The Duke of Desire

The Duke of Desire 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 o

  • Title: The Duke of Desire
  • Author: Darcy Burke
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  • Page: 450
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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 isTen 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 but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won t pay.

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  • Darcy Burke

    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 darcyburke 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 In her spare time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12 step program where one learns to say no, but she keeps having to start over Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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  • I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.The Duke of Desire, the fourth book in Darcy Burke’s series, The Untouchables, is quite possibly my favourite of them all so far. I will admit that when I read the blurb, I was doubtful. After all, the idea that the eponymous duke is a kind of Regency Era sex-therapist who helps couples to liven up their love lives by sleeping with the wives and helping them to learn to find and give pleasure – is certainly most unusual, not to mention unlikel [...]


  • The Duke of Desire '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. S [...]



  • The Duke of Desire is Darcy Burke's fourth installment in The Untouchables series. I had never read Burke's books before discovering this series and now I am going to her backlist and adding all her books to my TBR pile and eagerly anticipating every new installment in what has turned out to be a new favorite series for me.For those of you who have been following this series, The Duke of Desire has a slightly different feel. As the title implies, there is more sex in this one, but both character [...]



  • 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 [...]


  • Here is a yummy romance not to be missed. We have a Regency style sex-therapist in the guise of the Duke of Clare, and yes that sounds a bit strange but trust me it all works in the hands of this terrific author. Then we have a ladies’ companion, Ivy, who has a scandalous past but is totally charmed by the Duke. This is the first book I have read in this series and I was not lost. Characters from the previous books make appearances but all is well explained. However I do wish to read their sto [...]


  • Ivy Breckinridge has a secret that if revealed will ruin her life and she can't afford to start over again-not after everything she's been through. Dreams of love and family are not for her. Sebastian Westgate is the Duke of Clare he has only one passion and that's to bring pleasure to women and teach them the art of sexual satisfaction. But there's more to him than the facade of a philander. Until he meets the very intriguing Ivy who challenges him and he so loves a challenge, until she puts hi [...]


  • Hidden desires!3.5 stars.Ivy Breckenridge is a woman with secrets. When she and Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, or rather, the Duke of Desire, so named by Ivy and her friends, meet at a house party something zings. (Really, these house parties seem to be designed, in novels at least, to be hot beds of gossip and extra martial, or not so extra marital, intrigue.)I really liked West and Ivy. Ivy on the outside is a blue stocking who holds her feelings in check, for good reason as we painfully d [...]


  • 2.5 stars.One thing that kept bothering me throughout the book:How could he have slept with all those women and not gotten an STD?I thought they had french letters back then?


  • *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by the author* 3.5 stars rounded upI liked this book, but I did not love it. I just couldn't connect with Ivy, she was too bitter and at times too hostile for me to really like her. The more I read about her backstory, the more I wanted to like her, but it just never happened for me. West on the other hand was almost perfect - I loved him, even though I found his affairs to be disconcerting, he isn't a traditional rake - he is a self [...]


  • I didn’t like this book nearly as much as I did the others. I just can’t get that West sleeps with sooo many women so he can teach them how to get more pleasure with their husbands and then to teach their husbands how to give and get their own pleasure AND, as West says, “because I like sex” and I like helping people. It was all too much! And, then, he tells Ivy he can “change her life” by making love to HER. He thought a lot of his own prowess. I had to skip the pages where he told [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • I love Darcy's characters. They're richly layered and likeable. Relatable, even when it's a handsome duke who basically offers sex ed. There was a great element of will they-won't they here. Sure, it's a component of every romance, but the dance of possibilities and building attraction is done particularly here. Also, as a English lit lover, I enjoyed the Goldsmith book/quotes/chats between the hero and heroine. Bonding over literature? I'm here for it! Always.


  • *I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest reviewJust like every book by Darcy I was up to 2 am reading the whole book in one sitting. I loved it from the start because they both were different from what others saw. I was not expecting Ivy's past to come to light the way it or the reasons for the way West acted. I could picture everything as it happened especially a certain scene involving a shirt be removed. I was not expecting his mother and loved when he put her in her place [...]


  • I just find it stupid that a man needs to make a demonstration (by bedding a married woman) so that he could help the woman and her husband have a happy marriage via reaching mutual pleasure. He didn't need to engage the act with those women, he simply can teach their husbands on how to pleasure their wives.I am a bit disappointed because I was really looking forward for this book but it was a let down.


  • I found this a thoroughly enjoyable, sumptuous Regency read with a strong-willed heroine and a surprisingly caring hero (considering his reputation). Neither are quite what they seem and I loved the slow, steady way in which they transformed each other as the book progressed. It’s a slow and delicious seduction that drew me in right from the start.Ivy has no intentions of ever marrying, and she has excellent reasons for this. She may seem cold to some, unimportant to many, but she’s worked h [...]


  • 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 de [...]


  • Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s now a lady’s companion. She attends a house party with Lady Dunn & meets The Duke of Clare a man who 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, she can’t trust any man, alone by choice is better than alone by necessity. With a notorious reputation for trainin [...]


  • After Ivy Breckenridge's life is ruined when she was a green girl, she has reinvented herself as a companion and does her utmost to be proper in every situation. She has finally found some peace after surviving a horrific time on her own and she's vowed never to marry or let a man rule her or her emotions again. Sebastian Westgate has been nicknamed the Duke of Desire for his numerous affairs. He's a rake and once he sets his sights on Ivy, he's the one to be disappointed by her lack of interest [...]


  • "The Duke of Desire" is the forth book in the series - and I loved it just as much as I loved the other books!Well, I was a bit miffed at our hero, the Duke of Desi,pardon, Duke of Clare's in the beginning because he was very insistent and very seductive and, well, let's face that fact once more, right: seduction was fine in those times - if you didn't happen to be a woman, then it just meant that you were completely and utterly ruined. Unfortunately Ivy Breckenridge is a woman - and one who has [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • This is the fourth book in The Untouchables series, and I believe the most fun out of the four, and the reason for it was the hero.Now, that said, I have to warn you that in reading this story, you need to suspend your imagination waaaaaay up high, and only then you’ll be able to enjoy it.I truly liked both Ivy and West from the start, but by the end of the story as their characters grew and their stories came to light, I loved them and their happily after was worth the road they traveled toge [...]


  • 4.25 stars. I didn't love it as much as Lucy's story and I was kind of disappointed how easily Ivy's issues with Clare and men of his ilk were resolved, but this was still a good, fast read. (I will say I couldn't help but roll my eyes over the reason behind Clare's debauchery. Andrew and Ned had FAR more believable and understandable reasons behind their reputations.)


  • Do I love Darcy Burke's book or do I love them? I mean this story seemed so predictable in the beginning but it wasn't and the developments, bit by bit, were so adorable. I really loved Ivy's background and the way they dealt with it. Well done!


  • Another great name for West world be, the Duke of Rescues. He is constantly rescuing someone. Whether it's a couples sex life, or a damsel in distress. Ivy was very surprised to see what a kind man West really was.West is awed by Ivy the first moment he sees her. And then he takes the time to get to know her. He has a lot of female friends, but they only become friends after having a session with their husbands and West. So it is quite new for him to start out as friends.The Duke of Desire, is a [...]




  • The Duke of Desire is some kind of Regency sex therapist.Yeah…I know. As a concept, it didn’t work for me.It’s a ridiculous premise, but Clare also takes on the sex education of a couple by fucking the wife. Then lecturing the husband when he steps away from the marital bed as a supposed benefit to both. I mean couldn’t he just tell/teach the man what to do without touching the wife? Without adding in that he’s a Duke. Primogeniture is always the antagonist in Regency romance. His heir [...]


  • CAPTIVATING ROMANCE – NOT TO MISSDarcy Burke is fairly, new to me, but she has earned a place on my keeper shelf. The Duke of Desire was a super brilliant surprise for me and is a complete romance filled with unexpected hot, steamy passion, disagreements, mystery, laughter, tenderness, and strength. The well-developed characters pull the reader into their world and allows them to imagine the faraway land where the story unfolds in such a way they may feel as if they are a part of the historica [...]


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