Eva Lies is out with the new book in her new series The London Underground, a Smitten Top Pick— From Duke Till Dawn, and I have a print copy to give away to one lucky commenter. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment. Winner will be listed here this Friday. Good luck!
Make sure to check out my review below!
UPDATE: The winner is TERRI PULLARA
Congrats, Terri! Please email me at contact at smittenbybooks dot com to collect your book and include your snail mail address. Also, don’t forget to include the title in your email. You have 3 weeks claim your prize.
**US residents only
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Series: The London Underground
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Alex, the Duke of Greyland was just dumped. His former would-be bride eloped with another man, dashing his plans of a dutiful marriage and subsequent heir. But it’s not that that has Greyland a bit moody and in the dumps. Two years ago he met a woman. Although they only had one night together, till this day he can’t get her out of his head…and then he finds her again.
Cassandra Blake endured a horrible childhood. My heart absolutely bled for her. It’s usually when reading a book like this or doing historical research that I’m reminded of how hard life must have been for women back then who were born into poverty. The only life she knows is deception—pick pocketing and fleecing wealthy gentlemen. Then she meets Alex and finally feels something for one of her marks. Even after she vanishes from his life, she never forgets him.
The book doesn’t start when they first meet. Those scenes are told in flashbacks and I must say I find this the best use of flashbacks—not too many and they add to the progression and understanding of the story. Nope, the book starts when they meet again, which is when the suspense starts to build. I didn’t have to wait long for Alex to find out he’d been hoodwinked by Cassandra.
I couldn’t help but feel terrible for Alex because he truly cared about her. I felt his devastation and understood his anger. But I have so much empathy for Cassandra, it’s hard to be mad at her. Alex however, is a little unforgiving and when she comes to him for help—she and her partner owe som unsavory people money—Alex wants his pound of flesh. Cassandra finds herself living with Alex and she will until she repays him the money she swindled from him and the money he lends her. If you love your romances with a little bit of revenge thrown in, this book fits the bill.
Sigh. But Alex finds himself falling for her all over again. Harder this time. Of course the same could be said of Cassandra. But the differences between them are much bigger than when he thought she was an unfortunate widow. I mean he’s the Duke of Greyland and she’s a…nobody. Those are real obstacles, which is what I loved about their romance. The right amount of suspense—the hunt for Martin (her partner in crime)—keeps the story going at a nice pace. Nothing is easy for them as their timing always seems to be off. But if you know me, I much prefer that the hero and heroine have a more difficult time of things than not.
Another point I have to make about From Duke Till Dawn is that the writing is really top-notch. And then there is that rather memorable love scene at a sex club… And as a huge of fan of romantic endings and epilogues, this one hits the mark. I loved it. I’m definitely looking forward to whatever Ms Leigh’s next book.