Monday, May 21, 2018

"From Duke Till Dawn" by Eva Leigh


SERIES: The London Underground #1
PUBLISHER: Mills & Boon
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads

The Duke of Greyland lost his heart—and a princely sumto a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark—to be fleeced and forgottenonly she’d never forgotten him. Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her… never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help. The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn’t leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra—the smart, streetwise survivor—steal his heart all over again?


When I put my eyes on this book, the first thing that got my attention wasn't just that lovely purple dress, but also the title. Oh yeah, I see what you did there, and I really like it!

"From Duke Till Dawn" is a nice historical romance read with an appreciated twist, instead of a scoundrel for a hero, we get a swindler for a heroine. Doesn't that just makes things pretty interesting? Making a living is hard and, in certain periods of time, for women it proved to be quite a real challenge since they were left with very limited/poor options... In a way, readers can see Cassandra did what she had to out of desperation, in order to survive, but it's still impossible not to feel for the Duke of Greyland. He honestly showed more compassion than I would have imagined, he agrees to help Cassandra when he had every right to refuse—after being played and sort of getting heartbroken in the processbut that works well because we get a mystery to solve. So, it's not simply a re-kindle of passion we assist to, but a catch-a-swindler-to-save-another kind of adventure.

I enjoyed this story, if it hadn't been so easily resolved—and perhaps we got to see more of how it started it all—I would have probably felt a deeper connection and loved it. Yet, I can't deny I ended up having a nice time.

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