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’s heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins?
Meet the Union of the Rakes—Eva Leigh's latest Regency romance series inspired by the Breakfast Club and other classic 80s films!
Complex, witty characters with strong bonds and big hearts enliven the seductive first Union of the Rakes romance from Leigh (the London Underground series). When paid companion Jessica McGale's employer is incapacitated by an injury, Jessica uses the extra free time (and her employer's wardrobe) to gain entry into London's annual Bazaar, five days during which genteel entrepreneurs can present their enterprises to investors, hoping she'll be able to secure enough funding to rebuild her family's soap business. One of those investors is Noel Edwards, Duke of Rotherby. Noel trusts very few people and is accustomed to being courted for his influence and wealth, but Noel is intrigued by Jessica's intellect, financial prowess, and sharp wit. Jessica enjoys being treated like a member of the elite, but as her feelings for Noel intensify she worries about what will happen if he discovers that she's pretending to be someone she's not. Leigh makes a strong case for their compatibility as Noel learns to open his heart and Jessica learns her own lesson about trust. Readers will delight in this fun, fresh Regency.
After a fire, Jessica's family business needs investors. Hoping to get some sales where the businesses upfront their payment for the goods, she heads to London. She is soon very disappointed as no business is willing to pay for goods they have not received. After hearing about a business related event, she decides to take her chance at attending. While her intentions were never to pretend to be anyone other than herself, circumstances have her posing as "Lady Whitfield".
Noel is intrigued by Jessica upon meeting her and the more time he spends with her, he falls deeper under her spell. She seems to get him like no one else does. Trust is huge to Noel, so what will happen when he learns that Jessica is not the person she has been presenting herself as?
I absolutely adored this story!! I loved Jessica and how smart she was. She was able to shine in the setting with all the other business minded people. Nick and Jessica together were red hot!! I just loved all the bantering between them! I loved Noel in the previous book in the series and this one just made me fall further in love with him. If you are a fan of romance, you need to pick this book up!!
The first 3/4ths of this book were amazing. The banter and dialogue was on point and too funny, the characters were all well written, the storyline was so unique. The last half of the book, once they “fell in their feelings” was so cheesy and over done and weird. And her commanding a duke? It was just awkward and strange. I would still recommend the book and will hope the next one is better.