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From Duke Till Dawn

(The London Underground #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,083 ratings  ·  234 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,
Kindle Edition, 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 ...more
Al George
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.


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 seri
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I listened to this one on audio and wasn't too impressed. I love the premise of this book and how the Duke was just a mark to make money for Cassandra when they spent a passionate night together. Fast forward years and they run into each other again and Cassandra needs the Duke's help to find someone who has betrayed her. Unfortunately, the execution of this premise was just...boring. I didn't really care about Cassandra and the Duke rehashed his feelings about things over and over again. I was ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, 3-stars, 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
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

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
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2017
The smut is strong in this one, and I mean it in the best possible way. Sexy times are exciting but they don’t happen often enough so that they become repetitive and boring.

It was a ton of fun. The hero was an uptight tuff, just ripe to have his heart broken. But, dear goodreaders, he was never an asshole. The person who suffered most from his rigidness was his own self. It was a great adventure to see him lose what he thought was his core identity. And say naughty words.

The heroine, in turn,

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
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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! ...more
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 7/12)

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. Talk ab
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! ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Duplicity, scheming, lust, understanding, survival.

I was so invested in the story. As well as being passionate, this romance feels a bit like a thriller - it is very intense and it leads to a very exhilarating read.

I loved Cassandra and Alex, and the way they clashed in so many ways.

I will definitely read more of The London Underground series. Outstanding!
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf-england
A little bit of a let down :( None of the characters were as kickass as they were made to be
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard cool stuff about Eva Leigh books before I decided to pick up From Duke Till Dawn. I heard they were feminist, sex positive, and fun books to read. After reading this one, I can say those claims are mostly true. The "fun" one is a bit subjective. From the pun in the title to the caper like blurb I thought this was going to be a rom-com. It wasn't. I do prefer my historical romance to have a humorous quality so the fact that this wasn't meant to be all that funny made me take off a sta ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
He's lonely and she's the woman who left after one passionate night, many years before. When they meet again, he realised that she's a swindler. She's so interesting, but now the tables have been turned on her, and she's shattered. She's not a bad person, just living as best she can. He's a good man, and she introduced him to a different world. I liked this well written angsty story. ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soft hero. Gutsy heroine. Steamy. YES.
really enjoyed it
but poundering about reading the other books
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just not feeling this. Never warmed to Alex or Cassandra.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sofia Lazaridou
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
Addie H
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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."


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
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I'm shocked this was supposedly a can't miss book. One-dimensional, stereotypical characters; trite, overused plot lines. I quit at the 50% mark. ...more
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
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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Eva Leigh is a USA Today bestselling author who writes novels chock-full of determined women and men who are here for it. 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. As Alexis Stanton, she wrote the novel on which the top

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