Jul 30, 2020

In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell Review

In the Dark with the Duke
Lost Lords of London #2
By Christi Caldwell
Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

A lady of reserve and a fierce street fighter find common ground in the second Lost Lords of London novel by USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Eight years ago, Lady Lila March retreated to the safe shadows of her family’s estate after a devastating tragedy. Weary of being a whisper of her former self, she is determined to brave the dangers of the outside world again. No man is better equipped to train her in the art of defense than the Savage Gentleman, East London’s undefeated street fighter.

Hugh Savage reigns as king—of the underworld. Physically invulnerable, emotionally battered, he has his reasons for bare-knuckle brawling. Though Hugh longs to break free of the ring and leave behind the brutal world of violence, he’s intrigued by the challenge Lady Lila poses. A mysterious lady of the peerage willfully descending into the dangerous rookeries? That bespeaks a woman with secrets of her own.

As their unconventional pact progresses, Hugh comes to admire the resolve in Lila’s heart. And beneath his hard surface, she sees a tenderness that touches her to the quick. They’ll soon discover how much they need each other—to face their pasts together, and to fight for a future they deserve.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

We are back with the second book of The Lost Lords of London series by Christi Caldwell and this book in my humble opinion is even better than the first! As it takes on a whole other suspenseful edge and you are not quite sure just what's going to happen next! 

Huge Savage is the man, the myth and the legend of the underground fighting ring in London, and while a lot of his reputation is the myth, he is a man who as a child was made to fight in an illegal boxing ring, and after escaping, he ended up in a place filled with such horror! But now he is back in London and this pesky woman is demanding that he teach her how to fight, and despite his feelings, he knows it's all going to end in disaster. 

Lady Lila March has lived in the shadows, as that is the only place she doesn't feel scared, but after 8 years of living like an almost hermit in the heart of society. But now it was time to take power into her own hands, quite literally in fact! And never again will she feel scared, at least that’s what she tells herself when she bangs on the door of The Savage Gentleman's boxing establishment, to demand lessons from the man himself, to teach her the art of defense. 

Oh, Christi Caldwell! You honestly blew me away with this story, you reduced me to a sobbing mess of a woman, but I loved every second of it! This series has brought a new world to historical romance, going places that many authors fear to adventure and for that I applaud you.  

I give In the Dark with the Duke 5 stars 

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son, and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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