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Publisher's Summary

From the 2018 RITA Award-winning author! 

Earl. War hero. Notorious rake. After the Battle of Waterloo, Eli Dawes was presumed dead - and would have happily stayed that way. He's no longer the reckless young man he once was and only half as pretty. All he wants is to hide away in his country home, where no one can see his scars. But when he tries to sneak into his old bedroom in the middle of the night, he's shocked to find someone already there.

Rose Hayward remembers Eli as the arrogant lord who helped her late fiancé betray her. Finding him stealing into her art studio doesn't correct her impression. Her only thought is to get him to leave immediately. Yet the tension between them is electric, and she can't help but be drawn to him. He might be back from the dead, but it's Rose who is suddenly feeling very, very much alive.

©2018 Kelly Bowen (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

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

"Skillfully crafted with intriguing characters, this historical romance will appeal to fans of Mary Balogh." (Publishers Weekly)

"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)

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A delight

Another lovely read that portrays women as empowered and courageous. Loved all these well developed characters!

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 10-10-18

Okay Story and Narration

This was a good historical romance story, It wasn't to sappy, cheesy and full of angst. So, right there is a bonus. I really liked Rose a lot for most of the book she started out smart, strong and spunky. Eli Dawes seemed so mad most of the time. I don't know if that was the author's intention or the narrators translation.

The story line and plot was good. Not a whole lot of surprises or a mystery going on but still good. The chemistry between Rose and Eli was good, they made a good match. There was a nicely written sex scene. Not rated G not erotica. There was also a lot of dialogue throughout the entire book, which was great.

As for the narration, I am a fan of Ashford McNab, I always like her narrations. She does a really good job. However, in this book she really did a job on Eli's voice making him sound mad all the time. Other than that, the narration was good.

I am a fan of Kelly Bowen and my favorite book of hers is Duke of My Heart. That was one of my favorite stories and characters. If you haven't listened to it I highly recommend it.