Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Series: A Season for Scandal (# 3)
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 353
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Their love was always in the cards.
He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he’s more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beauty-in his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he’ll have to devise a proposition she can’t turn down.

Gossip said he was an assassin. Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie’s club offered a surefire way to make quick money-until she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible . . .

 

Review:  This is the third book in the A Season for Scandal series, by Ms. Bowen. I don’t feel the reader needs to read the other stories as the author provides enough information throughout the book for the reader to understand the gist of what happened previously, to understand what is happening in the present moment.

Regency romance is so wonderful. I love reading about the Haute Ton, the Lords and Ladies, the grand balls and parties that they attend, and the beautiful gowns that the ladies got to wear. I like thinking about all that stuff, and not any unpleasant things that took place back then, not to mention the fact that deodorant and toothpaste wasn’t invented yet. Oh my.

I found this book really entertaining, light, easy to read and a very enjoyable way to spend my free time. I really liked both Lady Angelique and Alexander, as well as the secondary characters that were introduced. I even found myself feeling sorry for Lady Angelique’s brother. I won’t say much else, other than he’s a real bone head and has no idea what reality is. Poor guy.

Lady Angelique is not like the typical ladies of the Ton. She’s intelligent and she can’t hide her intelligence no matter hard she tries. She’s not afraid of facing adversaries and doing what she needs to do to take care of herself and her family.

Alexander is not a Lord, but he is ever the gentleman none the less. He treats ladies with respect, he’s kind, and he knows how to take care of himself in any situation.

These two characters have a lot of similarities between them. They both don’t want others to see who they really are on the inside so they try and keep people at a distance. They each see in each other their vulnerabilities, fears, and secrets. They both think quickly on their feet and can improvise when needed to get themselves out of trouble.

If you’re a fan of historical romance,  this series is something the reader could curl up with for a few hours. I don’t think the readers will be disappointed.