The Duke of Desire
Book 4, The Untouchables
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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.
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.
Not much to recommend
The book was alright. It lacked in depth, historical knowledge, and was quite one dimensional.
Companion Ivy Breckenridge is a woman with a mysterious past, even to her closest friends. As the final member of the League of Invincibles to be unmarried, her friends want her to find the same happiness they has all found. Ivy still finds comfort and safety in her unmarried state and finds marriage deplorable.
The Duke of Desire, Sebastian Westgate, is a notorious rake with a penchant for affairs with married women. He enjoys the ladies and helps them with their marriages.
Both Westgate and Ivy can agree that marriage is not for them, but neither can deny their mutual attraction to each other. In the fourth Untouchables book, we finally learn about Ivy's past. She has remade herself from a terrible, tragic, past. I could not put this one down. IT is by far the best book in the series. I'm curious, though, to see if the League of Invincibles will add to their numbers. Guess I will have to wait for The Duke of Defiance to find out.
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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.