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Scandal can be handled....

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl - quite inconveniently deceased - tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected - yet absolutely true.

©2016 Kelly Bowen (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-28-16

Awesome read..

I just love having to stop long enough to laugh out loud again and again. BUT mostly I love, love, love sexual tension in a book, and this one has a lot. I don’t even care if there’s sex as long as the tension is there. I absolutely, positively hate it when there’s no desire, no lust, no thoughts, no nothing, then there’s an explicit sex scene or two. AND some reviewers call that “hot and steamy.” Umm, no it’s not! It’s sex thrown in because sex sells. BUT there’s NOTHING that led up to the sex so that makes it boring.

Anyway, this is my first book by Ms. Bowen but it won’t be my last. I like sex in my books and I’m always looking for authors who can write sexual tension. So far I’ve found Samantha Holt and Katie Reus, and 1 other that escapes me right now.

I really like Max and Ivory, and everything that happened in his sister’s bed chamber. And I loved how Ivory kept giving Max orders and he fought her every step of the way then ended up agreeing with everything she said. It really did remind me of Olivia Pope, of the TV show Scandal. If you like the show you would like this book, and the way Ivory and Elise solve problems for the TON. I have to admit I was getting more and more interested in what happened to Beatrice. AND after I did find out, I realized she was just a normal, non-thinking teenager, as dumb as a box of rocks. I wish the author would have handled that a little bit different. I was hoping I would like Beatrice but I didn’t when the truth came out. It almost ruined the book for me. But not quite.

There was, as I said before, sexual tension throughout this book and some great sex scenes. There were a couple of “dammits” but that’s about all. So, for all of you who like explicit sex but absolutely NO swearing, this book is for you.


As to the narrator: Ms. McNab does a good job on the male and female voices but she doesn’t have much emotion when she reads. She doesn’t laugh at all, when it’s called for. She just reads it like normal. Ashford McNab used to be one of my favorites but lately so many narrators seem to be looking at reviews and listening to what people have to say about what’s wrong with narration. For example, Eric G. Dove was just OK for me but I just borrowed my daughter’s iPad and listened to him do Tessa Dawn’s Blood Curse series, and OMG he was phenomenal. He did all the things he never used to do. The same things Susan Duerden ALWAYS does. Things I wish A.M. would do. I’ll continue to listen to her but there are those who are so much better now.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 01-27-17

Absolutely Amazing Story! Superb Narration!

WOW WOW WOW!!! I enjoyed every minute of this book! I didn't want it to end. One of the best historical romance books I have listened to in a long time. The heroine Ivory has to be one of my favorites! Loved her. She was smart, witty, and just wonderful! Loved Max the Duke of Alderidge, fantastic hero.

This is one of the best story lines and plots written for a historical romance. The dialogue throughout the book was fantastic and there was lots of it! I love lots of dialogue.

If you like Historical Romance books you will love this one! I will absolutely look for more books by Kelly Bowen!

As of the narration, I am a fan of Ashford McNab and she did great. She is not real big on the emotion part of her narrations but she has a great reading voice and the men sound like men. Loved the narration.

Just get this book! It does not disappoint at all! love it love love it.

Thank you Kelly Bowen for writing such a wonderful book. I read/listened this book in one sitting I couldn't stop listening!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!!!

I listen to a lot of historical romances, but it has been a long time since one has held me so captive or touched me like this one. The writing is intelligent and emotional. The characters are smart, funny, honorable and passionate. The romance is excellent, but the mystery is equally good. Although I wasn't quite sure about the narrator's approach in the very beginning, I found it didn't take long to find the rhythm and personalities. I immediately looked for any other work by Ms. Bowen! Is she new? Please do a series with these characters! I couldn't put this book down. /JB

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 01-29-16

Excellent! (really)

STORY: This is the first Kelly Bowen book I have come across and I hope there will be more. Finding this in the 'historical' romances is a tiny bit deceiving since there is no history of any kind whatsoever... not even a specific point in time that I can recall. It is definitely London.... Regency.... but a more unique HEA Mystery Romance in this genre I haven't seen in quite a while.

NARRATOR: Ashford McNab always delivers and this is another masterful performance. When you hear male and female, young and old, voices with such distinctive individuality you know you've struck gold.

HEAT FACTOR: Mature theme from the onset but heat? Yes, there is some true chemistry culminating in a few steamy scenes... scorching even!

CREDITWORTHY? YES!

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Great Read!

Kelly Bowen is a new author to me. I love her writing style. Her story lines are original and her plots interesting.

Max and Ivory start off a little rocky when a dead earl is found in Max's sister's bed. The story grabs you from the start and just keeps you on your toes.

Ashford McNabb is my favorite narrator hands down so the combination in this book is perfection for me.

I highly recommend this book and also the next in the series too. I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did.

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Lots of fun - great heroine - plenty of drama

This is not just a puppies and rainbows romance. There is a lot of dirty deeds going on here and Ivory Moore is right in the middle! Ivory is a wonderful character. She is very well written and not you everyday romance novel heroine - but also not a loud and boisterous "man hating feminist" - shes a female in a man's world and time - doing what she does - and doing it good. She isn't looking for credit - she is under the radar.

Max is not quite as well developed IMO, but he is still a fine leading man.

Some of the stars of the book are the supporting characters - whether they be villains or the good guys....and sometimes it is hard to tell!

There is romance, but it is not as much as I personally would have liked. It is steamy - but not scorching. Lots of intrigue and mystery - worth a credit for sure.

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  • Kristin
  • Brookings, SD, United States
  • 06-07-17

a new favorite author

Glad to find this book, really loved the story. The plot held my interest and there were some surprises. From the start I liked the main characters, always a plus. Have several other books performed by this narrator, she does a great job. Highly recommend this author and story.

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Enchantingly Exquisite and Exciting!

If you could sum up Duke of My Heart in three words, what would they be?

See headline.

What about Ashford McNab’s performance did you like?

She did a great job understanding the characters' likely emotions and putting that into her interpretation of them throughout the book. She added to an already compelling story by doing authentic narrating.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I really liked it.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and took advantage of any opportunity to listen to it. The clever writing captivated me with an intriguing beginning and an enticing storyline from start to finish. I found myself just a wee bit sad when it ended. The characterization of the major and minor characters was spectacular; they weren't cookie-cutter for this genre, they were consistent yet not too predictable, and investment in them was well-rewarded. Kelly Bowen did a couple things particularly well with this book: She gives you just enough romance to keep you hooked throughout the novel so that tension and anticipation occurs for both the main characters and listeners, the plot has all the right pieces that are moved and executed in the right ways, and the ending is satisfying without falling into the typical fairytale trope. I look forward to listening to more of Kelly Bowen's novels in the future!

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  • MaryAnn
  • Belmar, NJ, United States
  • 05-15-17

Swashbuckling romance-intrigue and suspenseful.

This is not your typical romantic sexy couple. There is an actual story -a suspenseful mystery with lots of rich color and repartee between two main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a very good fun story with lots of thrilling sexy bends in the road.

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Ivory Moore was unexpected

Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: I love Kelly Bowen so I have come to expect the unexpected from her. Ivory Moore was unexpected and the story was delightful. However, it took me a good long while (aka 3/4 of the book) to think Max was even in the realm of being worthy of her (source of the character rating). She was so unusual, self-sufficient, smart, quirky that I had a hard time seeing forever with Max. I got there though and that is all that matters. The story though was kick arse. I had a blast watching Ivory really work the case. Kelly wrote another leading lady that we can totally get behind and I think y'all will like it.

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Narrated by: Ashford McNab /Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins


Ashford does a fantastic job with this series. There is a lot of different voices in this series: kids, high born, low born, soldiers, sailors and the narration really hits on all levels.

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  • Justine Connor
  • 03-28-16

Excellent listening

This story has romance, intrigue and humor... one of the better books I have listened to lately!