Tuesday, December 4, 2018
A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle (thoughts)
"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?"
A Duke Changes Everything was such a cozy romantic read that I just adored. I'm kind of struggling to describe it as cozy as there are certainly elements that are far from cozy but it just felt like that kind of read. One that you can pick up and know that everything is going to be okay and turn out alright even if you aren't quite sure how. It was just this feeling that I had throughout the book even when things looked far from okay to say the least. Nick cannot stand being back "home" as it brings back horrible memories from his childhood. Mina adores and lives for that same estate that Nick hates so much. It causes quite a lot of friction between the two of them which I couldn't get enough of. There was an instant chemistry between Nick and Mina that I just loved. I felt like they complimented each other perfectly which is probably why this book was such an enjoyable read for me. After so many mysteries and thrillers, it was refreshing to read a book where I didn't have to worry that things would turn out alright in the end. That's one of my favorite things about reading romances to be honest. I just allowed myself to be swept away in the pages finishing this one in just a matter of days. And I really enjoyed every minute of it. I will also say that I really enjoyed all of the secondary characters which has left me excited for the other books in this series. This is the book one of the Duke's Den series so I have more to look forward to!
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and am looking forward to reading more by this author! It was the perfect change of pace and just swept me away. I feel like I say this all of the time (and I probably do) but I really need to read more historical romances just to break up all of the mysteries and thrillers. It keeps my reading feeling fresh and exciting when I change genres like this. I can easily recommend this book to fans of romance and especially fans of historical romance. Bonus is that this is actually the first book in the series so you can read it in order (something that rarely happens for me with my historical romance reading). Recommended!
Bottom Line: This felt like the perfect type of book to be swept away in on a cold winter day!
Disclosure: I received an unsolicited copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own!