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Advance Review-Last Night With The Earl by Kelly Bowen

Last Night With An Earl

Title: Last Night With The Earl (The Devils pf Dover, book#2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kelly Bowen
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Forever, Sept 25, 2018
Pages: 462
Rating: 2.5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

Earl. War hero. Notorious rake. After the Battle of Waterloo, Eli Dawes was presumed dead-and would have happily stayed that way. He’s no longer the reckless young man he once was, and only half as pretty. All he wants is to hide away in his country home, where no one can see his scars. But when he tries to sneak into his old bedroom in the middle of the night, he’s shocked to find someone already there.

Rose Hayward remembers Eli as the arrogant lord who helped her late fiancé betray her. Finding him stealing into her art studio doesn’t correct her impression. Her only thought is to get him to leave immediately. Yet the tension between them is electric, and she can’t help but be drawn to him. He might be back from the dead, but it’s Rose who is suddenly feeling very, very much alive.

**

I was disappointed in this book. It was too much like the first book in the series, A Duke In The Night, I had some issues with how modern the attitudes were in that book and they seemed to have carried over into this book. I’m certain that Ms. Bowen can write well but this story seemed to me to be just a rehash of the first book.

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Advance Review- A Duke In The Night by Kelly Bowen

A Duke In The Night

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)
Pages: 336
Rating: 4
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.

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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 Last Night With An Earl

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Advance Review- Between The Devil And The Duke by Kelly Bowen

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Title: Between The Devil and The Duke (A Season For Scandal, book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, Jan. 31, 2017(preorder available)

Source: Free for Review from the Publisher

Pages: 352

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Their love was always in the cards. He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he’s more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beauty in his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he’ll have to devise a proposition she can’t turn down. Gossip said he was an assassin. Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie’s club offered a surefire way to make quick money-until she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible . . .

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This book is suspenseful and sexy from the beginning. Angelique is in dire needs of funds because of money that seemed to just disappear from the family coffers when her father died.  Her dissolute brother is a drunk and he spends whatever money Angelique manages to win at the gaming tables on drinking.  Alex knows that Angelique’s astute ability with numbers will be an asset to his gaming club but he is also in lust with her.

There is a terrific mystery woven throughout this story.  It will keep you guessing and a few surprises will be thrown into the mix. This book is a page turner, full of sexual tension, dangerous villains and a handsome hero who has all the right connections to help a damsel in distress.  But wait, the damsel is quite capable also of aiding in solving her problems. There are heated encounters and sizzling chemistry between the Hero and Heroine.

This book is splendidly entertaining. I highly recommend this the latest installment in “The Season For Scandal” series.  It is a standalone book with characters from previous books in the series making an appearance.

 

 

 

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Advance Review- A Duke To Remember by Kelly Bowen

Title: A Duke To Remember ( A Season For Scandal, book #2)

A Duke to Remember

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, July 26, 2016 preorder available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 386

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He’s managed to avoid any complications or entanglements-that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there’s more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity-and her true feelings for him-the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

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This is an absolute delight of a romance novel.  We are treated to a heroine evocative of Annie Oakley.  Elise can shoot like a sniper and track through the forest like an Indian guide and dresses in disguises.  Noah is the reluctant Duke who does not want to assume his responsibilities and Elise is hired to find him and convince him to return to his duty and family.  Falling for him was not part of the job.  Noah experiences love-at-first-sight and tries to convince Elise that the difference in their social classes is not a problem.

Here we have a very original plot, written with fun banter and some dangerous action and adventure.  It also has steamy, sexual tension. (Keep your fan handy) If I thought that some of the dialog was a bit too modern and some scenes a bit too obvious that only kept me from giving another half star in the rating.  This was still a truly enjoyable book. Kelly Bowen is now on my must-buy list. Highly recommended.

 

 

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Review- A Lady’s Guide To Skirting Scandal: A Short Story by Kelly Bowen

Title:  A Lady’s Guide To Skirting Scandal: A Short Story (The Lords of Worth)

A Lady's Guide to skirting scandal

Genre: Historical romance

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever Yours, Aug 4, 2015

Pages: 90

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Lady Viola Hextall is bored – of the sea, her chaperones, and the woeful lack of available dukes on the ocean voyage from London to New York. Scrambling for any diversion short of jumping overboard, Viola strikes up a conversation with the ship’s rough-hewn, blue-eyed surgeon – and discovers an immediate cure for what ails her… To Nathaniel Shaw, Viola has the bearing of a lady and the spirit of an adventurer – an unlikely combination that he finds utterly irresistible. So he’s hoping to convince Viola to leave the stifling ballrooms of London high society behind because there is a big, wide world just waiting for them to explore – together.

**

We met Viola once before in an earlier book when she tried to compromise the Duke of Worth into marriage.  It was a failed attempt and Viola’s brother sent her packing on one of his ships to New York along with 2 irascible chaperones and a request of the ship’s surgeon, Nathaniel, to look out for her. Viola finds out she has an interest in medicine and Nathaniel finds out he has an interest in Viola.

This is a charming short story a lovely, sexy, quick read for an afternoon or evening.  Ms. Bowen does a superb job of bringing these characters to life in such a short piece.  This is part of a wonderful series and I highly recommend the series as well as this short story.

 

 

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Advance Review- You’re The Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen

Title: You’re The Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth, book #2)

You're the earl that I want

genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, Aug 25, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon:

For Businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been damnable nuisance.  The answer: to find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties.  But it’s always been clear the Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman.  Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.

In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on.  That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though.  without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases and Now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man.  It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again.  She’ll do what ahe must to come to the rescue of Heath and ensure the earl’s safety.  and to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

**

This is not your typical deb-at-the-ball novel.  Well…it starts out that way but after the ball all hell breaks loose and Joss comes to the rescue of Heath at the same time that Heath pledges his honor to a dying man.  The action and twists escalates from there.  What Heath and Joss find out is that they are cut from the same mold, that they have more to offer each other than nothing.

I really enjoyed this book.  The writing is take your breath away style in both suspense and romance.  The chemistry sizzles between Joss and Heath even as she tries not to give in and he thinks of courting a more biddable woman.

This is the second book in Ms. Bowen’s The Lords of Worth series and I enjoyed it as much as first which I reviewed here:

A Good Rogue Is Hard To Find   Have no fear they are both standalone novels.  I recommend that you give both a read.

A good rogue is hard to find

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Recent Release Review- A Good Rogue Is Hard To Find by Kelly Bowen

Title: A Good Rogue is Hard to Find

A good rogue is hard to find

Genre: Historical romance

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, April 28, 2015

Pages: 358

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

HE THOUGHT HE’D SEEN IT ALL . . . The rogue’s life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what’s afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still. . . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER He’s tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the “redistribution business,” taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it’s going great – until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .

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What if Robin Hood was a beautiful young woman (Jenna Hughes) or maybe a wiley old Dowager Duchess (Eleanor Sommerhill, Dowager Duchess of Worth)? What if the “Band of Merry Men” were stable hands, grooms and even a Butler? What if The Sheriff of Nottingham wasn’t the evil villain but the intelligent thoughtful William Sommerhill, Duke of Worth? To answer all those “what if’s”; then you would have this fantastic novel by Kelly Bowen.

This has been such a terrific reading experience. Ms. Bowen unfolds this story throughout the book with surprises coming when you least expect them. She keeps us guessing right along with our hero. And what a treat to have a hero who doesn’t make drastic mistakes and listens to those who try to make him understand. He is good hearted and handsome, what more could our heroine ask for? Jenna and the Dowager Duchess are in cahoots but they doubt William will condone their nefarious activities. Compounding Jenna’s lies is her attraction to William. “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

We are introduced to Heath, Earl of Boden, and his sisters Viola and Julia. Heath is the hero of Ms. Bowen’s next novel. All the side characters from stable staff to merchants appearing for only a page or two are well developed. Ms. Bowen’s knowledge of horses and Regency racing is impressive.

If you are looking for a reading experience with a swift pace, heated encounters, perfectly nuanced protagonists all wrapped up in spendidly entertaining prose, then look no further than this terrific book. Yup, I really liked this one.

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