ARC Review: For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell

Posted September 19, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell
For the Duke's Eyes Only
by Lenora Bell

3.5 Stars


Released: September 18, 2018
Series: School for Dukes #2
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

“…it was definitely an enjoyable read…”
~ Under the Covers

This was my first read by Lenora Bell and I couldn’t have been happier.  There was something unique about the premise of this book that made me jump ahead and skip book 1, which I’m behind on reading, and dive into this one.  The main characters are childhood best friends and basically had marriage contracts drawn up since then.  The good thing is that they also really cared for each other and wanted to be married so it was a successful arranged marriage.  That is until Raven is a teenager and his father dies leaving behind tales of treason.  They’re separated then and when he comes back their marriage arrangement ends in the worst of terms.

Now they have to work together to find a stolen artifact from a museum.  A matter of national security.  She doesn’t know he’s actually a spy and he has to bring her along on the mission because of her expertise in finding the real Rosetta Stone versus a fake.

I really liked both main characters in this one.  Individually as well as together.  Once they get to spend some time together, all those old feelings and old familiarity comes right back.  Their relationship and the progression felt really natural.  I also loved all the spy and mystery elements.

The pacing of the story could’ve been a little better.  I think there were some ups and downs and at times it felt like it dragged a little.  Also the end resolution felt quite fast and accidental.  I was hoping for something a little more fleshed out in the end.

All that being said, it was definitely an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Favorite Quote:

There was far less risk in studying the lives of people long buried. They offered up their secrets and they never hurt her.



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About Lenora Bell

Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels with Avon Books. Her writing has won numerous awards including the 2014 RWA Golden Heart award for best historical romance and the 2016 RT Book Reviews Best First Historical Romance award. A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora currently shares an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. She loves hearing from readers!


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The premise does seem interesting. I’ll have to check this out. Thanks

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!! Love this cover! Shared on all my socials!!💖😉

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Love the sound of this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca