Duke of My Heart
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 ...more
I enjoyed Duke of My Heart from the very beginning to the very end. The opening scene sucked me in with the surprising storyline of a dead Earl tied with silk scarves to the bed of a debutante. Ooh, kinky. I don’t normally expect kinky on the first page of a story, let alone a historical romance. I think the opening scene was even more interesting because we look at it through the eyes of Miss Ivory Moore. I liked Ivory from the first page through t ...more
The hero bumbles around a lot and doesn't get an opportunity to shine while the heroine was strong and awesome. Overall, the historical feel was missing for me, not sure if due to how the heroine was living her life or what but I missed it. The hero just wasn't a strong presence for me and the mystery part of the story felt a little vague and over with earlier on. The author's writing is incredibly strong and I enjoy it but I almost feel like she would be a better fit in contemporaries. ...more
And what an interesting couple! I loved both of them!
A very unsual story with a very unusual heroine who knows what has to be done better than the hero! Very, very interesting!
Bravo Ms. Bowen!! An very good and interesting romance with just the right amount of action and intelligence!
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the books I read in Kelly Bowen’s début Dukes of Worth series last year, and had marked her out as a new author to watch as a result. In Duke of My Heart she has once again crafted an entertaining story that is well-written and strongly characterised, with deft touches of humour and a nicely developed romance.
Maximus Har ...more
Max the hero was completely overshadowed by Ivory. He did alright in the beginning but somehow Ivory proved (and n ...more
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 ...more
I had pegged Kelly Bowen as an author to watch last year after I read and enjoyed her second book, A Good Rogue is Hard to Find, so I was pleased to see there was an audio version of Duke of My Heart, the first book in her new A Season for Scandal series. Ms Bowen is an excellent storyteller with a deftly humorous touch, and she has the knack for creating memorable and engaging characters, things she puts to good effect in her l ...more
“You shouldn’t have to be fine, Ivory. You should be free. Protected from things that you survived once and that you shouldn’t have to survive again.” He brushed his lips across her forehead. “I want to do that for you.”
I really enjoyed this book! What I love most about this author is her unconventional and strong-willed heroines, and Ivory did not disappoint.
From the opening scene I was engrossed in this book. Miss Ivory Moore has been summoned to the house of the Duke of Alderidg...more
This was my first Kelly Bowen, and it is very clear that she has talent. This will not be my last. While not a spy novel, it feels like one. It starts with intrigue and that carries through the most of the book. She deftly handles the reveal of clues, keeps you guessing to the end with well-paced twists and turns. The main problem I had was that once the intrigue is resolved, and the story focuses on the love story nearly entirely, there is another twist. This twist felt wrong and was a ...more
Ivory Moore has a secret past that only a few trusted associates are privy to. Using only her wits and resourcefulness, she has forged a new, independent life as owner of Chega ...more
WOW WOW WOW!!! I enjoyed every minute of this book! I didn't want it to end. One of the best historical romance books I have listened to in a long time. The heroine Ivory has to be one of my favorites! Loved her. She was smart, witty, and just wonderful! Loved Max the Duke of Alderidge, fantastic hero.
This is one of the best story lines and plots written for a historical romance. The dialogue throughout the book was fantastic and there was lot ...more
The romance was nice though I didn't care for Maximus at first. I never liked alpha heroes who think they know best. At least he did stop to actually think and realized he needed help from our Wonderful Miss Ivory. Bowen keeps writing such delightful, human and flawed heroines. I wish some of the heroes were as good, or as interesting.
The mystery ...more
Add in hero Maximus Harcourt, Duke of Alderidge, who spends his time as Captain Harcourt on the open sea, but just happens to be back in ...more
There are so many things I loved about this story:
The heroine runs her own business and is extremely successful.
The heroine was married for a short time to an older man who ...more
Ivory Moore definitely gets on the express one way train to my Favorite Romance Heroines Hall of Fame. I liked the romance too, but this book was all about her and her life ...more
“The careful barriers that she had built around herself were crumbling like a wall of sand in the face of a rising tide. Maximus Harcourt was no longer a client, any more than he was an amusement or a distraction. There was no point in pretending anymore, and with that admission a weight seemed to slide away from her. For better or for worse, this man had become something more.”
While there was no question that I enjoyed Duke of My Heart immensely, it felt like the book’s focus was m ...more
I just love having to stop long enough to laugh out loud again and again. BUT mostly I love, love, love sexual tension in a book, and this one has a lot. I don’t even care if there’s sex as long as the tension is there. I absolutely, positively hate it when there’s no desire, no lust, no thoughts, no nothing, then there’s an explicit sex scene or two. AND some reviewers call that “hot and steamy.” Umm, no it’s not! It’s sex thrown in because sex sells. BUT there’s NOTHING that led up to ...more
This is a fun and fanciful, and a tad far fetched, but sometimes far fetched makes for a quick and cute read. In Duke of my Heart by Kelly Bowan, a very stubborn and modern twentieth first century woman is plopped down in nineteenth century London, in the female protagonist Ivory Moore. Ivory is a problem fixer for the aristocrats of 1819 London. She is cleaver, beautiful and a master manipulator, in her job she has to be, as she solves very messy hiccups in the gleaming lives of the ...more
I absolutely enjoyed this book, she weaves her stories in such a way that it drags you in and you have to stop everything you're doing just to finish any of her work.
The heroine was such an alpha , used to taking control of situations around her, a total no nonsense lady.
Our hero Max was just all the right shades of perfection.
It's not often that I find a book where I can like both the main characters as well as the secondary character like I did in t ...more
But, perhaps I just wasn't in the mood, after all there was a piratical Duke, a very capable heroine and a missing sister with a dead libertine tied to her bed by red silken ties; It doesn't get much more exciting than that. ...more
As assuredly vexing as he may have found the goings on downstairs. They could in no way hold a candle to the dead Earl of Debarry tied to his sister's bed, the mysterious absenteeism of said wayward sibling, or the unflagging professionalism of the captivating woman charged with finding the missing Miss, and evacuating the expired Earl. All upstairs of co ...more
Ivory helps people with those kind of things that people do not want other people to know about *wink wink* She knows her way around the underworld in London, and she knows the Ton. Even if they pretend they do not even know about her.
Max loves the sea, but Max. Seriously, you left your sister at home with her aunt. And when it came to the aunt, I wo ...more
Please read the full review at All About Romance ...more
Duke of My Heart is a light and fun, sort of adventure-esque, romance with likable characters and quite interesting mystery.
As I’m in process of reading the next book in the series, I can safely say Kelly Bowen knows how to open her books.
The first chapter of this one is intriguing and well-paced, introducing a murder mystery that is both fun and not too hard to follow.
Between the two main protagonists I liked ...more
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 ...more