A Duke Changes Everything: Duke’s Den #1 by Christy Carlyle

A Duke Changes Everything: Duke's Den #1 by Christy Carlyle

Christy Carlyle comes to the blog with the first in her new Victorian era series, Duke’s Den

A Duke Changes Everything

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.

A Duke Changes Everything: Duke’s Den #1 by Christy Carlyle

Title: A Duke Changes Everything
Author: Christy Carlyle
Series: Duke's Den #1
Also in this series: Anything But a Duke, Nothing Compares to the Duke:
Genre: Historical Romance, Setting: Britain, Victorian
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062853953
Published on: 27 November, 2018
Source: Avon Addict
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 27 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .

Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?

A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Christy Carlyle

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, 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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