A Duke Changes Everything: The Duke's Den

A Duke Changes Everything: The Duke's Den

by Christy Carlyle

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ISBN-13: 9780062853950
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: Duke's Den Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 101,151
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

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A Duke Changes Everything: The Duke's Den 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele 20 days ago
A fan of Carlyle’s writing and her ability to present characters and situations that are layered and often nuanced, I was excited to read this new series. Set in the Victorian era, fear not readers – this isn’t a story laden with balls and the rigidity of the London season, nor is it filled with secondary characters full of tittle-tattle and drama that seeks to come between our couple. No, these two characters are strong-willed, likeable and easy to relate to, who have personal as well as ‘obligatory’ issues to work through in their history. It’s clear, nearly from the start, that most of the conflicts will be more of a style and approach issue, than with any actual distance between them. Nick is a man who left the trappings and cruelty of his home behind him and has made a name (and a fortune) for himself in London, owning one of the most notorious gambling clubs in town with his two friends Aidan and Rhys. He’s never actually considered the estate, happy to leave it and his elder and very cruel brother behind to deal with it. But, now his brother is dead, the title of Duke of Tremayne is his, as is all of the associated lands, obligations and memories. Most think him cold and calculating, but underneath the façade is a world of hurt, and all of it lies within his past. It doesn’t help that many are taken back by his appearance and rigidly held posture: a scar marring his face and his unusual eyes are a source of difference that only serves to fix him as an outsider, even with his friends. Heading to Enderly to settle (read dispose of) the newly inherited estate, he encounters a young woman up a tree – unusual enough, and made more so by her dress – in breeches and completely comfortably so, and utterly undaunted by the man from who many quake at the knees at first encounter. Thomasina Thorne, or Mina for short, is a lifelong resident at Enderly with her father being the estate’s manager. She’s bright and adventurous, and while her father sought to ‘curb’ her more outspoken ways, he also provided her with the skills, knowledge and example of how to run the estate. A job she’s been doing since his death, and quite well. Dedicated to the estate and it’s people, the mere thought that Nick would seeks to sell off the estate’s assets and thus throw many people into tumult is not something she will allow to happen. And though there is a curiosity that sparks between these two, the attraction takes a slower development, as both start to see the secrets and depths within the other, and Nick’s bad taste for the estate because of his past there slowly starts to unravel as his affections for and the connection with Mina deepens. From the first, Nick is unusual, and his willingness to see Mina as an equal, despite their positions and her being a woman only helps to endear him more to readers, and while Mina can, admittedly, be much like a dog with a bone when wanting to get her way, they managed to work through and listen to one another as they came together to change their own life journeys, together. A lovely start to a new series with plenty of scope to continue both with Nick and Mina and on to his partners in London. I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Samantha1020 6 days ago
A Duke Changes Everything was such a cozy romantic read that I just adored. I'm kind of struggling to describe it as cozy as there are certainly elements that are far from cozy but it just felt like that kind of read. One that you can pick up and know that everything is going to be okay and turn out alright even if you aren't quite sure how. It was just this feeling that I had throughout the book even when things looked far from okay to say the least. Nick cannot stand being back "home" as it brings back horrible memories from his childhood. Mina adores and lives for that same estate that Nick hates so much. It causes quite a lot of friction between the two of them which I couldn't get enough of. There was an instant chemistry between Nick and Mina that I just loved. I felt like they complimented each other perfectly which is probably why this book was such an enjoyable read for me. After so many mysteries and thrillers, it was refreshing to read a book where I didn't have to worry that things would turn out alright in the end. That's one of my favorite things about reading romances to be honest. I just allowed myself to be swept away in the pages finishing this one in just a matter of days. And I really enjoyed every minute of it. I will also say that I really enjoyed all of the secondary characters which has left me excited for the other books in this series. This is the book one of the Duke's Den series so I have more to look forward to! Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and am looking forward to reading more by this author! It was the perfect change of pace and just swept me away. I feel like I say this all of the time (and I probably do) but I really need to read more historical romances just to break up all of the mysteries and thrillers. It keeps my reading feeling fresh and exciting when I change genres like this. I can easily recommend this book to fans of romance and especially fans of historical romance. Bonus is that this is actually the first book in the series so you can read it in order (something that rarely happens for me with my historical romance reading). Recommended! Bottom Line: This felt like the perfect type of book to be swept away in on a cold winter day! Disclosure: I received an unsolicited copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 13 days ago
I very much enjoyed getting to know both Mina and Nick as individuals and as a couple. I loved Mina and her independence and wanting to continue the role she was in. She would never find that anywhere else. I was not so sure about her vulnerability to Nick. Now, he was hotness. He was head strong, independent, determined, smart, carfty, and wanted nothing to do with the home that never felt like one. Christy Carlyle has her own way of bring you historical romance with the little flare. I know each time I pick up one of her books that I am going to get me a delightful trip back in time
beckymmoe 13 days ago
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.
book_junkee 20 days ago
I do love finding new to me authors and the start of a series and this one sounded promising. I really liked Mina. She’s smart and stands up for herself and wears trousers. Nick is brash and maybe a bit cocky, but comes from a horrible childhood. I throughly enjoyed getting dual POV on this one. There are a few other characters, but mostly all secondary. I’m quite intrigued at Nick’s friends. Plot wise, there were parts that felt repetitive, but the UST kept things going for me. I reveled in this slow burn story and even though I basically wanted them kissing from their first meeting, it was near perfection. Overall, it was a quick read with characters who had me rooting for them at the first page. I’m eager to read the next story. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
MoniqueD 20 days ago
Nicholas “Nick” Lyon is wealthy, he’s part-owner of posh London gambling club, but he had to crawl his way from the gutter to get there. He never wanted to hear about his heartless father again, but his brother’s death changes Nick’s circumstances now that he has become the Duke of Tremayne. He doesn’t care for the title or the Enderly estate, and it’s in this frame of mind that he leaves for Sussex. Thomasina “Mina” Thorne has taken over the stewardship of the Enderly estate after her father died, but the Duke doesn’t know that the steward is a woman. Life had gone on as usual but when the new Duke arrives, he tells her he wants to make changes; considerable changes. Will Mina still be able to live in the only place she’s ever called home? With A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING, Christy Carlyle launches her brand new Duke’s Den series set in Victorian England. Ms. Carlyle always remains faithful to the era with her characters: Mina does a man’s job but not out of defiance; it somehow landed in her lap. She’s good at being a steward, she likes it, and she’s been accepted by the staff, and half-heartedly by some of the villagers. Nick is one angry dude when his life is upended; he is not unpleasant, but he certainly is not happy about being a duke and revisiting the estate where there are old ghosts he never wanted to revisit. The attraction between Mina and Nick is there from the beginning, but can anything come out of it when they do not see eye to eye? Oh how I loved how the romance progressed! Nothing was rushed, and it was believable every step of the way; the attraction was real, but circumstances made acting on it difficult. The descriptions are crisp and colourful: I could picture everything clearly, and that parapet walk made me dizzy – but it was the setting for a most lovely scene. I love Christy Carlyle’s light touch, and A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING does not merely consist of a series of vignettes showcasing a romance, but a whole, complex world in which we are invited. The story has a rather gothic feel, especially where Enderly Castle and Nick’s past are concerned, and mostly with the tower, where unspeakable things once happened. I felt though that there was a dearth of details in some places, and the timeline left me a tad confused at times. I was pleased to see the inclusion of historical characters, even if very briefly; it provided a real authentic touch. There are some wonderful secondary characters: Emma, a maid; Wilder, Enderly’s butler; Nick’s business partners: Aidan Iverson, and especially Rhys Forester, Marquess of Huntley, whose story I cannot wait to read; he is quite intriguing and entertaining.
Lashea677 20 days ago
Life and love requires some tough decisions to be made. How do you choose between the things you want and the people you need? Nick and Mina find themselves caught in the the middle of their heart's desires and their life's ambition in A Duke Changes Everything. In a world full of people blessed with pretty things, sometimes it takes surviving the ugliest of circumstances to help make the right choice. Carlyle takes readers through the good, the bad and the painful to get to the meant to be.