ARC Review: A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen

Posted February 20, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 10 Comments

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ARC Review: A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen
A Duke in the Night
by Kelly Bowen

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 20th 2018
Series: The Devils of Dover #1
Published by Forever
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
 

“…packed full of female empowerment.”
~ Under the Covers

I was so excited for this new series by Kelly Bowen.  I always enjoy her writing and this new offering isn’t the exception.  A DUKE IN THE NIGHT was a fun ride and introduction to what I’m hoping will be a very entertaining series packed full of female empowerment.

It is not often that we meet a heroine like Clara.  She’s very comfortable in her own skin and her own life choices.  She doesn’t need a man to complete her and has no problems with being a spinster.  And when the time comes, she’s also confident enough to ask for what she wants while keeping a level head to protect herself from any repercussions.  She’s also running her business, a school that aims to teach young women that they can aspire to be more than what society dictates should be their interests.   Basically, you’ll just admire the hell out of her!

In comparison, I think August Faulkner didn’t stand out as a drool-worthy hero as much as I would’ve liked.  However, his personality is the perfect match for Clara.  He’s a ruthless businessman, stopping at nothing to get what he sets out to ensure his family’s financial protection for generations to come.  He had to learn that the hard way from his past.  He’s had to sacrifice a lot to get to where he is at, but she certainly has her work cut out for her when it comes to his acceptance of new female roles.

I loved that these two had history from so many years ago.  In a way Clara was the one that got away for August because life dictated it so.  After he was enthralled by her, life threw a big curveball his way and he had to shift his focus to the more important task of digging his family out of a hole.  His interest in a woman had no place in that.  But it was so satisfying to see two people that sacrificed so much finally get what they always wanted, even all those years later.  I think it was even better because life has taught them both so much which just made their relationship stronger than it could’ve been then.

While this was a very entertaining read with lots of great banter, I thought it lacked a little extra to keep me glued to the pages as much as I wanted.  But I’m definitely very interested in this new set of characters and can’t wait to keep diving into this series.

 

 

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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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Thanks for the review.

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Sounds good!! Awesome review Francesca!! Shared on all my socials!!

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She sounds like a great character!

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Joanna M

3.5 is not too bad, is it? I just bought it and was looking forward to it. Well, I guess I still am 😉

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Thanks for the review Francesca. I’m adding it to my wishlist

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

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Kathy Valentine

Sounds good!! Awesome review Francesca!! Shared on all my socials!!

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She sounds like a great character!

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Joanna M

3.5 is not too bad, is it? I just bought it and was looking forward to it. Well, I guess I still am 😉

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Thanks for the review Francesca. I’m adding it to my wishlist