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In the Dark with the Duke I didn t too much care for the boxing part of the story.Plus Lily and Hugh didn t have that spark to me.There was no connection that I seen.Both had horrible secret pasts but the love for each other I didn t see. Wow, what a story Christi Caldwell never ceases to amaze me with her stories and this one will be known as one of my favourites It s not a light, airy romance, this isof a dark, nitty gritty kind of story but it s so well written and you ll be in love with both the hero and heroine before you can blink If you love a hero with a tortured soul, you ve come to the right book My heart ached for Hugh, for the childhood that was stolen from him, for the fighting that he hated and for the lac Wow, what a story Christi Caldwell never ceases to amaze me with her stories and this one will be known as one of my favourites It s not a light, airy romance, this isof a dark, nitty gritty kind of story but it s so well written and you ll be in love with both the hero and heroine before you can blink If you love a hero with a tortured soul, you ve come to the right book My heart ached for Hugh, for the childhood that was stolen from him, for the fighting that he hated and for the lack of any kind of love in his life As for the heroine, Lila, she has been a recluse for almost 10 years, not being able to go out during the day when so many people are around due to a tragedy that changed her life When Lila decides she wants to try to overcome her demons, she sets her sights on a man who has never lost a bare knuckle fight, Hugh, and demands that he teach her how to protect herself Hugh has demons of his own to fight and wants nothing to do with Lila but he soon learns that she does not take no for an answer Two broken souls who help each other heal turns into a beautiful love story.I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review 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. Stolen lives redeemed I am so caught up in the Lost Lord series I love it This latest novel is another winner Here we have Hugh Savage, the Savage Gentleman, a ferocious bare knuckled fighter involved in these vicious matches from childhood, starting on the road to salvation Not through being a reinstated kidnapped child of the peerage, but through the actions of a woman, Lady Lila March, a recluse of eight years, an agoraphobic, living in the shadows of night, who turns to him to help free Stolen lives redeemed I am so caught up in the Lost Lord series I love it This latest novel is another winner Here we have Hugh Savage, the Savage Gentleman, a ferocious bare knuckled fighter involved in these vicious matches from childhood, starting on the road to salvation Not through being a reinstated kidnapped child of the peerage, but through the actions of a woman, Lady Lila March, a recluse of eight years, an agoraphobic, living in the shadows of night, who turns to him to help free herself from her fears.Her s is a stolen life I love this trope, the flawed hero, and the damaged heroine, coming together and in the process, despite setbacks, being the agent of healing for each other And Caldwell has so upped the dramatic ante Sigh That both harbour secrets their ashamed of, that both have crossed paths even here I m unsure if this is at a distance, or is there a hint here of something closer maybe that becomes the reader s privilege and both are now at a confluence, an intersection that if they allow, will change their lives Hugh has survivor s guilt and punishes himself for circumstances that happened during his childhood that were outside of his ability to control Nevertheless he s trapped in that guilt His co owners of the fight club have their own agenda, one that in the end will destroy Hugh unless he breaks free First however, he has to want to Lila becomes the light that will guide him out of that dark place, if he can but follow.Tracking this group of stolen children stories is becoming a must read for me.A tartly, bitter sweet read A Montlake Romance ARC via NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own Series Lost Lords of London 2Publication Date 6 9 20Number of Pages 365Lady Lila March and Hugh Savage havein common than either of them realizes and it was fun to watch them figure that out The book is well written and I liked the story, but it did leave me scratching my head about a few things I liked both Lila and Hugh, but some of the other characters just seemed to be space fillers I also think this is one of those books that just begged for an epilogue I would have dearly lov Series Lost Lords of London 2Publication Date 6 9 20Number of Pages 365Lady Lila March and Hugh Savage havein common than either of them realizes and it was fun to watch them figure that out The book is well written and I liked the story, but it did leave me scratching my head about a few things I liked both Lila and Hugh, but some of the other characters just seemed to be space fillers I also think this is one of those books that just begged for an epilogue I would have dearly loved to see how Lila s family reacted and maybe learn a bit about the wedding, etc but definitely, I would like to see things maybe a year out into their future.For the last nine years, Lady Lila March has lived the life of a recluse She goes nowhere and she sees no one A couple of years ago, she realized she needed to get some of her life back, so she sought out someone to help her return to her love of music That helped, but with all of the news in the scandal rags about children of the ton being kidnapped, she is terrified for her small nephew Nine years ago, she was helpless and couldn t protect herself and now she is determined that won t happen again She s going to learn to fight to defend herself and those she loves and she s going to find the very best person to teach her He s undefeated, he s even killed in the ring she just has to convince him to show her how it is done.Hugh Savage was forced to fight from the time he was a young boy Luckily, he was very good at it and that is the only reason he survived his childhood Each bare knuckle match became bloodier and bloodier until it was the expectation that one opponent would die All of that terror, degradation, blood, and slaughter just for the jeering entertainment of the toffs When Hugh escaped his prison, he joined the army only to find himself begging on the streets after returning from the horrors of the Napoleonic wars He abhors violence and wants no part of it, but when two former fight mates rescue him from the street, he returns to the fight clubs Though he rarely has to enter the ring, he still wants out of it altogether.When Hugh is approached by a slip of a girl who wanted him to teach her to fight, his reaction was to send her away No way would he teach anyone especially someone like her how to fight Then, he saw the fear and despair in her eyes Hugh and Lila were attracted to each other from the moment they saw each other The aristocracy sickens Hugh and he refuses to have any dealings with them but something about Lila tells him there isto her than meets the eye I loved how Lila just kept mowing down all of Hugh s defenses and I loved that Hugh was really a gentle giant who hated the life he d had to live in order to survive I was puzzled throughout the entire book though Hugh was stolen and sold to a crime lord when he was very, very young He had no memories of his parents at all yet he spoke perfect aristocratic English Also, he had all kinds of knowledge about things he just knew , but didn t know how he knew it Thus my conundrum if he were old enough to have learned about battle strategies and to speak perfect English why wouldn t he have some memories of his parents But, if he were stolen very young as the story implies , how would he speak perfect English and where would his knowledge have come from Also, he was basically locked in a cage until he was at least 15 years old Then he went into the army so where did he learn how to plan and run a business The puzzles didn t keep me from enjoying the story, but they did keep me scratching my head trying to figure out what happened I hope you ll enjoy the story I did.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own In the Dark with the Duke Lost Lords of London Series 2Christi Caldwell date 06 09 2020Publisher Montlake Blurb 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 undefeate In the Dark with the Duke Lost Lords of London Series 2Christi Caldwell date 06 09 2020Publisher Montlake Blurb 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.My review Will learning to fight be enough to face her fear and free her to love finally, when he only wants to let all kind of violence behind She did it again, Mrs Christi Caldwell onceunsettled me, when I thought she had explored most of the darkest places in her characters life, she finds a secret passageway to addevil layers to her already ugly dark world.How a sad and painful life Hugh has lived, his whole life he has only been used for the coins he would yield or the death he would cause He is victim living in the heinous ness of his deeds Actions commandeered by others Using his guilt, anger or fears to bring him to heel, he survived the sins of others, but it left him bereft of hope, lost to any other thought than living one day after another, an empty shell, wary of other s demands.My heart bled for him and the horror he overcame, and each time it looked like he had finally found his place, he was robbed of it, online to begin back at the beginning again, begging for some scraps of food He had been trampled by life, over and over, and still he stands up, but theharshness he gets over, thehe bends his head, all hope lost of a better future He is no king in his kingdom, only a hurt boy doing what he had to to live oneday.Until a flittermouse stumbles in his life, and shows him he can ask forand deserves it Lila is a survivor too, of a different nature, she was left scarred and scared after one day of I dulled liberty Since she lives in the shadow of her own self But now she wants be able to protect those close to her, thus her need to retrieve the part of herself she has lost so many years ago.When she lived estranged from her own world, she became in the eyes of those around a fragile thing, afraid of her shadow, too hurt to face strangers gaze While with Hugh, he does not see a wounded creature but a strong woman who wants to be able to take her destiny in hand.Their tale is one of missed rendezvous, she hides who she is, he conceals what he did too Both very private about why they stand as they are now Yet, through their griefs, they are also able to recognize a kindred spirit Then, before names are exchanged, they feel a connection, something much deeper than classic insta lust, she sees the man with profond scars and wounds still not healed, he gives her the strength to face her nightmares.So when identities are revealed, past anger time, will this soul connection be enough for them to stand for the other.Mrs Caldwell onetime has shaken my certitudes, Hugh despite his strength and talent is so destroyed in the inside and lost, he will do anything for those who threw him some scraps, refusing to see what lies really behind their kindness , when Lila after years of being just the shadow of herself, can t stand it any, decided to regroup herself to become a new version of her past self,aware of the outside world and its dangers While Lila lacks in physical force, it is her inner strength that will save Hugh and her own will to change the course of her life.5 stars for this poignant tale of two survivors finding their way to one another.I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Montlake, here is my true and unbiased opinion.https www.facebook.com 429830134272 Lila and HughWhat an unconventional love story We know Lila March as the reclusive younger sister of the starchy Earl of Waterson, Henry March A traumatic experience at Peterloo as rendered her scarred an unfit for Polite Society at a young age Her family appears to have simply bundled her up and left her to her own devices for years She s been a veritable shadow for many years Damaged beyond repair many would say Who does damage repair better than Christi Caldwell Hugh Savage, our unknowi Lila and HughWhat an unconventional love story We know Lila March as the reclusive younger sister of the starchy Earl of Waterson, Henry March A traumatic experience at Peterloo as rendered her scarred an unfit for Polite Society at a young age Her family appears to have simply bundled her up and left her to her own devices for years She s been a veritable shadow for many years Damaged beyond repair many would say Who does damage repair better than Christi Caldwell Hugh Savage, our unknowing titular duke, has known nothing but the dog eat dog world of St Giles He is known far and wide for his brutal bare knuckle boxing style accompanied by genteel speech patterns, the Savage Gentleman When these two tortured souls meet at Lila s insistence sparks inevitably fly Through technical lessons on the sweet science these two become bonded for life 4.5 stars Hugh and Lila were two engaging characters They had both suffered a traumatic experience, although Hugh had experienced many such occasions, and were trying to deal with it in their own way, so that they could move on with their lives As they got to know each other, so their feelings for each other deepened However, they both have secrets and when discovered could have an affect on their relationship This is not a lighthearted romance but it will have you gripped until the end, wh 4.5 stars Hugh and Lila were two engaging characters They had both suffered a traumatic experience, although Hugh had experienced many such occasions, and were trying to deal with it in their own way, so that they could move on with their lives As they got to know each other, so their feelings for each other deepened However, they both have secrets and when discovered could have an affect on their relationship This is not a lighthearted romance but it will have you gripped until the end, when several discoveries are made I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it All thoughts and opinions are my own Since she was caught up in a devastating tragedy nine years ago, Lady Lila March has hidden away in her family s townhouse and become a mere shadow of her former self Now, fed up with her own limitations, Lila is determined she ll venture into the dangers of the outside world again First she must equip herself to defend her family from any would be attackers and in order to find the best man to train her she must venture to East London in search of the notoriously undefeated street fighter kno Since she was caught up in a devastating tragedy nine years ago, Lady Lila March has hidden away in her family s townhouse and become a mere shadow of her former self Now, fed up with her own limitations, Lila is determined she ll venture into the dangers of the outside world again First she must equip herself to defend her family from any would be attackers and in order to find the best man to train her she must venture to East London in search of the notoriously undefeated street fighter known as the Savage Gentleman.As an orphan on the streets of London, Hugh Savage learned to fight as a means of survival He lives on his reputation as an unbeatable fighter, but in truth he has always abhorred that violence and longs to be free of it Though he s been determined not to teach anyone to fight, he finds himself unable to resist being intrigued by Lila and the challenge she brings, not to mention the secrets she so obviously carries with her.As their lessons progress, Hugh and Lila develop a deeper relationship and reveal intimate details of their lives that neither has previously discussed with any other person Thethey come to know each other, thealike they realize they are It soon becomes apparent that they need each other in order to overcome their painful pasts and strive for a future together.I have loved this book Unfortunately I had to move right in the middle of reading it and my reading time has been severely curtailed I hated having to put this down and attend to all my other responsibilities I loved this book This was emotional, like rip your heart out emotional Both Lila and Hugh had some serious issues to work through but the development of their relationship, though rapid in terms of days, was excellent given how much they came to know each other and the honest conversations they had together I loved how each was willing to forgive past mistakes and understand each other s growth and development as people, as well as that fact that they fought to be together despite obstacles Lila and Hugh were fabulous together and now I m hoping for a story for Sylvia.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own In the Dark With the Duke is the second book in Christi Caldwell s Lost Lords of London series This wonderfully woven tale pairs Lady Lila March, who suffered greatly during the tragedy at Peterloo, and street fighter Lost Lord, Hugh Savage Both characters, deeply scarred, attempt to heal each other in unconventional ways Both Hugh and Lila transform each other s lives in ways that only can be imagined by delving into this dark to light tale In the Dark With the Duke by Christi Caldwell, is In the Dark With the Duke is the second book in Christi Caldwell s Lost Lords of London series This wonderfully woven tale pairs Lady Lila March, who suffered greatly during the tragedy at Peterloo, and street fighter Lost Lord, Hugh Savage Both characters, deeply scarred, attempt to heal each other in unconventional ways Both Hugh and Lila transform each other s lives in ways that only can be imagined by delving into this dark to light tale In the Dark With the Duke by Christi Caldwell, is yet another triumph to her credit A fan of darker romance, this story sated my appetite for the dark along with the build up to an perfect HEA


About the Author: Christi Caldwell

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 pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty seven year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training


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