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Dare to Love a Duke

(The London Underground #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  97 reviews
For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare

Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published December 24th 2018 by Avon
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I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals.

Dare to Love a Duke is the third book in Eva Leigh’s The London Underground series, in which the three heroines are not as respectable as the debutantes, governesses and worthy widows that litter the pages of historical romance. Eva Leigh presents a trio of spirited, independent women who know how to play men at their own game and who have made lives for themselves on their own terms – and pairs them with men who fully
Lover of Romance
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

*May Contain Spoilers*

Dare To Love A Duke is the third book in the London Underground series by Eva Leigh. I am not sure why I haven't read Eva Leigh in such a long time, but after hearing some raves about this book on multiple romance podcasts and the big controversy on the Twitter Romancelandia that dealt with a review from Smart Bitches on this book, I decided that I needed this book in my life especially with the set up of the story
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Dare to Love a Duke by Eva Leigh is book Three in The London Underground Series. This is the story of Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield and Lucia aka 'Amina'. I have read the previous books, but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Lucia runs the Orchid Club working to earn money to help other girls/ladies on the streets. Tom is the a newly titled Duke but is slow to give up his standing with the Orchid Club. Tom has started a friendship of sorts with Lucia and the desire to be with
What a great conclusion to this series. LOVE it all. This one is fantastic in how Eva Leigh addresses the lives of the women of the time, sex work and poverty in a really interesting way. I can't recommend this one or the series more. So great!
Tom is the son of the Duke of Northfield, raised with the understanding that his life will be one of duty and honor, so he’s taking the chance to grab all the gusto he can, while he can. While having experienced love seen from his parent’s view, and adoration from his much younger sister, while he’s not callus with their feelings, he’s not such the rogue as to bring shame to the family. He’s got a fascination with Amina, the manageress of The Orchid Club, a clandestine ‘pay what you can afford’, ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dare to Love a Duke is the third book in The London Underground series by Eva Leigh. It can be read as a standalone if you haven't read the others in the series. I have, and even if you haven't read them before this one, I say read them anyway, they are just as good as this one is.

Thomas Powell is the new Duke of Northfield. Before his father died Thomas lived his life to the full, doing everything that he knew he would have to stop once the weight of being the Duke fell on his shoulders. One of
Leigh Kramer
If you read historical romance and enjoy audiobooks, you have got to listen to this one. Zara Hampton-Brown does an incredible job with the narration, especially the Irish hero. (Be still my heart, Tom.)

Absolutely loved this one from start to finish! I haven't read Eva Leigh before, although she's been on my TBR for some time. Irish heroes are my favorite, in fiction and real life, so therefore Tom had me at hello. But Lucia was just as impressive a heroine and her work ethic, determination, and
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dare to Love a Duke was not your typical historical romance. Centered around a scandalous club run by a woman who hides a troubled past, and the newly titled duke who falls for her, Eva Leigh didn’t hold back on the emotions or the passion, which made for a combustible story.

I will start by saying you can read the books in this series individually with no worries but I think they’ve all been interesting enough to check them all out. Also, this particular
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Well, this is dazzling! By far one of the most seductive and erotic books (apart from Dare) that I have read from Mills and Boon, it’s spine-tinglingly good, its sexy, sensual and enchanting romance, that is so different to the stereotypical historical romance.

This is the third book in what has been an amazing series; The London Underground, and when I say that this is amazing I don’t just say it because I can’t think of another word to use (even though that is true) but it seriously is amazing.
The Reading Debutante
I think when Tessa Dare calls a book “Simply Divine”, you sit up and you pay attention. She’s not wrong! Dare To Love A Duke just might be the hottest romance you’ll read this year! It’s sassy, saucy and seductive, not to mention witty, the banter is just perfection. It delivered everything and more that we’ve all come to expect from a Historical romance, but with all the heat and sexual promise you would find from the Mills and Boon DARE imprint. It’s like a hybrid of the two and I was amazed ...more
Shivani Seth
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Originally posted on Smitten by Books Review blog

4.5 Stars ~ Top Pick

Leigh’s finale to the London Underground is everything I wanted!

First and foremost, this story is a heart-tugger. It grabs a hold with lots of confessions, secrets, and such sweet sorrow. Both hero and heroine seem as if their worlds are too far apart and no way for them to be together. Trust in Eva Leigh to make things happen.

Second, I highly enjoy and love the inclusion I’ve experienced in this series and Dare To Love A
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
*grins madly*

And Laura’s historical romance fiction addiction continues...

Oh my – my heart is SO full *sighs*

I have been dying (okay, slight exaggeration) to read Tom and Lucia’s story. I’ll let you all in on a not-so-secret, secret – *whispers* Tom is my favourite, but don’t tell Alex (FDTD) *blushes* I’m sure I’m not the only one who always has a favourite in a series. Well, for me, Tom is that character. Although, please note that each book can be read as a standalone.

I’ve been slightly
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-arcs
I really enjoyed this novel. It is #3 in The London Underground series and can be completely read as a stand alone novel. I didn't read the first two books and was still able to follow and enjoy the plot line.

Let me just say that this beginning.. HOLY MOLY! WHAT A HUGE SHOCKER! I have never encountered a historical romance novel with THIS much of a rule breaking focal point rebelling against such a strict society nature! However, it was soooooo dang good! I was just as stumped and shocked to the
Jane Hunt
On first acquaintance, Lucia is, the most scandalous of the ladies in this Regency romance series. The proprietress of a secret sex club, although not the owner, she is above the wild abandonment that takes place behind its doors, and never fraternises with members, until Tom. The early chapters of this book are explicit, but not in a gratuitous way. The descriptions demonstrate the ethos of the club and the double standards of polite society. It is a surprisingly egalitarian place, where ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite dukes in a long time. Tom has recently suffered the loss of his father and has to assume a role he never wanted--that of responsible adult. He is a different man than his father, and, through the influence of his progressive friends (whom we have met in previous titles in the series), comes into a deeper understanding of himself and his role in society through the course of the book. He does have a little angst, but he doesn't mope, thank goodness.

One of his friends, however,
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dare to Love a Duke is the story of Tom, new Duke of Northfield, and Lucia Marini. Lucia is also known as Amina, and runs the Orchid Club, which is an exclusive sex club in London.
It’s a lovely story of two people who struggle with the weight of expectations, responsibilities, and their own needs. Though they are from very different worlds, Tom and Lucy complement each other so well. There is a real chemistry between them as they learn to trust each other, and share each other’s burdens.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Powell, formerly the Earl of Langdon & now the Duke of Northfield following his father’s death, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more duelling, or carousing, or frequenting masked balls. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet he wants one more night.
Lucia aka Amina manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. Yet no member of the club has ever intrigued her until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her
Thomas Powell has just become the Duke of Northfield and has to set aside his previously rakish ways to protect his father's legacy and ensure a good future for his younger sister. She's very much in love with the son of one of their father's most trusted allies in Parliament, who clearly expects Thomas to continue supporting him, whether Thomas actually agrees with his views or not. Torn between duty and his own conscience, Thomas is struggling. The one place he feels at ease, the Orchid Club, ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello dear readers I am the last one on this blog tour, I would like to thank Mills and Boon and Mills and Boon Insiders for asking me being part of what has been a fantastic blog tour and thank you Eva Leigh for writing an absolutely brilliant book.

Oh my word my lovely readers are you in for a treat will this amazing book, I absolutely adored it, it’s one of those books that get you hooked from the first page. And boy is it hot, I do apologise for all the gushing...but this book truly deserves
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
I had trouble putting this down.

The general concept of this series is so good and though that makes it a little more serious than I usually enjoy (ie, a bit high on the angst scale for me) the balance here was perfect. I think what really helped was that there was just no denying the feelings between Tom and Lucia—most of the conflict was their stations in life and (to a lesser degree) them actually acknowledging their feelings.

I just also loved how much they listened to each other and the fact
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

LOVED this. 2019 already has the ultimate book boyfriend to beat in Tom Powell.
Now that's how you do it! What a fantastically sensual and angsty in the best way romance, with one of the swooniest HEAs I've read this year. I'll write a better review when I'm not on my phone but all the yes.

Thomas Powell is now the Duke of Northfield. No longer can he carouse the town or enjoy his Thursday nights at the Orchid Club discussing everything and anything with its seductive and enigmatic proprietress, a masked woman he knows as Amina. Thomas shares one hot night of passion with
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging book and a good conclusion to the series.
Finished this one yesterday and haven’t stopped thinking about it all morning. The writing and character development were *chefs kiss*
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

This is the third book in the author’s London Underground series, and it makes a fine and fitting conclusion to that series. But it also works as a standalone. The story in this entry bears some resemblance to the circumstances in the first two (From Duke Till Dawn and Counting on a Countess) but the reader knowing where they are and who the characters are in Dare to Love a Duke is not dependent on having read the other books first.

Not that they are not a
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New duke Tom knows he needs to give up his wild ways upon his father's death, which means no more attending his favorite sex club run by the woman who has captured his imagination like no other. I've never read the word "fucking" so many times in an historical romance, ha. (Don't @ me, I know that it was in use then and is accurate. It was just the sheer number!) I liked Tom and Lucia a great deal. I especially love how Tom didn't try to fix everything for all the women in his life, but came to ...more
A generous 3 stars. This has a great premise and likable leads, but it suffers from logic holes the size of a wrecking ball.

The relationship between the protagonists is great. It's respectful and sexy and handles the power imbalance reasonably well. Sure the buildup (a year of spontaneous celibacy) was improbable, but what a great idea to have a male lead literally keep it in his pants and get to know a woman, even though there is no pressure or incentive for him to do so.

But then there's the
Megan Lavey-Heaton
There are books that you like, those that you love, and those you would be trapped on a desert island with. This, dear potential reader, is a desert island book.

The heir to a dukedom has been playing the field and is looking for a challenge when he is drawn to the manager of the Orchid Club, a sex club where anything goes as long as it's consensual. However, when his father dies, Tom realizes he needs to grow up for the sake of the people he is now in charge of and for his sister, Maeve. Putting
Felicia Grossman
This book was everything I ever wanted from a regency (and probably a few things I didn't know I wanted but needed). I loved every moment of it and clearly read it in one sitting. I have a ton to say about it. I'm sure I'll leave things out, but OMG: first, let's talk about having an ambitious heroine where ambition is an admirable quality. Lucia is fabulous and wonderful, not just because of the unselfish, brave and charitable things she does, but because of how good she is at her job and how ...more
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Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined 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)
  • From Duke Till Dawn (The London Underground, #1)
  • Counting on a Countess (The London Underground, #2)