Named one of Amazon's Best Romances of December!
For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare
Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet. The club is an escape, a place where he can forget about society and the weight of his title… and see her, the woman he’s wanted forever.
Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. But for Lucia, it’s strictly business, profitable enough to finance her dream: a home for the lost girls of the streets. Surrounded by lovers, she only observes, unwilling risk her future for any man. No member has ever intrigued her...until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, they dare to give in to temptation…
But the late duke’s legacy comes with a shocking secret, and the scandal threatens to destroy everything Tom loves… his family, the Orchid Club, and even Lucia.
Capping off the Regency-era London Underground trilogy, Leigh matches roguish yet chivalrous Thomas O'Connell, the new Duke of Northfield, with ambitious, spirited Lucia Marini, the new manager of the forbidden Orchid Club, in a sexy, scandalous tale. After the two spend a year admiring each other, they agree to have one night together, because Tom feels he can't return to the club now that he has a ducal title. When Tom discovers the club is part of his inheritance, he's shocked. If anyone finds out his staunch, deeply traditional father owned such a disreputable business, the damage to his family's reputation would be unbearable. Lucia's dream of founding a girls' home depends on her wages, so Tom agrees to keep the club open, and their hearts open to each other as well but their future is threatened by a coldhearted politician who wants to destroy Tom's family. Complex characters, witty exchanges, a little blackmail, and a lot of loyalty and love make this a fantastic ending to a sensational series.
4.5 stars - well worth a read
I’m always taken with books that don’t follow a traditional storyline, and this one is highly original. Both lead characters, especially the heroine, face challenges that are a fresh change from “standard regency angst.”
The ending is particularly satisfying. Plus, there’s some extremely steamy smooching.
Way too cheesy
I love regency romance. This one is way too cheesy.