Dare to Love a Duke: The London Underground

Dare to Love a Duke: The London Underground

by Eva Leigh

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ISBN-13: 9780062499455
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/24/2018
Series: London Underground Romance Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 35,209
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Dare to Love a Duke: The London Underground 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gaele 13 days ago
Tom is the son of the Duke of Northfield, raised with the understanding that his life will be one of duty and honor, so he’s taking the chance to grab all the gusto he can, while he can. While having experienced love seen from his parent’s view, and adoration from his much younger sister, while he’s not callus with their feelings, he’s not such the rogue as to bring shame to the family. He’s got a fascination with Amina, the manageress of The Orchid Club, a clandestine ‘pay what you can afford’, masquerade club that allows the carnal to take center stage. Not quite the more commonly encountered scenes of brothels or kept women, this is a place that allows people to explore their sexuality with only two rules: no names and everything utterly and completely consensual. Tom’s first introduction to the club comes from one of his friends, The Earl of Blakemore, a notorious libertine we fully met in book 2. While intrigued by the sex itself, Tom is more curious about the manageress, and finds that he enjoys her company and presence above all else. But, his unexpected ascendancy to the title with his father’s death creates a wholesale change in what he believes he must do – and one trip for one night before he disappears into the House of Lords and endless obligatory functions, he convinces Amina to grant him some answers to questions long held, and her company for the night. Discovering not long after that his very proper father was the founder of the club, and now he’s got to decide on it’s future…. Well, things get complicated. Perhaps unduly so as the ton seems more involved in their neighbor’s business then their own, and the implicit and then later stated threats to derail his sister’s upcoming engagement (and perhaps threaten his own family’s reputation and prospects for evermore) Tom has a crisis of conscience: do what he knows will help alleviate the ills facing society and help make things better for those in he worst conditions, or act as requested, and follow in his father’s old path, punishing those without options or means simply to enrich the upper crust. What Leigh does so well is let us see the awakening of Tom to the hardships of poverty and the choices are borne of those limited opportunities. With Amina sharing her name, Lucia, her background – daughter of a wealthy Englishman and a poor uneducated woman from Naples, and her paternal family’s treatment of her, not to mention her own determination to open a school for girls from Whitechapel, keep those in her employ at the Orchid Club safe and well-paid, and carve out a life that she has determined for herself, the growth and ending for Tom, along with the clearly presented sense of his character, his mother and sister’s love for him, and the worthiness of Tom as the hero of his story, a thoroughly modern (perhaps even far more of the present than the past) man, to the reasons why he Kit and Alex are such good friends – it all folds together neatly to provide an intriguing and interesting trek into London, without all the smells and soot. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
beckymmoe 18 days ago
This one may be my favorite of the series...! I absolutely loved Tom and Lucia. Both have weighty responsibilities--Tom because he was born to them, and Lucia's because she worked her butt off to build a better life for herself and in the process has both made a new family for herself and decided that helping girls in situations similar to those she once faced to make a better life for themselves would be her new mission. They have equally precarious situations--Tom's because of a socially dangerous secret that his father kept, and Lucia's because her clandestine business and all of its employees depend on the fact that it is an (open) secret in London. Of course they are from wildly different social tiers--he's a duke, and she's the illegitimate daughter of a former Italian housekeeper and the son of a wealthy English family--a family that refused to take orphaned Lucia in, causing her to have to make her own way in a foreign country. She'd come a long way from the girl she'd been then by the time she meets Tom, but that vulnerability was still there, beneath the surface. Ms. Leigh definitely takes her authorly responsibility to figure out what her characters are most afraid of and do that very seriously, because oh goodness, does she throw a lot at Tom and Lucia here. There were moments it was nearly impossible to see how they could possibly come through everything and still manage an HEA, but thankfully they manage to find a way, and it is brilliant. The ending really should have come with a wear waterproof mascara when reading warning, though. I'm just saying. ;) Dare to Love a Duke is the third in The London Underground series, but would work just fine as a standalone. Other series characters play small roles--the men as friends and sometime-supporters of Tom, the women popping up in the epilogue--but you don't have to have read their stories to thoroughly enjoy this one. (But do yourself a favor--read all three. They. Are. So. Good. Rulebreaking heroines and the men that love them FTW!) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
lcdolphin 2 days ago
Riveting read. This story takes place in a secret, somewhat different kind of brothel, and its certainly steamy. Its a slow progression for the main characters to finally give in to their feelings, but such an enjoyable trip. The secondary characters were also very well written, and added to the story. Highly, highly recommend.
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