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A Duke Changes Everything

(The Duke's Den #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  133 reviews
In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .

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 estat
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Published November 27th 2018 by Avon
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

Ah discovering new authors to love. One of my favorite things. It's a bit like sniffing the scent of new books.
I was bullied into reading this book by my book bestie and I regret nothing! This story isn't the most original concept but it has a lot of unusual aspects to make the story compelling and captivating.

Nick never wanted to be a duke because that would mean having to go back to the home he hated. So when he learns that his ducal brother passed away he hates being forced into returning. Hi

Title: A Duke Changes Everything
Series: Duke's Den
Author: Christy Carlyle
Release date: November 27, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

“You clearly haven’t read many fairy tales, Your Grace. There’s plenty of tragedy, and sometimes the creature is actually an enchanted prince.”

What a breath of fresh air! I needed this book so badly, I can't even tell you how much. Lately I've been in such a book funk that I couldn't seem to find a romance that swept me away and gave me that
I won! This is my first Goodreads giveaway win! I'm so excited to get this!!!
Lover of Romance
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Duke Changes Everything is the first book of a new series by Carlyle and I have to say that this being my first Christy Carlyle...this book was a winner for me! I was very impressed with this book. Now I am not going to say this was the best book of the year or anything, but I found it refreshin
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars

A Duke Changes Everything is the first book in Christy Carlyle’s new series set in the early Victorian Era.  It features a reluctant duke who happens to own a successful London gaming club – seriously, nineteenth century London – the historical romance edition - not only has about a million more dukes than could feasibly exist, but it seems the entire city consists of gambling establishments owned by aristocrats.  It’s become such an over-used char
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do love finding new to me authors and the start of a series and this one sounded promising.

I really liked Mina. She’s smart and stands up for herself and wears trousers. Nick is brash and maybe a bit cocky, but comes from a horrible childhood. I throughly enjoyed getting dual POV on this one. There are a few other characters, but mostly all secondary. I’m quite intrigued at Nick’s friends.

Plot wise, there were parts that felt repetitive, but the UST kept things going for me. I reveled in thi
3.5 stars
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I am giving "A Duke Changes Everything" a very Generous 3 stars.

Nicholas/Nick Lyon's was the 2nd son of a cruel father who physically and mentally abused him in horrible ways. Talbot Lyons Nicks father was the Duke of Tremayne now he is dead and so is Nicks older brother, the heir to the Tremayne Dukedom. Nick has suddenly become the new Duke of Tremayne. He never wanted to be Duke or to ever go back to his ducal estate Enderley . It holds so many horrible memories. His mother took him one nigh
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Lyon is the second son of the Duke of Tremayne and the co-owner of Lyon's Gentlemen's Club, a gambling establishment. He escaped a horrific, abusive childhood at the hands of his father. Called a bastard by his father and a monster because of his scar and two different colored eyes, Nick doesn't trust easily and doesn't let others get close to him. He loves numbers and keeps the books for the club. When his brother dies, Nick becomes the new Duke of Tremayne, a title he dislikes and an ...more
I loved, loved this one! I was hooked from the beginning, this was a book I read quite easily and enjoyed a lot. This book oozed with sweet unbridled romance that made me frantically flip through the pages! I was blown away by the intensity of the romance. The characterization is excellent, I liked both the hero and the heroine, they are a perfect match and they share a deep emotional connection.

Nicholas Lyon, Duke of Tremayne, is a survivor. Everything he has, he has worked for. A victim of his
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Duke Changes Everything features a wonderful romance between a man who inherits a title he doesn’t want and the woman who handles the estate he’s trying to get rid of.

As a second son, Nicholas Lyon never imagined he would inherit his father’s title which was fine with him as the man was heartless. But when Nick’s brother dies, the title passes to Nick forcing him to take time away from his gentlemen’s club to settle the estate. His first order of business is so get rid of the Enderley estate a
Barbara Rogers
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Series: Duke’s Den #1
Publication Date: 11/27/18

A lovely romantic first book in a new series. The Duke’s Den is an exclusive gaming hell owned by three men – Aidan Iverson (large, red-haired, grew up in London’s worst slum), Rhys Forester, Marquess of Huntley, and Nicholas Lyon (large, scarred, abused son of a mad duke). If this book is an example of those to come in the series, I can’t wait to read the others! It is well written, well plotted and I really enjoyed all of the characters.

Nicholas (
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2018
He was the moon and she was the waves.

After years of neglect and abuse, Nicholas Lyon vowed to never return to Enderley. But when his brother dies and he’s named the new duke of Tremayne, he’s forced to return to his childhood home. Nick still sees nightmares around every corner of the estate, and he’s determined to clean the place out and return to his gambling hall in London as soon as possible. But that’s before he meets Mina Thorne, the steward of Enderley. Mina believes that she can show Ni
Blodeuedd Finland
Poor Nick. He really hated his dad and the place he grew up. It was pretty obvious then when his dad was dead, and his brother was a wastrel that tadaa, Nick becomes Duke and hates it.
And I did like Nick. He did everything he could to make it on his own, with no help, not that he would have gotten it from a dad who hated him. I totally understood why he hated the place where he grew up, it is told early on.

Then there is Mina, whose father died and she took on the job as steward since the previou
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Mina had a unique job as estate steward. Her job and organizational abilities aside though, what I loved about her was her impulsive, feisty attitude. She had an impish sense of humor that was such a contrast to her job position, and it was very amusing seeing her tame the Duke.

Nick was grumpy and broody-a good hero type for me to fall for, lol! I couldn't blame the guy for his deep seated dislike for his childhood home so his gradual change of heart was pretty impressive. Seeing Mina unintenti
Douglas Meeks
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this story, it was slow burn and a few mental problems and some history to overcome but still a great story. I loved that they did not fall into bed shortly after they met as many less talented authors tend to do to please those readers who can't seem to get enough sex no matter that that kind of thing was few and far between in this era. I am not a stickler for historical accuracy but I tend to dislike it when it is thrown out altogether, this felt more realistic. Besides, who can't love ...more
Isha Coleman
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life and love requires some tough decisions to be made. How do you choose between the things you want and the people you need? Nick and Mina find themselves caught in the the middle of their heart's desires and their life's ambition in A Duke Changes Everything. In a world full of people blessed with pretty things, sometimes it takes surviving the ugliest of circumstances to help make the right choice. Carlyle takes readers through the good, the bad and the painful to get to the meant to be.
Susan (susayq ~)
I really enjoyed this, my first read from Christy Carlyle. The hero, Nick, was just broody enough without being a jerk to Mina. Watching them fall in love was great. It was sweet and not angsty. I'm curious to see who wins the heart of Nick's friend, Huntley.
Adria's Musings
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews

* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Scarred and brooding Nicholas Lyon has built his enormous wealth all on his own merit, but when his cruel older brother dies he finds himself inheriting a title he doesn’t want. Eager to move on with his life he travels to End
Tracy Emro
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 Stars

Nicholas Lyon has been called a monster many times but his mismatched eyes and wicked scar on his cheek are not the reason, he is ruthless and some say heartless man who has made a fortune along with his two partners at their gaming hell.

Nick didn't start out live on the streets of London but that is where he ended up after his father - The Duke of Treymayne - made his life miserable and finally did the unthinkable, forcing his mother to take him and flee. The old Duke was sure that Nic
Christy Carlyle is surprinsingly on the road to become one of my favorite HR author !
This book has a somehow classic premice but with an original execution ?
It is a character-driven story, our heros are somehow classic while being original ?
I know this does not make much sense...
It is like everything you have ever read, while being like nothing you have ever read...
Still not making any sense right...
Even if sometimes the storyline was not really realistic, I loved our two heros, I loved their d
May 23, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I like this author's writing, but this premise just felt stale to me. There was absolutely NO REASON that the hero needed to be a duke. None. And owning a gambling hell? Well, that's been done before too.

I like this author so I thought I'd see how she spun it and the cover of this is GORGEOUS so I dove in. It just didn't work for me. This new duke is supposedly wealthy in his own right, but doesn't travel with anyone? And then the servants constantly "misplace" him? And the hero makes his bed?
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
A Duke Changes Everything is the first in the new series The Duke's Den. This is a story of overcoming the harsh memories of the past and finding joy in the present. As a child, Nicholas Lyon has suffered horrific injuries at the hand of his abusive father but time, distance and a thirst for revenge have made Nick the man he is today. He is a successful, self-made owner of a gentlemen's club and now finds himself with a title he never wanted. Determined to erase the past, Nick returns to Enderle ...more
Samantha Jean
This was fine, standard disowned son regains the title due to the untimely death of older brother... The newly minted *duke meets a strong willed woman who puts him in his place. Yada yada yada.... And we all live happily ever after. The end.
Between Nick uttering this intriguing line at the start, “There are advantages to being a monster.” and a trousers-clad Mina climbing a tree in order to rescue a cat, I had high hopes for the obviously Beauty and the Beast inspired A Duke Changes Everything. Sadly, all that potential quickly faded away and what I was left with instead was a slow paced bore of a plot that went nowhere and an equally muddled romance that came up short of what it could’ve been.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

There are multiple ways to interpret the title of this lovely historical romance, and all of them are equally applicable to the story.

It could be that BECOMING a duke changes everything, because it certainly does for Nick Lyon.

It could be that the ARRIVAL of a duke changes everything, because it definitely does that for both Thomasina (Mina) Thorne and the ducal estate at Enderley.

It could also be that the new duke himself, Nick Lyon, changes everything rel
A fan of Carlyle’s writing and her ability to present characters and situations that are layered and often nuanced, I was excited to read this new series. Set in the Victorian era, fear not readers – this isn’t a story laden with balls and the rigidity of the London season, nor is it filled with secondary characters full of tittle-tattle and drama that seeks to come between our couple. No, these two characters are strong-willed, likeable and easy to relate to, who have personal as well as ‘oblig ...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
A Duke Changes Everything is a dark and seductive historical romance that I delighted in!

The Enderley estate is all Mina Thorne has ever known. Her father was steward to the previous two duke's, and after his passing Mina loyally took over his duties. When a new duke inherits the title and estate though, none of Enderley's staff know what's in store for them. Will this duke be as wicked as the last two, or will he be the one to finally turn the estate around?
Nicholas Lyon wants nothing to do wit
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Duke Changes Everything is the first book in the Duke's Den series by Christy Carlyle. As usual with a book from this author, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

In this particular story, Nicholas (Nick) Lyon is a very successful, self-made wealthy man. He is the second son in line for the Tremayne Dukedom, a role he never wanted to accept. It's one unfortunately which is forced upon him when he hears that his brother has died. There was no love l
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Lyon just inherited a dukedom and he's not happy about it. Enderley and his new title, Duke of Tremayne, remind him of a life he ran away from and his tyrannical father whose jealousy made him believe Nick was not his son. Nick worked hard to leave poverty behind and became a successful business, opening a gentlemen's club with two friends. But with his history, his mismatched eyes and a scar on his face, his rigidity and work-obssessed attitude, relationship is not something easy for h ...more
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