Series: Duke's Den, #2
Published by Avon on April 30th 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
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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?
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