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If adventure has a name…it must be Lady India Rochester. The intrepid archaeologist possesses a sharp blade and an even sharper knack for uncovering history’s forgotten women. Unfortunately, she has one annoying weakness: the dangerously handsome Duke of Ravenwood. Former best friend. Current enemy. And the man who dared to break her heart.
Daniel Bonds, the Duke of Ravenwood, is a thrill-seeking antiquities hunter who only plays by one rule: Never fall in love. He’s in it for the fortune and glory. At least that’s what he wants the world to think. He’s sworn to hide his tangled web of secrets, especially from the one woman he cares about and will protect at any cost.
But when a priceless relic is stolen from the British Museum, the rivals must align forces. Racing to recover the stolen antiquity and avert an international disaster? All in a day’s work. Avoiding their buried feelings? More and more impossible. For love is about to become the greatest treasure of all.
The grand adventure begins…now!
About the Author
Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. She grew up in a small Alaskan town that still has no traffic lights, and she blames those long, dark winters for turning her into a lifelong bookworm. She has lived and worked on five continents but can currently be found in an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. www.lenorabell.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Better than the first book in the series! Raven and India were more relatable for me than Mari & Edgar. India was more of an Indiana Jones/Laura Drift combo, Raven was an archeological 007. The chemistry was very apparent, despite their attempts to try & forget their last love for each other, & hide it beneath a battle of the sexes. It's always irritated me when romance heroes sleep with numerous woman while trying ignore the pain of a past lost love with the heroine. Although India's sexual experience was limited to another make colleague, it was nice to see that she didn't allow Raven's "betrayal" to keep her the virgin spinster doing nothing with her life. She still did things to define herself as a person, & not be labeled a poor little love lost girl. Raven's reasons for what he did were understandable, if somewhat misguided. Some parts at the end did seem a little rushed, maybe could have spent some more time to develop fully. Overall, a great read--one I will enjoy rereading in the future!
Spies and archaeologists? Especially a female archaeologist named Indy? Yes, please! :) For the Duke's Eyes Only was a really fun read. I really enjoyed the BFFs-as-children-turned-enemies-turned-professional-rivals aspect of the story; the prologue where the two of them made their first major archaeological find was absolutely adorable...at least it was, until it wasn't. Even when they aren't getting along--especially when they aren't getting along?--Indy and Raven have amazing chemistry together. I loved that Indy was one of the first people to (fictionally, of course...) advance the theory that the pharaoh Hatshepsut was really a woman, and the fact that her life's ambition was to find Cleopatra's tomb? The cherry on top! The mystery of the disappearing Egyptian artifacts was intriguing--I especially liked that the Rosetta Stone was one of them. The resolution of that part of the plot was a bit fantastical, but still entertaining. I mean, spies and archaeologists. Throw in the romance and really, that's all I need. For the Duke's Eyes Only is the second book in Ms. Bell's School for Dukes series (the first is Indy's brother's story) but would work just fine as a standalone. The next ( One Fine Duke ) is Mina's--Raven's mentor's niece's--story; who had a very minor role here. It looks to be just as much fun, though! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
IT WAS FUN . . . Two former best friends with history, a present, and working on a future. Lady India (Indy) Rochester and Daniel Bonds (Raven), the Duke of Ravenwood were childhood friends something changed everything for them. Watching them go from current rivals to allies back to friends and then lovers was fun. There was a story there. There were ups and downs. Indy and Raven were not your typical couple or friendship of a true regency history, but what they were were a couple that took on the adventure and intrigue of the hunt. Indy was every inch a lady until it was not need for her to be so. She was strong and independent. She was clever. Raven was hiding more than just his feeling for his former best friend. Getting to know them was fun. Watching them cover each other backs was fun. Watching them watch the other was fun. This was not a steal your heart romance but it was a romance you will enjoy for the time you are reading it.
I had read and enjoyed the previous book in this series and loved India so much that I requested this as soon as I saw it. Love love loved India. She’s smart and stands up for herself and sasses with the best of them. Raven is a charming rogue with a lot more to him than it appears. Together they push each other’s buttons and banter like crazy. I was loving every minute of it. Plot wise, it felt very Indiana Jones. There were secret missions and kissing and knife fights. It did wrap up rather abruptly and after so much build up, it left me wanting. Overall, it was a delightful read about two former BFFs to more slash hate to love. I’m eager to see if there’s another book in the series. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**