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  • Meant to be.

    Life and love requires some tough decisions to be made. How do you choose between the things you want and the people you need? Nick and Mina find themselves caught in the the middle of their heart's desires and their life's ambition in A Duke Changes Everything. In a world full of people blessed with pretty things, sometimes it takes surviving the ugliest of circumstances to help make the right choice. Carlyle takes readers through the good, the bad and the painful to get to the meant to be.

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  • a great tortured hero

    I really enjoyed this one! Nick is a lovely scarred (physically and mentally), brooding hero with a hard heart. He has no interest in the title he never expected to inherit and as far as he's concerned the sooner he can strip and sell the ducal estate of his childhood, the better. His whole world is set on its axis when he arrives to find his steward is in fact a woman and the daughter of the old steward. Mina is determined to do her duty to the estate and its people, as her late father wanted. We get to see Nick and Mina open up to each other and to the idea of trusting another with one's heart. This is especially true for Nick who has never truly known love and was abused by a cruel father who hated him. Mina herself only had a father who always put the estate first. There were also several supporting characters who I quite liked and I look forward to reading their stories as they are published. This was my first from Christy Carlyle, but I will definitely be reading more of hers now and I highly recommend this one. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • historical romance

    Nicholas Lyon is a made-man in spite of being born to a wealthy home. His father was a sadistic manipulative evil man that Nick and his mother finally managed to get away from but their lives were not easy and it became necessary for Nick to live by his wits to survive – and – that he did and then some. As the co-owner of a gambling den in London he works hard and earns much money. He has the say over who he will extend loans to and has tried to put his childhood behind him. When he learns that he has inherited the title of Duke after both his father and older brother die he is not interested at all in taking up the reins of the dukedom. Mina Thorne took over as manager of the Tremayne estate she does her best to keep things going in spite of the previous two dukes not doing well by the house or its tenants. She is hopeful that the new duke will be a breath of fresh air. In some ways he is and yet in other ways he is not. As the two get to know one another things do change and what a delight the relationship was to watch as the two changed and grew and become a couple/partnership. I won’t say much more but will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the second book when it comes out! Thank you to Edelweiss Above the Treeline and Harper Collins for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • Great start to a new series!

    Nicholas “Nick” Lyon is wealthy, he’s part-owner of posh London gambling club, but he had to crawl his way from the gutter to get there. He never wanted to hear about his heartless father again, but his brother’s death changes Nick’s circumstances now that he has become the Duke of Tremayne. He doesn’t care for the title or the Enderly estate, and it’s in this frame of mind that he leaves for Sussex. Thomasina “Mina” Thorne has taken over the stewardship of the Enderly estate after her father died, but the Duke doesn’t know that the steward is a woman. Life had gone on as usual but when the new Duke arrives, he tells her he wants to make changes; considerable changes. Will Mina still be able to live in the only place she’s ever called home? With A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING, Christy Carlyle launches her brand new Duke’s Den series set in Victorian England. Ms. Carlyle always remains faithful to the era with her characters: Mina does a man’s job but not out of defiance; it somehow landed in her lap. She’s good at being a steward, she likes it, and she’s been accepted by the staff, and half-heartedly by some of the villagers. Nick is one angry dude when his life is upended; he is not unpleasant, but he certainly is not happy about being a duke and revisiting the estate where there are old ghosts he never wanted to revisit. The attraction between Mina and Nick is there from the beginning, but can anything come out of it when they do not see eye to eye? Oh how I loved how the romance progressed! Nothing was rushed, and it was believable every step of the way; the attraction was real, but circumstances made acting on it difficult. The descriptions are crisp and colourful: I could picture everything clearly, and that parapet walk made me dizzy – but it was the setting for a most lovely scene. I love Christy Carlyle’s light touch, and A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING does not merely consist of a series of vignettes showcasing a romance, but a whole, complex world in which we are invited. The story has a rather gothic feel, especially where Enderly Castle and Nick’s past are concerned, and mostly with the tower, where unspeakable things once happened. I felt though that there was a dearth of details in some places, and the timeline left me a tad confused at times. I was pleased to see the inclusion of historical characters, even if very briefly; it provided a real authentic touch. There are some wonderful secondary characters: Emma, a maid; Wilder, Enderly’s butler; Nick’s business partners: Aidan Iverson, and especially Rhys Forester, Marquess of Huntley, whose story I cannot wait to read; he is quite intriguing and entertaining.

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