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Her Night with the Duke

(Clandestine Affairs #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,291 ratings  ·  493 reviews
Desire knows no reason...

When Lady Delilah Chambers finds herself stranded at a country inn on a rain-swept evening, she’s forced to fend off a group of ruffians with the help of a handsome gentleman. Irresistibly drawn to each other, Leela and the stranger spend one reckless night in each others’ arms—and then go their separate ways. But the very next day Leela receiv
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Avon
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of this author before, but when Avon sent me an e-arc, I thought the cover was really pretty and decided to give it a shot.

When the book started, I really loved Leela's character. She is a widowed duchess, wears pants, and does not let society define her role just because she is a woman. When she first meets Hunt at an inn, their chemistry was through the roof and I was living for their romance. Of course, after their own night together, they learn that he is actually betrothe
DNF at 46%.

I’m annoyed at how boring this book was. The writing was off, it didn’t allow for the characters to shine or for the plot to move forward, the dialogue did not flow, so naturally I felt nothing.

I feel like this author was trying too hard. Trying too hard to be diverse and showcase Leela’s Middle Eastern heritage.
I think this is supposed to be a regency romance? Did not feel like one.
The historical aspect of it all felt forced.

I rather this story have been about Leela and her trav
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

She was a widow, bound to no man, finally answerable to no one but herself. It was one night in the middle of nowhere. No one need ever know.

First in the Clandestine Affairs series, Her Night With the Duke introduces us to widowed Delilah (Leela) and almost betrothed Elliot, the Duke of Huntington, as they both take shelter at an Inn. Due to her tawny skin
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Rich in detail, love, and passion. Sooo good!
From the very first page, I knew this was going to be something special. The author really made this a unique story with the lead female not being your standard character.

Not only that, but she also made her a Lady as well. She’s unique and hard-core and absolutely is in love with a one night stand. She just doesn’t know it, yet.

The book was just wonderful from the beginning. Quincey has amazing characters and such a fabulous way of
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I hadn't read a new-to-me author in a while, so when Avon pitched Diana Quincy to me and I saw a friend of mine love Her Night with the Duke, I had to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did – I loved this forbidden historical romance! I honestly haven't read enough forbidden romances that are also historical, so this was a great change of pace. The Duke hero, Elliot, has a woman in mind to marry for duty, but he ends up falling for her stepmother instead. SPICY!

Elliot and Leela meet one night rain
Luana ☆
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
The hero is very sweet and the heroine is a widow that is determined not to marry again because she wants to travel and write about her experiences... it was a lovely story but I think it took too long and too much groveling to get to the happily ever after. But okay.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Just a heads up that this heroine is apparently half-Arab. I quit after the opening chapter which made much of her dark skin in a way I’m not comfortable with. But I will stress that this is a personal opinion. Apparently this is #ownvoices, and it even has a star from Publisher's Weekly which praised this aspect. If you're looking for a deep dive into racial injustice, maybe this will be for you. I wanted something fluffy, so this was distinctly not it.

Quotes from the ARC's opening chapter:
mismatched feelings about this book
it has certain aspects I enjoyed but overall lacks character connection
I wish I was more invested into the storyline
I had the same issues with book two...
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aaaahhhhhhh!!!!! So much angst and so much love. This book was delightful!
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Stuck at a country inn on a stormy night, Lady Delilah Chambers finds herself delivering a well-deserved set down to several rough men, aided by a handsome gentleman. She feels an instant connection with this man and the two spend the night together with no strings attached. A widow is allowed a few pleasures after all, and the man is gone before she wakes. But Leela faces the worst of surprises the next day when she’s introduced to her gentleman at a family house party, only to learn that he is ...more
Lenora Bell
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I had the great pleasure of reading this glorious book early and I absolutely adored it! Leela is a fierce, passionate, and complex heroine, and Elliot, the strong-yet-sensitive and extremely sexy Duke of Huntington, completely stole my heart. But don't take my word for it...critics and readers are raving:
"Leela and Hunt's amorous scenes are page-turners, but it's Quincy's extraordinary ability to convey complex emotions that sets the book apart." (Kirkus Starred Review)
"Quincy cleverly incorpor
Becky (romantic_pursuing_feels)
This is my first Diana Quincy and I will definitely be back for more! This is the first in a new series. She also has Accidental Peers (4 books) and Rebellious Brides (4 books) as series.

This premise totally sounded like a book I would not like. Leela is on the road heading to see her step daughter and meet her almost betrothed for a house party and due to the rain, shelters at an inn. She meets a stranger, Elliot Townsend, and they have a night of passion. As she continues on her journey the ne
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

When I was pitched this book, I really liked the synopsis and was excited at the idea of new to me author writing an Own Voices historical romance.

I really liked Leela. She's smart and driven and (mostly) knows what she wants out of life. Hunt is sort of boring. He's very concerned about scandal and it seemed that was the pinnacle of his personality. Together they did have decent chemistry and conversation, but a lot of their relationship growth was telling, not showing. I enjoyed Leela
Diana Quincy
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi everyone! I hope you love HER NIGHT WITH THE DUKE. Thanks for taking the time to read Leela and Hunt's story. This is my first book featuring a diverse heroine. As an Arab American, I enjoyed adding a fresh perspective to Regency and historical romance, while staying true to everything readers love about the genre. I can't wait to hear what you think! ...more
Crystal Cook
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020b
This was SUCH A DELIGHT! Leela and Hunt had sparks APLENTY! So. Much. Chemistry! Leela was a wonderfully strong and independent woman,, there was a lovely female friendship/sisterhood. And boy do I love a hero who is completely smitten with his woman, and Hunt definitely was. This is an author to watch, I loved this!
May 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aoc
I’m vacillating between a 3 & 3.5 here— there were a lot of things I liked about this book, but for some reason reading it felt like such a slog🤦🏼‍♀️ I’m thinking it might’ve been poor timing? Definitely going to give this author another go!

What I liked: Leela was so awesome!! She wields knives, she’s independent, Shes a widow who was happy in her 1st marriage, i just loved her!! I think my favorite parts of this book were learning about her life🙌🏼

What I didn’t like: gosh, might’ve just been me
I don't really know why I'm secretly becoming obsessed with historical romances now... but I'm not mad about it either. Ever since I met the two main characters in Her Night with the Duke, I just knew that I was going to fall in love with them. Eventually. It did honestly take a while because these two were frustratingly annoying for most of the book.

Yes, it was clear to anyone with eyes that they had serious chemistry. The sexual tension was sizzling in the air whenever they were in the same ro
Jen Ryland
I really enjoyed this one - not only was the premise fun (a woman who has a one-night stand with her stepdaughter's intended - whoops!) the heroine was also refreshingly different from the typical regency protagonist. She was the daughter of an Arab merchant, she was a writer who chronicled her travels through the Middle East, she was a widow, she was a bit older and obviously intelligent. Though the whole "sleeping with the stepdaughter's fiancé" sounds messy, the situation was handled really w ...more
Addie Yoder
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Historical romance is always filled with women who are trying to do hard things in a time when they shouldn't. I think that Leela is the best example of this that I have seen yet. She didn't want a man. She didn't want status. She simply wanted to do life her way on her terms with the people she loved. She was determined to make that happen whether the world agreed or not. I liked her strength and her willingness to grow. I loved their happy ending. This was a page turning non-stop adventure for ...more
Justin Chen
4 stars

**Historical Romance Readathon 2021 | Bingo Board Prompts: Recent Release (2020) / Shirtless Man on Cover / Windowed Heroine**

Her Night with the Duke reads like a complete narrative, rather than just a potent dosage of romance fixation, and I very much appreciate that.

Having just recently surpassed 10 books into my historical romance journey, I'm starting to uncover my preference; the primary one being the need for story to expand beyond just courtship. While I do enjoy reading snappy ban
3.5 stars 。・:*˚:✧。 this was pretty good, I really like the heroine of this book. She won’t take no shit from nobody and does things for herself and has no need for a man. The plot was a little slow and hunt was a little boring but other than that the book was enjoyable.
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

The standards for men are low, folks!

Ok, this is one of those times in bookish history where I can honestly say that the heroine would THRIVE without a man...or at least, this one.

You may be confused by my rating then, but that’s only based on Leela being SUPERB and the writing being fantastic! I was hesitant at first (debut author, hello!), but I’m so glad I finally gave this one a listen and I seriously enjoyed it! It gave me whiplash, yes (c’mon same old song and dance), and perhaps
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book within a days time. That’s how good this book is. I was drawn towards the pull between Hunter and Leela. What ever they tried to do in order to avoid each other failed. They loved each other. Leela cared for her stepdaughter so much. Hunter couldn’t get past Leela to marry Tori. The writing by the author was a slow pace, but this helped to explain certain things for better understanding to the readers. This is a good romance book to read. I voluntary reviewed this ARC after rece ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
3.5 stars probably

Enjoyed the narration. Interesting story, but there was a bit too much back and forth for my taste. I also was not sure that there was a falling in love portion. It just seemed to happen. The main characters were well drawn and interesting. And, of course for me, the descriptions of the travel and cultures of the heroine’s family was great. Looking forward to reading more by Quincy.
Jessica Grogan
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Dec 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️

The angst just worked for me.
A quick read.
Hannah B.
Okay—upon reread, this book didn’t hold up. These people are too self-sacrificing. Maybe I’m just not a good person but I just can’t get behind Leela consistently choosing to be unhappy for the betterment of others. Then the fact that Hunt would still marry Tory was frustrating. Fucking Edward was a twat dumpster and I’ve said it before: I have zero patience for fuckwit family members. Idk why I have such an issue with terrible family members but it sucks for me because they are EVERYWHERE. At l ...more

The set-up for this romance allowed for some peak drama, the likes of which I was extremely tickled by. I thought the tension between the couple was really well done and I very much enjoyed how it all played out. However, there were a few things that made me raise an eyebrow such as the handling of race (especially in the early chapters) and how various characters talk about class differences. I feel like it was trying to be too true to the time period with having the characters we were
☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer)
Hunt (Duke Huntington) is traveling to meet the young woman he intends to marry to fulfill his ducal duties. Leela is returning to the homestead of her late husband after travels. Things take a twist when the intended young bride turns out to be her stepdaughter.

I loved Lady Delilah. She is the daughter of the Mad Marquess. They considered him mad for marrying Delilah’s mother, the Arab woman of a shopkeeper. Delilah embraced her father’s traditions and married an Earl. Only after she became the
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Bestselling author Diana Quincy is an award-winning television journalist who decided to make up her own stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.

Her books have been included on "Best of" lists in Library Journal and The Washington Post.

As a U.S. Foreign Service brat, Diana grew up all over the world, but is now happily settled in Virginia with her husband and two boys. When not bent ove

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