Nicholas Lyon is a self-made man beholden to no one when he inherits a title. Mina Thorne is his unexpected new steward. He wants to sell everything from the estate she grew up on and loves. The two soon clash over their desires until they begin to desire each other.
I thought the beginning of this book was fantastic and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next until about the 70% mark. The book seemed to lose steam then and I had trouble continuing to care what happened to the end.
I liked Nicholas much more than I liked Mina and thought his motivations for what he did made more sense than hers did. I actually rolled my eyes numerous times when she was arguing with him about how he shouldn’t sell off anything from the estate. I just didn’t see why it mattered so much to her.
I think part of what lost my interest near the end was the fact that the initial big conflict between Nicholas and Mina seemed more or less resolved. Once the back and forth is resolved, I prefer for some other conflict to take its place.
This was my second Christy Carlyle and I enjoyed it much more than the first I read by her. I will definitely continue with this series!
In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .
Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.
When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.
With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?