A Duke in the Night (Devils of Dover Series #1)

A Duke in the Night (Devils of Dover Series #1)

by Kelly Bowen

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ISBN-13: 9781478918554
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Series: Devils of Dover Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,689
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

RITA-award winning 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.
Learn more: www.kellybowen.netTwitter @kellybowen09Facebook.com/AuthorKellyBowen

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A Duke in the Night (Devils of Dover Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AboutThatStory 7 months ago
I really, really liked this. Awesome story! It was entertaining and sweet with great characters. This was my first time reading Kelly Bowen and it won’t be my last. I loved Clara, who she was, and what she was trying to accomplish. She was a strong, independent woman and I liked how she held herself and encouraged others. I really liked August as well, learning his history and how protective he was of his sister. He was such a man of the times and I liked him seeing certain things in a new light and expanding his view. He and Clara were great together. There's a bit of challenge there, excellent chemistry and a building passion. I liked their verbal sparring, the challenges in front of them, and how it all played out. There was a good introduction and I was all in. It was a great series starter. I really enjoyed the storytelling, the build and details. I thought the story had a steady pace. It was light with a bit of drama happening. Honestly, it was Clara and her attitude and what she was trying to accomplish that had me smiling through the entire thing. She was a great heroine. I enjoyed the secondary characters introduced and the side stories happening and how it was all connected. It was just a solid story that I totally enjoyed. It's had an entertaining vibe happening. Really great read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The characters were engaging and the secondary characters were especially good. I enjoyed the book. Ms Bowen has done it again.
clarkws 11 months ago
This is my first time to read a book by Kelly Bowen and I am so glad that I did. I thought her story telling was masterful. I loved her characters and their depth. I am looking forward to reading more by Ms. Bowen. My only criticism is that I’m not sure how the title fits the story. A Duke in the Night? O well. It won’t stop me from reading the next book in this series.
Hfowler 11 months ago
This book took me some time to get through. I don’t think it was the book, or the plot, though, I think it was just life being busy. The plot was entertaining and the characters were good. The conflict was entertaining, too. However, the characters don’t pop off the page and the emotional tension was good, but there was something that it missed that when it came to work and life, this one didn’t drown it out. Some books, it doesn’t matter what is going on in life, I have to keep reading and this one seemed to lack that. I was fine with setting it aside to do other things. Did I enjoy the book, yes. Will I read book 2 real soon, definitely. Did I like the two main characters, for sure. It was good but there was something with the plot that didn't grab and hold me the whole time.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
August Faulkner, the Duke of Holloway, is known as a ruthless businessman and he became wealthy by his own hard work. He met the unorthodox Clara Hayward at a ball ten years earlier and has hever forgotten her. He recently purchased the school that she inherited and has plans to raze the buildings and develop the land. Now he has met Clara again and sparks are still there. The Hayward family has turned down his offer to buy their shipping line but what will Clara say when she learns he is the one who bought the school. He can’t lose her now that he’s found her again. How can he make it right so that they might have a future together?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little predictable with some secondary character mystery but still well written.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
so here's the thing, i liked august and clara's story in a duke in the night. from the start, i liked their chemistry. i liked how clearly they both yearned for each other and how they were both afraid to take a leap. but so much of their romance is spent talking about august's sister anne. and like it's a good topic, she wants to be a more productive member of society than women are generally allowed to be in the regency period. and august is fairly progressive, he's just crazy protective about his sister. but it makes sense because they had a really rough childhood and he wants to provide for her. he wants to give her a sparkling future because her past is full of dirt and grime. and maybe part of the problem is that august is made out to be in the wrong, but he's also such a good character it's really painful to see him in the wrong. and maybe it's because it goes against the grain to want the feminists in the room to just let the man be. he really does care. he's actually a really good man. and so all these feelings are uncomfortable, and i tried to skin through all the stuff with his sister, to get to the good moments. of which there are plenty, clara and august continually find themselves alone together. it's really the novel's saving grace. these two and their chemistry. **a duke in the night published on february 20, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story! I found everything about it thoroughly entertaining. The characters are wonderfully written, with cynical and money hungry August finding himself challenged at every turn by the intelligent and confident Clara. She makes him question things he’s always assumed about himself, about his sister, and about his expectations for the future. Determined to provide for his sister, he’s envisioned a life for her without really listening to her wants and desires. Clara gently but firmly makes him see that his sister yearns for something more than material things and the right marriage match. August regretted not contacting Clara after their dance together so long ago and isn’t going to let this second chance to be around her come to nothing. He’s fiercely attracted to her and isn’t above using her mutual feelings to seduce her into his bed. Unlike other unmarried women of her time, Clara is not a virgin, nor is she ashamed of this fact. She had a lover who introduced her to the finer arts of lovemaking and she can appreciate August’s skill and devotion to her pleasure. They share some sexy scenes together that intensify their emotional connection. August comes to appreciate Clara’s point of view and desire to educate young women for their own benefit and I really enjoyed seeing him broaden his own views. The relationships really make this story shine, whether it’s Clara and her siblings, August and his sister (and some interesting scenes with his trusted man of business Mr. Down), or Clara and August bantering back and forth as they get to know each other. Combined with the lovely background of rural England, A Duke in the Night is a sexy, smart and thoroughly entertaining romance. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series!
GangstaProf More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, as I have all of Kelly Bowen's work. This book is the first full-length title in Ms. Bowen's new series, The Devils of Dover, and tells the story of August Faulkner, the Duke of Holloway, and Clara Hayward, who runs the Haverhall School for Young Ladies. August and Clara had a brief interaction years ago, and when August comes back into her life, sparks are still there. However, there is a complication: August has bought Clara's school and intends to close it. Clara has given her life to the school, which is her family's legacy, and so there are many impediments to a relationship with the Duke. It would've been very easy for August to be an extremely unlikable, unsympathetic character, and there were certainly times in the book when I was ready to strangle him. However, Clara was a wonderful heroine, and Ms. Bowen is a skilled enough author to make us root for August and his redemption. While a novella preceded this book, it is not necessary to read the novella first. Clara only makes a cameo appearance in the novella, and the novella's main characters do not figure into this book.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved Clara and August's story!! August is in Dover for two reasons and neither are to fall in love. He is trying to further his business dealings but every time he is near Clara, business is the farthest thing from his mind. As he spends more and more time with Clara, she gives him reasons to rethink everything about his life. Who would have thought that one woman could turn his life upside down. I loved the way that Clara challenged August's thinking on even the most fundamental things. I loved that she created this school so that other women could experience things that they never thought possible. I really just loved her character!! Such a strong woman! I loved book 1 of this new series and can't wait to read the next one which stars Rose, Clara's sister!!
def618 More than 1 year ago
WOW! I have read, loved and kept all of Kelly Bowen’s books, but this one may be her best. August Faulkner was raised in horrible circumstances and didn’t expect to be a Duke. Now, he’s very wealthy, takes care of his sister Anne, and has many businesses under his control. Anne however wishes he’d let her do what she would like to do which is not attending balls. He feels he must be in control of his holdings and his sister due to lacking so many things as a child. Clara Hayward’s family is not as well off as they once were. She has a school, her sister is an artist and her brother, Lord Strathmore, a doctor. They still have a few ships, but some have been lost at sea. Clara remembers being a wallflower except for the one waltz she had with August. Anne has applied for the special summer session of Clara’s school that takes place at an estate in Dover. Clara believes August approved until he shows up in Dover to take his sister home. August allows Anne to stay as he will stay in the dower house with Clara’s brother. It’s been ten years since their waltz and Clara is surprised by her reactions to him. He is very attracted to her also. Clara’s school is not what August expected, but several things occur that make him stay. Clara learns he is the one who bought her school in London and is trying to buy their shipping business. When will enough be enough for him? I have tried not to give away much of this wonderful story as I don’t want to spoil this wonderful book. There are wonderful secondary characters and I believe some will get their own HEAs. I look forward to the rest of this series.