The Duke of Greyland lost his heart – and a princely sum – to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark – to be fleeced and forgotten – only she’d never forgotten him.
Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her… never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help.
The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn’t leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra – the smart, streetwise survivor – steal his heart all over again?
FROM DUKE TILL DAWN – MY THOUGHTS
I have to say that I love a good Mills & Boon from time to time. Fun and easy to read, they know exactly what they are doing as a publisher by giving their readers exactly what they want. From Duke till Dawn is no exception.
It gives the usual mix of love, lust and scandal but gives a wonderful twist for a regency novel. Instead of a lovable rogue as a hero, we have a proud swindler as a heroine. I love that From Duke till Dawn addresses the gender inequality of the time in this way and makes Cassandra a ‘real’ woman of the era and social status, meaning that she did what she had to do to survive.
I have to admit I didn’t particularly enjoy how their differences were ‘resolved’. Now, I don’t want to give away any spoilers but the way the ending comes together, and the story is neatly finished feels a little wrong. That being said, I’m not sure how else Leigh could have resolved it while still being true to the genre and the period. However, I am pleased to say that it does not take away from the story as From Duke till Dawn brings a fabulous mix of lust, love and drama.
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DISCLOSURE: many thanks to the author and publisher for granting me an eARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.