Anything But a Duke: The Duke's Den

Anything But a Duke: The Duke's Den

by Christy Carlyle

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Self-made man Aidan Iverson has seen more closed doors in his thirty years than he’s ever cared to count. As a member of the elite Duke’s Den, he has all the money he could possibly need but the one thing he can’t purchase is true power. If roguish Aidan can’t buy his way into society’s hallowed halls, he’ll resort to a more extreme measure: marriage.

Brought up to be a proper lady, the only thing Diana Ashby desires is to be left alone to the creation of her own devices. But when her dreams are crushed, she must find another way to secure the future of her invention. Knowing his desire to enter her world, Diana strikes a deal to arrange Aidan’s marriage to the perfect lady—as long as that lady isn’t her. She doesn’t need any distractions from her work, particularly of the sinfully handsome variety.

As Diana and Aidan set out to find him an aristocratic match, neither are prepared for the passion that ignites between them or the love they can’t ignore.

In the Duke’s Den, can happiness ever be a winning prospect?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062853974
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Duke's Den Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 77,950
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(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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Anything But a Duke: The Duke's Den 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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NovelKnight 9 days ago
After reading A Duke Changes Everything, I was excited to dive into Anything But a Duke. Once more, Carlyle gives us a heroine challenging societal norms and a hero who's been hurt and in need of healing. For some reason, I just love this kind of story and Carlyle's writing especially. For starters, we have a female inventor as a protagonist! I loved Diana. She's smart and driven and has this strength to her that came right off the page. Her father left an emotional mark on her life in more ways than one but she's persevered to do right by her family and her own conscious. I couldn't help but want her to succeed, especially when she was faced with a decision that could destroy her dreams. Counter to her, Aidan is a self-made man who understands the value of hard work and has raised himself up but still faces the roadblock that is society. I liked that he was honest with his feelings, his opinions, all of it. The dynamic between him and Diana felt real, if rushed by the timeline of the book. Each was faced with a societal expectation that they couldn't meet without giving something up and I was so happy when the relationship grew to the point of acceptance of their feelings for each other. Diana's part of the story, either receiving funding for her inventions or giving them up entirely and marrying to help her family, was the more interesting of the two plots for me. She had a motive behind everything she did and I could root for her as she faced real challenges. In contrast, Aidan's subplot of looking for his mother never carried the same weight despite being the more emotionally interesting of the two. I never quite cared enough because it came in and out of the main story so quickly. I felt like it wasn't developed enough and there more to fill pages. That said, I enjoyed this book just as much as the first in terms of the romance. Diana and Aidan have chemistry, they're well suited, and I enjoyed their dynamic on page, both during the more heated moments as well as everyday interactions. I do wish their romance hadn't been as rushed since I felt the beginning of the book moved quite slowly compared to the rest and their relationship could have been a bit less insta-lusty. But I still liked it. And I'll definitely be picking up the third book in the series which I'm hoping features the third co-owner of the den!
Anonymous 3 months ago
London - 1845 Diana Ashby is off to attend a scientific lecture presented by a past tutor she had. Her interest lies in being an inventor and she spends most of the day in her workshop. Her father had been the second son of a baronet which had afforded her a good education. However, the man had not managed the family funds well and now they are in need of money. Diana’s twin brother, Dominick, tends to spend most of his time gambling and drinking himself into a stupor. While her mother has tried to be understanding of her desire to be an inventor, she now tells her that it is time that she marries a wealthy man. Aiden Iverson is looking for what might have happened to his mother, or even who she was, before abandoning he and his sister at a workhouse. Today, Aiden is a very wealthy man because he worked hard and invested wisely. He is also the third owner of Lyon’s Gentleman’s Club. Yet even with all of his money, his lack of nobility ends up with doors shut in his face. Thus, his friends tell him he needs to wed a noble bride. Lyon’s holds events that allows inventors to display their inventions and if Lyon’s is interested, they may offer investment money. When Diana shows a household vacuum system to them, she is furious when the unit is dropped and broken, thus not allowing her to demonstrate it. But she is very persistent and asks Aiden to visit her workshop so she can demonstrate it there. He is unsure if he wants to invest in it because he usually goes with much larger projects, such as bridges. So, when she learns from him that he needs to marry a titled lady, she promises to introduce him to her friends. If it results in marriage, he will then fund her invention. Both Diana and Aiden are strong, intelligent, and hard-working, In addition, they are attracted to one another yet Diana feels that her situation does not fulfill what Aiden seeks. Is that true or are they both holding back? I really enjoyed this story and found the plot to be a bit unusual, but very well crafted. I am sure that readers will like this book. Copy provided by Edelweiss and Goodreads in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Noire 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Anything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle is the second book in her Duke’s Den series. This one could be read as a stand-alone, but I did enjoy reading the first one and recommend it. Aiden Iverson is a self made man, abandoned in a workhouse as a child he has become a successful business man who provides funding to inventors. He and Diana first meet when he is attacked by a couple of thugs and she comes running to his rescue umbrella in hand. Diana Ashby has no interest in marriage, she likes in make things that are useful and has hopes of saving her family from ruin with one of her inventions. She seeks financing from Aiden and offers to help him find a blue-blooded bride in exchange for his help, however they have a chemistry between them that cannot be denied no matter how much they try to be practical. I very much enjoyed this story. Medium Steam Publishing Date April 30, 2019 #Edelweissplus #AnythingButADuke #ChristyCarlyle #HarperCollinsCanada #AvonImpulse
Pompie1999 4 months ago
You will fall instantly in love with Aidan who is a one-third partner in the Duke’s Den. He doesn’t know all of his past, but what he does know about it is poverty, the workhouse, hunger, cold, loneliness, and sorrow. Now, he is as rich as Croesus, he is very successful in business and investing, but he doesn’t have the acceptance he desires in society. He is searching for information on his mother who dropped him and his sister off at a workhouse, then just disappeared and he is also desperately wanting to be on the planning committee for Prince Albert’s grand industrial exhibition. So far, he’s had no success, the aristocracy just doesn’t take him seriously – if they acknowledge him at all. So, to gain the influence he wants, he needs to marry into the aristocracy – the higher the level the better. Aidan and Miss Diana Ashby had an encounter a year earlier when she saved him from two cutpurses who were out to rob him – and worse. They were immediately attracted to each other, but they left the encounter without introducing themselves and with no expectations they’d ever meet again. Neither of them ever forgot the other and often thought of each other. Diana was raised to be a proper lady, she learned all of the rules at Bexley Finishing School. She may know all of the rules, but she’s not interested in balls, soirees, strolling the park at the fashionable hour or marriage. What she is interested in is her inventions. Her father was an inventor – not a very successful one, but an inventor none-the-less. The difference between her inventions and her fathers is that hers are practical and useful. With the family coffers near empty, her mother has given her until the end of the month to find an investor for her inventions. Otherwise, she’ll have to enter the marriage mart. Diana applied to the owners of the Duke’s Den seeking their investment in her invention (what sounds like a vacuum cleaner), but there was an accident just before she went in for her interview and she couldn’t demonstrate. She tells Aidan that it was his fault and that if he’d like to see it work, he can come to her workshop. A deal is struck. Diana will help Aidan find an aristocratic wife and Aidan will invest in Diana’s invention. It doesn’t take Aidan long to regret that bargain because the woman he really wants is busy introducing him to other prospective brides. He has to manage to convince her that she wants him as much as he wants her. It is a lovely romance between two people who don’t think they need love. They are perfect for each other. They are both driven and intense and they just complete each other. It is really a lovely romance. I met some really lovely people in this book and I’d love to know what happens in their lives. I assume this is a trilogy – one book for each of the owners of the Duke’s Den – but after meeting these intriguing people, I’d like to learn more about them. There are Diana’s friends, Lady Sophronia Bales, Miss Grace Grinstead, and Lady Elizabeth Thorndyke as well as Diana’s brother Dominick who deserve their own stories. Maybe they’ll get their own stories or we’ll learn more in the series wrap-up. I definitely recommend this lovely romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Joana_Varela 4 months ago
I received an eARC at no cost from the author, in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Thank you. 3.75* I love books with self-made heroes/heroines. And this book has both! It was interesting to see how Diana worked hard to not lose focus, and to present her work in the best way. I really like the kind of story that is about “deals” to find a husband/wife for the opposite character. And this is that kind of book. It’s always amusing to see them trying to find someone for each other, but thinking/acting like they could never be the one for each other. And when they realize they are a match, and that any obstacles that might come their way can be dealt with, as long as they are together, then the story unfolds and we have our happy ending. Aidan tries to help Diana with her inventions, and she tries to help him get the right bride. Of course, his definition of “the right bride” changes throughout the book, as he finds himself more and more in love with the woman that rescued him – literally. This was the first book I’ve read written by this author, and it was a pleasant surprise. I shall be reading more for sure.
book_junkee 4 months ago
I had read the first book in this series and was eager to get to this one. I loved Diana and Aiden. They’re both so smart and looking to belong in their own way. I loved that she was an inventor and that he built himself a living. They had excellent conversation and the though their relationship evolved in a short amount of time, it felt organic. Plot wise, I just wanted more of them together. The thread about Aiden’s family fueled most of this story and I wasn’t really into that; however, I loved seeing the matchmaking attempts. Overall, this was a quick read with characters who were easy to root for. I’m hoping the next book is going to be Dominic’s **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**