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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, 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?


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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, 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?

30 review for Would I Lie to the Duke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh Historical romance. 2nd book in the Union of the Rakes series. Can be read as a stand-alone. Commoner poses as high society to keep her family business running. Falling is love wasn’t part of the plan. Nevertheless love happened. Emotionally satisfying and beautifully written, this romance is heartbreaking and enriching. I fell in love with the Duke who had a soft heart and was essentially a nice and generous person. I fell in love with the heroine who was ext Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh Historical romance. 2nd book in the Union of the Rakes series. Can be read as a stand-alone. Commoner poses as high society to keep her family business running. Falling is love wasn’t part of the plan. Nevertheless love happened. Emotionally satisfying and beautifully written, this romance is heartbreaking and enriching. I fell in love with the Duke who had a soft heart and was essentially a nice and generous person. I fell in love with the heroine who was extremely intelligent in finance and business, who also had a soft spot for the handsome Duke. Their collision course was steamy, sexy and entertaining. I’ve never read this author before and I was highly impressed by the engaging pace and likability of both the main and secondary characters. While historical romance is not generally on my list, I will definitely look for more books by this author. Thanks to Avon and Kisscon for an advance paperback copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi Thank you to Mills & Boon, for sending me a copy of Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh, and for the opportunity to participate on this blog tour. Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh is the second book in the Union of the Rakes series. It can be easily read as a standalone though. Synopsis: This is the story of Jessica McGale. Her family business is in need of investors, after it collapses due to a fire. Jessica is determined to acquire Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi Thank you to Mills & Boon, for sending me a copy of Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh, and for the opportunity to participate on this blog tour. Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh is the second book in the Union of the Rakes series. It can be easily read as a standalone though. Synopsis: This is the story of Jessica McGale. Her family business is in need of investors, after it collapses due to a fire. Jessica is determined to acquire investors for her business at any cost. When she realises that London’s elite will never give a chance to a humble farm girl like herself, she does the unthinkable. She poses as “Lady Whitfield” and joins the elite on the table. She especially tries to get close to the Duke of Rotherby, as his influence and support could save her company. But one thing Jess never expected to happen, is to grow feelings for him. Noel is the carefree and notorious duke, but only his close friends truly know him. When he meets Lady Whitfield at the business bazaar, his world shifts. She makes him want to obey every command she tells, which is something he never imagined doing. He struggles to trust people, but trusting Jess is so easy. But what happens when the business bazaar is over, and so is the fake portrayal of Lady Whitfield? How do you cope when someone has lied to you, but you want them in your life forever? Read this amazing book to find out! My Thoughts: I was so hooked about this book, and I finished it in two days. While the plot is a bit predictable and it has a Cinderella vibe to it, I still enjoyed it a lot. I could completely understand where Jess was coming from, and in order to save her business, I don’t think there were any other options, given how much rejection she faced in the first chapters. But as soon as she started developing feelings, she should’ve been honest with Noel. The person in me felt uncomfortable for her every single time she would deliberately put herself in an awkward situation and not tell the truth when she had a chance to. And the business trip to the farm? Oh, that got me biting my nails again. I also understand that continuing with the deception was a crucial part of the plot, to produce the drama that it did, but I am just not a fan of dishonesty. Noel was an amazing character, even though, at times, he seemed like the typical rich boy. I loved the way his relationship with Jess progressed during the couple of days, and how he started opening up. Honestly, I didn’t believe it at first, given that it was based on a lie. I thought that given the fact how much trust issues he had, he could never get past her betrayal. And for me, his way of coping and resolving the issue didn’t fit with his character. I have the feeling that people who are lucky enough to have a high income and live in the elite societies are much more wary of “gold diggers”, and everything Jess does (even though for a good reason), seems to be for her business. So I wouldn’t have blamed him if he reacted in a way more different way and just told her to “bugger off”. Overall, I enjoyed Would I Lie to the Duke and it was a very pleasurable short read to get me away from reality. I don’t always dive into historical romance, and this was a surprising change that ended on a positive note. Honestly, I am glad that it sparks a debate in my mind and makes me think of “what I would have done” on either side of the relationship. I would have acted very differently. And maybe that’s the reason I’m not married to a duke (yet).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars If you are looking for a fun and sexy historical romance with a brilliant, dominant heroine and a rakish but sexually submissive hero, you should definitely check out Would I Lie to the Duke! I had a really good time with this one and I like the way the author plays with power dynamics. This is the second in a series loosely inspired by 80's teen movies, and you will certainly see a few tongue-in-cheek references to modernity. Including a very silly business idea that is Actual Rating: 4.5 stars If you are looking for a fun and sexy historical romance with a brilliant, dominant heroine and a rakish but sexually submissive hero, you should definitely check out Would I Lie to the Duke! I had a really good time with this one and I like the way the author plays with power dynamics. This is the second in a series loosely inspired by 80's teen movies, and you will certainly see a few tongue-in-cheek references to modernity. Including a very silly business idea that is the regency era equivalent of Twitter. Jessica McGale's family soap-making business is in trouble and she is determined to do whatever she must to find investors. Even if it means posing as a Lady widow to gain entrance to a business-related event. And even if it means maintaining the ruse, despite her growing attraction to Noel, a notorious duke. I loved Jessica as a heroine. She is smart, determined, and is dedicated to the people she loves. What's cool about this book as opposed to many other historicals, is the author lets her be dominant in the bedroom, recognizing that there were so few ways for women during that time to have any kind of power. Noel may be the man AND the one with the money and position, but he is (in the words of the author) dirty-talking and sexually submissive. Note that the steamier scenes involve a fairly light version of consensual power play. It's refreshing to see the role reversal when so often we get dominant heroes. In addition, I really liked their relationship development. It's sweet and vulnerable, despite some necessary lies that create understandable conflict. This is definitely one worth checking out. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Jess McGale is a farmer's daughter. Her family makes a wonderful honey scented soap, using real honey from their farm, and the product is unparalleled. Just when they were on the verge of having a supportive financial venture with it, part of the farm is destroyed. Now she's desperate for investors to help repair the damage and get the business back on its feet. She decides posing as Lady Whitfield will get her in to the doors she needs to make this succeed. Noel is a charming, wealthy, fun lovin Jess McGale is a farmer's daughter. Her family makes a wonderful honey scented soap, using real honey from their farm, and the product is unparalleled. Just when they were on the verge of having a supportive financial venture with it, part of the farm is destroyed. Now she's desperate for investors to help repair the damage and get the business back on its feet. She decides posing as Lady Whitfield will get her in to the doors she needs to make this succeed. Noel is a charming, wealthy, fun loving duke. He really is a rather unique hero with his personality. Those tired of the brooding man with a scowl in the corner, come hither. Those looking for the ultimate gentleman, the every so sweet beta hero, charming, witty, funny, loving...DUKE, here he is. Yes, he has had his adventures back in the day, but upon meeting Lady Whitfield, he finds himself acting like he never has before. I think so many people will adore this book. The focus is all on the two of them. There is no murderer, no villain, no mystery. The dialogue is wonderfully funny and witty. The hero is not arrogant, pushy, self serving. He will not make you uncomfortable with his advances, as he has very clearly made sure he is not taking advantage of anyone. The sex is super hot and explicit (those that prefer fade to black will probably be skimming over a bit of this), there's plenty of language used (f*** used sexually and as an expletive (33 times) , c**t (2 times)). While it's not bdsm by any means, there is some level of dominant/submissive entered into their relationship with the heroine being the dominant one. She's very demanding and stating exactly what she wants from the duke and he happily obliges. There's always quite a bit of dirty talk going on in the scenes. Leigh's writing creates a wonderfully inclusive world where women are entrepreneurs and their opinions are actually entertained and respected. She lifts up racially diverse characters. Sadly, and this is just pure personal preference, this book annoyed me to no end. And obviously I shouldn't read a book titled Would I Lie to the Duke when I really just can't abide liars. I just can't. I ended up not liking the heroine AT ALL for her behavior numerous times. For me though, it was more than the fib. It was her taking a wonderfully charming hero and making him beg forgiveness for being too presumptuous, which I thought was an absolute joke. The character development was great in this book, but also fell heavily on the heroine. I still feel like I don't know the hero that well and I definitely read romance for the heroes. I'm always sad when they are neglected. The heroine was so dominant and sexually aggressive compared the hero and that's also something I'm just not that into. None of these make this a bad story, just for me, it didn't give me the feels I wanted. I didn't love the sex because I couldn't get over the heroine. In so many ways this story was better to me than the first in the series. I feel like the relationships of the union of rakes was much better established and here I could actually imagine and see the friendship of the members, unlike the first book. But I also disliked it so much more than the first one. The first in the series left me bored, but overall happy with a few things. This one makes me gnash my teeth. Thanks netgalley for the ARC. These are all my very own thoughts and opinions on the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I really liked the previous book in the series, but this one was even better. I loved Jess and Noel. She’s well read and smart and looking for control. He’s charming and loyal and looking to relinquish control. Together they have instant chemistry and enough banter to choke someone. Seeing the rest of the Union was fun and I’m really hoping we get to see a certain lady in an upcoming story. Plot wise it was good. There are loads of scenes with Jess and Noel together. I was absolutely living for I really liked the previous book in the series, but this one was even better. I loved Jess and Noel. She’s well read and smart and looking for control. He’s charming and loyal and looking to relinquish control. Together they have instant chemistry and enough banter to choke someone. Seeing the rest of the Union was fun and I’m really hoping we get to see a certain lady in an upcoming story. Plot wise it was good. There are loads of scenes with Jess and Noel together. I was absolutely living for their conversations and the longing filled glances. Of course there’s the inevitable break up, but the angsty times weren’t that bad and the epilogue is perfection. Overall, it’ll definitely be a story I read again and I can’t wait to catch a glimpse of Jess and Noel in future books. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

    The Breakfast Club-esque prologue of this title along with the scenes of Noel, Duke of Rotherby, and his friends are the absolute best things about this title. I laughed out loud for a few of these scenes, and they definitely have me excited for the next title in the series!! I felt like Jessica’s side of the story was more compelling than Noel’s. I felt like she had far more to lose than he did and that she had more of a personality. The only thing that kept me from giving this title 4 stars was The Breakfast Club-esque prologue of this title along with the scenes of Noel, Duke of Rotherby, and his friends are the absolute best things about this title. I laughed out loud for a few of these scenes, and they definitely have me excited for the next title in the series!! I felt like Jessica’s side of the story was more compelling than Noel’s. I felt like she had far more to lose than he did and that she had more of a personality. The only thing that kept me from giving this title 4 stars was the insta-lust that Noel and Jessica experienced. It really didn’t feel like there was much keeping them from acting on their attraction and that makes for a boring read for me. I did find a possible side romance very, very interesting and I find myself wondering if Eva Leigh will resolve it in the next title or if it will have its own. I loved the first title in this series and I’m very excited about the next. *I received an eARC of this title from Eva Leigh and her publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Actually, Yes! A young woman Jessica McGale is determined to save the family soap business. The product is of high quality, the only problem is that a fire has destroyed the plant. She and her siblings need investors. Noel Edwards, the Duke of Rotherby heads a group called the Bazaar who each year hold a week long event looking at businesses to invest in. Jess is resolved to attend. How she manages this is heart beatingly fascinating. Worthy of Becky Sharpe of Vanity Fair. How Jess manages to keep Actually, Yes! A young woman Jessica McGale is determined to save the family soap business. The product is of high quality, the only problem is that a fire has destroyed the plant. She and her siblings need investors. Noel Edwards, the Duke of Rotherby heads a group called the Bazaar who each year hold a week long event looking at businesses to invest in. Jess is resolved to attend. How she manages this is heart beatingly fascinating. Worthy of Becky Sharpe of Vanity Fair. How Jess manages to keep her ruse going provides delicious tension. What she didn't understand was how much she'd be attracted to the duke. Noel is besieged by sycophants and people who want something from him. The only people he trusts are his fellow members of The Union of Rakes, four men he's known since Eton. (How they first come to know each other is nicely drawn.) The Duke trusts very few and Jessica's actions are setup for breaking that trust from the get go. Hmmm! Of course as Jessica and Noel get to know each other the sparks fly. Endless pages of their saucy interactions provides--well far too much information. There were moments when I wanted to say enough! In fact I found myself skipping their repetitive coupling. Can we get back to the story I'd complain to myself. When the Duke's particular peccadillo of enjoying being mastered, or should that be mistressed, I started to yawn. What do I infer from this? The man who commands wants a change of pace? Well he gets that along with a woman who certainly lets him down on the 'truth' side of things. Do I blame her, not really she's fighting for farm and family. Still in the end I lost interest. This had the bones of a good story but when the twist was sidelined, so was I. A HarperCollins ARC via NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joana V.

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 3.75* Would I Lie To The Duke is a book I had a hard time describing how it made me feel, for a very simple reason: I hate liars. [I like the fake relationship trope because both characters are aware and in on it]. And yet, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, with the exception of the moments I was reminded that Jess was lying, because she had Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 3.75* Would I Lie To The Duke is a book I had a hard time describing how it made me feel, for a very simple reason: I hate liars. [I like the fake relationship trope because both characters are aware and in on it]. And yet, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, with the exception of the moments I was reminded that Jess was lying, because she had several opportunities to tell the truth. But let's start at the begging. Jess's family is in trouble and they might lose their livelihood, which is why she became a companion and is searching for people who will sell her family's soap in London, as well as invest in their factory. Cue the Bazaar. A place where wealthy people look for their next profitable investments. It would be a dream to be able to present her project there. After being rejected by Bond Street vendors, Jess meets (at a distance) the also investor and savvy Duke of Rotherby, Noel. And luck has it, he is one of the Bazaar's investors. So, when Jess decides to try her luck, he is there, and she presents herself as a Lady, even though she is truly a commoner, a farm girl as she describes herself. She continues her lie during the whole Bazaar, and her acquaintance with Noel, even when he tells her he feels so happy with her because she doesn't lie, and she doesn't want anything from him. She had several opportunities to tell him the truth. Not necessarily to the Bazaar people, but to him at least. And she abandons him after he pretty much pours his heart out. I was heartbroken for Noel. In the end, I enjoyed the book, but ended up with the feeling that maybe they shouldn't be together. Jess had her reasons to lie, but that still could have changed as they got to know each other. I was always disappointed with Jess when she failed to tell him the truth. I think he would have understood (as he did in the end) but suffered less if she had been honest. And I believe he would have helped her, if only she had asked. My favourite part (with the exception of the very sexy, very steamy sex scenes) was when Jess' siblings told her she didn't need to be doing all of that on her own. I think she really needed that bucket of cold water to take her down from the mind-set of "I'm essential, nothing will work without me". Because that's the feeling I got when she said to herself, she was doing it for family, they needed her, who would take care of them? But they were all grown ups. So.... there was a lot of lack of communication that could have helped so much. I did like Noel quite a bit, as well as his friends. He was intelligent, business savvy, he cared about his tenants. Yes, he used to be quite a rake, but he never forgot his responsibilities. He admired other smart minds, no matter their gender. And he had a crooked smile, who can resist that? I'm sure that when you read this, you'll think I didn't really enjoy the book, but that's a lie. Even with its problems, I laughed out loud several times as I was reading it, I loved the sexy moments, I really enjoyed a business/inventions background to the story, and I did like at least one of the main characters, which was enough to get me through the book with me cheering for Noel the whole time. Steamy, great hero, and it left me curious about the other men in the Union of Rakes circle.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    When fire destroys part of her family’s farm and prevents them from manufacturing their honey soap, Jessica “Jess” McGale takes a position as a companion to Lady Catherton to help her brother and sister financially. But as luck would have it, Lady Catherton wants to travel abroad and has Jessica go ahead to London to make sure everything is ready for her. Jessica decides to visit some shops on Bond Street and convince them to sell her family’s soap and she is returning to the townhouse, defeated When fire destroys part of her family’s farm and prevents them from manufacturing their honey soap, Jessica “Jess” McGale takes a position as a companion to Lady Catherton to help her brother and sister financially. But as luck would have it, Lady Catherton wants to travel abroad and has Jessica go ahead to London to make sure everything is ready for her. Jessica decides to visit some shops on Bond Street and convince them to sell her family’s soap and she is returning to the townhouse, defeated, no one is willing to sell her soaps without an endorsement from someone notable in society, when she sees Noel Edwards, the Duke of Rotherby surrounded by men asking his opinion on investments. She catches his attention when she joins the conversation and adds her opinion. He is impressed with her, but before she can talk to him again, he is swept away with his admirers. She continues on her way and again fate seems to favor Jess. There is a letter waiting for her, it seems her employer hurts her ankle and is unable to travel for a fortnight, but tells Jess to stay in London. Jess immediately forms a new plan – she will attend the “Bazaar”, which is an annual gathering to pair investors with companies in need of capital. The next day, dressed in one of Lady Catherton’s gowns, Jess sets out and is unsuccessfully trying to talk her way into the Bazaar, when Noel appears and invites her in as his guest. Noel hasn’t stopped thinking of the bold woman who he met on Bond Street and vows to find her as soon as the Bazaar is over. He is overjoyed when he hears her voice and immediately intervenes. She is introduced to him as Lady Whitfield, widow of Sir Brantley Whitfield. He takes her under his wing and introduces her to the others. She fits right in to the group and soon the others are asking her opinion on investing. Noel is attracted to her and loves that she doesn’t seem to be impressed with his title and treats him like he is nothing special. He is determined to get her into bed and sets out to win her. Jess knows that she is walking a fine line and that her lies could be exposed at any minute, so she tries to keep Noel at arm’s length and as much as she wants him, she can’t risk getting attached. But he is charming and kind and oh so handsome – she finds herself unable to resist, especially when it seems he is not only willing to let her be dominant in sexual matters, but actually desires it. And so, begins a very heated affair, but all too soon her lies will come crashing down and whatever feelings Noel might have had for her will be crushed. Has she lost everything or will love find a way? This was a well written book, where a Breakfast Club hero meets a Working Girl heroine (with a nod to The Secret of My Success) at regency era Shark Tank. I didn’t dislike the premise and I even chuckled at man seeking investors for his Sparrow messaging system, but overall, I was disappointed – this book was supposed to be a regency – but it was a contemporary romance complete with “woke” characters that had no prejudices, 21st century morals and standards, dressed in period clothing. The story itself is fun, Noel is likable, but I never really felt like I got to know him and I had a hard time liking Jessica, who was lying to everyone, but didn’t have a problem telling Noel he was too arrogant and presumptuous. There are cameos with his “Union” brothers, steaming HOT love scenes, interesting secondary characters and a touching ending complete with an epilogue. This is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone with no problems. Personally, I didn’t really care for this book and I don’t think that I will be continuing with the series, but that is based on my own preferences for Historical Romance and not the author’s ability to write an engaging story. *I am volunarily leaving a reivew for an eARC that was provided to me.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    Jessica McGale needs an investor, quick, for her family's soap making business. Desperate to secure funds before accompanying her Lady on a tour of the continent, she gets swept up in to a fake identity in order to gain access to a private party of rich aristocrats who spend the week looking for ways to spend their fortunes. Here Jessica meets the Duke of Rotherby, a man as beautiful as he is kind and seductive as hell. As the pretend widowed Lady Witfield, Jessica impresses Noel, but she is relu Jessica McGale needs an investor, quick, for her family's soap making business. Desperate to secure funds before accompanying her Lady on a tour of the continent, she gets swept up in to a fake identity in order to gain access to a private party of rich aristocrats who spend the week looking for ways to spend their fortunes. Here Jessica meets the Duke of Rotherby, a man as beautiful as he is kind and seductive as hell. As the pretend widowed Lady Witfield, Jessica impresses Noel, but she is reluctant to take his money or his attention, knowing she is actually naught but a farm girl. As their time comes to a close, both Jessica and Noel succumb to their building attraction, but at what cost to them both? Super sweet, I enjoyed this tale! I was following along eagerly with the author's writing of this book and while yes, we find out Noel is in to Jessica dominating their bed sport, this is on the very light side of erotic (all talk, both are new to the kink it seems). But, all in all another sparkling tale from Eva Leigh! Thank you to Avon and Edelweiss+ for the ARC!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karena

    This was so fun and so sexy. Working Girl meets The Secret of My Success as stated from the author and it works brilliantly. Noel is the Princess archetype from The Breakfast Club and it's so carefully executed. Jess is a wonderful foil for his carefree manner. There are some really great Easter eggs that had me cackling. Eva Leigh does it again. I can't wait to see what the jock in the next Union of Rakes book gets up to.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    *Thank you so much to Avon & Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.* Check out this review (and more) over on my blog! Quick Stats: Overall: 4.5/5 Stars Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4/5 Review in a Nutshell: Would I Lie to the Duke is a fun, sexy read that you will want to reread the second you finish. “Love isn’t a weapon. It’s *Thank you so much to Avon & Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.* Check out this review (and more) over on my blog! Quick Stats: Overall: 4.5/5 Stars Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4/5 Review in a Nutshell: Would I Lie to the Duke is a fun, sexy read that you will want to reread the second you finish. “Love isn’t a weapon. It’s not a way to blind someone to you or make someone feel obligated. It should be a gift, a blessing.” // Content Warning: Mature Content // “You destroy me-- piece by piece. And I welcome it.” Release Date: 7/28/2020 Publisher: Avon Page Count: 384 Premise: Would I Lie to the Duke follows Jessica McGale, who, in a desperate attempt to save her family business, poses as “Lady Whitfield” to try and get investors. There, she meets Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, and as they grow closer, Jess must decide if her family business is worth breaking Noel’s heart, and her own. “Every moment with you is the best I’ve known.” - Writing & Plot - I love how Eva Leigh writes historical romance. Her books are easy to jump into, with fun banter and and a fast pace. I couldn’t put the book down, it was so addictive. The only part I wasn’t a fan of was all of the lies, but, that’s kinda what you sign up for when you decide to read it. “You do burn brightly, but there’s more to you than merely a dazzling gleam in the darkness.” - Characters - I loved the two main characters and their dynamic. Our heroine, Jess, is strong and determined, wanting desperately to help her family. Our hero is charming and privileged, but aware of it. Noel is just an amazing character, I cannot stress that enough. He deserves the world, and I love him. There were also a lot of fun side characters, and I can't wait to see more of them in the next book! I especially loved some of the hints at future romance. I can’t wait to find out more about it!! “It’s so much better to be alive and hurting than dead and numb.” - Conclusion - Pros- Great characters, addictive, fun Cons- If you can’t stand relationships built on lies… this might not be for you Overall- 4.5/5 stars. Would I Lie to the Duke was exactly what I wanted it to be. It was absolutely addictive and I can’t wait to read more in this series. Follow Me Here: Blog ||Tumblr || Bookstagram || Twitter|| Reviews

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. Would I Lie to the Duke follows Jessica McGale as she navigates London as a companion to Lady Catherton, while trying to save her family's soap making business that burned down a few months ago. After Lady Catherton is delayed in the country due to an illness, and Jess is alone in London, she decides to masquerade as Lady Whitfield, gain access to the exclusive Bazaar, and find some wealthy bac I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. Would I Lie to the Duke follows Jessica McGale as she navigates London as a companion to Lady Catherton, while trying to save her family's soap making business that burned down a few months ago. After Lady Catherton is delayed in the country due to an illness, and Jess is alone in London, she decides to masquerade as Lady Whitfield, gain access to the exclusive Bazaar, and find some wealthy backers to save her family. She meets Noel, Duke of Rotherby, and together they have such a chemistry that she starts to forget that she's little old Jess McGale, and not Lady Jessica Whitfield. Noel, for his part, has never felt like this around a stranger. He's always been slightly hidden and aloof, apart from with his closest friends, the Union of Rakes, but Jess breaks down all his walls and she the real Noel. When their attraction becomes too much, the spanner is thrown in the works when the Bazaar want to travel to Jess' hometown, to see the business in situ, and her whole Cinderella style dream could come crashing down around her. Will Noel forgive her, or has she ruined everything? Eva Leigh has been an author I've wanted to read ever since I got into Regency romances, and this book was just fantastic. I was hooked from the get go, and really enjoyed both points of view. Jess was a perfect heroine, and her story was so moving, and I completely understood why she pretended to be Lady Whitfield for so long, and get it a secret from Noel, even though she knew it was likely to turn out in a big mess. She was caught up in the whole experience, and felt like Jess McGale wouldn't be someone that Noel would be interested in, and she wanted that love and attention before it was too late and the clock struck midnight. Noel, on the other hand, was a very complex character, I felt, who had his two different personas, but only with Jess, and the occasional appearance of his fellow Rakes, did his true persona appear, and we really got to know the real Noel, and not the Duke of Roherby. When both of them were apart, they were thinking about the other, and though their attraction and lust was instant, them starting to love each other grew gradually, as the story progressed, and it felt natural. Inevitably, there was a bit of drama and angst towards the ending when Jess' lies caught up with her, but the resolution was just what was needed, and I'm now desperately looking forward to book 3, Waiting For a Scot Like You. I can't wait to read more of Eva's books in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This is just an absolutely perfect example of a fun, low angst, sexy as hell, hilarious romance. Noel and Jess had such incredible chemistry, the supporting characters felt so well flushed out and wonderful, and it struck a perfect balance between understanding where everyone was coming from and wanting to shake them and be like "GAHHHH TALK TO EACH OTHER." I think that balance was struck so perfectly because they truly are super honest and vulnerable with each other about their feelings and the This is just an absolutely perfect example of a fun, low angst, sexy as hell, hilarious romance. Noel and Jess had such incredible chemistry, the supporting characters felt so well flushed out and wonderful, and it struck a perfect balance between understanding where everyone was coming from and wanting to shake them and be like "GAHHHH TALK TO EACH OTHER." I think that balance was struck so perfectly because they truly are super honest and vulnerable with each other about their feelings and their wants and needs, so even when, plot wise, withholding information is needed, it still feels like they're communicating. I love a brilliant heroine with a mind for business and friendships of her own, and I love a hero who falls for someone who challenges him and has a solid support system of dude friends around him too. Ugh, I just love this book and I love Eva Leigh. There were at least two relationships that I want to see develop more alluded to in this one and I can't wait!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    3.5 stars rounded up. Jessica McGale's family makes the best soap to be found in England, but just as she was hoping to expand their production, a fire put paid to those plans. Now working as a lady's companion, Jess knows she must find investors to keep the business afloat and keep herself and her two siblings together. When she winds up with two weeks in London without her employer, Jess sees her chance. Pretending to be the fictional widow Lady Whitfield, Jess finds her way into the circle of 3.5 stars rounded up. Jessica McGale's family makes the best soap to be found in England, but just as she was hoping to expand their production, a fire put paid to those plans. Now working as a lady's companion, Jess knows she must find investors to keep the business afloat and keep herself and her two siblings together. When she winds up with two weeks in London without her employer, Jess sees her chance. Pretending to be the fictional widow Lady Whitfield, Jess finds her way into the circle of London's wealthy and business-minded, including the entirely too attractive Duke of Rotherby. His support and influence could fix everything if Jess can just rein in her reaction to him. Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, is well used to sycophants and flatterers who know him as a wild rake with a casual interest in investments. Only his closest friends know the real man beneath the societal facade. When he meets Lady Whitfield, he's delighted by her sharp wit and obvious intelligence. He's unprepared for his reaction to her and struggles with trust, but Jess makes him feel comfortable just being himself. As Jess' bold plan comes to fruition, she struggles to keep up the ruse and it is soon obvious that attaining her goal will mean losing Noel. He's not interested in temporary; for once Noel wants a woman by his side always, but Jess' secret is a big one and it might be too much for Noel to overcome given his difficulty with trusting others. I enjoyed this book overall, just not as much as I wanted to. I liked the Cinderella-esque stance, but Jess' lie went on way too long. It would've been much more satisfying for me if she'd confided in Noel as he did in her. Jess didn't open up to Noel much and this made the relationship feel a bit one-sided to me, especially given the fact that, in my opinion, Jess didn't do nearly enough groveling or apologizing in the end. It also annoyed me that Jess, knowing the precariousness of her lie, had the gall to call Noel presumptuous. He was nothing but good to her and didn't deserve the disdain she showed him for the first half or so of the book, even if she was trying to keep her distance to protect her scheme. For his part, Noel was a fantastic hero, one of my new favorites in fact. I loved that he could be vulnerable and a bit submissive, but there was never any doubt that he was a strong and powerful man. He was fabulous and I just thought he deserved more from Jess. I enjoyed this book, despite my annoyance with Jess and the length of her lies, and I very much look forward to Duncan's book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Miss Jessica McGale and her siblings run a soap business that is desperately in need of capital after a fire halted their production and plans for expansion. On “hiatus” from working as a lady’s companion, Jess poses as a widowed lady in order to sneak into an investor event. Noel Edwards, Duke of Rotherby, inadvertently helps “Lady Whitby” gain entry to the exclusive group. Jess is unlike any other woman Noel has ever known and he’s willing to do anything to bring her closer into his orbit. This Miss Jessica McGale and her siblings run a soap business that is desperately in need of capital after a fire halted their production and plans for expansion. On “hiatus” from working as a lady’s companion, Jess poses as a widowed lady in order to sneak into an investor event. Noel Edwards, Duke of Rotherby, inadvertently helps “Lady Whitby” gain entry to the exclusive group. Jess is unlike any other woman Noel has ever known and he’s willing to do anything to bring her closer into his orbit. This is the second book in the Union of Rakes series. I liked this story better than the first one. It works well as a stand-alone and the couple from the first book is barely mentioned. I thought this was a hidden identity trope done pretty well. You’re always waiting for that shoe to drop when the plot centers around a lie, but I was just happy it wasn’t another kidnapping!!! I liked the resolution. This book had some great steam, but I was a little put off by the “sexually submissive duke” narrative. If the author had left it as a dirty talking hero and assertive heroine, I would have enjoyed it more. To me, it felt forced and distracting. * I received an ARC from the publisher and this is my honest review. Thank you, Avon!

  17. 4 out of 5

    shoesforall

    I obtained an ePUB of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. I was very much looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, this book is beset by several problems. The first is Noel who is the hero. I would say Noel has the personality of a door but that would be an insult to doors. I don't have any understanding of what makes him tick. Jess seems to be motivated mostly by her desire to get her family farm up and running but she is about as smart as my dog. (I do I obtained an ePUB of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. I was very much looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, this book is beset by several problems. The first is Noel who is the hero. I would say Noel has the personality of a door but that would be an insult to doors. I don't have any understanding of what makes him tick. Jess seems to be motivated mostly by her desire to get her family farm up and running but she is about as smart as my dog. (I don't have a dog.) Confess to Noel. Ask him for a loan. Stop stealing your employers clothes. End of story. Because the characters are so poorly developed, and the story so poorly paced, the romance has no spark. I finished this book but I was just going through the motions. I really enjoy this author's work but this one is a miss.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me

    I kind of missed calling Rotherby ‘Rotherby’. It took some getting used to to refer to him as Noel…and that is my only critique of this book. Jessica McGale is in trouble. After her parents death, and a fire on the farm, her family business is in danger of failing and she and her siblings risk being split up. She needs people to invest in their business but no one will listen to a poor farm girl with a damaged farm. A chance comes when she manages to make her way into the Bazaar, a place where we I kind of missed calling Rotherby ‘Rotherby’. It took some getting used to to refer to him as Noel…and that is my only critique of this book. Jessica McGale is in trouble. After her parents death, and a fire on the farm, her family business is in danger of failing and she and her siblings risk being split up. She needs people to invest in their business but no one will listen to a poor farm girl with a damaged farm. A chance comes when she manages to make her way into the Bazaar, a place where wealthy aristocrats invest in businesses. But the only way she gets in, is by posing as a noblewoman herself… I loved this book. It had the heat that was missing from book 1 (some of those sex scenes were darn steamy). The chemistry between the two was clear right from the start, they were amazing together. Noel was such a breath of fresh air. For all those tired of dark, brooding heroes–I present you Noel. He is the epitome of a gentleman, he’s fun loving, he’s endlessly charming and, most importantly, he apologises when he does something wrong. He was such a sweet, witty hero and I loved every time he came on the page. It was so lovely to see him wooing Jess and it was heart warming whenever he showed her his vulnerable side. Also, he’s a sexually submissive Duke. I honestly can’t find fault with him. He was amazing. I knew I’d love him from the glimpses we caught in book 1 but he fulfilled those expectations and then some. Ah, I could honestly praise him for days. But I can’t forget Jess, our leading lady. She was so confident, both sexually and in her normal life. She knew what she wanted and needed and she was determined to succeed. Whilst some of her actions resulted in pain, both for herself and others, this was about her journey. I loved her character growth, she was such a savvy businesswoman and I adored whenever she had a chance to shine. We saw a lot more of the other guys in this book, which was brilliant. I loved that we’re gradually seeing more of these guys, and their relationship seemed more real in this book. There were very much part of the background in the previous book so I liked how they played more of a part in this one. Overall this was such an engaging read, there were some genuinely warm, funny moments. All I can say is I cannot wait for the next Union of the Rakes book! Also I need there to be a Curtis and Rowe book. I’ll even take a novella! Please Eva Leigh? Pretty please?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    As the eldest sibling, it is Jessica McGale’s duty to see that she rescues the family farm and soap business at any cost. The cost ends up having some delightful bonuses, when she entices the Duke of Rotherby into inviting her while posing as Lady Whitfield, to his “Shark Tank” (US) or “Dragon’s Den (CAN) style business summit. There is plenty of business and pleasure to be had! Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, is used to sycophants every where he goes… that’s why he values his friendships with the U As the eldest sibling, it is Jessica McGale’s duty to see that she rescues the family farm and soap business at any cost. The cost ends up having some delightful bonuses, when she entices the Duke of Rotherby into inviting her while posing as Lady Whitfield, to his “Shark Tank” (US) or “Dragon’s Den (CAN) style business summit. There is plenty of business and pleasure to be had! Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, is used to sycophants every where he goes… that’s why he values his friendships with the Union of the Rakes so much. When he finds a similar honesty in Lady Whitfield, it seem he had finally met his match… until is is discovered that the lovely and intelligent lady is not as she appears and has used his influence for her families gain. This book was. Delight to read. I enjoyed the characters white banter and the steamy station that slowly builds up into an inferno. I am talking about very hot and domineering love scenes! Lady Whitfield or Jess knows what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom, if you know what I mean! As a second book in a series, I found this held its own and can be read as a stand alone. I have read the first book in the series andI enjoyed this one even more than the first. I’m excited to see what the next rake from the Union of the Rakes will bring in the next book! Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh is scheduled to release July 28th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books through Edelweiss+. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #WouldILietotheDuke #EvaLeigh #Edelweiss #pinkcowlandreads

  20. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Would I Lie to the Duke is the second book in Eva Leigh’s delightful Union of the Rakes Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I enjoyed the first book in the series, My Fake Rake and do recommend it as well. When her employer is injured, Jessica McGale arrives in London with few responsibilities. Jess decides to take advantage of her free time to promote the honey soap made by her family. She is havin I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Would I Lie to the Duke is the second book in Eva Leigh’s delightful Union of the Rakes Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I enjoyed the first book in the series, My Fake Rake and do recommend it as well. When her employer is injured, Jessica McGale arrives in London with few responsibilities. Jess decides to take advantage of her free time to promote the honey soap made by her family. She is having little success until a chance encounter with the Duke of Rotherby leads to Jessica masquerading as Lady Whitfield at the Bazaar, a gathering of investors in order to secure capital for her family’s soap business. Noel Edwards, Duke of Rotherby, is enchanted by Jess, Lady Whitfield, is the most intelligent woman he’s ever met, beautiful, charming and something he never knew he wanted, dominant. She’s also one of the few people who sees him as a man and not a Duke. Jess’s masquerade has gotten out of hand. She never expected to fall in love, and she knows it can’t have a happy ending because the Duke never marries the farm girl and eventually, the truth is going to come out. I found this story to be the perfect escape and relished every page. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: July 28, 2020. #WouldILieToTheDuke #EvaLeigh #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #HistoricalRomance #bookstagram #EdelweissPlus

  21. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    I just finished this book and I am sitting here utterly in awe. It has been quite a while since I have read a new Regency Historical Romance that has affected me so much. There were so many wonderful things to love about this story and the characters, but I have to say my absolute favorite part was the level of respect the characters showed each. Eva Leigh was able to show that it is completely normal to admit ones attraction to another person while simultaneously respecting their boundaries. Je I just finished this book and I am sitting here utterly in awe. It has been quite a while since I have read a new Regency Historical Romance that has affected me so much. There were so many wonderful things to love about this story and the characters, but I have to say my absolute favorite part was the level of respect the characters showed each. Eva Leigh was able to show that it is completely normal to admit ones attraction to another person while simultaneously respecting their boundaries. Jessica McGale, is the oldest daughter of a soap maker, who is doing everything that she can to keep the business afloat after a devastating fire destroyed a majority of their manufacturing abilities. Jess is a bright and determined young woman, so she creates an opportunity for herself to find investors by creating and playing as "Lady Whitfield", a recently windowed lady of the ton. Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, is a self proclaimed rake and part time investor. He is immediately attracted to her intelligence and strength, wishing to be in her company as often and in any way possible, as long as she will allowit. He is not a man who trusts easily, but he finds himself revealing things to her that not even his friends, the Union of Rakes, are aware of. From this set up it is pretty easy to see where the story is going to go, however, I completely enjoyed the unexpected turns this ride provided along the way. In all of the Regency/Historical Romance books I have ever read over the years, I have never seen this dynamic between the characters. The flirted with each other from their very first encounter, their mutual attraction was completely obvious but they still sought consent from one another for each action they took. This show of respect and desire for one anothet truly made the steamy scenes even more enjoyable for me as, "consent is my kink". It might be early for me to say, but I truly believe Eva Leigh is going to be a new favorite author for me. This story brought me so much joy and contentment, that I have already purchased the first installment is this series, My Fake Rake, and plan to start reading it soon. **Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the free E-ARC in exchange of my honest review**

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    Noel was a charming sweetheart. I liked his generosity, loyalty, and his open-minded business acumen was sharp. He had some surprising hidden layers, but that only seemed to add to his allure rather than take away. Jess was a steely, motivated heroine. She went to extreme lengths to help her family farm, but sometimes it was to her personal detriment. While her drive to succeed was admirable, I wish she loosened up enough to appreciate what was standing literally in front of her. The relationshi Noel was a charming sweetheart. I liked his generosity, loyalty, and his open-minded business acumen was sharp. He had some surprising hidden layers, but that only seemed to add to his allure rather than take away. Jess was a steely, motivated heroine. She went to extreme lengths to help her family farm, but sometimes it was to her personal detriment. While her drive to succeed was admirable, I wish she loosened up enough to appreciate what was standing literally in front of her. The relationship had a bit of D/s with Jess as the dominant and Noel the submissive. I wasn’t quite expecting that turn of events I think because of how strong Noel was. However, Jess could hold her own, so in the scheme of it all, the concept wasn’t really that far-fetched. I enjoyed many things about Noel and Jess’s story. The financial conversations, Jess’s soap business sell, heck, even the charade Jess played-granted it was one big lie, but I’ll give her credit for the lengths she went through to achieve her goal to save the family business! My one complaint is just how long Jess’s lie was carried out. Thank you Avon books/Harper Collins for the gifted ARC!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Eva Leigh's latest historical romance asks "Would I Lie to the Duke?" and the answer is yes, yes Jess would. But it's for a good cause and everything works out, so perhaps we can forgive Jess and forgive the author for all the 80's earworms. Jess is working as a lady's companion and needs to find an investor to save her family's floundering farm and soapmaking operation which was ruined in a fire. When her injured employer takes some time to recuperate in the country and leaves Jess in London for Eva Leigh's latest historical romance asks "Would I Lie to the Duke?" and the answer is yes, yes Jess would. But it's for a good cause and everything works out, so perhaps we can forgive Jess and forgive the author for all the 80's earworms. Jess is working as a lady's companion and needs to find an investor to save her family's floundering farm and soapmaking operation which was ruined in a fire. When her injured employer takes some time to recuperate in the country and leaves Jess in London for a few weeks, Jess pretends to be a wealthy widow and finagles her way into what is essentially an extended investors' conference. Noel, the titular duke, first meets Jess on Bond Street when she butts into a conversation to dispense some investment advice. He is immediately struck by her intelligence and when he sees her again at the "business bazaar" he is determined to start an affair. I appreciated that Noel was passionate about ethical investment and there's even mention of where sugar comes from and ethical consumption. While I found My Fake Rake to be laugh-out-loud funny, Would I Lie to the Duke is sexier and more romantic. Noel doesn't have a tortured past, social awkwardness or any of the other classic hero trappings, but he's a genuinely good, fun-loving man who falls hard. There's a dash of femdom in this romance, with lots of Noel asking to be bossed around and reveling it just as Jess does. In some ways, Leigh gives Jess the better character arc and flips the more common Regency romance gender dynamics. Her readers expect this from her by now, but it's still refreshing. Would I Lie to the Duke is second in this Breakfast Club inspired series and I look forward to the next installment and to the fourth and fifth men in the Union of the Rakes to get their HEA with each other. Now I'm off to listen to Hungry Like the Wolf and watch Ladyhawke because Eva Leigh is a monster who inserted so many 80's references into this book that I've got a serious case of nostalgia. *** If you'd like to purchase a copy of this book, please consider using one of the following links to support the site: Amazon  ◊  Barnes & Noble  ◊  Bookshop  ◊  Apple Books  ◊  Kobo I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review and purchased my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I did enjoy this story, well apart from the fact that Jess continued to lie to Noel, even when she had plenty of chances to tell him the truth. Especially after she knew how Noel felt about liars. I can understand why she felt she had to carry the burden for her siblings but they were adults. Jess did like taking control in all ways. Noel had all anyone could want, he was handsome, wealthy and titled. He also had a group of friends from his schooldays, who kept him grounded but also looked out f I did enjoy this story, well apart from the fact that Jess continued to lie to Noel, even when she had plenty of chances to tell him the truth. Especially after she knew how Noel felt about liars. I can understand why she felt she had to carry the burden for her siblings but they were adults. Jess did like taking control in all ways. Noel had all anyone could want, he was handsome, wealthy and titled. He also had a group of friends from his schooldays, who kept him grounded but also looked out for each other. I did feel for Noel, when he had allowed Jess to know his innermost feelings, knowing that she wasn’t being completely honest with him. There is some angst in the latter part of the story but altogether an entertaining read. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: mentions of fire (in the past), lying. I think that's all?? After LOVING My Fake Rake at the beginning of the year, this rapidly became one of my most anticipated books of the second half of the year. And when I first started it, I was sliiiiiiiightly apprehensive because there's a lot of economics-related stuff in here and to be perfectly honest, I didn't really care??? Like, it was fine. But I wasn't hooked to the page desperate to find out what happened next. But somewhere ar Trigger warnings: mentions of fire (in the past), lying. I think that's all?? After LOVING My Fake Rake at the beginning of the year, this rapidly became one of my most anticipated books of the second half of the year. And when I first started it, I was sliiiiiiiightly apprehensive because there's a lot of economics-related stuff in here and to be perfectly honest, I didn't really care??? Like, it was fine. But I wasn't hooked to the page desperate to find out what happened next. But somewhere around the 40% mark, things shifted for me and I sped through the rest. The characters and their interactions were delightful. There are some secondary characters here that I'm very much looking forward to learning more about in the third book in the series. And I liked the way the romance played out in the end. Plus, as Leigh often does, there are some fun little cameos from characters featured in her previous series. So it took me a good long while to get into it, but ultimately I thoroughly enjoyed it and am eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy next year.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    Still debating on this one. I think what kept me til the end was the references, since I am an 80's girl I continued. However I dont like relationships that begin and continue with lies, yes I know it is the premise of the story, but knowing that Noel has problems with liars I think the truth should have come out sooner. That being said I get that Jess was willing to do about anything to save her business, well her and family's business. All in all it is an entertaining book to pass the time. rcv Still debating on this one. I think what kept me til the end was the references, since I am an 80's girl I continued. However I dont like relationships that begin and continue with lies, yes I know it is the premise of the story, but knowing that Noel has problems with liars I think the truth should have come out sooner. That being said I get that Jess was willing to do about anything to save her business, well her and family's business. All in all it is an entertaining book to pass the time. rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions

  27. 5 out of 5

    Morelia (Strandedinbooks)

    4.25 stars! (maybe more?) I actually really loved this one, woah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Thank you for the ARC, NetGalley. All opinions are my own. And I LOVED this book, my favorite of Leigh's so far. The BEST sexual tension, delightful scenes with all of the Rakes, and promising set-up for the rest of the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Cronin

    What a fun and steamy read! I’ve loved both books in this series! I love the modern takes set in a historical time. I do not read historical romance for “historically accurate” as we all know how women were treated then is not how women should have been treated. If anyone ever tells you that historical romance is mush or they’re against it because it’s not feminist, suggest an Eva Leigh book! This is not just a fluff book, Eva Leigh thoroughly researches her topics and seamlessly adds in informa What a fun and steamy read! I’ve loved both books in this series! I love the modern takes set in a historical time. I do not read historical romance for “historically accurate” as we all know how women were treated then is not how women should have been treated. If anyone ever tells you that historical romance is mush or they’re against it because it’s not feminist, suggest an Eva Leigh book! This is not just a fluff book, Eva Leigh thoroughly researches her topics and seamlessly adds in information that builds the characters. I love the secondary characters who you know are part of a bigger picture. I need to know what’s going on with Rowe and Curtis! Jess was a wonderful character! You know in the beginning what’s going to happen as soon as she dons her employers’s gown. And I was apprehensive, but it was so well executed! The relationship between Noel and Jess was just so genuine. I could feel what Jess would feel when Noel grinned at her. How they looked for each other, how every moment together was wonderful. And the consequences of Jess’s actions were real. It didn’t feel forced or fake for them to be together at any point in the story. *I received an ARC for an honest review. All of my opinions are my own.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    What would you do to save your family and the family business? Lie? Pretend to be someone you’re not? In Eva Leigh’s newest addition to the Union of the Rakes, WOULD I LIE TO THE DUKE, business-woman Jessica McGale does both those things. While her employer is at her country estate tending to a sprained ankle, Jessica talks her way into THE BAZZAR, a collection of moneyed and titled investors whom she hope to convince to invest in her family business. Jessica is whip smart and financially brilli What would you do to save your family and the family business? Lie? Pretend to be someone you’re not? In Eva Leigh’s newest addition to the Union of the Rakes, WOULD I LIE TO THE DUKE, business-woman Jessica McGale does both those things. While her employer is at her country estate tending to a sprained ankle, Jessica talks her way into THE BAZZAR, a collection of moneyed and titled investors whom she hope to convince to invest in her family business. Jessica is whip smart and financially brilliant and she catched the eye of Noel, Lord Rotherby. Instant attraction leads to Jessica’s plan being altered. She needs money but she needs to be in Noel’s arms more. This may have been the hottest book I’ve ever read by Eva Leigh. There are wicked sexy parts complete with scenes I’ve never read in a regency before and which had me blushing in my own home!! In a good way. How these two find their way to an HEA is a tortuous turn of emotions, revelations, lies, and acceptance. A great read for this new addition to the UNION OF THE RAKES and I can’t wait for book 3!! 5 well deserved and sexy stars from me. Thanks, Netgalley and Avon for a sneak peak at what is sure to be a summer 2020 hit with readers.

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