#NewRelease ~ Anything But A Duke (Dukes Den #2) by Christy Carlyle ~ #Review @christycarlyle @avonbooks

Posted May 1, 2019 by Cyndi Becker in 2019, 4 stars, Blog Tour, Cyndi, Historical Romance, New Release, Our Review / 0 Comments

#NewRelease ~ Anything But A Duke (Dukes Den #2) by Christy Carlyle ~ #Review @christycarlyle @avonbooksAnything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle
Series: Duke's Den, #2
Published by Avon on April 30th 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 368

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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?

Anything But a Duke (Duke's Den, #2)Anything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After having experienced some initial disconnect with the characters, I found I enjoyed this Historical romance. Set in the 1840’s, London is experiencing transformation, high society is a bit in flux, and our characters Aidan Iverson and Diana Ashby are a part of it.

Aidan’s and Diana have a sort of second chance to get to know each other after a brief encounter a year earlier. When they meet again, the situation is a unique one, it’s a sort of modern shark tank situation with Aidan as a potential investor and Diana an inventor. He’s fascinated by her experimental nature and the two strike up an odd agreement and find their lives more entangled.

While Diana attempts to stymie her attraction to Aidan, she sets about to help him find a marriageable noblewoman. See, Aidan is searching for a bride, one of the “‘ton” even though he’s successful businessman, he suffers from a lack of self-worth that comes from his upbringing and he needs this aristocratic connection to feel validated.

I enjoyed the friendship they developed and with the attraction between them admittedly mutual and growing, it’s easy to see them as a pair – made for each other. Even as she comes to recognize what she feels for Aidan is something much more, Diana is stubborn. While the drama isn’t necessarily high, there’s enough to make for the angst I crave.

All in all I am happy to have read my first Christy Carlyle book and look forward to enjoying more books in her library. 4 Stars!

~Review by Cyndi


About Christy Carlyle

I’m happiesauthorpict when I’m writing, fleshing out the stories in my head. I think about my characters all the time. Scenes pop into my mind as I drift off to sleep or wander the grocery store. It’s a relief to write, but also hard work. The rewards are immeasurable. I used to be a teacher and consider myself a lifelong learner. My prayer is to continue to grow as a writer with each story I tell.

I love the past and earned my bachelor’s degree in history. I remember being told there was nothing I could do with a history degree, but now I get to use what I learned when writing stories. As with everything, I always want to know more, so when I’m not reading romance or mystery, I’m reading nonfiction history books about 19th century America and Britain. If you ever come across a great history book or biography from the period, be sure to let me know! I love sharing tidbits I learn along the way, and I’d love to hear from you too.

Email me at christycarlyle@gmail.com for questions about my books, events, or history. And if you really want to keep up with my goings on, publishing plans, win gifts, and read exclusive excerpts, sign up for my newsletter at the link above.


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