Review: The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables #7) by Darcy Burke
on December 26th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.
Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?
|**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
Can an emotional past be mended? Forgotten? Even if the one who caused you pain is the one you love deep down?
Be swept off your feet by Darcy Burke in her seventh book of herUntouchables series in The Duke of Ice. A second chance, historical romance with all the right emotional turmoils in which your heart will be pulled in multiple ways.
Nicolas Bateman, Duke of Kilve and Violet, Lady Pendleton loved each other 8 years prior, before their titles meant something. But when Violet’s parents learned about her hearts desires they moved her to London and wedded her off. Even though she left a note behind, Nick never received it. Now, scorned beyond words, widowed himself, he secludes himself off to the world. Everyone who he has ever loved dies, except for his friend Simon and Violet, whom he still hates.
At a house party where they both reconnect, they recount what happened all those years past, but even though the fog has settled, Nick still holds a massive grudge against Violet. What will it take for him to see the light? Is there still the spark between Violet and Nick?
Nick’s character was dark. His journey was emotional and while I was engrossed with him as the hero, I really wanted him to find happiness. But throughout his journey there were moments that I didn’t know if that would have happened. Ms. Burke makes you grit it out with him until the end, questioning; will Nick be able to trust again?
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!