Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn’t be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation…

Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters Society just once each year at his stepmother’s ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart—and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she’s back, and she needs his help. But by “saving” her, he may just ruin her life all over again.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You know, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to like the book this much. I’ve read books from this author before, and I usually like and enjoy them. However, I think I like this book the most out of her other works. I think one of the reasons why this book stands out for me is the fact that I love the main characters. The hero used to be a reckless young man who thought of no one but himself and what he wants. The heroine was a forgiving woman whose reputation was ruined indirectly by the hero.

I like the development of both characters. As a reader, I could easily picture how the hero was nine years ago. How ruthless he was, how uncaring. I could also picture the heroine, a young starry-eyed girl who was ripe for the picking and was easily compromised by yet another reckless man. Then, going to to the present, where both characters have changed and grown. I liked reading about the way their feelings for each other developed and deepened with time and proximity.

For a first book, The Forbidden Duke is wonderful enough to get readers intrigued. I, myself, am interested enough in the next installments. I hope that Nora and Titus will still be mentioned then. I would be more than happy to watch out for the next releases.


Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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