Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dare to Love a Duke by Eva Leigh. This is the third in the series for the London Underground Series. In this book you follow The Duke of Northfield on his adventure of love.
Thank you to Mills and Boon UK for sending me this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please take the time the stop off on the other amazing blog stops for their reviews.
Author: Eva Leigh
Title: Dare to Love a Duke
Publisher: Mills and Boon UK
Genre: Historical Romance
Overall Rating: 4/5
For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare
Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet. The club is an escape, a place where he can forget about society and the weight of his title… and see her, the woman he’s wanted forever.
Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. But for Lucia, it’s strictly business, profitable enough to finance her dream: a home for the lost girls of the streets. Surrounded by lovers, she only observes, unwilling risk her future for any man. No member has ever intrigued her…until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, they dare to give in to temptation…
But the late duke’s legacy comes with a shocking secret, and the scandal threatens to destroy everything Tom loves… his family, the Orchid Club, and even Lucia.
The third in the series and what a way to end it. Eva Leigh has created another superb historical romance fiction following Thomas Powell the new Duke of Northfield fall in love with Lucia aka Amina the notorious mistress of the Orchid club. The thing is not all is as it seems.
I have loved this series from start to finish. Eva Leigh has created a world steeped in romance and history, and I do love a romance book. Having met Duke of Northfield in the previous two books I was happy to see more of him and to understand him more. You also got to meet Amina and find out more about her in this book. Steeped in intrigue from the previous two books you found out what made her tick.
I liked the twist in this series that the three heroines were not all what they seemed and fell in love with the Aristocrats of London. They were not debutantes and daughters of rich and powerful families they were strong and independent women who knew what they wanted and did what they could to get their man. I also enjoyed that the men loved them for who they were.
This has to be my favourite out of the three books. I enjoyed the story and romance between the Duke and Amina, it was a slow burn throughout the book and the series. Not only that but there was something powerful about a man loving a woman for who she was and wanting to support her in her dreams. Not caring what her background was.
There is a hint of scandal and politics in regards to Northfield’s sister and betrothed where he is being blackmailed by his future brother-in-laws Father to get him to vote a certain way in Parliament. However, the good prevail and it is dealt with by the help of his friends.
Both characters were written superbly and I fell in love with the pair of them and was routing for them throughout the whole book. I mean Northfield would do anything to make his sister happy even make himself unhappy by trying to please everyone else. I loved that he found someone that he could love but it wasn’t all plain sailing for him.
Amina aka Lucia is the madam of the Orchid Club and is working hard to try and make sure that everyone that works for her is fed, watered and paid for their services. This is coming under fire when the secret is out and they have to close. I thought Amina’s character was well developed and even though I disliked how she treated Northfield after it came out his Father had set up the Orchid Club love prevailed.
A wonderfully written historical romance that allowed me to escape and enjoy a bit of romance and a saucy chapter or two! I fond that Leigh ended the book on a high and tied the series up nicely.