A Duke to Remember
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locati ...more
It was a controlled leap into love.
It’s not often when I'm reading (and enjoying) a story that the heroine is the highlight instead of the hero. In A Duke to Remember, Elise, is by far the star of the show. Mind you, Noah ain’t no slouch potato, he’s pretty special too and the more you get to know him, the more you love him. Elise De Vries is an intelligent, determined, loyal and funny woman. She’s a part owner of Chegarre & Associates, the company that “saves the day” of the upper-class mem ...more
I read this for the Secret Billionaire square for Romance Bingo
I am with you, not against you.
Since this is historical my secret billionaire is a secret Duke living as a farmer but said to be one of the richest in the land. I'm guessing, if inflation was applied, he'd be considered a billionaire today :)
This story utilized one of my lesser favorite tropes of insta-love. When our hero helps to drag our heroine out of a river that she had jumped into to save a little boy, it's pretty mu ...more
I absolutely LOVED this! Such an engaging, swoon-worthy romance! It’s been quite a while since I’ve been so impressed and enamored with a new-to-me historical romance author. I read and really enjoyed A Duke in the Night and knew I had to devour Kelly Bowen’s entire backlist. This was my second book by her, and it’s simply fantastic!
I have complete heroine worship for brave, unique, capable, sweet Elise (just adored her), and Noah is a tortured but strong, swoonalici ...more
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Many regency romances feature the same plot, with the characters and storylines being virtually interchangeable and utterly forgettable. A DUKE TO REMEMBER, however, really does feature a duke to remember...although in all honesty, it's the heroine, Elise DeVries, who steals the show.
Elise is an agent of Chagarre and Associates. Basically, members of the elite come to her with their problems, which she resolves discreetly - for a price. El ...more
She was like an addiction, something that he was powerless to resist, even though he understood just how dangerous she was. He’d never experienced anything like it before, and it disturbed him beyond words.
Elise deVries excels at pretend. Her chameleon ability suits her well as a part-time actress, and in her position at Chegarre & Associates. Chegarre & Associates who fixes the problems and scandals of the wealthy. No one is better than Elise at undercover work or at finding those t...more
This is even better than the previous book!
The absolutely main character here is Elise! A fantastic heroine! A fantastic woman!!!
She’s incredibly self-possessed, intelligent, smart, fun… there’re not enough positive adjectives for her!!! I was simply in awe! I almost fell in love with her myself!!! I could totally understand Noah!!!
…sorry, digress… back to review…
Noah was pretty great too!
He made his life after a very traumatic childhood and didn’t become a bi ...more
A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen is a 2016 Forever publication.
Together Noah and Elise make a perfect team, balance each other, and they are always stealing each other’s lines, which is so cute!
If you enjoy light hearted historical romances with just a touch of suspense, lots of witty and sharp banter, and a sweet and sensual love story, featuring two very unique characters, then you can’t go wrong with this one!
Overall, this a very pleasant and captivating story! I recommend this on ...more
I'm reviewing the audiobook version for AudioGals, so I'll write a review for that shortly. But this is a terrific read on all-fronts. A well-written romance between two engaging and intriguing characters.
What a pleasant and captivating surprise! I really loved the depth and originality of the characters in A Duke to Remember. The story was well done and kept me hooked throughout. This was my first book by Kelly Bowen, and I will undoubtedly be looking for more. Moreover, I found Ashford McNab's narration pleasing and additive to the allure of this remarkable story. So this audibook is a win/win all around!
The whole idea of Chegarre & Associates, a firm who provide effective solutions to scandals involving members of the ton, struck me as being original and I love the fact that two of the three partners in the business are women who do n ...more
Kelly Bowen has quickly made herself a place on my list of auto-buy authors by virtue of her ability to tell an entertaining and well-paced story with intelligence and humour and to create attractive, well-rounded protagonists and sizzling sexual tension. A Duke to Remember is her fifth book, and while I’ve enjoyed the others I’ve read and listened to, this is a real standout and easil ...more
When the love story works, it can make me overlook most small issues. This book is not without issue, but the love story, the romance, worked. It really worked. In this story, we have Elise, a very independent heroine, who is tasked with finding Noah, heir to a dukedom, who has been missing since he was 10. This is a setup that could have resulted in deception on the part of one or both parties. Thankfully, the truth come ...more
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Oh my. Bowen totally rocked this one. From start to finish I was seriously smitten with A Duke to Remember.
The quick of it is that a duke has died and his heir? Well, most think him long dead since he disappeared as a child. Everyone but his sister and his mother who are being made out to look crazy. So it's come to Elsie and her team to hunt down the long lost heir and help him claim his title from a cousin who will sto ...more
Elise de ...more
The reason for my pause is ALL me, not the book. My interest and attention span to reading a full length romance seems to be waning at the moment. Maybe I need to stick with novellas so I can maintain my attention and get the HEA a bit quicker.
A few words about the book:
--heroine is a unique, confident and strong character
--hero is sympathetic character and very noble, likable man
--heroine actually has had previous lovers. That was awesome. I always wo ...more
But I LOVE IT!!
Kind of Ms. Instead of Mr. Holmes:)
But of course the storyline won't as complicated and heavy in romance.
This one is better than the first book and there is sadness in it which made you wonder why those aristocrats behaved like that towards their own children? If there is one thing which made me disappointed, we didn't get Noah's mum excuses why she behave like she did.
Anyway, I really love this bo ...more
Finally! A gem of a book after so many duds lately. I loved the witty banter, believable chemistry between these characters, and Bowen gave us a blushing hero! I am a sucker for the slightly shy yet masculine guys (guys like Archer Hale). They are so rare in romance they are a breath of fresh air.
Both characters are full of depth, have interesting backstories but nothing that overwhelms their present.
Noah had a bad childhood, ran away (or escape) actually, but Bowen didn't make him bit ...more
"A Duke to Remember" is a very well-researched novel set in early 1800's England. The novel is set in both the rural community of Nottingham and the ugliness of the city of London. We learn of the horrors of Bedlam and the fickleness of society. Elise Devries is employed by a very secret agency that "cleans up" the messes made by the upper crust of society. Her company is hired to find the Duke of Ashland who has been missing since he ...more
“This was where she belonged. No matter who she might have been or who she might yet become, she belonged to this man. In her search for Noah Ellery, she had found something she hadn’t even known she’d been looking for. Here, in the security of his arms, she had found a sanctuary, uncluttered by secrets and artifice. Here she’d found only a feeling of rightness and a bittersweet ache in her chest that told her that her heart was no longer hers to give.”
Once again I have to commend Kelly Bowen’ ...more
Kelly Bowen showed that she really knew how to write smart, capable heroines in the first book in this series Duke of My Heart with Ivory Moore, owner of Chegarre & Associates. Now Bowen has turned to another associate, Elise deVries who uses her skills as a professional actress to become one of the company's premier spies/undercover agents. Elise's mission is to find the longtime missing Duke of Ashland at the bequest of his sister who is desperate to save her mother from an insane a ...more
What a good way to start this new year! I went into this book cold, I hadn't re ...more
Elise is a really ...more
Ellie DeVries is a part time actress and full time investigator for Chegarre & Associates. A business that helps mitigate or completely erase scandals and helps fix all kinds of problems that could ruin a person or family. The Duchess of Ashland has been committed to Bedlam and her da ...more
I've read about about the practice of confining nuscience relatives or those whose demise would be profitable for the less scrupulous relatives to Bedlam in other novels. Obviously in real life it was a not so rare occurence. It certainly makes for a masterful opening scene here.
I find the characters and the situation intriguing.
Elsie DeVries has a longer story hinted at--still deep waters. By night an actress and by day (or other times) she works for an agency tha ...more
Oh, my goodness! This. This is why I read romances. The feelings elicited by this fabulous author of giddy elation, when you alternately giggle and swoon, and can't stop reading long into the night. What an incredible romance! Elise and Noah are memorable characters and ones who I know I'll revisit again. The lack of artifice and straightforwardness in their coming together was so refreshing. Highly recommended! Fans of Julie Anne Long and Joanna Bourne will definitely love th ...more
Miss Elise DeVries is a sometime stage actress, sometime scandal fixer, working as one of the chief agents in the company of Chagarre and Associates, an exclusive firm working clandestinely for the upper classes. They can fix or bury pretty much any scandal there is, provided a high enough payment is offered. Elise is a master of disguise, used to wearing a multitude of faces, nearly always playing a part. Only with her fellow associates, Miss Ivory Moore, also known as the Duchess (and ...more
I just knew I’d love this book as much as I loved Duke of My Heart. I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long in-between books.
Anyway, Noah and Elise was a fantastic couple and they had a rough time getting together because of his hatred for his parents, he didn't want anything to do with the Dukedom, which was understandable to a point. Good grief, WTH was his parents thinking sending him to that place just because he couldn’t speak, or wouldn’t speak. And, wow, Elise was described ...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