Title: A Duke In The Night (The Devils of Dover, book#1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kelly Bowen
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Forever, Feb. 20,2018 (preorder available)
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:
Duke. Scoundrel. Titan of business. August Faulkner is a man of many talents, not the least of which is enticing women into his bedchamber. He’s known-and reviled-for buying and selling companies, accumulating scads of money, and breaking hearts. It’s a reputation he wears like a badge of honor, and one he intends to keep.
Clara Hayward, the headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, on the other hand, is above reproach. Yet when she’s reunited with August all she can think of is the way she felt in his arms as they danced a scandalous waltz ten long years ago. Even though her head knows that he is only back in her life to take over her family’s business, her heart can’t help but open to the very duke who could destroy it for good.
This is a good story and HR fans are going to like it, maybe even love it but (you knew there was a “but” coming here) along with an original premise there were too many instances of modern American language and 21st century politically correct actions. This is early 19th century England. Women, spinsters like Clara were more circumspect in their sexuality and ideas even if they were trying to change the plight of women. If this timeline had been pushed forward to the early 20th century it would have been more believable.
Objections aside, Ms. Bowen can capture a reader with her witty dialog and I do recommend this book to romance readers who want a hunky hero, a feisty heroine and an original premise.
Nice cover! Love the cleft chin. How about this cover of the next book in the series coming in Sept. 2018