With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm…no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.
Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?
An absolutely delightful historical romance, The Duke of Ruin is the eighth novel in Darcy Burke’s Unforgettables Series. Having never read anything from this author, or this series for that matter, I was immediately drawn in by the characters. Not only are they tangible and hilarious, their chemistry is evident from the moment they interact and their romance just made sense. The storyline itself may not be anything earth shattering but it is interesting nonetheless. Burke is a talented writer with an easy style that she uses to weave a romantic tale of second chances. The Duke of Ruin has everything you could ask for in a historical romance. From its dynamic characters to heartwarming romance, Burke series should be on your TBR shelf.