ROMANCE

Would I Lie to the Duke

Avon. (Union of the Rakes, Bk. 2). Aug. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780062932426. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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After a fire destroys the farm buildings dedicated to keeping her family’s soap business afloat, Jessica McGale rallies to save the company by adopting the fake title of Lady Whitfield and traveling to London to attend a conference catering to investors. There she meets the Duke of Rotherby, Noel Edwards, a young upstart with connections to the city’s elite. Noel is surrounded by those who rely on him for business favors, yet he feels no real ties to high society and has few associates outside of the Union of Rakes, his tight-knit group of friends from Eton. Lady Whitfield’s wit, assured business acumen, and poise easily draws Noel to her side, and he soon finds himself placing his trust and vulnerability in her hands. When Jessica’s desperate scheme finally comes to light, Noel vacillates between returning to his rakish ways or forgiving the woman who dominates his every thought.
VERDICT A duke who has no problem taking a more submissive role and an intelligent woman determined not to fail make an exquisite match in this second spicy, delectable tale in Leigh’s “Union of Rakes” series (My Fake Rake). Regency fans will savor and want more.

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