The Forbidden Duke - Darcy Burke

The Forbidden Duke

By Darcy Burke

  • Release Date: 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 698 Ratings


To avoid spending her future living off the kindness of relatives, spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart must secure a position as a paid companion. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain employment 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.


  • She learned nothing.

    By Anemonblu
    Ruined at a young age, 9 years in exile and she promises herself she’s learned her lesson- but the first opportunity she gets she’s begging for kisses and the second — spreading her legs. I couldn’t even read it I was so disappointed in her stupidity. It wasn’t a satisfying union it was frustrating that her character had made no progress. There could have been so much more romantic and sexual tension built up between these two if the author had let them be apart more!
  • No Spark

    By DoctorSoJo
    It was a struggle to finish this book. The story is tedious and the two main characters lack chemistry and personality.
  • The Forbidden Duke

    By Fan from AZ
    In the early 1800s someone in the ton is always creating drama. This is the best “happily ever after” a ruined girl could hope for.
  • Second Chances

    By math wizard
    Enter Nora who must find a place to live as her father is now broke and must go some where he rather did not have to go. Nora decides to find a job as a companion and luck has it that she will get a second chance at love, romance and marriage. Lady Satterfield chooses her as her companion but later decides to help her have another chance at happiness. Her stepson, Titus is going to help but not for the reason to help because he wants to help right a wrong done to Nora years ago. As the story begins! An excellent book which I throughly enjoyed!
  • The Forbidden Duke

    By sbsbrinson
    Just simply loved it!
  • Fun read

    By Jennhennone
    The characters are glowing and the setting was perfect for this quick read. I would love to read the rest of the series!
  • Great book

    By Workinglady123
    The characters were good and the story moved at a good pace. Good storyline and good read.
  • No

    By straighttalker198
  • Great book! Loved every minute of it.

    By Sanstuti
    The hopeless romantic in me is super happy. Finished it in one go.
  • A wonderful introduction to the series.

    By glhince
    The first I’ve read of Darcy Burke’s historical romances, I found that my anticipation was met and exceeded on my enjoyment scale. I adored the characters of Eleanor and Titus, and Lady Satterfield was an utter gem, perfectly suited to the title of fairy godmother. See, years ago Eleanor was a young innocent: starry eyed and full of romantic ideals and believing that everything told her was the truth. Unfortunately she was surrounded by society and their harsh judgments, and the notorious rake that had settled his eyes on her spoke all the words the young girl could want to hear. More unfortunate still, this man was after little more than yet another notch, and left her ruined and shamed, to flee from London with hopes of marriage and a good match thrown to the wind. Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal has been floundering for the past few years, searching for something. More recently, the emptiness of his life and being ‘the rake’s rake’ among his group of peers had worn thin. Without a clue how to proceed, he’s retreated from all social engagements spare one, his stepmother’s ball, but that is where his nod to convention ends. With the death of Eleanor’s father and the new awareness of just how impoverished she is, Eleanor must find shelter: her sister and her husband the vicar are not an option because of her scandalous past. Biting the bullet, she decides a position as companion would be suitable, if she finds the right dowager who can overlook the noise. Enter Lady Satterfield, Titus’ stepmother and fairy godmother extraordinaire. Not unaware of the harsh double standards in judgments passed by the ton on everyone, she also is convinced that Eleanor’s misstep of years ago was due to her innocence and naiveté, and not a character flaw. So, she has decided to hire Eleanor, and provide her with a second chance… because it will give her stepson what he needs. Approachable and convincing, the characters fairly breathe in the corners as you get to know them, feeling the weight of Eleanor’s shame at the scandal, Titus’ restraint and later guilt at knowing he ruined this young woman, not directly but by encouraging others for sport. Above all, the glue is Lady Satterfield: kind and generous, old enough to see the truth around her and the arrogance with which the ton passes proclamations, yet sensitive enough to see the true intentions and hearts of those she cares for. A wonderful introduction to the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via tour organizer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.