August understood survival. He had done and continued to do what he needed to so that he would never have to go back.
Published: February 20, 2018
Length: 11 Hours (eAudiobook)
Series: The Devil’s of Dover #1
“You asked me once when enough is enough. You are my enough. You are my everything.”
Duke. Scoundrel. Titan of business. August Faulkner is a man of many talents, not the least of which is enticing women into his bedchamber. He’s known-and reviled-for buying and selling companies, accumulating scads of money, and breaking hearts. It’s a reputation he wears like a badge of honor, and one he intends to keep.
Clara Hayward, the headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, on the other hand, is above reproach. Yet when she’s reunited with August all she can think of is the way she felt in his arms as they danced a scandalous waltz ten long years ago. Even though her head knows that he is only back in her life to take over her family’s business, her heart can’t help but open to the very duke who could destroy it for good.
Today I’ll be sharing all my thoughts on the audiobook edition of A Duke in the Night, which is my first Kelly Bowen novel! I first got interested in this series because I had heard a lot of good things about the second novel, Last Night with the Earl, and so I thought I’d start at the beginning.
This was both a really well written novel and a really well done audiobook. I liked the narrator for everything but August’s voice; I think that’s just a general dislike I have of audiobooks, though. Like I’m not big into men doing women’s voices or women doing men’s voices. It always ends up sort of weird to me. Just a personal preference. That being said, the writing here was eloquent, witty, and sure footed. I think this was a good introduction for me when it comes to this author, but I didn’t connect with the story as much as I would have liked.
One of my favorite things about historical romance is that the males in the stories tend to be the ultimate alpha male type. Cold, dark, brooding, rich; it’s these male characters that always have me gravitating toward this genre, I love a good bad boy/anti-hero. That’s just what August was, too. I’m not complaining about this because I just stated how much I loved it, but I also didn’t see a lot of character development from him. Sure, he had the tragic backstory and all that, but there was a very small arc for him, and I feel sad about that fact.
Clara was a feminist bad ass though and I really liked her. She stood her ground, she went after what she wanted, she didn’t apologize for her wants or being herself. I loved her. I really enjoyed the side characters in this one as well. Like I adored Rose, I thought she was the perfect sort of witty, sassy side character this story needed. I even liked Harland and Anne and the sassy older sisters who resided at the school. The characters were not the problem with this story at all, it was more my connection to the two main characters and the story line that didn’t hook me.
I liked the aspect of Clara being a teacher at the school, I thought it was an interesting part of the story and something I hadn’t read in HR before. I also liked that she was being pursued by another man, one who has sort of a messy past. However, these are the extent of my interest in the plot line. August spends the whole novel trying to buy out their family business, which is like the central plot line here aside from the romance. I wasn’t interested in it following the first five chapters and the fact that it was such a central thing was slightly boring to me.
Overall I enjoyed the novel and the audiobook, I just wasn’t as connected to the story and the main characters as much as I wanted to be. That being said, I will pick up the other two in the series because I liked the side characters more and their plots sound much more interesting!
The Devils of Dover