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’s heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins?
‘[Eva Leigh is] One of my favorite authors. Her books are pure romantic delight’. – Tessa Dare
‘a jolt of electricity, a blast of fresh air — everything delightful and exciting you could want it to be.’ New York Times Book Review on My Fake Rake
Jess is a companion to a Lady and is sent to London to prepare for her employers arrival however an injury prevents her from coming to London so instead Jess uses the time to infiltrate a Bazaar in order to try to find investment to repair her families farm so they can resume their luxury soap production. She meets Noel, an incredibly wealthy Duke and sparks instantly fly
I struggled with Jess, I loved her as a character but at the same time really disliked her deception, posing as a widowed Lady to get into the Bazaar, made me uncomfortable even though I understood why she did it. Jess is very clever and has a fantastic financial mind which she uses in a brilliant manner and her love for her family is so strong. Her struggle of how and when to tell Noel the truth came through feeling so real and made me sympathetic towards her and by the end I was really routing for her and totally adored her
I loved Noel as a character, he is so used to people only wanting to be around him and only seeing his Ducal exterior but Jess see’s deeper than that which is a novelty to him but also something that endeared him to me, he is also clever and quick witted which showed that there was so much more beneath the exterior that he put on. He was also willing to be vulnerable around Jess and not always in control which seemed to be so unlike him but which added depth to his character
Noel and Jess’s battle of wills and thier verbal sparring kept me on my toes and I was hooked, determined to know what would happen next and what would happen to Jess and Noel’s relationship
I found some of the business propositions that were put forward at the Bazaar to be fascinating including a fire suppression system for mills which felt like the inspiration for the modern day sprinklers!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance which looks at a different part of society with main characters to fall in love with
AM 🐾 x
Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and sexy men. 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.