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Would I Lie to the Duke

(Union of the Rakes #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,025 ratings  ·  290 reviews
When an ambitious entrepreneur pretends to be a lady of means, she catches the eye—and heart—of a duke...

Jessica McGale's family business desperately needs investors, and she's determined to succeed at any cost. But she knows London's elite will never look twice at a humble farm girl like herself. Posing as “Lady Whitfield,” however, places her in the orbit of wealthy,
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Published July 28th 2020 by Avon
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh

Historical romance. 2nd book in the Union of the Rakes series. Can be read as a stand-alone. Commoner poses as high society to keep her family business running. Falling is love wasn’t part of the plan. Nevertheless love happened.

Emotionally satisfying and beautifully written, this romance is heartbreaking and enriching. I fell in love with the Duke who had a soft heart and was essentially a nice and generous person. I fell in love with the heroine who was ext
Cait (Caitsbooks)
*Thank you so much to Avon & Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.*

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Quick Stats:
4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Would I Lie to the Duke is a fun, sexy read that you will want to reread the second you finish.

“Love isn’t a weapon. It’s
"Get on your knees and receive your penance." What a hell of ride! I mean damn this one was good! 4.5

Would I Lie to the Duke is the second book in the Union of the Rakes series. I read the first book (this was also my first historical romance) earlier this year and also enjoyed it, but ya'll this blew away my expectations. I'm not sure what I was expecting in terms of the storyline; however, this was it! I ate this whole book up. Every single page. Every single line. This second installment focu
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

If you are looking for a fun and sexy historical romance with a brilliant, dominant heroine and a rakish but sexually submissive hero, you should definitely check out Would I Lie to the Duke! I had a really good time with this one and I like the way the author plays with power dynamics. This is the second in a series loosely inspired by 80's teen movies, and you will certainly see a few tongue-in-cheek references to modernity. Including a very silly business idea that is
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Thank you to Mills & Boon, for sending me a copy of Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh, and for the opportunity to participate on this blog tour.

Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh is the second book in the Union of the Rakes series. It can be easily read as a standalone though.


This is the story of Jessica McGale. Her family business is in need of investors, after it collapses due to a fire. Jessica is determined to acquire
Jess McGale is a farmer's daughter. Her family makes a wonderful honey scented soap, using real honey from their farm, and the product is unparalleled. Just when they were on the verge of having a supportive financial venture with it, part of the farm is destroyed. Now she's desperate for investors to help repair the damage and get the business back on its feet. She decides posing as Lady Whitfield will get her in to the doors she needs to make this succeed.

Noel is a charming, wealthy, fun lovin
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the previous book in the series, but this one was even better.

I loved Jess and Noel. She’s well read and smart and looking for control. He’s charming and loyal and looking to relinquish control. Together they have instant chemistry and enough banter to choke someone. Seeing the rest of the Union was fun and I’m really hoping we get to see a certain lady in an upcoming story.

Plot wise it was good. There are loads of scenes with Jess and Noel together. I was absolutely living for
Jessica Grogan
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The Breakfast Club-esque prologue of this title along with the scenes of Noel, Duke of Rotherby, and his friends are the absolute best things about this title. I laughed out loud for a few of these scenes, and they definitely have me excited for the next title in the series!!

I felt like Jessica’s side of the story was more compelling than Noel’s. I felt like she had far more to lose than he did and that she had more of a personality.

The only thing that kept me from giving this title 4 stars was
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jessica McGale needs an investor, quick, for her family's soap making business. Desperate to secure funds before accompanying her Lady on a tour of the continent, she gets swept up in to a fake identity in order to gain access to a private party of rich aristocrats who spend the week looking for ways to spend their fortunes.

Here Jessica meets the Duke of Rotherby, a man as beautiful as he is kind and seductive as hell. As the pretend widowed Lady Witfield, Jessica impresses Noel, but she is relu
I didn't like this one as book one..maybe I didn't connect with the characters maybe it is the narrator..maybe it is both of those things.
Still, if you are looking for your next historical series I recommend Eva Leigh's books!!
Tracy Emro
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
When fire destroys part of her family’s farm and prevents them from manufacturing their honey soap, Jessica “Jess” McGale takes a position as a companion to Lady Catherton to help her brother and sister financially. But as luck would have it, Lady Catherton wants to travel abroad and has Jessica go ahead to London to make sure everything is ready for her. Jessica decides to visit some shops on Bond Street and convince them to sell her family’s soap and she is returning to the townhouse, defeated ...more
Joana V.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review originally published at Romancing Romances.

I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


Would I Lie To The Duke is a book I had a hard time describing how it made me feel, for a very simple reason: I hate liars. [I like the fake relationship trope because both characters are aware and in on it]. And yet, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, with the exception of the moments I was reminded that Jess was lying, because she had
Actually, Yes!

A young woman Jessica McGale is determined to save the family soap business. The product is of high quality, the only problem is that a fire has destroyed the plant. She and her siblings need investors.
Noel Edwards, the Duke of Rotherby heads a group called the Bazaar who each year hold a week long event looking at businesses to invest in.
Jess is resolved to attend. How she manages this is heart beatingly fascinating. Worthy of Becky Sharpe of Vanity Fair. How Jess manages to keep
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review is on my website

I always love reading mills and boon romance stories, and Would I lie to the Duke is my first book that I have read by Eva Leigh, that I thoroughly enjoyed so much I couldn’t put the paperback down.

I thought the peach dress on the lady who meant to be Jessica McGale on front of the cover set the book off making the paperback very eye catching, and of course with the dashing Duke in the back ground in smart suit.

I loved reading about Jess
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I obtained an ePUB of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

I was very much looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, this book is beset by several problems. The first is Noel who is the hero. I would say Noel has the personality of a door but that would be an insult to doors. I don't have any understanding of what makes him tick. Jess seems to be motivated mostly by her desire to get her family farm up and running but she is about as smart as my dog. (I do
This was so fun and so sexy. Working Girl meets The Secret of My Success as stated from the author and it works brilliantly. Noel is the Princess archetype from The Breakfast Club and it's so carefully executed. Jess is a wonderful foil for his carefree manner. There are some really great Easter eggs that had me cackling. Eva Leigh does it again. I can't wait to see what the jock in the next Union of Rakes book gets up to. ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view.

Would I Lie to the Duke follows Jessica McGale as she navigates London as a companion to Lady Catherton, while trying to save her family's soap making business that burned down a few months ago. After Lady Catherton is delayed in the country due to an illness, and Jess is alone in London, she decides to masquerade as Lady Whitfield, gain access to the exclusive Bazaar, and find some wealthy bac
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I kind of missed calling Rotherby ‘Rotherby’. It took some getting used to to refer to him as Noel…and that is my only critique of this book.

Jessica McGale is in trouble. After her parents death, and a fire on the farm, her family business is in danger of failing and she and her siblings risk being split up. She needs people to invest in their business but no one will listen to a poor farm girl with a damaged farm. A chance comes when she manages to make her way into the Bazaar, a place where we
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is just an absolutely perfect example of a fun, low angst, sexy as hell, hilarious romance. Noel and Jess had such incredible chemistry, the supporting characters felt so well flushed out and wonderful, and it struck a perfect balance between understanding where everyone was coming from and wanting to shake them and be like "GAHHHH TALK TO EACH OTHER." I think that balance was struck so perfectly because they truly are super honest and vulnerable with each other about their feelings and the ...more
Elley Murray
I really LOVED the first book in this series, My Fake Rake, and was super excited to read more about Rotherby, the rakish Duke (or Noel, as we come to know - and love him - as in this book). Also, it's a mistaken identities trope and something of a Cinderella story, and you know I'm a sucker for both, so I clearly needed this book in my life.

I didn't love Noel and Jess as a couple as much as Sebastian and Grace in the first book in this series. HOWEVER, My Fake Rake was one of my top 5 favorite
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Miss Jessica McGale and her siblings run a soap business that is desperately in need of capital after a fire halted their production and plans for expansion. On “hiatus” from working as a lady’s companion, Jess poses as a widowed lady in order to sneak into an investor event. Noel Edwards, Duke of Rotherby, inadvertently helps “Lady Whitby” gain entry to the exclusive group. Jess is unlike any other woman Noel has ever known and he’s willing to do anything to bring her closer into his orbit.

Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
3.5 stars rounded up.

Jessica McGale's family makes the best soap to be found in England, but just as she was hoping to expand their production, a fire put paid to those plans. Now working as a lady's companion, Jess knows she must find investors to keep the business afloat and keep herself and her two siblings together. When she winds up with two weeks in London without her employer, Jess sees her chance. Pretending to be the fictional widow Lady Whitfield, Jess finds her way into the circle of
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second installment was a delight!
It's clear from the beginning that Jess is pretending to be a high society lady to save her family business. Because of that, it is easy to expect and anticipate the big conflict to be her being exposed.
Noel loves that he can truly let all of his ducal responsibilities be put aside when he spends time with Jess. They have intelligent conversation, and he is smitten with her wholeheartedly.
I couldn't get enough of this book. Their chemistry was fantastic f
I suppose that a story about a commoner infiltrating the Regency era’s version of Shark Tank should have been fascinating. Instead, it was unspeakably boring. Eva Leigh’s character-building is shallow and dull, and her prose is ridiculously florid and purple. I didn’t dislike the book, but neither did I enjoy reading.

Would I Lie to the Duke is kind of like a meal you get at a fast-food place just because you’re hungry and don’t want to cook and it’s on the way home from work. It tastes okay, but
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eva Leigh's latest historical romance asks "Would I Lie to the Duke?" and the answer is yes, yes Jess would. But it's for a good cause and everything works out, so perhaps we can forgive Jess and forgive the author for all the 80's earworms.

Jess is working as a lady's companion and needs to find an investor to save her family's floundering farm and soapmaking operation which was ruined in a fire. When her injured employer takes some time to recuperate in the country and leaves Jess in London for
I just finished this book and I am sitting here utterly in awe. It has been quite a while since I have read a new Regency Historical Romance that has affected me so much. There were so many wonderful things to love about this story and the characters, but I have to say my absolute favorite part was the level of respect the characters showed each. Eva Leigh was able to show that it is completely normal to admit ones attraction to another person while simultaneously respecting their boundaries.

Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the eldest sibling, it is Jessica McGale’s duty to see that she rescues the family farm and soap business at any cost. The cost ends up having some delightful bonuses, when she entices the Duke of Rotherby into inviting her while posing as Lady Whitfield, to his “Shark Tank” (US) or “Dragon’s Den (CAN) style business summit. There is plenty of business and pleasure to be had!

Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, is used to sycophants every where he goes… that’s why he values his friendships with the U
Norah Gibbons
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Would I Lie to the Duke is the second book in Eva Leigh’s delightful Union of the Rakes Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I enjoyed the first book in the series, My Fake Rake and do recommend it as well. When her employer is injured, Jessica McGale arrives in London with few responsibilities. Jess decides to take advantage of her free time to promote the honey soap made by her family. She is havin ...more
Noel was a charming sweetheart. I liked his generosity, loyalty, and his open-minded business acumen was sharp. He had some surprising hidden layers, but that only seemed to add to his allure rather than take away.

Jess was a steely, motivated heroine. She went to extreme lengths to help her family farm, but sometimes it was to her personal detriment.
While her drive to succeed was admirable, I wish she loosened up enough to appreciate what was standing literally in front of her.

The relationshi
Trigger warnings: mentions of fire (in the past), lying. I think that's all??

After LOVING My Fake Rake at the beginning of the year, this rapidly became one of my most anticipated books of the second half of the year. And when I first started it, I was sliiiiiiiightly apprehensive because there's a lot of economics-related stuff in here and to be perfectly honest, I didn't really care???

Like, it was fine. But I wasn't hooked to the page desperate to find out what happened next. But somewhere ar
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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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