higher expectations for The Duke of Lies. I set myself up for a bit of disappointment. I really wanted Christopher Powell/Kit to be Rufus Beaumont Duke of Blackburn. You find out right away at the beginning of the story that he is Not. My expectation was that he had really changed from the cruel abusive husband that Verity had married to the new and humble Duke that returns after a 6 1/2 year absences.

I really like Verity Duchess of Blackburn an her wonderful son Beau. I was happy
Dee Deacon Foster
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your despised, missing husband suddenly returned after 6 years? For Verity Beaumont it was almost soul crushing. Except this version of the man she loathes is vastly different than the man she married. Verity vows to watch his every move so she is not caught unaware if the man he was before surfaces. She must; not only for her self-preservation but that of her son. A son who completely adores this man.
Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, returns home to find a lovely wife and
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truths and untruths!

The return of a dead husband after six years is a hard thing, especially as the man who disappeared was not pleasant. The man who returns is the complete opposite. What happened to Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, in those intervening years to change him so?
Verity has to somehow take this on board without risking her son, or Rufus' displeasure. Although on the surface that appears to be a thing of the past.
Verity finds herself in a difficult place. How to trust that the mo
Shell Cunliffe
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my this book was a joy to read, we definitely had drama and there is a twist one that I won't be revealing. As always Ms Burke has worked her magic. This book is a definite must read.

Now lets say in a hypothetical way, you are married to a man who is absolutely horrid, and then one day he goes to London and six and half years later he returns, with a different personality. This is the dilemma that Verity is struggling with, and Verity so wishes that the man that left has returned a changed ma
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Lies is the 9th book in The Untouchables series by Darcy Burke. It can be read as a standalone but having read the previous books I enjoyed catching up with some of the characters from them.

Verity Beaumont suffered at the hands of her husband Rufus who verbally and physically abused her. When he disappeared 6 years ago she finally started to enjoy a peaceful life. In the 6 years since then she gave birth to Rufus' son and everything she does is with his future in mind. She hasn't en
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this title. And, I didn't.

But, as the thing I disliked is something that is a personal dislike of mine, I am not really able to discuss it, and I am not really able to review the book without disclosing it.

The duke is lying. A lot. About a really big thing, and well, it makes his name as the Duke of Lies most accurate.

I did enjoy it overall. Verity and Rufus, and their connection, was interesting and compelling. And, even though he's lying, you like him.

It's just impossible to review
Tracy Emro
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
4.5 stars

This book is a readers dream and a reviewers nightmare - it is a fantastic story that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until the last. There is no way to review this book in detail without ruining the story for potential readers, but I'm going to try :)

Verity Beaumont, the Duchess of Blackburn is raising her son Beau alone, her husband Rufus has been missing for 6 1/2 years. She believes he is dead and she doesn't mourn him. He was an awful man who made her life miserabl
Sofia Lazaridou
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The duke is indeed lying. About a lot and important things, but his lie about the most important thing is this book is revealed to the reader from the very first part that's told from his point of view. It bugs me that I cannot say anything because the blurb doesn't reveal the truth and neither can I.I was wondering how could the author explain Rufus's past behavior and make us fall for that man and came up with 100 different scenarios, but only one of them came close to the truth. Another thing ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many wives would be delighted when the husband who has been missing for six years returns. Verity, Duchess of Blackburn, is most definitely not one of them. Rufus was cruel and violent. His return is her worst nightmare. Except… he's changed. So much so, she's wondering if he's actually the man she married at all.

Kit only wants what he was promised. Impersonating a duke could get him hanged… yet even when the opportunity presents, he can't make himself abandon Verity and her son Beau. The lies a
Tracy DeNeal
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Verity Finds Her HEA

The Duke of Blackburn returns to everyone's chagrin. But my oh my, he's actually nice... and repentant? What fresh hell is this?

Verity, Duchess of Blackburn doesn't trust it for a minute. Not after the cruel treatment he meted out in the early days of their marriage. Seven years missing is just not enough time.

I enjoyed following Verity on her journey to HEA. She and Beau were my favorite secondary characters in the Duke of Ruin. No spoilers here. You will have to read the b
Lori Quick
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of these books in the Untouchable series. Duke of Lies is book 9. I believe that Darcy Burke does a wonderful job bringing her characters together to get to their HEA. I recommend this book. I received an advance readers copy and am voluntarily reviewing the book.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I might be tempted to read the whole series... definitely not my last book by Darcy Burke!

Review to come.


*** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. ***

Darcy Burke is a new author to me. And I love to read a historical romance from time to time. Sounded like a great combination. And it really was.

What happened when a widow for so many years might have given the chance for happiness saw her world turning upside down, at the return of her supposedly « deceased » husband . A man who looked li
Adria (Musings and Reviews)
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews on 5/28

* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley/Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? Verity, the Duchess of Blackburn has endured domineering and downright abusive men all of her life, her father and then her husband but when her husband disappears soon after they’re married Verity is relieved and feeling more
Cathy Geha
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Lies by Darcy Burke
The Untouchables #9

I didn’t want this book to end! I love this series and the addition of this book was a delight to read!

Verity has shaped a life for herself with her young much loved son she loves that will one day be Duke of Blackburn. To say she is happy her husband will soon be declared deceased is an understatement. She is eager to claim a life that has never really been her own as her father has always been more interested in himself than in her and her hus
Showie Ford
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you come upon a series that you KNOW will never disappoint you. Every book is amazing, and you cannot wait to get your hands on the next story."The Untouchables" is exactly that sort of series. Every single book is good. You don't have to read the previous stories, they each stand on their own two feet (Although I recommend that you do start at the beginning.) Far from turning stale, these stories are each more fantastic than the last.

I fell head over heels in love with Ver
Lori D
Darcy Burke always excels at creating compelling characters with strong emotions and suspense thrown in to make her stories page turners. Being book 9 of the Untouchables Series, the writing is fresh and intriguing. Having thought her husband dead after leaving for war in the America's, Verity Beaumont and her young son finally feel life is settling down. She had been under the thumb of her father and then her husband before he left and is determined to find peace. That is until her husband, Ruf ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke of Lies by Darcy Burke is book nine in The Untouchables series. This is the story of Verity Beaumon and Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn. I have read the previous books but feel this can be a standalone book.
Verity went from an abusive father to a husband that seem to be nearing the same attitude towards her. They had only been married a few months when Rufus disappeared. Now in the present day she has a young son and just a short time away from her husband being declared dead. Thinki
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Darcy Burke. I have really enjoyed this entire series. In Duke of lies we have Verity and her son Beau who are happy on their own after Veritys husband went missing six and a half years ago. It was no real loss since he was an abusive ass. Suddenly a man shows up who looks exactly like her missing husband but is a kind person. I’m not a huge fan of this trope and although there was nothing new here I still enjoyed it.

No safety issues with this book
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical romance series. I have loved each of the stories. The Untouchables is the first series I have read by Darcy Burke. And I am so glad I took the opportunity to find a new author. I love how easily she draws you into her stories and how she pulls previous characters into each new story.
I love the brotherhood she has created in this series and can’t wait to see each of them fall in love.
Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining read, didn’t want it to end. Have been anxious for Verity’s story since meeting her in a previous book. The storyline was filled with lots of secrets, love and romance. Absolutely loved this hero, and adored the relationship between little Beau and his parents. Each new release in the Untouchables series continues to be a wonderful blend of exciting tales with a host of captivating characters!
Samantha Brody
I am a sucker for this kind of trope what can I say.
Sandy S
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 29, 2018

Verity Beaumont has suffered domineering men most of her life, first with her father and then with her husband. Free from both men, she has finally found peace. Even meeting a kind and hard-working gentleman who just might be the perfect father her young son so desperately needs. But as she dares look to the future, her carefully ordered world is shattered when her dead husband returns.

Imprisoned in America during the war, Rufus Beaumont, Duke of
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