Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn’t be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation…
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.
Review: The Forbidden Duke is a charming book. Short enough to read in a couple of hours, it manages to deliver just enough detail and character without becoming overbearing.
Eleanor is the modern ideal of a regency heroine – willing and able to stand on her own. She is carefree and slightly flirty yet she understands the tier system of the ton. Even as a “middle aged” woman re-entering society (she’s 27), she has quite a few suitors – more than one would think considering her sordid past. Still, Eleanor is a likable character and I cared what happened to her.
Titus, the Forbidden Duke of the title, is a little harder. While he is overall a likable character, I didn’t quite understand some of the things he did. For instance, he blamed himself for Eleanor’s fall from society. I could see him feeling bad about his small (very small) role in it but not blaming himself for ten years.
Even better are the secondary characters – Lady Satterfield, Titus’ step-mother, and Lady Dunn, a friend of hers. I’m looking forward to the next generation of untouchables with the sequel, The Duke of Daring, coming out next.