on December 24, 2018
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For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare
Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet. The club is an escape, a place where he can forget about society and the weight of his title… and see her, the woman he’s wanted forever.
Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. But for Lucia, it’s strictly business, profitable enough to finance her dream: a home for the lost girls of the streets. Surrounded by lovers, she only observes, unwilling risk her future for any man. No member has ever intrigued her...until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, they dare to give in to temptation…
But the late duke’s legacy comes with a shocking secret, and the scandal threatens to destroy everything Tom loves… his family, the Orchid Club, and even Lucia.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Dare to Love a Duke is the third book in The London Underground series by Eva Leigh. It can be read as a standalone if you haven’t read the others in the series. I have, and even if you haven’t read them before this one, I say read them anyway, they are just as good as this one is.
Thomas Powell is the new Duke of Northfield. Before his father died Thomas lived his life to the full, doing everything that he knew he would have to stop once the weight of being the Duke fell on his shoulders. One of those things was to attend the Orchid Club. A place where anything goes when it comes to sexual encounters, and all of it done without privacy. Everybody is masked so inhibitions don’t exist. Thomas isn’t interested in taking part in what is going on, he has caught the eye of the manager of the place and only wants to spend time talking with her.
Lucia, known as Amina is that woman. She has brought herself up on the streets and worked her way into the position she now holds as manager. She’s a beautiful person inside and out. Her reason for running the club is mainly to save her wages in order to set up a school and home for the lost girls on the streets. Lucia and Thomas only see each other in the club, they don’t touch, they just talk and that continues happening right up until the day that Thomas discovers a scandalous secret that could ruin him and his family if it was to become known.
I won’t tell you what it is, but it does end up bringing Thomas and Lucia closer. Starting with them having a whole night of unbridled passionate lovemaking (in private not in the club). Instead of separating afterwards and going their own ways as planned, they can’t keep away from each other. That is until something happens that could tear them apart forever.
I loved this book so much, it is hard to write a review without going into detail of the parts I love so much about it. Thomas is such a wonderful man, I loved how he handled things in the story, especially the ending. It was just perfect. Lucia is such a kind person, never putting herself first, never feeling deserving of being put first, and I love how Thomas helps her to realise her worth. They are the perfect couple and I loved their story.
There is only one little thing that niggles me and that is that Lucia is meant to manage the club only so that she can save money for the girls’ home and school. But when she finds the means of her dream becoming a reality, she still plans on running a sex club and opening more than one. Why? Is it because she wants to make sure there are more job opportunities for people? Possibly. Apart from that conundrum, the book was perfect and I definitely recommend it.