ARC Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Posted January 31, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Between the Devil and the Duke
by Kelly Bowen

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 31st 2017
Series: Season for Scandal #3
Published by Forever
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“…this series is a breath of fresh air to the genre. ”
~ Under the Covers

This series has sneakily gotten to be one of my favorite finds of the last year!  After reading the first book I wasn’t that certain, but the different appeal of the storylines was the one thing that hooked me then.  With every installment after that, Kelly Bowen has cemented herself as a historical romance author I’ll be on the lookout for more.  BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DUKE delivered on everything I’ve been anxiously awaiting for since the hero first made his mysterious appearance in book one.

With a good dose of intrigue and mystery, and cover ups of society’s unwanted gossip, this series is a breath of fresh air to the genre.  I find myself looking for this more and more and this is one of the authors that I think delivers.  Alexander Lavoie is the club owner of the town’s gambling establishment.  He’s rumored to be a spy, an assassin, ruthless.  But what is actually truth and what is fiction?  His character is a scarred larger than life, alpha, protective man.  The kind that makes your heart beat a little faster because of his good looks, the power that oozes off of him and the air of danger that surrounds him.  To go toe to toe with him we needed a special heroine.

Here’s the next thing I love… SMART heroines.  Angelique Archer has fallen down on her luck.  Her family’s fortune has mysteriously vanished before the death of her father.  Now she’s trying to use her wits and brain to earn enough money to keep her family fed while her irresponsible brother is only out to get in trouble.  Strong, feisty, independent and determined.  All are qualities that make Angelique stand out.  But what I loved the most about her was the fearless way in which she faced Alexander at every step of the way.  She stands on her own two feet, even assisting him when needed, instead of cowering behind him.

I loved these two together.  The romance was hot, the chemistry was palpable, the story was engaging.  It’s my favorite yet in this series and I can’t wait for more.

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About Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.

But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.

Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Thanks for the review Francesca

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I’m sold. I’m starting this series this weekend!

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Thanks for the review.

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New historical romance on my wishread *yay!*
Thank you for the lovely review Francesca,glad you enjoyed reading this book/series 🙂

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Eeeeep! I’m so excited about this!