Duke of My Heart

Duke of My Heart

4.2 9
by Kelly Bowen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Wonderful! A charming, clever, and engaging storyteller not to be missed."—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author"

Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Bowen begins her Season for Scandal series with a nonstop murder-mystery that sizzles with tension. This suspenseful tale unfolds quickly, and readers will be captivated by the well-drawn characters who move Bowen's inventive plot forward. Readers will savor this unconventional romance."—RT Book Reviews"

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"

A sexy and sparkling Regency gem... Don't miss out!"—Julia London, New York Times bestselling author on A Good Rogue is Hard to Find"

Kelly Bowen is a fresh new voice with a shining future!"—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author"

Fans of Julia Quinn and Sarah MacLean will adore Kelly Bowen!"—Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author"

With this unforgettable debut, Bowen proves she is a writer to watch. A truly remarkable romance well worth savoring."Booklist on I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm

"In this delightful, poignant, debut that sets Bowen on the path to become a beloved author, the innovative plotline and ending are only superseded by the likable, multidimensional characters: a strong-willed heroine and a heart-stealing hero. Get set to relish Bowen's foray into the genre."—RT Book Reviews on I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm"

Fans of romance with a touch of suspense will enjoy the work of this new author."—Publishers Weekly on I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455536795
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Series:
A Season for Scandal Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
161,284
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology. But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Duke of My Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4 Stars | Hot Steam Wow! Max and Ivory's was romance is so, so good! Fabulously written, amazing characters—strong, smart, and compelling! And the sizzling chemistry? Utterly sublime! I can't believe I haven't read Kelly Bowen's novels sooner! Shame on me! I predict a do-not-disturb marathon read of her Lords of Worth series in my very near future! I can't wait!
Anonymous 6 days ago
A little bit of a let down. The book wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. The only thing that kept me interested was the mystery of the sister. The ending felt like the author couldn't think of anything else and just stopped writing. I enjoyed her last series so I was a little disappointed.
gaele 9 months ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 1 Story 4 When a story starts with a very dead naked man tied to a Lady’s bed with red ribbons, and no sign of said Lady but a few items of clothing scattered over the floor, you know you have my interest. Unfurling this mystery will require a fixer in the form of Ivory Moore, brought in by the missing Lady’s aunt to forestall utter ruination when she is returned to her proper place. Unfortunately for everyone, MaxImus Harcourt, sitting Duke finds Ivory, his Aunt Helen and the scattered clothing of his missing sister Bea in the room with the bound corpse. Fresh from his shipboard control where there Captain Harcourt rules with an iron fist, he’s never faced such a challenge: unmitigated and unrelenting, as the one coming from Ivory. And we are off! There is an instant attraction that burns solidly through the initial meeting between Max and Ivory, partly fueled by these two alpha characters, unwilling to bend, both believing they have the best solutions. And the mystery does overtake and overshadow the budding romance as the twists and turns are delightful – an historic version of Where’s Waldo with a PR conscious spin doctor, in Ivory, keeping the gossips at bay. These two DID have thoughts about one another though, and usually these dropped into the story in some of the most inappropriate movements ever, but that just added to the sweetness of the developing relationship as we watch them get to know one another and share their stories with each other and us. They are completely compatible – neither deferential to one another nor one actually taking the upper hand. A relationship that works all the better for their individual, and combined complexity. Narration in this story is provided by Ashford McNab, a narrator that I’ve encountered previously with mixed results. While the distinction between character voices is consistent: I always knew who was speaking, and there were no hiccups in flow or progression, there was also a decided lack of emotional inflection in a more subtle sense. Anger was always strident and louder, while tender moments are more aptly described as normal conversation. What I’ve consistently found is a workmanlike, if uninspiring approach to narrative performances by Ms. McNab, and I think that this shall be the last title with her narration that I will review. With narrative issues aside, the story was well-paced, the dialogue solid, and the mystery intriguing while the romance slowly developed with an organic pace that felt natural and believable. A wonderful start to a new series and I can’t wait to read the next book. I received an audiobook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Season for Scandal series. Captain Maximus Harcourt can't believe that he came back from sea only to find his sister missing and a dead man in her bed. What more can go wrong? Miss Ivory Moore is a "fixer". She knows how to deal with those problems that pop up among the aristocracy. But Max doesn't her help, but soon realizes that she has contacts that he doesn't and she is needed to find his missing sister. Neither counted on their mutual attraction. Can they fight it long enough to find Max's sister, or does fate have other plans. I loved this opening book of Bowen's newest series! I really liked Max, but it was Ivory that made this book for me. She was just so different from the heroines in most of the books I read. I love Scandal and Ivory was the Regency period's Olivia Pope!! If this is any indication of how the rest of the series will be, I can't wait to read the rest of it!! I looks like the next book in the series will be out sometime in July. Thanks go out to Forever via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog DUKE OF MY HEART is my first foray into Kelly Bowen’s writing and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline especially because this is like nothing else I’ve read before. See, the premise of the story is about a woman whose job is to cover up society’s indiscretions, for a fee. Miss Moore finds herself at the Duke of Alderidge’s home during a party because his sister is nowhere to be found, and there’s a dead body naked, tied to her bed. Her job is to cover that up so there’s no talk of wrong doing, salvage the reputation of and find the Duke’s sister. The Duke though, has just gotten back himself from India as he spends most of his time as a Captain of a ship and has no clue what’s been going on back at home. Different, right? At least it was for me! The pace of this story was good even though at times may have seen a bit slow. There was no major excitement for me but a steady interest. Which is great in its own way. The writing was engaging and the characters were complex and interesting. I did find the solution to this whole mess a bit easy in the end, but nonetheless getting there was enjoyable. I can’t say that either of these characters woe themselves into my heart, though. They were both ok characters but nothing major stands out about them to me to make me remember them later on. There are some side characters that I found interesting and I do think I would like to see their books in the future. All in all, this was a great intro to this author and at least I’ll have one more historical romance author to explore this year! On a completely separate note and I just had to mention it….. Doesn’t the cover model look just like Katie Holmes? LOL
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Review: What I liked about Duke of my Heart: So much fun! Duke of my Heart is a great romance. Mystery. Comedy. I absolutely could not put it down. I really enjoyed the characters and plot but it’s the dialog and snark that really pulls you in. The mystery isn’t terribly intense or difficult to solve but watching Ivory and Max makes it worthwhile. What I didn’t like about Duke of my Heart: It’s a bit steamier than I prefer but not so bad that it can’t be skimmed. This is the second of Ms. Bowen’s novels that I’ve read and I have to say, if it weren’t for the steaminess, she’d be a top rank for me. I love her snark & writing! Learn more about my thoughts on my website: http://www.hottbooks.com/review-duke-of-my-heart/
def618 More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a new series by Kelly Bowen. I really liked her debut series and was happy to see that this book is equally enjoyable. It's was a fast read for me because I couldn't put it down. No plot spoilers follow. The hero, Maximus, is a Duke who prefers to be the Captain of his ship which is part of the East India Company. He never expected to be the Duke, inheriting the title when his older brothers died. He left his younger sister in the care of their aunt and kept sailing. He returns to England occasionally and on this trip comes home to find his 18 year old sister missing, a dead man in her bed and a beautiful woman, Ivory, taking charge. Ivory Moore runs a business that prevents ruination from scandals. She informs Max to let her handle it, but he insists on helping her. While searching for his sister, a mutual attraction develops and they eventually admit it. Ivory is a very complex woman and has had an interesting life. There are also some wonderful secondary characters in this book, some of whom I would like to see have their own story. Captain Black, Alex Lavoie and Elise DeVries are very interesting and I believe they would have a good story. I'd also like to see the older aunt get her HEA (maybe a novella?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1819 Ivory Moore, a widow, and Elise DeVries are working with a company called Chegarre and Associates which handles “difficult” situations for members of society. Ivory used to be a famed opera singer who married the now deceased Duke of Knightley. When he died, his family managed to get her from their family. Thus, she is on her own earning her own living. When Ivory and Elise are called upon to assist at the home of Maximus (Max) Harcourt, the tenth Duke of Alderidge, they find a dead peer in the bed of the Duke’s young sister, Beatrice. He had been left naked and tied to the bed. This occurred during a ball held in honor of Beatrice upon her coming out. Beatrice’s aunt, Helen Harcourt, gave up her life to care for Beatrice and Max after the deaths of their parents and two older brothers. It was she who summoned Ivory and Elise to help. It happens that Max has been away for many years. He owns several ships and loves to sail to far off ports such as India and China. When he discovers what has occurred, he is filled with regret for not being at home as he should have been. Ivory takes over and moves the body and puts out the word that the peer was not feeling well and was later found dead in a guest room. However, where has Beatrice disappeared to? Max soon realizes that Ivory is not only a very beautiful woman but is also very skilled in her job. As they investigate matters, they are shocked to discover what has happened to Beatrice and set out on a very dangerous mission to rescue her. This is a very gritty novel with a number of cat and mouse games played by “high rollers” that I’m sure readers will certainly enjoy. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It started with a mystery that lead to a romance and my hanging on every word. Ivory was a regency Olivia Pope. She could spin a scenario, find clues and solve puzzles. I was awed by her accomplishments. Her latest case has brought her in contact with the Duke of Harcourt. Duke of My Heart has become a favorite story of mine. Kelly Bowen has created intelligent characters that are a joy to get to know. I love any story that let's me feel like part of the action. Duke of My Heart is a romance that is clever and full of surprises. With a strong female lead to guide the way I found it a fresh escape.