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In the Dark with the Duke

(Lost Lords of London #2)

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A lady of reserve and a fierce street fighter find common ground in the second Lost Lords of London novel by USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Eight years ago, Lady Lila March retreated to the safe shadows of her family’s estate after a devastating tragedy. Weary of being a whisper of her former self, she is determined to brave the dangers of the outside world
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Kindle Edition, 365 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Montlake
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Robin (Bridge Four)
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Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 hearts

I definitely like the concept of the Lost Lords of London series, where sons of the gentry were stolen away and presumed dead so others could inherit. In the Dark with the Duke is the second book of the series and follows another boy brought up in the underbelly of London only to find out later he
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Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
In the Dark With the Duke is the second book in Christi Caldwell's Lost Lords of London series. This wonderfully woven tale pairs Lady Lila March, who suffered greatly during the tragedy at Peterloo, and street fighter/Lost Lord, Hugh Savage.

Both characters, deeply scarred, attempt to heal each other in unconventional ways. Both Hugh and Lila transform each other's lives in ways that only can be imagined by delving into this dark to light tale.

In the Dark With the Duke by Christi Caldwell, is
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Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Since she was caught up in a devastating tragedy nine years ago, Lady Lila March has hidden away in her family's townhouse and become a mere shadow of her former self. Now, fed up with her own limitations, Lila is determined she'll venture into the dangers of the outside world again. First she must equip herself to defend her family from any would-be attackers and in order to find the best man to train her she must venture to East London in search of the notoriously undefeated street fighter kno ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lost Lords of London #2
Publication Date: 6/9/20
Number of Pages: 365

Lady Lila March and Hugh Savage have more in common than either of them realizes and it was fun to watch them figure that out. The book is well-written and I liked the story, but it did leave me scratching my head about a few things. I liked both Lila and Hugh, but some of the other characters just seemed to be space fillers. I also think this is one of those books that just begged for an epilogue. I would have dearly lov
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Susan in Perthshire
In the dark with the Duke - Christi Caldwell

I received an ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I have never read this author before and sadly I won’t bother with any more as this was not my cup of tea. Sorry, but I got very bored and struggled to stay on track.

The author can clearly write well, but I found this story incredibly disappointing. It was long-winded, meandering, and failed to come to life for me. As an expose of the horrors of the underworld of society in 1828, it work
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eyes.2c
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stolen lives redeemed!

I am so caught up in the Lost Lord series. I love it. This latest novel is another winner. Here we have Hugh Savage, the Savage Gentleman, a ferocious bare knuckled fighter involved in these vicious matches from childhood, starting on the road to salvation. Not through being a reinstated kidnapped child of the peerage, but through the actions of a woman, Lady Lila March, a recluse of eight years, an agoraphobic, living in the shadows of night, who turns to him to help free
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Kelly
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-arcs
Wow, um okay, this is awkward. I've read a few really good reviews for this book and I thought for sure I would love it too but sadly, I can't relate to them. I feel like the biggest mistake I made was to buy the audiobook since I was behind for reviewing my e-arcs. Unfortunately, the narrator's voice was not for me. AT ALL. From now on, I'll stay away from the audios he narrated at least for historical romances. From the very beginning, I knew it was going to be a problem and I had a very hard ...more
Cheryl
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Hugh and Lila were two engaging characters. They had both suffered a traumatic experience, although Hugh had experienced many such occasions, and were trying to deal with it in their own way, so that they could move on with their lives. As they got to know each other, so their feelings for each other deepened. However, they both have secrets and when discovered could have an affect on their relationship. This is not a lighthearted romance but it will have you gripped until the end, wh
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Elodie
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the Dark with the Duke
Lost Lords of London Series #2
Christi Caldwell
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChrist...
Release date 06/09/2020
Publisher Montlake

Blurb :

Eight years ago, Lady Lila March retreated to the safe shadows of her family’s estate after a devastating tragedy. Weary of being a whisper of her former self, she is determined to brave the dangers of the outside world again. No man is better equipped to train her in the art of defense than the Savage Gentleman, East London’s undefeate
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Carole Burant
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a story! Christi Caldwell never ceases to amaze me with her stories and this one will be known as one of my favourites. It's not a light, airy romance, this is more of a dark, nitty gritty kind of story but it's so well written and you'll be in love with both the hero and heroine before you can blink.

If you love a hero with a tortured soul, you've come to the right book! My heart ached for Hugh, for the childhood that was stolen from him, for the fighting that he hated and for the lac
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Lucia✍
(I review as I read!)

For some reason the prologue of this novel reminds me of “The Wild One”. I liked the hero from the jump and for some reason, picturing him as the person on the cover endeared him to me. I didn’t really like Lila on first introduction. Was skeptical about her paranoid nature.

Ugh, just remembered why I barely read British historical romance. Too wordy.

“Tell me something no one knows about you.” I think every guy on earth says these words when they start falling in love. Cute
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Tracy DeNeal
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lila and Hugh

What an unconventional love story!

We know Lila March as the reclusive younger sister of the starchy Earl of Waterson, Henry March. A traumatic experience at Peterloo as rendered her scarred an unfit for Polite Society at a young age. Her family appears to have simply bundled her up and left her to her own devices for years. She’s been a veritable shadow for many years. Damaged beyond repair many would say. Who does damage repair better than Christi Caldwell?

Hugh Savage, our unknowi
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LianaReads blog
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I loved it for so many reasons and it reminds me of my favourite historical romance of all times
It’s not your usual historical romance story and maybe because the hero is not a pompous high ranked society peer was even better for me.
The characters and interaction are perfectly designed and you can feel the chemistry and that flicker of hope and love coming their way soon enough.
If you’re in a mood for a great historical romance pick up this book and you won’t regret it.
Elodie
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Dark with the Duke
Lost Lords of London Series #2
Christi Caldwell
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChrist...
Release date 06/09/2020
Publisher Montlake

Blurb :

Eight years ago, Lady Lila March retreated to the safe shadows of her family’s estate after a devastating tragedy. Weary of being a whisper of her former self, she is determined to brave the dangers of the outside world again. No man is better equipped to train her in the art of defense than the Savage Gentleman, East London’s undefeate
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Becky
This is book 2 of the latest Lost Lords series and is totally fine read as a stand alone novel.

Lila has a tragedy in her past that has kept her from society. She is content to just stay home, even though her family around her and some of her friends are moving on. After 8 years, she thinks she is ready to venture out again because she's found a way to keep herself safe. She only needs the cooperation of The Savage Gentleman.

Hugh Savage is considered a legend in the underworld of London. He has n
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Lesa Divine
I didn't too much care for the boxing part of the story.

Plus Lily and Hugh didn't have that spark to me.
There was no connection that I seen.
Both had horrible secret pasts but the love for each other I didn't see.
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Cathy Geha
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell
Lost Lords of London #2

After years of being a recluse, the idea of being unable to protect herself and those she loves leads Lady Lila March to seek out Hugh Savage for instruction in self-defense. He is less than excited about the idea, but Lila is tenacious and persists till she succeeds in wearing him down. And thus, begins a dance the two will continue throughout the story. Hugh has battle scars from fighting for his life on the streets, in the ch
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Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
There is nothing I love more than a broken hero and Christi Caldwell’s heroes from the Lost Lords series have master being broken down to an art form!

These fated mates, Lady Lia and Hugh Savage were destined for each other! I loved how their pasts experiences mirrored, allowing them to finally be the person to make the other person whole again.

Brooding hero Hugh has fought for survival, fought for his freedom, fought for king and country and now he fights for his living. He may be unbeatable but
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Dot Salvagin
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh I do love the way Christi Caldwell brings characters to such vibrant life that they jump off the page right into your heart. Lila has suffered a devastating trauma and Hugh's life is no different. She needs to feel she can help to protect her loved ones from the savages she knows exist in the world. Hugh thinks of himself as one of those savages. We long for each of them to be healed and to learn to live free and love. Somehow Ms. Caldwell makes this magic happen and we once again have a beau ...more
Diana🌸
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I got tired of reading about the hero go on and on and on and onnn about his past, geez
Elaine
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this thrilling story. I found it rather exciting to read. Loved it! 5☆
Lori D
London 1828
Tales of stolen children and murdered families... the Lost Lords
Lady Lila March had hidden herself away for nine years. Fear, evil, danger lurked outside. She had experienced it. But with the almost kidnapping of her nephew, she decided it was time to reenter the world, but she would be prepared. That is when she saw the article about the "Savage Gentleman" , Hugh Savage, part of a fight club and had never been defeated. Her plan formed.
Hugh Savage. A devastating childhood.. No he had
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Douglas Meeks
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
In a hurry so you get the short version:

Fighter who does not want to fight

Heroine who DOES want to learn to fight

Both came across as unreal

Story was still very good but the "goal" was uninteresting, the secrets wore thin but the ending few chapters almost got it into the 4 Star rating for me but this book REALLY needed a epilogue since there were several threads that went unanswered and not for a new book just left the reader with more of a "fill in the blank" feeling. 3 Stars
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Erin
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*** WARNING: spoilers ahead. You have been warned. ***
In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell is the second in her Lost Lords of London series. While its in a series, I found you didn’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. The theme of young lordlings being kidnapped was consistent, but you didn’t see the characters from the first book appear in this story (although there are characters from some of Christi’s other series and I adore this crossover as you get to revisit old
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Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

In the Dark with the Duke is the second book in the Lost Lords of London series and it can most definitely be read as a standalone. It does have a loose connection with The Spitfire from the Wicked Wallflowers series, but it still works as a standalone.

Lady Lila March is a survivor of the Peterloo massacre, a historical event I had no prior knowledge of. One thing that I love about Caldwell's books is that I always learn
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Susan
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Physical and emotional wounds from years ago have kept Hugh and Lila locked in their pasts, with little hope for a better future. Both eaten up with haunting memories that would give no escape. Lady Lila March can live with the fear and reclusiveness no longer. She has decided it’s time to form a plan and take responsibility for her own safety and that of her sister and nephew. Determined to make the acquaintance of Hugh Savage, the renowned bare-knuckled fighter, and convince him to train her i ...more
Norah Gibbons
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell is the second book in her Lost Lords of London series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed the first book and do recommend reading it too.
The premise of the series is that greedy relatives sold off young heirs to a Fagan like crime lord in order to claim the inheritance for themselves. Hugh Savage has no memory of his life before he became a fighter, wa
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Eliza
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not really "feel" this book, but I will not be deducting any stars for that. I should not have read it since I was not in the mood for it, so that is not the authors fault.

I liked the plot a lot because I am a sucker for tortured souls- and both MC’s are haunted and suffer from PTSD. I did deduct a star because it felt a little disjointed. We were in the MC’s heads a lot and it just seemed that is was lacking something. This book verges on the darker side, no complaints there because that
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Rebecca
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t love this one but I’ll try others from this author as I like her style!
Silvia (roomforbooks)
Rep: mcs with PTSD
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