Published by Forever on January 31st 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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Their love was always in the cards.
He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he's more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beautyÔÇöin his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he'll have to devise a proposition she can't turn down.
Gossip said he was an assassin.
Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie's club offered a surefire way to make quick moneyÔÇöuntil she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible.
It’s been far too long since I’ve read a historical romance book. Kelly Bowen’s Between the Devil and the Duke was a great way to break that trend. This was such a delightful read promising both romance and mystery and it lives up to it in a big way.
The story has a really great flow to it. Immediately we are drawn into Angelique Archers world as a well born lady whose discovered she and her brother don’t inherit much more than their home. There’s no cash to live of of so she takes to playing card games and working to win large sums of money, all while she hides her face under a mask. When club owner Alexander Lavoie decides he needs to investigate her, she finds herself in luck and he finds himself drawn into some old and new circumstances that make up Angelique’s life.
Angel and Alex have an immediate spar and Bowen uses this well as she crafts a great mystery where Angelique’s brother finds himself in really serious trouble and locked in the tower of London. As Alex is a lawyer, he comes to Angelique’s aid. What follows is the two working through the riddle as to who and why they would set her brother up. Through this they uncover a shocking family secret and a deep attraction for each other.
I found Bowen’s prose magical. The dialogue is clever and the banter between Alexander and Angelique is smart and flirty and highlights just how well suited they are. There are a few passages that brought tears to my eyes, I felt a lump in my throat and breathed heavy sighs of contentment.
ÔÇ£There is nowhere else I want to be,ÔÇØ she whispered. ÔÇ£There is nowhere else I belong.ÔÇØ ~ Angelique
This is just one of those times I am so glad I took a risk on a new to me author, especially in a genre where I have firm favorites. 4.5 stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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