I’ve really enjoyed earlier books in this series, so I was honestly disappointed when The Duke of Kisses fell kind of flat for me. Fanny, sister of Ivy, Duchess of Clare, was a character I just couldn’t warm to, mainly because she didn’t seem to have any defining characteristics of her own except ‘clumsy’. She starts studying ornithology because the hero is interested in it. She gets involved with charities because that’s what her sister enjoys. I never really got any sense of what Fanny enjoyed, what she wanted out of life.
David, Earl of St. Ives, was much more interesting. A deathbed promise to his father to marry a girl he’s never met has him massively conflicted when he falls for Fanny instead of his intended bride, though to be honest I was never quite sure why he’d never met the young woman in question before. It wasn’t quite explained.
David and Fanny’s first meeting was charming, but there was a certain amount of insta-love the reader is expected to buy into, and considering I never figured out who Fanny really was despite being privy to her inner thoughts, I really didn’t buy into David’s romance with her either. And considering Fanny has personal knowledge of gentlemen who debauch young women and then fail to keep promises, through her sister’s prior experience, her eagerness to sleep with David frankly came across as naive and reckless at best, at worst making her look like the kind of woman who’d probably be called a brazen hussy if she wasn’t the heroine of the story.
A generations-old family conflict was resolved far too easily to be a real conflict, leaving the end of the story to limp to an unsatisfying conclusion.
This won’t put me off reading more of Darcy Burke’s books because I know just how well she can write and just how great most of her characters and plots were, but I honestly wish I’d given this one a miss. Two stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
The Duke of Kisses (The Untouchables Book 11) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1910 KB
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- Print Length : 274 pages
- Publisher : Darcy Burke Publishing (27 November 2018)
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- ASIN : B07GC5CW2Q
- Language: : English
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Reviewed in Australia on 28 November 2018
This is the next book in the Untouchables series and loving them all. This one is a little different as the hero is not a rake but a softhearted man who loves nature, his father and the girl he meet when out for a walk. Our heroine is a strong willed and often spoken and often clumsy, soon to be spinster with a heart for caring for others. This is a sweet love story with twists of course, nothing ever goes smoothly or there wouldn’t be a story. The characters were perfect for each other and strong enough to stand up for their love inspite of family obligations. Ms Burke has given us another great read. I received this as an ARC.
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David and Fanny, an enjoyable readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2018
A nice HEA story for David and Fanny. They meet and have instant connection, both our about their true identities. They then happen to meet up in society London. Good story content. David came across as a nice fella, easily influenced by family, willing to strong along two ladies - does not come across as alpha male
GoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 December 2018
Although this is good it isn't in the same league as the earlier books in the series so I was a bit disappointed because I had very high expectations. Still a good read though
Mrs CM Rodgers
Another great readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2019
This author always tells a good story.
Kindle Customer Linda Monks
the authorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2018
Good story very romantic
Darcy does it againReviewed in Canada on 30 November 2018
Just love getting lost in another great story. Laughed myself silly with clumsy Fanny. Can hardly put the book down. Only sorry it ended so soon. Can't wait for the next one.