Last Night with the Earl (Devils of Dover Series #2)

Last Night with the Earl (Devils of Dover Series #2)

by Kelly Bowen

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2018 RITA award-winning author!

"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." —

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478918592
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: Devils of Dover Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 137,982
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.25(d)

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.

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Last Night With the Earl 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Reads_Romance More than 1 year ago
I don’t often highlight passages in books. Usually, it’s a complete story that drives my feelings. Last Night with the Earl is an exception. I think I highlighted half of this novel. Eli was one of the most intensely romantic heroes I have read in a while, and I needed him right now. In addition to Eli’s beautiful turn of phrase, the overall prose in this story was lovely and swoon-worthy. After six years of hiding, Eli, Earl of Rivers is back altered both mentally and physically after his grievous wounds at Waterloo. When he returns to his estate in Dover, he is knocked over (literally) by the one woman he has never been able to forget. Rose, an artist, and a teacher, is wary of Eli with misunderstandings and past hurts standing between them. As I mentioned, Eli is a wonderful hero. His deep and abiding respect for Rose was apparent throughout the book. His occasional flustered and prudish moments made me laugh. I loved it when Eli would use Rose’s words against her in an argument! Rose was a fascinating heroine. She was fearless on the outside and vulnerable on the inside which made her human. I loved her racy occupation and willingness to help other people see the beauty in themselves. I do wish this book had been longer. It was a vibrant story with excellent character development, but I wanted more. I would have loved to hear more about Rose and her painting as well as Eli and his reactions to them. I wanted to know more about Rose’s relationship with Eli’s father as well as what happened with Eli went to the Duke about the land at the end. Overall, the story was fabulous, and I can’t wait to go back and read the first book in the series! **I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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Holds your interest and good story line
pinkcowlandreads More than 1 year ago
A hero you can't help fall in love with... This has the making of a romance classic! A wonderful read from start to finish that was hard to out down. The heroine artist, Rose caught my attention from the get go and was a very likeable and relatable character. The Earl of Rivers is the type of brooding hero that you can't help fall in love with. My favourite aspect of this book is the fact that it was solely about the development of their relationship and getting over their own personal dramas, no random drama trout in just to spice it up. These characters and their development was strong enough to cary the book. Overall a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading more of Kelly Bowens work. I received this book as an ACR in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading historical romances because they are such easy reads. This book was an easy fun read also. The scarred "hero" returns home after being presumed dead and has come to win back a secret love. I liked that both the hero and heroine were strong, moral characters who always fought for what was right and looking beyond physical appearances to see the real person.
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
Eli returns home to claim his title after his father's death, but he is a changed man. War has disfigured his face and changed his point of view on life. Willing to live a life in solitude, he's surprised to find his estate let out to the only woman he ever loved. Rose, an artist, is resigned to live life on the fringe of society after the way her former fiance` skewered her in society. She uses art to help people overcome obstacles and see beauty within themselves, but she doesn't follow her own advice. Thrown together, they work together to create a place for families left destitute from the war and for veterans in need to have homes and jobs. They fight the passion between them, but secrets of the past threaten to keep them apart. Will they find a way to face the past, learn to trust, and find love before it's too late? Fabulous story I highly recommend. **received a copy on NetGalley**
clarkws More than 1 year ago
Last Night With The Earl is a wonderful steamy romance. Bowen spins a complex tale that beats a romantic heart all its own. Her characters are very well developed with deep layers. Truly a great foray into the world of England after Napoleon’s defeat. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. A must read.
Miriam Kasseris More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the first I've read from this author. The characters are enlightened, and well rounded. The snappy banter, coupled with with the Hero/Heroine's journey to heal, makes for a well paced, engaging read. I look forward to reading more from Kelly Bowen.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Eli and Rose's story!! I have wanted to read Rose's story since the last book and Bowen did not disappoint!! Eli has been damaged mentally and physically by the war and doesn't want to return to society. But with the death of his father, he doesn't have the option to remain hidden anymore. Her returns to his family home, only to discover is has been taken over by a school for girls. Rose has hidden away from society after being throughly humiliated by something her former fiancee did. Eli had been friends with him, so she also blames him for her troubles. But when they meet again, she gets the feeling that Eli knew nothing about the incident. She has hated him for so long, can she ever see him any differently? I loved watching these two work together to get over the pain of their past. The bantering between them had me laughing out loud at times. This is definitely a must read for any historical romance lover! I can't wait to see what Bowen come up with for the next book in the series!!
yankeetexan More than 1 year ago
Fabulous,heartwrenching, lovely. Eli and Rose's story is wonderful. Eli has been scarred in the war, Rose bears her own scars. When Eli finally returns to England, he's lost. Rose helps him find himself, then it's his turn. Love the secondary cast. Linfield, Ophelia, Miss Swift, and a certain doctor!
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I really liked the second book in this series.  The characters were well developed and entertaining. The plot was lively and flowed really well.  I was never bored.  The conflict was easily relatable and not far-fetched so that I was pulled along for the ride right alongside the two main characters.  Their story was vibrant, passionate, sad and hopeful, sweet and intense, and just plain wonderful.  The first one was good, but this one was awesome.  If you haven’t read book one, you can actually pick up this one and read without too much trouble.  It deals with the same family and where the first one ends, but the two characters and their story stand on their own and is a great stand alone as well as part of a series.
BabyDee More than 1 year ago
This lovely romance is the story of a man with scars that mar his face and a bluestocking who pursues her love of art while teaching at a school for ladies. What made this novel heart-warming and different were the physically flawed characters and their acceptance of their deformities despite the rules and conventions of Society. Eli Dawes, the Earl of Rivers never wanted to inherit the Earldom despite all the efforts of his father. Eli lived a life of the son of an Earl, debauching woman and presenting a picture as a pure rakehell. He also never pretended to be what his father wished, enlisting in a War with no intention of ever returning…years later believed to be dead by everyone. Not wanting the pomp and circumstance of being labeled hero by society, he sneaks off to his estate, Avondale in hopes of spending the rest of his life in peace. It ends quickly with his encounter with Rose Hayward, the ex-fiancé of his best friend. Rose Hayward endured one endless, tormenting season where she was mistreated and gossiped about because of an anonymous publication that left her heartbroken by the one man she thought she loved. Scandal left her in a dark place and in a life of seclusion, relinquishing any thoughts of marriage. As the story continues, there is passion, love, and courage to conquer and overcome. The passion and need the major characters have for one other was spot on and I loved how it was nicely written. The story is slow-paced and easy to read. It has its share of well- developed and relatable characters. There were some parts of the story that felt a bit empty, for example the way the two major characters met and then his pursuit of her early on was a little bit unbelievable. My opinion in that there was no leading up dialogue on when he fell in love or became smitten with her before he went to war rather than him telling her about his affections later in the story. However, Rose’s character comes off as a strong-willed, hard-nosed kind of individual. But one kiss introduced way too soon, and that side dwindles. I found it difficult to follow her not knowing when she would be a disagreeable agreeable. Likeable Quote: “Your mind, Rose, is what set you apart from any other woman I’ve ever known. Your intelligence, your abilities, your compassion, your convictions. I wouldn’t be much of a man if I couldn’t admire any of those things.”
def618 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book Kelly Bowen has written starting with her first one. I love all of them but this one may be my favorite. It was hard to put down. Not only is the story good, but the characters are wonderfully imperfect, and that makes them real. Rose Hayward is an artist and a teacher at the Haverall School for girls. Her sister, Clara, is the headmistress of the school. During the summer they take a few of their students to Avondale House, near Dover, for classes that fit what the students desire to learn, like medicine and art. This summer, a surprise appears in the night. Eli Dawes, Earl of Rivers, has returned home. Eli went to fight Napoleon with some friends against his father’s wishes. When it was over, he was not the same and stayed in Europe until someone found him there. He is surprised Rose is there, as she is the only woman he never forgot. Eli’s aunts never believed him dead and are thrilled he’s home. Eli doesn’t want to be the man about town any more and decides to help old soldiers and war widows. He also wants Rose to marry him. She’s not sure she can live in his world. Of course, there is a HEA but also a lot going on that I won’t spoil. If you’ve read Kelly’s last series, you’ll recognize someone from that series and I liked how she worked him into this book. I can easily recommend this book. Another keeper from Kelly Bowen!
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Eli Dawes, the Earl of Rivers, was once a notorious rake. Eli was titled, handsome, and charming. He enjoyed women and women adored him. But, the one woman Eli desired above all others, was engaged to Anthony, his best friend. Anthony, however, didn’t respect the woman he supposedly loved and was to marry. Eli wouldn’t find out, though, just how awful his friend was until it was too late. The battle of Waterloo changed the Earl physically and emotionally. The self-confident man who had joined the military was not the same man who returned home, to England. The Earl’s gross facial disfigurement made sure of that. Rose Hayward ran a school for young women from prominent families. She was also a much sought out artist. Rose’s passion for helping flawed individuals raise their self-esteem, came after Rose was shunned in London. She believed, Eli Dawes, and her fiancé, Anthony, were the ones responsible for her humiliation. But, Rose didn’t have all the facts; facts she discovered, would both sting and heal. Last Night With The Earl is an enjoyable historical fiction romance. Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing, for my advanced review copy.