In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .
A Duke Changes Everything
by Christy Carlyle
Series: The Duke’s Den (Each story is a standalone.)
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
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?
Nick looked at the dark drop of honey on her skin and his mouth watered. He licked his lips and looked into her eyes. The heat there made him want more. More moments like this with her. When there was no Enderley boxing them in, no duties that needed their attention. Just Mina and the odd, undeniable spark he’d felt between them from the day he arrived.
“I’d like a taste,” he told her quietly.
Mina bit her lip, and her brows dipped in concentration. She locked her gaze on his mouth and seemed to hold her breath as she slid a honeyed finger across his lower lip.
Nick swept his tongue out to taste and reached for her hand. Flavor burst inside his mouth in a shock of floral sweetness.
“Delicious,” he whispered before leaning closer, flicking his tongue out, and tasting the tip of her finger once more. “But I honestly can’t tell whether it’s you or the honey.”
A solid series start!
A Duke Changes Everything is the story of a brand new, very reluctant duke and his unconventional (read: female–really, that’s the only thing about her that’s different) steward. She loves his ancestral home; he hates it. She cares deeply for those she is in charge of; he delights in watching the wealthy lose everything at his gaming den. She had a (mostly) happy childhood; his was complete misery. Yet somehow these two are the perfect hero and heroine for the first book in the Duke’s Den series, and just the people to rehab his miserable legacy back into something that they can both be proud of finally.
Though Mina and Nick are drawn to each other from the start, this is very much a slow burn romance (as it should be, especially given the fact that he’s her employer). There’s a lot to get in the way of bringing them together–and their own ideas about what they each want and need are at the top of the list. Though ultimately I think Nick got off a little too easily in the emotional anguish department (his noble gesture was all well and good, but he definitely could have done some groveling in there too…) it’s hard to argue with the HEA they achieved in the end.
Looking forward to the rest of the series–the glimpses we get here of Nick’s partners are definitely enough to pique my interest!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Christy Carlyle:
Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author CHRISTY CARLYLE writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.