The Duke of Ruin, an all-new historical standalone from USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke, is LIVE!
With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm...no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.
Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
"Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping" <--- Thank you for spoiling the story dude. Real nice. No one even knows that our couple is traveling together how can he be accused? I was waiting for that shoe to drop for quite some time and the waiting bothered me.
The book was good. I liked the story and the characters with one tiny exception. Diana was talking about how she didn't care if Simon had killed his wife or not and then she was acting like she knew he was the killer and was a little hostile towards him. I never thought that Simon had actually killed her because he loved his wife and was a good man. His lack of memories didn't help the case, but I was rooting for him. He developed a lot more as a character unlike Diana. He was able to let go of his past and accept his life. I respected Diana though because of the way she handled the fact that her former fiance fell in love with someone else while he was engaged to her.
I have become a fan of the series and I am on broad for the next books. This one is a light read despite the drama that comes with Simon's past. I liked how the story was resolved and I hope we will see these characters again in a future book. I would recommend it.
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. 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, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.