The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables Book 7) Kindle Edition
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"5 out of 5 for this reader folks!
So usually this far into a series one sometimes thinks, "ok 7th book this is getting a little old!" .. NOT THIS SERIES! Each book gets better and better and this novel was no exception. I think this one may be my fave yet!"
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"Ms. Burke keeps proving that she excels in historical romance novels. Writing beautifully, eloquently and ever enchanting. Her descriptions in her settings as well as her characters are on par, capturing you within the century she enfolds you in. From the looks of the characters down to their clothes and the scenery. She crafts her novels in a way that I can see everything in my minds eye... perfectly!
If you haven't embarked on this series, I highly recommend you do! It's one not to be missed!"
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"THE DUKE OF ICE is an incredibly emotional story; there was a lot of drama I did not expect, and I dare anyone to stop reading once the second half gets under way because this is intense!"
- Buried Under Romance--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Print length : 261 pages
- Publisher : Darcy Burke Publishing (26 December 2017)
- ASIN : B075Z3H493
- Language: : English
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I am a huge fan of Ms. Burke's contemporary romances, but this is the first of her Historical romances that I have read, and I've got to say that this story was absolutely enthralling, fast-paced and was a total page turner because of the hero and the reason for him being known as The Duke of Ice. Really, he comes off as cold and aloof in the beginning, but definitely thaws throughout this story, as he interacts with Violet and the secondary characters. The way this story started drew me in immediately, as I loved Nick's good friend Simon; a man that has been through so much, and yet, still wants to find happiness again despite the way people talk about him. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that this story became very interesting, as Violet is determined to make things right between them, but Nicholas isn't about to make things easy for her. How long will it take for the hero to warm up to the heroine?
As for the dialogue, it was well-written, compelling and intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the hero as everything that's happened in his life has made him a man that no longer forms emotional attachments. However, in saying that, I loved the tight friendship he shares with Simon, the Duke of Romsey; and that Simon can manage to coax Nicholas out of his self-imposed solitude. Moreover, the hero has been through so much in his life and I could understand why he's The Duke of Ice because losing loved ones is hard to handle and sometimes it's easier to be alone. Yet, I liked how the hero goes from The Duke of Ice to seeing that life is worth living again and that second chances are possible, if he's willing to take the risk. Will Nicholas realize that being with Violet is better than being without?
While the heroine, she's been through a lot too, and I could understand why her relationship with her parents is so strained after what they did that saw her marry a horrible man. Furthermore, Violet is resilient and courageous in the way she approaches Nicholas and handles everything he throws at her, as he does his best to remain cold and aloof to her persistence to make things right between them. I also liked how kind and caring Violet was and that she would do anything for those she counts as friends, which is proven by what she does for Nicholas's friend Simon; a man that is shunned by society because of what they believe he did to someone he loved.
Overall, Ms. Burke has delivered a superb and worthwhile read in this book where the chemistry between Nicholas and Violet was off-the-charts and had me wondering when things would heat up between them; the romance was wonderful and convincing and had me hoping for the best for this couple; and the ending had me worried for one of the main characters, but had me liking how things worked out between the hero and heroine because no one deserves a chance at forever after more than Nicholas and Violet after everything they've been through. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, as miracles do happen and I liked that Nicholas has found happiness after so much loss. I would recommend The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke, if you enjoy Historical Romance, second chance romances, or books by authors Anna Campbell, Christi Caldwell, Jess Michaels and Eva Devon.
Fortunately, Lady Violet Pendleton is absolutely not standing for any of his nonsense. Forced by her parents to marry another man (long before Nick inherited his dukedom) and now widowed, she has no intention of letting a second chance of happiness slip through her fingers.
This is the seventh in Darcy Burke’s Untouchables series, and I haven’t read any of the others. Fortunately, this stands very well as a standalone story, though we are introduced to the main character from the next (the Duke of Ruin) so I think the two might be something of a pair. I really enjoyed Nicholas and Violet’s second-chance romance, even though Nick did occasionally need telling to get his head out from where the sun don’t shine!
Five stars for a lovely second-chance Regency romance.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
I also liked how she has set the setting for her next book The Duke of Ruin which I am very much looking forward
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I’ve loved every book in this series , but this one I think will always have a special place .
Nick is the Duke Of Ice , so called because of his demeanour, he’s moody , and not open to socialising in the least , seemingly the opposite to his best friend Simon the Duke Of Ruin a nickname picked up from the fact that society suspects him of his wife’s murder.
At a house party thrown by her friend ,Violet meets an old flame eight years on ,all Nick remembers is that she left him one night and was married to a Viscount soon after . A marriage she had no control over and never wanted .
How can they reconcile their differences, if that’s even possible, Nick can’t stand to loose her again .
But will her take a chance on love a second time ?
A wonderful and moving story that I think is the best so far in the Duke series , looking forward to the next
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Years pass and Nick has lost everyone in his life who means something to him, save his friend Simon, the Duke of Romsey aka the Duke of Ruin and Violet, the woman who he once loved, but now hates. Nick has shut himself off from the world and (for lack of a better word) wallows in his losses.
Simon shows up at his estate and talks him into attending a house party with him. Simon is also a recluse – but not by choice and he was invited to the party, but the hostess has made it plain that she expects Nick to attend with Simon.
Nick has no desire to go, but he agrees to go as a favor to Simon. They arrive and he is shocked and angry when he sees Violet among the guests.
Now a widow, Violet is stunned to see Nick and can’t believe people call him the Duke of Ice – the Nick she knew was farthest thing from ice she could imagine. Violet has survived a very unhappy marriage and regrets hurting Nick. She still loves him and hopes to make amends. But her hopes are dashed when Nick snubs her and makes it clear that he hates her.
But when Simon is treated poorly, Violet comes to his defense and Nick grudgingly begins to rethink his feeling about her. They talk and he learns what really happened all those years ago, but he steels his heart against deeper feelings for her – Nick has lost everyone he loves and though he has spent years harboring hate for her – he can’t lose her too. They plot together to have the other guests accept Simon and Nick realizes his true feelings for Violet, but he steadfastly refuses to consider her for marriage. But this outing has made him realize that he is lonely and maybe he could find another wife, one who won’t expect love. He finds a candidate at the house party, Diana Kingman, and seriously begins to consider her despite his feeling for Violet. But when Simon is cast in a bad light and leaves an outing, Nick follows him. Simon tells Nick he is a fool to walk away from Violet and leaves.
Nick returns home and after much consideration, travels to Bath to see Violet. He is still not willing to wed her, but he wants to see if they can recapture the past. Things progress between them and they become lovers. Violet hopes that Nick can put the past behind him and look to a future where they can be happy together. And it seems like Nick might be coming around, but when tragedy strikes the nation, Nick is dragged back into darkness and when he learns that Violet has been in an accident and it is not certain if she will live, he rushes to her side. But once it becomes clear that she will survive, he panics and bolts.
Once in London, Nick becomes reacquainted with Diana and though he knows he loves Violet with all his heart, he comes to an agreement with Diana and finds himself engaged to her. Almost immediately he knows he has made a mistake, but there is no way to undo what has been done without ruining Diana.
Violet is hurt when she awakens and learns that Nick has left her and she is heartbroken when she receives his letter telling her he feels they would not suit and of his upcoming marriage to Diana Kingman. Violet doesn’t understand what went wrong, but knows that she loves Nick and will never love another.
When Simon returns to London and learns that Nick is engaged to Miss. Kingman, he confronts Nick. Nick admits that he loves Violet and that after her accident he was terrified that his “curse” was the reason for her accident and left her. Simon tells him he is an idiot and that Nick must make this right. Nick wants to go to Violet, but he is honor bound to Miss. Kingman. Simon tells Nick that he will take care of Miss. Kingman and that Nick should go to Violet.
Nick returns to Bath and hopes to set things right with Violet, but she is having none of it. She loves Nick but she refuses to have her heart crushed by him again. Nick has his work cut out for him convincing Violet that he loves her and that he is ready to face his fears and forge a future with her.
Personally, I think Violet forgave too easily, but Nick did grovel better than most heroes, so I forgive her.
This book was most definitely my favorite in the series (so far), it is a well written, incredibly emotional book that grabs you from the first page and holds you captive until the last word. The love scenes are steamy, the secondary characters are wonderful, and the ending is extremely satisfying. I loved this book and would highly recommend it – it is the seventh book in the series, but it could easily be read as a standalone title.
I am a big fan of Darcy Burke and The Untouchable series; however, I did not like this book. I kept hoping it would get better. Close to the end of the book, an event happened that I could not understand Nicholas' response. As the events unfolded, I kept saying that he would not react the way that it appeared, but he did. I understand that he was depressed, but his character was flat. Violet kept saying that he was not like his former self. As he thawed, I wish I could have read more of his old character, but he remained frozen. Plenty of books have a character depressed by events, but at one point there is life to them.
I liked Violet, but I felt that she deserved someone who would fight for her and place her above everything. The first time they fell in love, he did not fight for her, but I could understand that. They were young, and he felt powerless. However, the second time, I did not like his reaction. Spoiler Alert. At first, I thought he would attend the funeral and would be gone for a few days, but not weeks. He then became engaged to another. At this point, I almost closed my reader.
The bright point of the book was Simon. I am looking forward to his book. I am also looking to other books by Darcy Burke, but this book missed the mark for me.