The Duke of Lies by Darcy Burke The Untouchables #9 I didn't want this book to end! I love this series and the addition of this book was a delight to read! Verity has shaped a life for herself with her young much loved son she loves that will one day be Duke of Blackburn. To say she is happy her husband will soon be declared deceased is an understatement. She is eager to claim a life that has never really been her own as her father has always been more interested in himself than in her and her husband of three months was entirely despicable. Her plans for the future that do NOT include her husband Rufus...and then...who should appear on her doorstep but...Rufus...but...boy has he changed! As the two get reacquainted she is more and more confused by how nice he is. How generous. How very much changed he seems to be. How could this have happened? Can it be true? And, why would she be attracted to the man she once loathed and wished dead? Well, I really do not want to give away any of this delightful story beyond saying that I loved Verity, Kit, Beau and the rest of the cast both new and old. I was thrilled at the way the story worked out and am eager to read whatever comes next! NOTE: As I read I was reminded of the movie Somersby with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster...thankfully the ending of this book was much happier than that movie! Thank you to the author who bequeathed me an ARC through NetGalley - This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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Verity Beaumont has suffered domineering men most of her life, first with her father and then with her husband. Free from both men, she has finally found peace. Even meeting a kind and hard-working gentleman who just might be the perfect father her young son so desperately needs. But as she dares look to the future, her carefully ordered world is shattered when her dead husband returns.
After six years away, Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, returns to claim his place and protect his family. Only, the life he finds is not the life he left, and he must convince his wife that their marriage is worth fighting for, that he’s not the man he was. When the truth about what happened to him leaks out, he must prove that not everything about him, especially his love for her, is a lie.The Duke of Lies - eBook
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Truths and untruths! The return of a dead husband after six years is a hard thing, especially as the man who disappeared was not pleasant. The man who returns is the complete opposite. What happened to Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, in those intervening years to change him so? Verity has to somehow take this on board without risking her son, or Rufus' displeasure. Although on the surface that appears to be a thing of the past. Verity finds herself in a difficult place. How to trust that the monster who left her will not be hidden somewhere inside this new aspect of Rufus. What is the true face of the man she called husband? Plots, plans and dark deeds are afoot. Rufus has to use all his ingenuity to prove himself to Verity and his son. But will he be exposed? And will Verity accept him when the truth comes out? A NetGalley ARC
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The Duke of Lies definitely lives up to its promise--there are quite a plethora of lies involved in Verity and Rufus's (if that is indeed his name...) tale. The biggest one is revealed very early on, but it takes quite some time for us to learn all of it. In the meantime, our hero is falling not only for his estranged wife but also for her son--as is the reader right along with him. Verity can tell that something's not right with the man who has returned after a six-and-a-half year absence, but enough things are close enough that it takes her a while to fully realize the truth. Even once that particular lie is revealed (and hey--this time the "duke" came up with his own moniker; that was a fun twist!) there are more to be discovered and solved. Though it wasn't terribly difficult to figure out who the true villains of the story were, things were definitely not easily resolved by any means--this is one book that was hard to put down once you'd started, because you just needed to see how they could make it to their (much deserved) HEA at last. Some of the characters from past books make appearances here--the hero and heroine from the last book ( The Duke of Ruin ) play the biggest role, since Diana and Verity are cousins--it would work just fine as a standalone if needed. Verity and Beau and Rufus's(?) story had a slightly different feel to it from the others in the series, but the romance and relationships portrayed were just as satisfying. Now bring on the next duke; I'm ready! ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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