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Publisher's Summary

2017 RITA award-winning author!

"Where have you been all my life, Kelly Bowen? If Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, and Lisa Kleypas were to extract their writing DNA, mix it in a blender, and have a love child, Kelly Bowen would be it." (HeroesandHeartbreakers.com)

The first novel in a new historical romance series from Kelly Bowen.

©2018 Kelly Bowen (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"Wonderful! A charming, clever, and engaging storyteller not to be missed." (Sarah MacLean, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 03-29-18

Struggled with this book. Good Narration

Wow I really have enjoyed Kelly Bowen's books in the past, but I had a hard time getting through this one.

August always seemed so angry. All the time. I don't know how anyone could "fall in love" with him. He made it difficult to like him even with the little things he did to help people.

I liked Clara a lot more than August. I really liked Clara and August's sisters. LOL They were fun and smart. So good job on the secondary characters.

For the most part this book was boring........This is my least favorite Kelly Bowen book.

As for the narration, Ashford McNab did a great job as usual and if the intent was for August to sound mean and angry all the time she succeeded 100%. I really enjoy her narrations. She does a good job on all the voices.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent start to a new series!

A Duke in the Night is the first story in Kelly Bowen's brand new The Devils of Dover series and I really liked it a lot. I did a combo of reading an ARC and listening to it. Both I enjoyed immensely. This story revolved around two very complex characters that had brought a lot of baggage into the relationship. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming watching August and Clara work through each others preconceived notions of one another.

To read a story involving strong and smart characters with plenty of flaws, is refreshing and checks that box of "relatable" every time.

I must praise the prose as well in this story. It's another thing that contributed to my enjoyment of it.

"The wide copse of trees and brush in front of August had become a portrait of gilded foliage as the sun began its descent, a low fence running just to the north creating shadows the color of dark amethyst across the tall grasses. The sky was now awash in brilliant, almost blinding color, dotted with crimson-and-topaz-lined clouds."

For all of you out there that have never read this author, I'd urge you to do so and you may as well grab this one to start.

For the fans of this author, I would say it's worth getting the Audible because the narration of Ashford McNab is spot on.

Melanie for b2b

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Narrator needs to work on her male voices

I really enjoyed the story (and like this author). I had a hard time getting past the narrator's male voices (including August's). Mr. Stilton's voice was just a horrible nasal tone. It was hard to get past that. She is a great narrator and her female voices are excellent of course, but she needs some lessons on male voices. Please.

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It’s worth the build up

This book starts a little slow and it took a few chapters for the characters to grow on me but the book really gets better as it goes along and their are quite a few humorous scenes! Overall I would recommend.

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Only OK

Not a very good book, a lot of irrelevance that made for a slow drawn out story, and didn't care for the narrator.

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I loved this book!

Kelly Bowen is fast becoming an automatic buy for me. I loved this story. The heroine’s strength, intelligence, and independence was wonderful. I hope that the secondary characters in this book get their own story!

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Enjoyed this older love, love story

This was a different story and I enjoyed it much. The love was older amd not innocent. I enjoyed it alot and highly reccomend.

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Love concourse all.

Love it. She loved him from the very first dance , but life played it's game the game that put them back to the same waltz, but at this time in life he love her too.

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Almost didn't finish...

So Ashford McNab did a lovely job narrating. But the hero almost made me put down the book several times. I like Bowen, and I respect her for trying a more abrasive hero, but he really deserved a slap in the face. I dont care how tragic his backstory. He kept doing whatever the hell he wanted, disregarding the heroine's wishes, and was too possessive too early for my taste. But it's ok, bc he wasn't as big an asshole as the guy who tried to force his attentions on heroine, so I guess it's a great relationship. He does reform some, and is like walking sex, so there's that, but... He made me quite angry throughout. There are lots of lovely things, and the heroine is a BAMF (except when it comes to men) and does scold him constantly for being a patriarchal ass, they both have to give a but at the end which is nice, theres an A+ finale scene, but... I dunno, maybe I just fell in love with Alex Lavoie in Between the Devil and the Duke, and August lost out by comparison. I think I'll look at the whole series, bc I'm intrigued by Harland and Rose, but...

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Enjoyed this new book completely!

Good historical novel with strong characters. I could not put it down. Fast moving and lovely romance that is contemporary for our times.

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  • 06-10-18

Very poor narration.

I really enjoyed this book but found the narration painful at times. I did finish the book but only because i was really enjoying the story. In hindsight I wish I had bought the kindle edition.