Would I Lie to the Duke
Would I Lie to the Duke
by Eva Leigh
When an 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’ heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins?
I don’t read as many historical romances as I used to but the ones I’ve read recently have been truly excellent. And that includes both Would I Lie to the Duke and the previous book in the series, My Fake Rake. I will admit, I’m not the biggest fan of books where the hero/heroine are lying about something big that you know will come out and have the potential to wreck everything. That being said, Eva Leigh handles Jess’s false identity and Noel final reaction to it beautifully and realistically. Jess feels like she has the weight of the world on her. She wants to be the one to fix her family’s business and stumbles into a fake identity along the way.
Noel immediately knows that he wants Jess. The attraction between them is burning. But even from their first meeting, it’s Jess’s intelligent mind that draws him like a moth to a flame. Noel, despite being the powerful duke, is not the traditional historical alpha.
It should have been wrong or strange to issue commands to him. The difference in their true stations was impossibly wide, never to be breached. But having him serve her felt right, in a profound sense that even now she was coming to understand. Because he yielded his power to her, trusting her with it, and even as that yielding filled her with humility, she was emboldened, too. He believed in her. He recognized her power.Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh, Chapter 11
I loved the sexually submissive duke that Noel is and it is so authentic to the relationship between Noel and Jess. They really work together as a couple and, both inside the bedroom and out. Noel is able to let go of the weight and expectations of being a duke and fall into Jess. Jess is able to be in charge in this situation without the pressures of her family business. They are two puzzle pieces that fit perfectly. The relationship between Noel and Jess is really what drives the book and helps me overcome with discomfort with the secret identity plot.
This is an unique spin on the traditional historical romances and I’m so happy with the direction the genre is moving. This is one of the most beautifully crafted historical romances I’ve ever read and I’m just enamored by it and can’t recommend it enough!
Received an ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review.