The Duke of Ice *Book Review*
Title: The Duke of Ice
Series: The Untouchables #7
Author: Darcy Burke
Publish Date: December 26th, 2017
Format: * E-book
Genre: Romance/historical romance
Rating: 4/5 stars
From The Back Cover:
Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.
Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found
The Duke of Ice, is the 7th book in the Untouchable series, however you don’t need to read the others before reading this one. Actually all of the Untouchable series, can be read as stand alones. That being said, several of the characters make appearances in one ore more of the other books, so it does help in that way, such a fun way to tie the series together. You know in another way other than each of the Dukes is classified as an untouchable, meaning that, even though he’s a Duke, he may not be quite what a society mamma wants for her daughter, or they are seen to the catch of the season. Plus they all get nicknames, whether it’s based on good qualities or bad, sometimes remains to be seen.
Nick Bateman has, through a series of unfortunate events, has become a Duke and a widower, not something he expected…. Everyone he loves dies, leaving him feeling as though, it’s all his fault. Self-imposed solitude and a reserved, icy attitude at society functions, lands him the nickname the Duke of Ice. His bestie, Simon the Duke of Ruin (coming soon) convinces him to attend a house party, where he bumps into, Lady Violet Pendleton, the girl he once loved…the girl who tossed him over for a title…so he thinks… Violet, herself is now widowed..still in love with Nick, she is intrigued as to how he acquired his nickname….sparks fly and maybe just maybe they will get a second chance at love and happiness…that is if Nick can overcome his fears and stop being an idiot long enough to realize, he loves the girl.
For some reason, I had difficulty getting into this book, I feel it was more my mood than anything about the book, honestly I just haven’t been in the best moods and it seems to be coloring my perspective on lot’s of things. I am not saying that I didn’t like this book, I just struggled with it a bit. Again, not really sure why.. It has the same great writing style and pace as the other books in the series. The characters, as Darcy’s characters usually are…are refreshingly real with their fears, flaws and actions. I mean I basically want to be bestie’s with Violet.
What I liked:
- Violet, a fun and interesting girl, with a good heart and a dislike for gossip
- The parlor games, played at the house party
- second chance romance
- the ending (spoiler it’s a HEA)
What I didn’t like:
- Slow start and I struggled with getting into it
- the gossiping old biddies (though I suppose every story needs a villain)
- I wish some parts had been fleshed out a bit more, like the visit in Bath, its very broken up and doesn’t flow well
Overall, it was an entertaining read with all the bits that I like, romance, history, sexy Dukes and interesting female characters. Well worth the read, as are the other books in the series. Let me know how you like them.
*I received an advanced copy from the author, all thoughts and opinions are my own
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