Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! (Like, literally, I cried. Real tears. Running down my face. And I don’t cry reading very often. Hit me right in the feels.)
I absolutely adored Would I Lie to the Duke! (Even though it made me cry. 😂) It was the perfect followup to My Fake Rake and continuation of Eve Leigh’s regency romance homage to 80’s Movies. Noel is as wonderfully charming as he was when we met him in My Fake Rake and Jess is a BO$$ who knows what she wants and goes for it. Their chemistry is off the charts, and the repartee is SO perfect. Leigh’s humor really shines through as well – she had me cracking up throughout the whole book! (I love all the Union of Rakes interactions. Their insults are pure gold.)
Noel really comes into his own in Would I Lie to the Duke. Sure, he was a rich, successful duke before we started, but Jess helps him recognize his privilege and arrogance and he puts in the work to become a more thoughtful human because of it. He also learns that serving Jess – both in the bedroom and out – satisfies him in a way that nothing else can. I love the power transition here. Noel’s submission is even more impactful because of the amount of power he is placing into Jess’s hands.
Jess will do anything to save her family’s business, including infiltrating a bazaar as a gentlewoman, lying repeatedly to everyone there, and strategically plant seeds about the business with the potential investors. She is vitally aware of her lies and tries to stay away from Noel, but the pull is too strong. In the end, Jess has to learn to rely on her family and deal with the consequences of her actions. Which includes explanations and some groveling on the side.
Jess and Noel’s HEA is hard fought for, but absolutely perfect. And now I can’t wait for McCameron’s book Waiting for a Scott Like You!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.