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?
Title: A Duke Changes Everything
Series: The Duke’s Den #1
Author: Christy Carlyle
Narrator: Karen Cass
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes
Date Finished: July 13, 2020
While reading this I made the following notes: ribbon, roof, honey, ADA LOVELACE. But I’m going to try to be a little more eloquent here. I found this novel to be absolutely delightful. Nick has to choose between his dukedom and his gaming club (aka his “duty” and the life he carved out for himself). That’s not a new concept in HR, but for once, I was never sure what his decision would be in the end until the time came because I could made valid arguments for both. He falls irrevocably in love with Mina, all the while thinking he’s not worthy of love—again, not a new concept, but well done. I felt his pain and his pining, as I also felt Mina’s desire and longing—often for multiple things. Carlyle is a new-to-me author, but I’m definitely reading more of her work in the future.