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Last Night with the Earl

(The Devils of Dover #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,215 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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 shocke ...more
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Published September 25th 2018 by Forever
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I've loved every single Kelly Bowen book I've ever read, so the fact that I didn't very much like Last Night with the Earl was a real shock for me.

Kelly Bowen is an extremely gifted author of historical romance, but Last Night with the Earl felt off.

I was excited about this story because I love a hero who is broody and who has a disability/disfigurement. I love interesting male and female MCs, and I had high hopes for both Eli and Rose. However, Eli goes from a hermit who stayed away from civi
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

Kelly Bowen’s first historical romance was published back at the end of 2014, and she very quickly made her way onto my list of must-read authors.  I’ve read nearly all of her books, and have been impressed with her storytelling and ability to create strong, determined and unusual heroines while at the same time having them operate largely within the conventions of the time so they don’t just seem like twenty-first century women in peri
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Regret is a far worse fate than fear”, Clara said quietly “It will last a lifetime.”

This is what this book was about!

I really enjoyed it! First the hero, Eli, and then the heroine, Rose!

I must admit that it is naïve to think that such a deep fears they both had to face could be overcome so quickly, but, hey, this is romance and fiction, so that’s OK!

Eli’s fear is part PTSD, part his ruined face that make people cry in horror and dismay. He doesn’t want to face that. He just wants to
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lyrical, poignant, psychologically complex, and featuring a very layered and a very likable hero and heroine. The prose and dialogue range from above average to excellent. It managed to feel (somewhat!) authentically historical yet still very accessible and relatable to modern audiences, a feat which fewer and fewer historical romances pull off! It was at times a little too drawn out and short on actual plot/story, but that's such a common complaint about so many romances that it shouldn't be he ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) Bowen has progressively been heading this way through many a book, but this particular latest one has set a record for having the most enlightened, sensitive, "woke" characters ever in a story taking place in relatively unenlightened 1800s England. Well, I certainly can't complain. I live in a very divided country right now with ugly tone deafness abounding, so I appreciate all the goodness, enlightenment, and sensitivity I can find, even if it's fictional.

This is the second in Bowen
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The world is so dark right now that I had to take a mini break from horror to read some fluffery and this was a good choice. It was sweet and only a little crazy-making and I really, really enjoyed listening to it. The author writes in a way that captures and holds my attention and makes me care about these people even when they do things that drive me up a wall.

I did have the same little issue I had with the previous book in this series, A Duke In The Night, in that I felt the conflict here was
Tanya Sridhar
4/5 Stars.

My first ever book by Kelly Bowen - and I will definitely be reading other books by this author. I overall absolutely loved this book. Shout out to the buddy read or I don't think I would have read this.

Eli is everything I love in a hero. He's or classic story of reformed rake, but I like how in this he doesn't change his ways for that one woman who makes him want to be better. I've always hated that trope. He changes because he accepts and understand that how he behaved, the manne
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an insanely amazing story! I’m already anxious to read it again! I absolutely fell in love with Eli and Rose. Both were so strong and had been tested in unimaginable ways. While Eli was considered flawed by society because of the disfiguring wounds he’d received in battle, he also saw himself as flawed because of the man he had once been. Rose suffered greatly from society’s perception of her after the humiliating end of her engagement. Both had fears that would have paralyzed most people. ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok

I'm not feeling the romance. It's a second chance romance, but the time when they knew each other when they were younger didn't seem special. In fact, they didn't seem to know each other very well. Now they've met unexpectedly years later. Rose hated Eli for reasons that didn't make sense to me. Her anger was misdirected. Eli came back from the war scarred. In Rose's thoughts she had compassion about his situation but not in her actions or words; she was a bitch. She could have been direc
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2018
Monthly romance title. Entertaining, with lots of banter and interesting characters, with the added bonus of the author tackling some important issues, such as the treatment of veterans and their families, and the restrictions on women, forbidden to be anything but marriage ornaments.
Feb 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
Look at that cover, sigh... ❤️❤️❤️
Barbara Rogers
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Series: The Devils of Dover #2
Publication Date: 9/25/18

Five long years ago Eli Dawes was the toast of London. Heir to an earl, rich, handsome, charming, witty, and, well, there just weren’t enough adjectives to describe him. Of course, debauched also applies. He can and does have any woman he wants – except for the one he really wants. He can’t have her because she is betrothed to his friend. When the opportunity to skip off to war with three friends presents itself, Eli grabs it. Sadly, he is t
Joanna Loves Reading
4.5 Stars with one hiccup keeping me from rounding up. More later, I think.
Jen Davis
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The more I read from Kelly Bowen, the more I am convinced that her work is right in my lane. This second installment in Devils of Dover series features familiar characters from A Duke in the Night (which I loved!) but this holds up fine as a standalone. Honestly, I expected this installment to be the pinnacle for me. After all, it features a scarred hero, which is usually my catnip. And I did like it. There were just a couple of issues that kept if from being my all-time favorite from this autho ...more
The Nerd Daily
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell

If you’re a fan of historical romance, then Last Night with the Earl is for you. This was such a sweet and easy read that did not leave me emotionally drained, but still featured strong characters and a solid storyline.

Eli Dawes has been dead for the past six years. Or so everyone thought after he didn’t return home after Waterloo. He was severely injured which left him horribly disfigured—half of his face was burned and he lost
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last Night with the Earl is the second book in The Devils of Dover series by Kelly Bowen. Although it's part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone story.

Eli Dawes had the reputation of an arrogant rake before he left for Waterloo. He came back a different man. Wounded in the war he actually stayed in Europe well after it finished, not letting his family know that he was alive. It was only after he was found by somebody sent by his family solicitor who told him his father was dead and
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Each painting I do is a personal undertaking for each individual. Each work of art is not meant for public consumption, to be judged and evaluated, measured or mocked by people who do not understand. By those who fear difference because they refuse to open their minds."

This sentence show us that Rose is an artist and a woman who's witty and charming, but not without insecurities. She paint portray; some would be considered scandalous, but that's not the reason why she do it. She wants to bring
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all Kelly Bowen books, I really enjoyed this Devils of Dover development. And the included Grace Burrowes novella, 'Respect for Christmas' was indeed a welcome bonus.
In fact these two together upped my rating from 4 to 5!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eli Dawes, the Earl of Rivers, was gravely wounded at Waterloo and has stayed away from England ever since. When he returns home, planning to spend his days in countryside seclusion in Dover he encounters Rose Hayward, the former fiance of a friend of Eli's who died at Waterloo. Eli has always been in love with Rose but had considered her off-limits. On the other hand, Rose has hated Eli for years, thinking him complicit in a humiliation that her fiance had executed on her before his departure t ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Mt. TBR claims I have a few Kelly Bowen books there but I haven’t read any of them yet. So, what do I do? Request to read an ARC of Last Night With the Earl. Second in a series so I was jumping blind. Well, my worries were unfounded because I wasn’t lost at all, for this is completely Eli and Rose’s book.

I so admire Kelly’s writing. Her prose is beautiful and the engagement of all the senses takes the reader inside the book. While there is angst, it’s the kind that makes one sympathize with
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Bowen continues her Devils of Dover series with the second story of Eli and Rose, a couple who gets a second chance for happily ever after.

Ms. Bowen continues to impress me with complex characters and wonderful prose. The main protagonists are portrayed with many flaws and keep surprising me with their humanity and humor.

This story is heartwarming and at times heartbreaking, making the road to happily ever after that much satisfying.

The narration of Ashford McNab is superb!

Melanie for b2b

Jessica Grogan
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another title highly anticipated by me that was a disappointment. I was expecting more of a Beauty and the Beast trope but instead this felt closer to a second chance romance. Eli is dark and broody for maybe two chapters before coming out of his shell. And he and Rose begin lusting after each other around chapter two or three which makes a slow read for me. Not sure if I’ll be reading the next title or not.

*An eARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tracy Emro
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been 5 years since Eli Dawes left for war with Rose Hayward's betrothed Anthony and she believed they both died at Waterloo. But the man standing in her studio is not the same handsome rake who she remembers, because that man truly did die at Waterloo.

Eli Dawes, the new Earl of Rivers had never planned to return to England. Injured and left for dead at Waterloo, he has spent the last 5 years in Belgium, first recovering from the horrible burns that left him disfigured and then hiding. Whe
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Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Like the first book in this series, this one was way too "modern" for my taste. I liked the hero, Eli. He was a great beta hero. Rose was a bit too forward thinking for a historical romance in my opinion. I also didn’t like her thought process as the final low moment, and she was a little hypocritical about giving advice and not following it herself. Overall this was an ok read but a little forgettable. ...more
It is not the fault of this book that I started a Kleypas glom immediately after reading this, because now it feels pretty unmemorable, but I did enjoy reading it. Still waiting for a WOW Kelly Bowen feeling.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A Regency with a bit of an unexpected heroine, and great banter.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wavering between 3 and 4, rounded up because it was still a lovely, albeit a little too tidy and modern, read. I kept thinking what a different route this might have taken if Eli were a Kinsale character and were allowed to develop more slowly and less neatly.
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 stars***

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 a
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Award-winning author Kelly Bowen attended the University of Manitoba, earning a BSc & MSc in veterinary studies. She worked as a research scientist before realizing her dream to write historical fiction. Currently, Kelly lives with her family in Winnipeg, Canada.

Other books in the series

The Devils of Dover (3 books)
  • A Duke in the Night (The Devils of Dover #1)
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