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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 widow who doesn’t deserve an even bigger scandal.

Widowed and destitute, Lady Emmaline Townsend must marry the man of her parents’ choosing or beg unsympathetic relatives for support. The only way out is to ask for help from the one man she’s sworn to hate, the man who owes her anything she asks, the man who killed her husband. They strike a devil’s bargain in which passion simmers just beneath the surface. But her dead husband’s transgressions come back to haunt them and threaten their chance at love.

September 26
Darcy Burke
Darcy Burke

Customer Reviews

Cheryl33610 ,

Lovely read

I don’t read many historical these days, but I wait with great anticipation for a new Untouchables book to be released. Darcy Burke is somehow able to make me love each of her heroes more than the previous one. Lionel is honor personified, and to me, even with his Duke of Danger nickname, is extremely attractive. Especially when that honor is focused on the heroine.
Noe Emmaline, I had to work to like. She’s very angry, which is understandable given that her husband is killed in a duel...by Lionel. And now her parents are trying to force her into another, very much unacceptable marriage. But I had a hard time getting past her attitude, especially since her marriage was not a good one and she regretted her impulsive decision.
But as in any great romance, the hero and heroine grow to love each other, traverse obstacles to reach their HEA. And if by the end I’m even more in love with him than I am with her, I still call that a successful read.
As always after a great series read, I’m looking forward to our next Duke. But I’m very thankful for the ARC that was given to me to enjoy this one. All thoughts in this voluntary review are my own.

RomanceNovelGiveaways ,

I LOVE Darcy's historical romances!

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 protection of Lionel.

And can I just say, holy mystery!!! At about 40% through, a liiiiiiiittle tiny part of the book hinted at a major plot twist. Just a hint. I was completely sucked in by then, and I couldn't wait to see the resolution!

While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Although, it does include cameos from characters in previous books, and while I've read some of them, I can't wait to go back and read all of their stories!

I can't wait to read Darcy's next book!!!

(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)

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