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, powerful people—most notably the Duke of Rotherby. His influence and support could save her company, but Jess never expected the effect he’d have on her.
Society thinks Noel is a notorious, carefree duke who dabbles in investments, but there’s a side to him that only his closest friends see. When he crosses paths with Lady Whitfield at a business bazaar, his world tilts on its axis. She’s brilliant and compelling, and brings him to his knees like no woman has before. Trust is difficult for Noel, but Jess makes him believe anything is possible…
As time ticks down on her Cinderella scheme, the thought of achieving her goal at Noel’s expense breaks Jess’ heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins?
Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh is a unique tale. This story contains a reversal of power roles in a relationship. In this case, the woman leads the man in seduction. Oh, he’s very practiced in this area but never before has he ever been submissive. Most women in historical romances have yet to have had the experience unless previously married. However, both protagonists have the experience and their scenes heat up the pages.
There was more explicit romance scenes compared to most historical romance novels that I have read. It was different. But it suited with the characters. It was a lot more bold and different. Eva Leigh has made this new approach work well. The hero and heroine made it more intense and more romantic. Sure they were lead by their undeniable desires, but they still brought out the heartfelt emotions too.
It was not just about the sex. They each had something to prove not only to themselves but to others. The Duke was known for getting everything he wants. The Lady was known as a commoner struggling to keep her family farm and home. Both found their other half in each other. I loved their banters. Also, I enjoyed how the Duke didn’t push the Lady and how she kept him at arms length for a bit. Overall, it was a fun filled romance.