FICTION

From Duke Till Dawn

Avon. (London Underground, Bk. 1). Jun. 2017. 372p. ISBN 9780062499417. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062499424. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Alexander Lewis, Duke of Greyland, has just been jilted by Lady Emmeline. Rather than crestfallen, he is numb: another woman has found him wanting. Yet the lovely Mrs. Blair, who left in the middle of the night two years ago in Cheltenham, dealt him a bigger blow. Now, could that really be she, working in the floating gaming hell he was dragged to by his friends? Cassandra feared London would present the risk of running into Alex, but when Martin Hughes asked her to join him for one last scheme—just encouraging rich folks to gamble perhaps more than they intended to—it seemed the right ploy to set herself up and never have to look poverty in the eye again. She'll avoid Alex and then be gone. But Alex overhears Martin discussing their plans, and now Martin has run off with all the money, leaving Cassandra holding the bag and confronting a furious duke.
VERDICT Leigh's (Temptations of a Wallflower) new series opener casts an eerie glow on the denizens of London's criminal class, letting one of its own become the answer to a duke's stolid life of propriety. Strange bedfellows indeed, with heat in abundance. Readers will enjoy watching these two overcome enormous barriers to find happiness. For most romance collections.

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