Author: Eva Leigh
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Jessica McGale’s family business desperately needs investors, and she’s determined to succeed at any cost. But she knows London’s elite will never look twice at a humble farm girl like herself. Posing as “Lady Whitfield,” however, places her in the orbit of wealthy, powerful people—most notably the Duke of Rotherby. His influence and support could save her company, but Jess never expected the effect he’d have on her.
Society thinks Noel is a notorious, carefree duke who dabbles in investments, but there’s a side to him that only his closest friends see. When he crosses paths with Lady Whitfield at a business bazaar, his world tilts on its axis. She’s brilliant and compelling, and brings him to his knees like no woman has before. Trust is difficult for Noel, but Jess makes him believe anything is possible…
As time ticks down on her Cinderella scheme, the thought of achieving her goal at Noel’s expense breaks Jess’ heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I thoroughly enjoyed Would I Lie To The Duke by Eva Leigh. I read a lot of historical romance, and it was nice to come across one that not only fit snugly into the genre comfortably but also pushed the envelope a little. The writing was fantastic, the characters were charming and well-edited.
The main female lead was intelligent, driven, and well aware of her shortcomings, even as they got in her way, which was a nice change from the usual simpering damsel. I found the plot to be smart and seductive, full of deception and escapades, with a healthy dose of romance to round it all off. There was an underlying theme of the characters continually trying to break societal barriers in both small, and great ways.
If you are a fan of historical romances, this is a great one to pick up.