Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters Society just once each year at his stepmother’s ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart—and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she’s back, and she needs his help. But by “saving” her, he may just ruin her life all over again.
It has taken me a little while to write this review, as I am hesitant to give a 5-star review. Even though I enjoy Darcy Burke, have read most (if not all) of her other titles and loved this.
5 means perfect, it means I wouldn't change a thing, it means that I liked the main characters, the supporting characters, the writing and the story. As I reflect on all of these, I realize this is true. Eleanor was charming, she was strong, and she was spirited. You wanted her to be happy. Titus was troubled, and he felt guilty for what he sees as his small part of events in her past.
I loved the fact that there was no "great break up" scene. Yes, I love those sometimes, and in some books they work very well. But, in this case, what Titus needed more than anything else was for Eleanor to have quiet faith in him. And she does. And, while I often do enjoy the bit of angst the break-up and make-up provides, in this case, the way Burke wrote this was perfect.
As I am writing this review, I am becoming more convinced that this really was perfect. I have no criticism of it, I have nothing I would change...ok, maybe make it a little longer as I was sad to see it end. It was well written, paced perfectly, and told a fun story. It was a bit predictable, but romances by definition are...if there is no HEA, that would be an issue. And the scenes with Titus and Eleanor were fun, enjoyable, and in one case, hot.
Definitely worth the read.