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From Duke Till Dawn

(The London Underground #1)

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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  737 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Eva Leigh launches a seductive new series that sizzles with the dark secrets of London’s underworld...

Years ago, the Duke of Greyland gave his heart—and a princely sum of money—to a charming, destitute widow with unparalleled beauty. After one passionate night, she slipped from his bed and vanished without a trace. And just when he’s given up hope of ever seeing her again,
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ebook, 384 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Avon
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This wasn't a bad book, but I definitely prefer my historical romances to have more a more humorous tone than this one had. However, da smuts were 10/10 soooooooooo take that with a grain of salt lol
Ally
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let's be honest folks: a) this is one of my all-time favorite romance authors and b) I received an ARC for an unbiased review. I'm going to be unbiased.

dusk till dawn

Riff on a Tarantino movie? Hell yes. I'm down with that in 100 ways. AND an arc read for Eva Leigh - b!tch please.

excited

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency.

Series: Yes...and I'm betting we've met at least three of the series' characters. And ohhhh, do I want to read their story.

Sexy times: Ms Archer, the author otherwise knows as Eva Leigh, writes seriou
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Caz
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
B+/4.5 stars

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about other books by this author is the way she manages to create strong, intelligent heroines who are assertive and independent while still continuing to function in a society that essentially thought women were lesser beings and wanted to shove them into a corner marked “seen, not heard”.  It’s a difficult line to tread; if you go too far, your heroine is shrewish and difficult to like, if you don’t go far enough, your heroine may be too much of a doo
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Bubu
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, read-2017, hr
(TLDR; it's a case of 'it's not you, it's me.' I'd still recommend this book. despite my rating.)

Please read the wonderful reviews written by my GR friends: Ally's review, Caz's review, Phoenix's review.

Everything they say is true. But somehow From Duke Till Dawn didn't grip me as much as I'd hoped; as I had been looking forward to it, and I did look forward to this book a lot. There was always this strange feeling of 'Ooooh, there it goes. Yes, yes, ye....No!'. That's the best way I can describ
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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This story for me was just Ok: I do love me a good historical that gets the juices pumping.
Sadly for me, this wasn't juice pumping stuff sigh.
There was nothing I could actually put my finger on that made me so disconnected here I just was.
From Duke Till Dawn is essentially a second chance love affair featuring a duke and a con artist at its centre.
So the Duke of Grayland and Miss Cassandra Blake have a moment: at least on his part.
Stepping back into there lives neither quite forgot the other: bo
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Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
DNF at 48%

I'm really not feeling this one. It's been a couple days since I've read this, and even then I was skimming. I have no desire to pick it up again.

All these characters do is think about each other, which is fine for a while but then it gets boring. When they have conversations, they're not very exciting and I'm left feeling like I'm missing something. That may be because they met in the past and had a brief affair, but all we know of that time is that they had hot sex. I have no idea ho
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Phoenix77
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From Duke Till Dawn changes the perspective usually seen in historical romance. Most times the story is told through the viewpoint of the rich, where the mansions, ballrooms and men’s clubs of London are standard fare. Author Eva Leigh takes all of that glamour and turns it on its ear to show how isolated from real life that perspective is. Along the way she opens up a whole new side of the city, full of shady characters living by their wits and entertainments that feed the sensual desires of me ...more
Amy
This is my first Eva Leigh novel but it will NOT be my last. Loved this one. What stands out is how well formed her heroine is in this one ... she is strong, assertive and confident. This can be difficult with historicals as they are set in a time that was not kind to strong, assertive or confident women. But, Eva Leigh was able to make it work and work extremely well. I really loved this romance - it's a fun and interesting read. Highly recommend!
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Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 7/12)
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So dang pretty! And a fun read, too. From Duke Till Dawn was...intriguing.

The Gist: A couple years back Cassandra, well, she swindled our dear proper Duke then dashed away in the middle of the night with him none the wiser. He's never forgotten the sexy widow and when he stumbles on her in a random gaming hell he's thinking luck is on his side again! Until he realizes he'd been a mark all those years ago. Tal
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Amanda
MEH.

I only got through four chapters of this before giving up out of sheer boredom and total disinterest. The romance was insta in nature and a bit hard to take seriously. The leads had a VERY brief affair (TWO DAYS IN TOTAL) years prior to the start of the book and I as the reader was expected to believe that that moment in time (which wasn’t even presented in a prologue chapter for reference or emotional purposes) equated to love? Yeah, NO. The fact that the heroine was conning the hero during
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G.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5

Morality is a fragile, illusory thing that men invent to keep women tractable.

At times quite brilliant, but a bit slow to start and not without snags in the last third.
Aoi
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: hf-england
A little bit of a let down :( None of the characters were as kickass as they were made to be
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

From Duke Till Dawn is the first book in Eva Leigh’s “The London Underground” and I was super excited for this book especially after reading the third installment in the series “Dare To Love A Duke” and where I was charmed by Alex and I really wanted to read his story and was delighted when I saw this book available at my local library. I had a fun time with this book although I do want to mention that the beginning of story is a bit stunte
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Sofia Lazaridou
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

From Duke Till Dawn is the first book in the London Underground series and the first book, I read from this author. In the begging, I was happy with the direction of the plot. I liked that our heroine wasn't as sweet and innocent as the hero thought she was.She tricked him into giving her money two years ago. When I read that I was kind of happy because it wasn't the usual plot in a historical novel and I kept reading very enthusiastically. I was hooked. I was enjoying the book until it
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Allison
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Soft hero. Gutsy heroine. Steamy. YES.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Duplicity, scheming, lust, understanding, survival.
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
I can't quite put my finger on why, but this did not do it for me. I wasn't invested in the couple, either alone or together. I was bored and skimmed the last 50 pages or so. I think I wanted the heroine to be more genuinely bad (she's a swindler as it was the only way to support herself) and to corrupt the uptight duke hero a bit?? But instead she kept insisting she was really a good righteous girl who wanted to get off the path of sin. Boring!
Jaci
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book in Eva's new Series "The London Underground" is a great read. The Trope is different in that the heroine, Cassandra is not well born. She spent her childhood in Debtor's Prison with her Father after her Mother left. She grew up on the streets of London and was mentored by a criminal who taught her the Confidence Game and she became an expert at swindling people out of their money. She has only known how to survive in the harsh world that she grew up in. Happy moments are rare in h ...more
Lorka
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh.... The first four chapters were really slow to get thru. After that, once the hero learned of her deception, it started to get more interesting. The hero got understandably pissed at realizing that this heroine that he had met with two years ago (and feel madly in love with during those 2 days) had conned him and was a liar. He was supposed to become cold, icy in his rage, etc and I was excited to watch them learn to trust each other again and fall in love again. Unfortunately the hero seem ...more
hatterell
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading an adult romance novel, as the genre isn't something that has particularly grabbed my interest until now. However, now I've reached the point where most YA novels featuring a romance have me rolling my eyes at their cringe level, I thought it was time to try something new.

From Duke till Dawn ended up completely blowing away my expectations, and I gave it 4/5*. Due to my lack of experience with romance novels, i wasn't expecting such a well-developed and engaging p
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Shell Cunliffe
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eva Leigh is a new author to me, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a handsome duke and a woman who had to lie to get what she wants.

For me the book started slow...but it does pick up, especially when Cassandra and Alex meet. Overall its a good book, but it didn't wow me. This is a trope that I have read before and have found enjoyable...but for me this book left me feeling that something was missing.

If you are a fan of Ms Leigh's books, then you will like it. The next question is w
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The_Book_Queen
My overall thought from this book? Meh. I liked it, there's nothing wrong with it, nothing that made me mad (see: too many books recently...). But it didn't hold my attention, either. Gorgeous cover, and it had its moments/quotes, but sadly this book wasn't anything special for me. I'm curious about a future couple so I'll still be back for more.

Full review is now up on TBQ's Book Palace.


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Marlene
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Eva Leigh is also Zoe Archer, and I absolutely love Zoe Archer’s action/adventure/historical and occasionally paranormal and/or sci-fi romances, so I’m all in for her historicals. One of the things she does best is write unconventional and truly kick-ass (sometimes literally) heroines and fit them into the setting she has created.

And that is absolutely true in From Duke Till Dawn. While the Duke in the title, Alex Greyland, really, really truly needs to hav
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Frankie Reviews
This is the first I have read Eva Leigh, really? I can’t believe that myself, I must constantly walk around with my eyes closed off to the world, to have missed out on such a fabulous author. But, I can guarantee that this will not be the last, I am determined to read more by Ms Leigh.

I was instantly taken with the premise of this book, was the way the hero is portrayed she is independent, strong, reliant and manages to manoeuvrer her way through a man’s world and manages to hold her head up hi
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Shrimalya
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
REVIEW

As much as I love the HR genre, its at times to difficult to find books that don't have repetitive storylines. So amongst all these reading From Duke Till Dawn is like a breath of fresh air as it is so different from what we usually find. Usually very few books focus on characters that aren't nobles, because even though the aristocracy had its own set of problems, the poor and the general populace had it even worse, and those stories are hard to romanticise. So that's why I love finding bo
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Janet
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two years ago Alex, the Duke of Greyland lost his heart and a princely sum to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after a very brief affair, 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. They meet again in a London gaming hell.
This is the first book I’ve read by the author & I particularly enjoyed that it was a different slant on a historical n
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Addie H
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 - 2 stars:

1. I found the hero as appealing as a dead stick in dry mud, he had no personality, so I don't see or belive the heroine's attraction (beyond the physical) and feelings after two nights together two years ago.

2. Writing like this

"The logic and reserve that he’d held so dear had sailed away on a voyage of unknown length, perhaps never to return."

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3. The book also brought me close to my crude/dirty talk line - and when they had sex in public at a sex party it crossed.

Yup I'm a prude
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Tracy T.
Unfortunately, this was an aggravating book. Excellent Narration by Faye Adele though! (audible review)

This could have been a 5 star story, but no. The author had to fill the pages with inner thoughts and thoughts and thoughts. It ended up being a 3 star story. I had to take away 2 stars for all "creative" ways the author repeated these two main characters thoughts. It was so aggravating I was yelling "stop thinking the same things in a different way"!

I really loved the characters and story lin
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Hasnamezied
5 Wonderful Amazing Stars.


Love Love Love in the air.
Rebecca
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet story, but I have to admit that I'm getting a little tired of these cutesy titles that are anachronistic to their settings.
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Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.

Other books in the series

The London Underground (3 books)
  • Counting on a Countess (The London Underground, #2)
  • Dare to Love a Duke (The London Underground, #3)
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