Anything But a Duke (The Duke's Den, #2) by Christy Carlyle

Anything But a Duke (The Duke's Den, #2)

Self-made man Aidan Iverson has seen more closed doors in his thirty years than he’s ever cared to count. As a member of the elite Duke’s Den, he has all the money he could possibly need, but the one thing he can’t purchase is true power. If roguish Aidan can’t buy his way into society’s hallowed halls, he’ll resort to a more extreme measure: marriage.Brought up to be a proper lady, the only thing Diana Ashby desires is to be left alo...

Details Anything But a Duke (The Duke's Den, #2)

TitleAnything But a Duke (The Duke's Den, #2)
Release DateApr 30th, 2019
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency

Reviews Anything But a Duke (The Duke's Den, #2)

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Second in the Duke's Den series that follows three friends who invest together, Anything But a Duke follows the one without a title, Aidan Iverson. He's been able to rise from a childhood where the mother he can't remember left him and his sister and amassed great wealth. What he can't seem to overcome i...
  • Stacee
    I had read the first book in this series and was eager to get to this one.I loved Diana and Aiden. Theyre both so smart and looking to belong in their own way. I loved that she was an inventor and that he built himself a living. They had excellent conversation and the though their relationship evolved in a short amount of time, it felt organic.Plot wise, I just wanted more of them together. The thread about Aidens family fueled most of this story...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Dukes Den #2Publication Date: 4/30/19Number of Pages: 368You will fall instantly in love with Aidan who is a one-third partner in the Dukes Den. He doesnt know all of his past, but what he does know about it is poverty, the workhouse, hunger, cold, loneliness, and sorrow. Now, he is as rich as Croesus, he is very successful in business and investing, but he doesnt have the acceptance he desires in society. He is searching for information ...
  • Teresa (Reads_Romance)
    This was my first Christy Carlyle novel and I have to be honest, I was completely pulled in by the stunning cover and fun synopsis. Diana, our heroine, is an impoverished inventor looking to save her family by acquiring an investor for one of her creations. Aidan is a self-made man and investor (there was a Shark Tank-like scene in this book and I was here for it) attempting to get into the upper echelon of British society by marrying a debutante...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: Anything But a DukeSeries: Duke's Den #2 Author: Christy CarlyleRelease date: April 30, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: historical romanceAfter reading and loving A Duke Changes Everything, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. The Duke's Den series revolves around three friends who own a gambling club that the nobility and the lower class both frequent. Aidan is one third owner, and it was with his sharp instincts i...
  • Candace
    Diana Ashby is an inventor, and the daughter of an inventor. ". . . just because she couldn't study at university like her brother and never be asked to speak at the Royal Society as her father had, that didn't mean her inventions weren't worth while."Aiden Iverson is a self-made man, who is one-third owner of the Lyon's Gentlemen's Club, a gambling club. "Every penny and pound he possessed, he'd earned. On his own. He'd never taken a loan. He di...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Iverson is a selfmade man, known for taking chances and making money. But he is a commoner and some doors are closed. So he needs a noble lady to wed.I did like him, ok so yes he is marrying for status, but the woman he would marry would probably only marry him for money. A match made in the ton. And all he does it for new inventions and the greater good.There is also a tiny subplot where he tries to find out what happened to his mother and who s...
  • Douglas Meeks
    Well this series seems to be following a theme of strong women with men who might need a bit of calibration of their moral compass, once again we have Diana who is an inventor and brilliant in a world where women of intelligence are not really that respected.Enter our roguish hero Aidan Iverson is partners in a gambling establishment that those of us who read the first book in the series A Duke Changes Everything will recognize. It is a good sett...
  • Lisarenee
    >>>>>My Synopsis (Review follows):>>>>My Review
  • Monique
    Aidan Iverson had met Miss Diana Ashby a year ago when she had saved his hide. He hadn't known then who she was, but it took only a moment to recognise the lady who is asking for investors for her invention. Diana is passionate about her work, she wants to succeed, and her family desperately needs the money. Her mother doesn't quite approve, and she agreed to Diana's endeavour on one condition: if Diana fails to secure backers, she will need to m...
  • Tracy Emro
    4.5 stars rounded up.Diana Ashby is an inventor who has earned the distinction of being the first woman ever invited to present her invention to the "Duke's Den" for investment consideration. She is nervous and her model is damaged when she collides with Aidan Iverson - the very man she saved in an alleyway last year and has been unable to forget. She composes herself and gives her presentation for her invention - a cleaning device, but none of t...
  • Elodie
    This was my first read by Mrs Christy Carlyle, I confess I passed on it because there were too many releases on its release day but then I read the blurb, and Im a sucker for the scholar/geek trope.Plus, for once it was about a commoner and not a duke!I quite liked this read, it was different from the last historical romances I had read so far, and not set on the regency period even if to me I didnt see real changes but Im no history professor.I ...
  • Mariana
    I read this in one day. I enjoyed both books 1 and 2 and definitely plan to finish reading the trilogy once the final book is released.
  • Joana V.
    I received an eARC at no cost from the author, in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Thank you.Review originally posted at Romancing Romances3.75*I love books with self-made heroes/heroines. And this book has both! It was interesting to see how Diana worked hard to not lose focus, and to present her work in the best way. I really like the kind of story that is about deals to find a husband/wife for the opposite character. And this is th...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityI picked up Anything But a Duke because I absolutely adored the first book in the Dukes Den series, A Duke Changes Everything. So naturally I wanted to see what happened next to the Dukes Den gambling den and investors club.While the two things that go on in the Dukes Den may seem like opposites, they also arent. Because the three owners of the Dukes Den, Nicholas Lyon (hero of A Duke Changes Everything), Ai...
  • Cyndi Becker
    After having experienced some initial disconnect with the characters, I found I enjoyed this Historical romance. Set in the 1840's, London is experiencing transformation, high society is a bit in flux, and our characters Aidan Iverson and Diana Ashby are a part of it. Aidan's and Diana have a sort of second chance to get to know each other after a brief encounter a year earlier. When they meet again, the situation is a unique one, it's a sort of ...
  • MrsMascara
    Lighthearted Victorian romance that was an enjoyable read, with a inventor heroine.Diana is a very unusual woman, from the minor gentry, she doesnt want to marry, she wants to restore her familys fortunes by making money through her inventions.Inspired by her late fathers talents, she wants to succeed where he had failed, He ran through the family ones pursuing useless ideas.She literally bumps into Aiden, and helps to rescue him from a couple of...
  • Niki
    Although self-made man Aidan Iverson has attained wealth and gained power, especially through his partial ownership in Lyon's Gentleman's Club, his uncertain birth and clear lack of title leave him barred from certain circles. Regardless of his business acumen, his inferior birth means that no matter what he could potentially contribute to society, he remains on the outskirts of polite society. Aidan pulled himself up from the workhouse where his...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    Anything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle is Book Two in The Duke's Den Series. This is the story of Diana Ashby and Aidan Iverson. I have read the previous book (and Loved it) but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Aidan had a harsh start to the world when he and his sister were just left at a work house. But he has gotten them out of that and now he is very rich man and is a part of the Duke's Den, but the one thing he ...
  • Jessica Grogan
    Overall, I found this to be a good read and I loved Diana but I found a few things lacking. As I said, I loved Diana. I love heroines that are more than just ladies waiting to get married. In fact, Diana was the opposite. She never wanted to get married. Ever. And I loved that she did more with her life than go to balls. That being said, I felt like Aidan had very little personality. There was nothing really of interest about him for me except th...
  • Hasnamezied
    4 lovely Stars.I liked this book a lot, the build up romance was great
  • Connie Fischer
    London - 1845Diana Ashby is off to attend a scientific lecture presented by a past tutor she had. Her interest lies in being an inventor and she spends most of the day in her workshop. Her father had been the second son of a baronet which had afforded her a good education. However, the man had not managed the family funds well and now they are in need of money.Dianas twin brother, Dominick, tends to spend most of his time gambling and drinking hi...
  • Gaele
    The second book in this series focuses on Aiden, friend to both Nick from A Duke Changes Everything and Rhys, whos story is yet to be told. These three are rich and determined, if not always palatable to the tastemakers in London society. As we learned from Nicks story, it is more a matter of finding a woman who both intrigues and accepts them, with the ability to rein in their most common impulses. And that, in itself makes for an interesting cl...
  • Janet
    4.25 StarsAidan Iverson doesnt know who his family is but he's a self made man, risen from the streets after running from the workhouse. Hes a part owner of the elite Dukes Den, he has all the money he could possibly need. If roguish Aidan cant buy his way into societys hallowed halls, hell resort to a more extreme measure: marriage. Brought up to be a proper lady, the only thing Diana Ashby desires is to be left alone to the creation of her own ...
  • Maria Dariotis
    Anything but a DukeDukes Den book 2by Christy CarlyleAidan Iverson has a mission in life, to marry into the peerage. Hes amassed a vast fortune but has been shunned more than hed like to admit, his plan to marry a LADY will finally open doors for him.Diana Ashby is a lady fallen on hard times, her passion for inventing things keeps her from the marriage mart. Promising her mother that this latest creation is her last. But things dont always turn ...
  • Norah Gibbons
    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Anything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle is the second book in her Dukes Den series. This one could be read as a stand-alone, but I did enjoy reading the first one and recommend it. Aiden Iverson is a self made man, abandoned in a workhouse as a child he has become a successful business man who provides funding to inventors. He and Diana first meet when he is a...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Entertaining, short, but rather forgettable. I finished this one a week ago and already barely remember it.Aidan runs the Duke's Den aka Dragon's Den of inventions with his two besties. Diana's an inventor (of the vacuum) and she wants them to sponsor her invention. They don't, but she ends up making a deal with Aidan: she'll introduce him to society women (so he can marry someone who can get him into an elite society invention expo thing) and he...
  • nikkia neil
    Christy Carlyle knows how to keep her readers in suspense til you want to pull your hair out. This is a romance with all the right notes to make you tingle. Can't wait for more of this series.
  • jenni
    a quaint love story featuring a vacuum
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher (via Edelweiss). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. After reading  A Duke Changes Everything , I was excited to dive into Anything But a Duke. Once more, Carlyle gives us a heroine challenging societal norms and a hero who's been hurt and in need of healing. For some reason, I just love this kind of story and Carlyle's writing especially.For starters, we have a femal...