Darcy, has done it again! I love it when a book grabs your right from the beginning, I read it one sitting, could not put it down. I just love the untouchable series. Every time, I read one of these books, I say oh this is the best one yet…SO I’ll say it again, The Duke of Danger is my favorite yet. I half way fell in Love with the Marquess myself. That’s the best part of Darcy’s writing, the characters are so layered and real. Real issues and problems, none of them are perfect and I just find that refreshing in a historical romance novel. The book moves at a good pace, plenty of action. This is not your typical HEA, don’t get me wrong they get there in the end, but it’s a very slow burn. While it’s not necessary, to have read the other books in the untouchable series, it’s worth it as several characters from previous books, make an appearance, but again they can be read as stand alone’s.
The Marquess of Axbridge, has fought 3 duels, leaving 2 men dead, he suffers depression and melancholy from these actions, duels he fought to avenge his father, protect a child and protect a friend and her son. This is a man so full of honor, that he gives little thought to his own safety. This last duel, left Townsend wounded, but he later died, rather unexpectedly. His widow, Lady Townsend, a sassy, strong willed heroine, vows ever lasting hatred for Lord Axbridge…..but, when she suddenly finds herself about to be forced into marriage with a man old enough to be her father, she compels, Lord Abridge to come to her rescue and marry her. During the course of the early days of their marriage, a plot comes to light of extortion and other crimes. Will the Duke of Danger be forced to duel again? Will their marriage remain one of convenience or will they fall in love? I don’t want to give to much away so you’ll have to read it for yourself.
A quick read, it does come across a bit darker than your usual historical romance. Well written, well researched and with plenty of romance and intimate encounters. Highly recommend not only this book, but any book by Darcy Burke.
See my previous Darcy Burke reviews here and here.
Meet the Author:
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.
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.