Reviewed by Heather C
Title: A Duke in the Night
Author: Kelly Bowen
Series: The Devils of Dover #1
Hero/Heroine: August Faulkner/Clara Hayward
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 336 pages
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
I’ve been looking for a new-to-me must-read historical romance author ever since I binge read everything written by Elizabeth Hoyt over a year ago. So when I came across a A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen and realized it was the first book in her new series, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to get a taste of her writing in hopes of finding a new author to binge read.
A Duke in the Night tells the story of August Faulkner, a duke, and Clara Hayward, headmistress and owner of the school August has secretly purchased. Ten years ago, August attempted to embarrass Clara at a ball when he asked her to dance. Instead, August was really the fool. Now, after some bad investments, Clara’s family is struggling to hold on to their shipping business and pay their debt. August is ready to swoop in and take advantage of the Haywards’ bad situation. When August’s younger sister sneaks away to attend Clara’s summer-school, August follows and…well, you’ll have to read and find out for yourself!
Things I Liked:
Clara was NOT A VIRGIN!! She was intelligent and witty and determined never to make herself vulnerable for a man. Of course she had to soften a bit for August in the end, but she never sacrificed her principles.
The banter between Clara and August was great. She never hesitated to put him in his place and the sexual tension was absolutely enhanced.
I loved the idea of a “secret” school to teach and train young women that they can be and do whatever they want, that they are not defined by who their family is and where they come from.
Thing’s I Didn’t Like…much:
The story was soooo sloooow to start. Too much information dump on the shipping business and I struggled to find interest in the first quarter of the book.
The title does not fit the story. Seriously, I spent way too much time trying to figure out how “in the Night” was significant to the story. I’m still at a loss.
Overall, the story was kinda boring and predictable, where I was hoping for something a bit more scandalous.
While I don’t think I have discovered my next favorite author, I am definitely interested in reading more of this series since I loved the premise so much. But I’m not yet convinced to go buy up the rest of the author’s backlist.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romances with a strong, non-virgin heroine.
Overall Impression: It Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*