Anything But a Duke(Review Post)

Published May 1, 2019 by bookbesties


The second scintillating novel in Christy Carlyle’s The Duke’s Den series.

“I absolutely adore Christy Carlyle!”–Lorraine Heath, New York Times bestselling author

Self-made man Aidan Iverson has seen more closed doors in his thirty years than he’s ever cared to count. As a member of the elite Duke’s Den, he has all the money he could possibly need but the one thing he can’t purchase is true power. If roguish Aidan can’t buy his way into society’s hallowed halls, he’ll resort to a more extreme measure: marriage.

Brought up to be a proper lady, the only thing Diana Ashby desires is to be left alone to the creation of her own devices. But when her dreams are crushed, she must find another way to secure the future of her invention. Knowing his desire to enter her world, Diana strikes a deal to arrange his marriage to the perfect lady—as long as that lady isn’t her. She doesn’t need any distractions from her work, particularly of the sinfully handsome variety.

As Diana and Aidan set out to find him an aristocratic match, neither are prepared for the passion that ignites between them or the love they can’t ignore.

In the Duke’s Den, can happiness ever be a winning prospect?


Book two in the Duke’s Den series was just as amazing as book one.  To say I loved it is an understatement.  As much as I love strong, pioneering women I love the men who are secure in their masculinity enough to love and support those women.  This book has both!

   Diana Ashby is a second generation inventor who is determined to get funding for her latest invention, doing something her father was never able to achieve.  Who knew a chance meeting and an impulsive kiss with an injured stranger in the Belgravia mews would come back to haunt her in her pursuit of her dreams.

   Aiden Iverson has a reputation for making sound investments in large scale industrial enterprise and inventions.  So much so that he and his business partners have taken to meeting with inventors in their gentleman’s gaming club.  Never did he think he would run across the woman who is never far from his thoughts after she saved his life when he was attacked in Belgravia again.  Much less did he expect her to be one of the inventors he was to interview and potentially invest his money with.

   I love how even though this is a historical romance novel, the socially awkward and brainy woman gets a happy ending.  And how the orphan boy who fought to make a name for himself finds his place in the world as a man in love.  This is another great success of a story for Christy Carlyle and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.




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