The Duke of Desire

The Duke of Desire

by Darcy Burke


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Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.

With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944576196
Publisher: Darcy E. Burke Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Darcy Burke's Untouchables Series , #4
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 616,884
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Darcy Burke is a USA Today bestselling romance author. Fall in love with a host of dukes, marquesses, and earls in her Regency-set The Untouchables series and journey to Oregon wine country and meet the Archer family in her contemporary Ribbon Ridge series. Darcy lives in Oregon with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and four crazy, beloved cats.

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The Duke of Desire 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story of disreputable Duke that refuses to marry and an on the shelf spinster/wallflower. It was fun watching Sebastian fall. Sebastian Westgate, the Duke of Clare, dubbed The Duke of Passion by Ivy Breckenridge and her circle of friends. West is rebelling against his mother and his duties to marry and produce an heir. Instead he's discretely taken up training married ladies of the ton in the art of eros in order to improve their lives and their marriages. He's remarkable good at it much to his mother's embarrassment. Ivy Breckenridge was "ruined" at a young age and has remade herself into a Lady's Companion. She's a wallflower at social events she accompanies her various employers to. Her circle of friends have dubbed several eligible gentlemen as Untouchables as they are so above their reach. I have to say I've fallen in love with these ladies. They are delightful, intelligent, creative and resourceful. I could me being part of their group if I lived in this world. West is such a likeable character and my heart went out to him. He helps people whenever they cross his path. He's so good at covering up his hurt. I really enjoyed his journey falling hard for Ivy without realizing it. Darcy crafts the most ingenious and delightful stories. I never tire of them. Thank you Darcy for suggesting I go back and read this story before I dived into The Duke of Kisses for Fanny's story.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity. With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay. When I started this book, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. The premise (at least the hero’s initial story), was a bit different and I wasn’t sure if it would ruin the book as I generally don’t like books where it’s repeatedly pointed out how promiscuous one of the main characters are. However, I’m glad that Ivy’s character made me want to continue reading. I loved the unraveling of both Sebastian and Ivy. Their journey made it hard for me to put down the book until it was done. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ivy & West are two peas in a pod, what a delightful way to bring their own story together! This is another great book by Darcy Burke in her series. Have enjoyed each one I have read. Highly recommend.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I LOVED Ivy and West's story!! I fell in love with both Ivy and West from the very beginning and as the story progressed, it just solidified my love for them. They each brought out the best in each other and realized parts of themselves that they had not seen before. This is definitely one of my favorite's from Burke! I can't wait to read the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the redemption and how the two main characters find each other. The love the well-roundedness of the background and personalities of the characters. I love Darcy Burke's books. Ever book she writes does not disappoint and they get better and better as the characters overlap, lives intersect, and stories evolve.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, I read a book that surprises me not only in how the characters are projected throughout the story but also the plot to the story. This is one of those books. Sebastian started out as someone that drew my attention but I wasn't quite in like with his character. As the author developed the story I began to feel compassion for his life, who he was and why he acted as he did. The author gives a clear picture of who this man really is and invites the reader to change their mind about him. There is much more that I would like to say about Sebastian but I find it hard to not give away the story. Ivy, I really liked this woman right away. I felt drawn to her and how she ended up as a lady's companion. Plus, her adversarial dialog with Sebastian was entertaining and extremely amusing causing me to laugh many times throughout the story. I felt that her character, kindness and forthrightness lead to a very interesting story with added twists. This story also brings in many secondary characters who not only cause upheaval but open other plot components for added interest for the reader. I give this 4 stars for the uniqueness of the plot and characters.
TamWindsor_69 More than 1 year ago
A Book To Desire! Ivy has no faith in men and relationships. West the "Duke of Desire" is not so keen on trust, marriage and relationships, either. When they meet, something intangible pulses between them. And, so begins a journey of learning about themselves and each other; a journey that neither could have predicted they would take; a journey their scarred hearts probably would have avoided at all costs. But, once on this journey, neither seems able to not see it through to the end. Past hurts have to be confronted and dealt with. Hearts have to be healed and repaired. Trust has to be found. Forgiveness has to be realized. But, will working through their personal issues bring them closer together or push them apart for good? This is the second book in the Untouchables series, that I have read, and the stories just keep getting better. I very much would like to go back and read the first two and get caught up with the series. This book CAN be read as a standalone, but it probably is even better if you have read the three previous books in the series as some characters from them make a reappearance. *I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
There are no words for how much I adore this book. As an avid fan of Burke's, and of this series, I have been waiting for Ivy's story. And what a doozy it is. Ivy and West's romance is everything a romance should be. There was banter and seriousness, playfulness and passion, drama and gorgeous moments of soul-bearing interaction. This is a keeper, a re-reader, and a tell all your friends about it kind of book. I still get goosebumps thinking about this one.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Ivy Breckenridge is a strong woman. She has been through more than most. She seems a bit maudlin in the beginning, but once you know more about her story, you realize it's a self-preservation thing. She is a very complex character and I simply adored her. The Duke of Clare, Sebastian "West" Westgate, is a consummate rake on first acquaintance. He will sleep with anyone's wife. But he also grows on you with further inspection. He is more of a therapist. Which sounds almost laughable as I write it. He, with husbands permission, teaches women how to be satisfied and to satisfy their men in the bedroom. thereby making the ton a more satiated pleasurable place. It's funny now, but at first I was pretty well taken aback. West shows Ivy a side of him that the ton does not see, a generous, caring nature that matches her own and so she starts to see him in a different light. Darcy Burke is one of my favorites, I will admit. This book, I think is one of my all time favorites. I've read the others in the Series and many of hero therapy books. For some reason, this one really grabbed me. The characters are good people on the inside even if they don't all seem to be on the outside. They are true to themselves and they care about others of lower station no matter what. The writing is wonderful, pulling emotions from me on several occasions. The scenes setting makes you feel like you are there. I Ave read the previous books in this series, but you don't have to have read them to love this book. It could be a standalone with no problem. I'm giving this one a hearty 5 stars. Darcy does it again! I received an ARC of this title
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
OMG, I knew I was going to love Ivy's story--I've been dying to find out what her backstory was for three books now--but how much I loved it still managed to take me by surprise. Because, Ivy. And West. Seriously, they're right up there in my top ten favorite couples. Heck, they're probably in the top five. Ivy's been a mystery for the whole series--she was befriended by the other wallflowers at the start of book one ( The Forbidden Duke ) but most of her life before and after that point remained a mystery, even to Nora, Lucy, and Aquilla. We knew there was something big and tragic there--everything about her screamed huge secrets--but it wasn't until she got her own book that we found out what they were. And how appropriate is it that the Duke of Desire (though she lobbied hard for Debauchery or Depravity) become her hero? So. Appropriate. And whoa, Ms. Burke did a great job of making a guy who at first seemed like a total sleezeball (I would have been right there with Ivy once upon a time, casting my vote for Debauchery as well) into such an amazingly great guy. I mean, I am still shuddering when I think too hard about it, because no condoms (didn't they have French letters yet? Because, scary...) but overall his reasons behind and for doing what he'd been doing up until Ivy were so much better than I ever could have come up with. But then he met Ivy, so...sigh. I was a bit distressed when I realized that this book meant that all four of the original heroines had their HEAs, but was thrilled to hear that a book five (the hero is connected to a secondary character here) is in the works (and that West's best friend also has a "Duke" moniker courtesy of the girls, so surely he'll get a book too, soon?) because I am absolutely not ready to leave the world of the Untouchables behind! The Duke of Desire would work fine as a standalone, though if you (like me!) have read the other series books and been dying for Ivy to get her HEA, this one will be all the more satisfying for you. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I love this series by Darcy Burke! The Duke of Desire is the fourth book in this series. Ivy Breckenridge's past forced her to reinvent herself as a ladies companion for her survival. She and her best friends always said that they would never fall in love or marry. Their lives could be full without them ever depending on a man, but her friends soon find men that they can trust and love leaving Ivy alone in her strength and solitude. Meeting the Duke of Desire at a house party and spending time with him makes her soon realize all the things she's missing, but is it enough to choose to trust again? Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare better known as the Duke of Desire by the local gossips and a name that Ivy and her friends gave him based on his many known romantic conquests with local female socialites. If asked, he says he is doing all those involved a great service, but his behavior proceeds him and is making parents of potential wives remove him from the list of potential husbands worthy of marriage to their daughters. Since marriage is something that West has never wanted or needed he doesn't see any reason not to continue with his philandering behavior until he meets Ivy. Now all he wants to do is make her smile and happy. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
JosephinesLibrary More than 1 year ago
Darcy Burke's "The Duke of Desire" was fantastic! It was scintillating, heart warming fun! From beginning to end she kept me on the edge of my seat and begging for more! I adored "The Duke of Desire" and can't wait to see what Ms. Burke comes up with next!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
West and Ivy are both against marriage for their own personal reasons that we learn about as they get to know each other. He is known for his many affairs with married women, so his nickname fits him quite well. But there is so much more to him and the reasons he does what he does - until he meets Ivy at least. Ivy's past has colored her view on men like West, and at first does what she can to avoid him, but little by little, he wears her down. I love the friendship that develops along with the romance, and the chemistry between these two is present from the beginning. It was also great to see characters from the previous books in the series. While not necessary to read them prior to this one, I would recommend them as they are all great. Can't wait for the next book! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE DUKE OF DESIRE by Darcy Burke is another great Historical Romance in her "The Untouchables" series. While, book 4, it can be read as a stand alone. This is the story of Ivy Breckenridge and Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, known as the Duke of passion. Passionate, sexy, dangerous to your heart, secrets, hidden desires, resilience, and the power of finding a true love. A powerful, emotional story, were the characters have many depths and emotional baggage. Sebastian at first doesn't seem much like a hero to me, but he does redeem himself. Ivy has much baggage especially with men. Together, these two make a perfect couple. At first, I was a bit put off, but as usual Ms. Burke brings the reader around, quiet brilliantly, and successfully, I might add. Masterfully written with great characterization, her eye to the dramatic and her desire to show readers a different side to Regency Romance with a flourish toward characters, secrets, and romance, brings forth an excellent Historical romance. Must read addition to "The Untouchables" series! I received a complimentary copy. Rating: 4 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR
CMDeOliveira More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Desire Darcy Burke you have out done yourself again, I keep saying this after every one of your books but I can't help it. I'm still fanning myself from the love scenes in this book. If you want a book with plenty of gossip and scandalous behavior this book delivers in spades. Absolutely a must read. The Duke of Clare has a reputation for being a scoundrel or his new name The Duke of desire. When he meets Ivy he is intrigued and sets his eyes on her. Ivy is a paid companion and has no illusions of ever getting married. She usually just stays in the background and tends to her employer but The Duke of Clare sets his eyes on her can she resist him? I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Great Historical Read! Ivy stays in the hidden as a lady’s companion but when she meets Sebastian at a house party her quiet life will be turned upside down. Great characters and a very entertaining story with plenty of steam. I loved it!
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
My very favorite of the Untouchable series!! As I mostly read contemporary romance, I sometimes forget just how steamy historicals can be. But Darcy Burke doesn't forget, or disappoint! I adore the strong and resilient Ivy and the devilish and seductive West...they are the perfect pairing. It's the perfect combination of enemies to lovers (she thinks of him as the enemy but he doesn't reciprocate those feelings) and second chance romance. I love the personality Burke injects into all her characters and the dialog between West and Ivy (I'll just say this...the scene on the top of the hill!!!) is as hot, if not hotter, than their physical encounters. I'm still blushing and fanning myself :) For me, it doesn't get any better than Darcy Burke. I could not put it down!! 5 very enthusiastic stars
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Desire by Darcy Burke......Another fantastic book in this series. I am really enjoying historical romance, Darcy Burke is so entertaining in her storytelling and keeps you flipping pages. I loved Ivy's story being told, she is so strong and beautiful. I can't wait to read more stories by this author. I highly recommend this book, it is so worth your time to read it. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'The Duke of Desire' by Darcy Burke is book Four in the "The Untouchables" series. This is the story of Ivy Breckenridge and Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare. I have read the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book. Ivy has settled into be a companion while her close friends have married and started a family. Ivy has issue with men and at first it would seem hard to get past. West has a reputation of 'helping' married women by sleeping with them. So at first he doesn't come off as a hero you would want but that doesn't take long to change. I ended up seeing how well these two were made for each other. It was great seeing how much Ivy started to change with West and how her outlook became more hopeful. West to needed someone like Ivy who brought out another side to him. I have fallen in love with this series and Ms. Burke writing so this was a joy to read! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
DFoster More than 1 year ago
The folly of falling in love and the subsequent ruination keeps one in the shadows. The opportunity to infuriate one’s Mother keeps the other in the ton’s limelight. Neither want anything to do with love or marriage. Ivy Breckenridge is quite content with her life as a lady’s companion. The position affords her the opportunity to remain in the shadows, a place she’s most comfortable with since having attention ruined her life many years ago and forces her to keep a secret even from her dearest friends. Though her friends want her to share the bliss they have come to know as married women Ivy adamantly refuses to have anything to do with love or marriage. When she catches the eye of The Duke of Desire will she stick with her vow? And what happens if her secret comes out? Can she reinvent herself all over again? Deemed an Untouchable (those who are out of reach for wallflowers) with the nickname of The Duke of Desire, Sebastian Westgate “West”, the Duke of Clare, does his best to vex his mother, the woman who made his childhood miserable, the woman who can’t seem to love him. Affairs with married women and the gossip it elicits is certainly one way to drive the woman mad. Another way – vowing never to marry and letting the Dukedom fall to a cousin. A seemingly innocent house party just may have West reconsidering his decision – IF he can get the lady to agree. There are so many parts of this story that I love! Ivy – brought to the lowest of lows she has survived and even thrived in her life. West – has a high opinion of himself but you soon see the selflessness within him and the hurt he carries. Ivy’s actions towards someone from her past (you go girl!). West’s reaction to his Mother when she infiltrates his home (though he should have physically tossed her out on her ear). West’s conversations with the husbands (two former Untouchables) of Ivy’s two best friends had me laughing out loud. Last but not least (okay – there are many more I could list but why ruin the fun for everyone) the marriage proposal had me wanting to smack West upside the head and shake sense into Ivy. I adore Darcy Burke’s books and this one is no exception! Ms. Burke writes book four in The Untouchable series, The Duke of Desire, in a way that it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I highly suggest adding the others to your to-be-read pile - you won’t be disappointed. Now patiently waiting (cue drumming fingers on table) to see which Untouchable falls next.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book!!! I'll admit that I'm not that educated on the time period, and I felt West's "occupation" was a bit odd, but I appreciated that it was sort of a "measuring stick" to show how he changed when he met Ivy. I felt lots of emotions for Ivy, and I liked her independence. Her insistence on keeping things proper made the tension between she and West absolutely delicious, and when they were alone together, even in passing, sparks. Lotsa sparks. I especially loved the Blind Man's Bluff scene :) This was the first Darcy book I've read, and it absolutely won't be the last. She did an excellent job of keeping me turning the pages, BEYOND eager to see how everything would get resolved. I really loved this story!!! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I love reading Darcy Burke. Her stories whether contemporary or historical are masterpieces that blend a bit of classic romance with a smidgen of modern day wisdom. What I find hard is reviewing without exposing too much. My personal title for The Duke of Desire is "So Speaks the Heart". Why? Ivy and Sebastian needed to learn to see past the subterfuge and listen to that inner voice that sees inside to the heart. Their connection was bigger than them both. They could have it all, if they opened their hearts to each other and stopped letting others interfere with their chance at happiness. With an author like Ms. Burke a reader doesn't just fall in love once, it's an ongoing cycle.