The Union of the Rakes, Book 2
From the publisher:
Whenan ambitious entrepreneur pretends to be a lady of means, she catches the eye—and heart—of a duke…
Jessica McGale’s family business desperately needs investors and she’s determined to succeed at any cost. But she knows London’s elite will never look twice at a humble farm girl like herself. Posing as “Lady Whitfield,” however, places her in the orbit of wealthy, powerful people—most notably the Duke of Rotherby. His influence and support could save her company, but Jess never expected the effect he’d have on her.
Society thinks Noel is a notorious, carefree duke who dabbles in investments, but there’s a side to him that only his closest friends see. When he crosses paths with Lady Whitfield at a business bazaar, his world tilts on its axis. She’s brilliant and compelling, and brings him to his knees like no woman has before. Trust is difficult for Noel, but Jess makes him believe anything is possible. . .
As time ticks down on her Cinderella scheme, the thought of achieving her goal at Noel’s expense breaks Jess’s heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins?
Meet the Union of the Rakes—Eva Leigh’s latest Regency romance series inspired by the Breakfast Club and other classic 80s films!
Leigh is one of the most reliable romance writers I read. I know her stories are always going to be interesting, the characters well developed, and the romance hot! Once again she has delivered.
I’m not sure how this got so lost in my Kindle, though. It came out in July! On the bright side (and I always find a bright side) I won’t have to wait as long for the next book; it comes out in February.
Jessica is trying to save her family business. Both parents have died, and she is the eldest of three. When a fire decimates the family soap making business, they are in a real conundrum. They need to sell soap to make enough money to live on, but they cannot afford to replace the equipment lost to the fire. Jessica is bright and resourceful and eventually comes up with a scheme to try and get the money.
Jessica’s taken a position as a companion but the lady is out of town. Jessica decides to borrow some of her employer’s clothes and in a ballsy move, gets herself invited to the Bazaar, an important business investor’s club, for lack of a better word. Businessmen present ideas and seek funding, rather like how Silicon Valley works today.
Jessica meets the Duke of Rotherby, and there is a strong attraction. The Duke has never met a woman with the sort of intellect and business acumen that Jessica has, and he finds it intoxicating. She is strongly attracted to the Duke as well, but is more determined to get the funding she needs to keep her family afloat. All the lying is going to come out at some point, but this is a romance so we are guaranteed a happy outcome.
I read this in one sitting, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Another fun, sexy read in this terrific series.
10/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
WOULD I LIE TO THE DUKE by Eva Leigh. Avon (July 28, 2020). ISBN 978-0062932426. 368 pages.
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