Thomas Powell, Duke of Northfield, meets Amina, whose actual name is Lucia, at the risqué Orchid Club. After giving in to temptation, a shocking secret threatens to destroy Tom’s life. He and Lucia must decide if they’re willing to risk everything to be together.
So the meet cute in this title was definitely very unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before that involved the hero and heroine meeting at a risqué club. I didn’t feel like that retracted from the story at all, but instead I found it to be an interesting way for them to meet.
I do have to say that I found the beginning and middle of the book to be the most engaging and found myself skipping ahead near the end. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning and middle of the book and watching as Tom and Lucia’s relationship developed and evolved.
For me, this was definitely more of a plot driven story because I didn’t feel like Tom OR Lucia had much personality. Both were really only interesting to me as far as their romance and backstories went. They themselves were pretty forgettable.
The conflict between Tom and Lucia was what truly kept me reading. I love a conflict that can’t just be solved by the hero and heroine talking to each other, and Tom and Lucia definitely couldn’t solve their conflict just by talking! However, I did feel like it was mostly glossed over and solved a little too easily in the end.
While the ending was wrapped up a bit easily for my liking, I enjoyed the book overall and will keep reading Ms. Leigh’s titles.
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.