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Her Night with the Duke

(Clandestine Affairs #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  138 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, 384 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
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
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
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
Renaissance Kate
Sep 29, 2020 marked it as never-mind  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, arc, historical
I read the first few chapters of this last night and agree with Christina's review . Setting this one aside.

Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers/ Avon via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Jessica Grogan
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Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Avon and Edelweiss for providing me an ARC of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Her Night with the Duke follows Leela who is a widowed woman that has been traveling the world after her much older husband's death. However, she is back in England to celebrate the engagement of her step-daughter who she is close to. When she gets caught in a storm, Leela is given the opportunity o share a room at an inn with a man. The two spend a night together and she never expects to see
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this Own Voices romance about an Anglo-Arab woman just trying to be independent and provide emotional support to her step-daughter who is about to become engaged... to a Duke no less! Leela is a Countess and a widow, which should allow her some freedoms and respect in Society. Unfortunately, the ton doesn’t see things that way since her mother’s family is from the Levant (Middle East) and, perhaps worst of all, the merchant class. It doesn’t matter than her father was 100% English and a ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Lady Delilah Chambers father was an English Marquess, her mother the daughter of an Arab cotton merchant. As her father wished, she married a much older man at the age of seventeen, making her a Countess. She was widowed after nine years. Elliot Townsend, Duke of Huntington inherited his title after his irresponsible, scandalous brother died. He is determined to be everything that is proper. They meet one rainy night at an inn and have a one-night-stand. The next day discovering that he is almos ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite thing about Her Night with the Duke is the premise. I love forbidden and angsty romances, and this book has both! Lady Delila Chambers, a widow, spends an unforgettable night of passion with a man she just met, Elliot Townsend, only to find out later that he is the Duke set to wed her beloved stepdaughter, Lady Victoria. She and Victoria are very close. They are more like sisters because there are only a few years difference between them, and Delila feels very protective of Tori.

As y
Pelusa Rivera
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Not that I was expecting to hate it, I was just wondering how this was going to be. OK yes I thought the worst and didn't get that. We meet Delilah and can I say "you go girl, you do you", she was the perfect heroine. Here she marries at 17, become step mom to a 9 year old and a 19 year old, who has a crush on his new mommy. She is a widow and just 26 year old, and is now traveling and having her own life, but you know that woman back then were reli ...more
Lisa C
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book by a new author for me, Diana Quincy. I will be looking for more books by this author. Lady Leela Chambers (an Anglo-Arab dowager) is on her way to her step daughter's betrothal party. Having to stay at an Inn due to bad weather, and finding she has to share a room with a handsome stranger, being irresistibly attracted to each other leads to an unforgettable night. Elliot Townsend, Duke of Huntington, believes in rules, and definitely staying away from scandals. Leela wants to be an ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the perfect distraction from a painful day with fibro myalgia - sure the characters could both act like ninnies, but the story was engaging and the diversity didn't feel like an attempt to be too modern or PC. I shall be very disappointed if the heroine's brother doesn't get his own book.
Diane Peterson
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Her Night with a Duke is a wonderful Regency book by Diana Quincy. It is the first book in her new series, Clandestine Affairs. There were many things to love about it, but the strongest element is that Quincy embraces her own heritage and invites the reader to learn and enjoy.

This is a classic one-night-of-passion story with some interesting twists. The heroine, Lady Delilah (Leela)Chambers, has an unusual past. Her father, the “Mad Marquess,” married her Arab mother for love, but the marriage
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
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Lady Delilah Chambers and Elliot Townsend, Duke of Huntington, find themselves stranded at the same ramshackle inn during a horrible rainstorm. They are instantly attracted to each other and give in to one night of anonymous passion. But things turn sour when they meet again the next day and its revealed that Leela is actually the stepmother of Hunt’s prospective bride.

This appears to be the first book in a new series, and it’s my first time reading this author. The writing was enjoyable and I w
I received a free kindle version of this book through a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I enjoyed "Her Night with the Duke", though sadly I was left with some disappointments that impacted my reception of the story. Delilah "Leela" Chambers, upon returning from her travels abroad, finds herself stuck in a storm that forces her to seek shelter in a very unaccommodating inn. Due to her skin tone, the inn keeper and many of the guests make lewd and racis
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Her Night with the Duke is the first book in Diana Quincy's Clandestine Affairs series. If this volume is any indication, it's going to be a fantastic series! I've read one previous book by Ms. Quincy and I loved it. I'm glad to know it wasn't a fluke; this is definitely an author to follow.

Lady Delilah "Leela" Chambers is stranded at an inn one dark and stormy night. There was no room at the inn. (Sorry, I'll stop with the cliches now.) When some disreputable patrons begin to harrass her, she i
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Her Night with the Duke has generated a fair amount of buzz in the romance community, and despite my general misgivings with trying new-to-me historical authors due to my complex feelings on the genre, not to mention my issues with most dukes, I decided to give it a chance. And I’m glad to say I was actually fairly charmed by this one.

A lot of that has to do with the heroin
Lindsey Mae
Heat - 3.5

Her Night With the Duke is the first in a new series by Diana Quincy. This book is about Lady Delilah Chambers who is on her way and gets stranded in an inn during a bad storm. When she’s attacked by some ruffians a handsome stranger comes to her aid and they spend a night in each other’s arms. Leela thinks it will all be a fond memory until the man she slept with is presented as the future husband of her beloved step-daughter. Her one night of indiscretion is now hard to forget as it
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