Published by Avon on November 27th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .
Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.
When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.
With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?
“You clearly haven’t read many fairy tales, Your Grace. There’s plenty of tragedy, and sometimes the creature is actually an enchanted prince.”
This book was a delight! The moment I read the synopsis for this book, I just could not resist. Nick is the kind of grumpy, broody hero I adore in my historical romance. He has a terrible and tragic childhood. So when his past came knocking, it made sense that he wanted nothing to do with it.
Mina is the one who challenges that notion. She’s tied to something from Nick’s past that he wants nothing to do with. But the thing that hurts him is the very thing that’s keeping Mina afloat, which leads her to fight for it. It’s great conflict without devolving into an angst fest, and I felt that Christy Carlyle did a great job in resolving it.
The romance between Nick and Mina was surprisingly sweet and well developed. There’s chemistry and the connection between them was believable. I like how their relationship developed and how it ties in with Nick’s inner conflict, his bitterness towards everything that has to do with his family.
I highly recommend this gem to anyone who’s looking for a sweet, swoon worthy historical romance.