March 6, 2017

Liked It: Duke of my Heart by Kelly Bowen

Series: Season for Scandal 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: Januray 26, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance

Scandal can be handled...

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true.

I've read a lot of rave reviews for Kelly Bowen's Season for Scandal Series last year and I made sure to grab the series for when I'm in a mood for some good historical romance.

I finally managed to read DUKE OF MY HEART, the first in the series which to me felt like a Regency version of the hit TV show, Scandal with Ivory Moore as the period's very own Olivia Pope. Our cunning and resourceful handler was hired by the Duke of Aldridge's, Captain Maximus Harcourt, aunt when his sister goes missing after the death of her lover who died tied up in her bed on the night of ball. 

The investigation led us to some dark and dank places in London. I love the visual spectrum KBowen gave us, DUKE OF MY HEART didn't just give me a taste of the opulence of aristocracy, it also demonstrated the harsh divide between the ton and the commoners. I also liked that Ivory is a widow and a famously retired Opera singer and not some virgin debutante who is rebelling against the aristocracy.

And for all the rich atmosphere and peculiar turn of events that had me turning pages, I didn't quite get a good dose of that iconic romantic tension one only finds in historical romances. Don't get me wrong, there's a good push and pull between Ivory and Max, I just wish they're funny! The banter is smart but no I'm-dead one liners or LMAO-blast-that-quote-file-that-line-for-use-later. 

Anyway, even if DUKE OF MY HEART isn't exactly the type of historical romance I was craving for, I still intend to read the rest of the trilogy. Season for Scandal got so much love from my fellow bloggers that if I don't end up falling in love with it like the rest of you, at least I know I'll be entertained.

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  1. sorry it wasn't what you were expecting there

  2. Too bad this wasn't a bit better and more funny for you but it sounds like a nice read anyways. ;) Great review!

  3. Thanks for the review Braine it sounds good and hey a 3 is still a good read

  4. I did love it but I know what it's like to expect one thing and get another. Especially when it comes to humor and banter. If that's what I'm in the mood for than the book fails entirely for me.

    I really like Bowen's heroines so I hope a different title by her works better for you.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  5. Entertained is good enough for me

  6. Not my kind of book since I mostly read PNR these days. But the cover sure is pretty.

  7. Always interesting times when a book isn't quite what one was expecting. I realized when I was reading your review that I haven't tried any of her books. Once in a while, I do want to explore the non-traditional style HR so I'll keep it in mind.

  8. I have my ups and downs with this author, I do like the way she develops a story, but sometimes the humor is off and not what you expect it to be.

  9. This sounds appealing, but I have not had any luck with historical lately and since it was a three star for you, I am going to pass.

  10. Ohhhh Olivia Pope in Regency England? YASSSS.

  11. Sorry this wasn't everything you were hoping for. I've not actually seen Scandal. I know, I very late to that party.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  12. Dang. Sorry to hear this wasn't what you were hoping/expecting it would be. I like that it had more of a middle class feel to it instead of just debutantes and balls but the lack of witty humorous banter would have left me wanting more too.

  13. Sorry the romance aspect didn't really work for you! Thanks for sharing though. :)


  14. Such a pretty cover. I have read book two and three and loved them but have't read this one yet. It's on my Blogger Shame pile. lol

  15. I really have to give historical romance another shot. I tried a very long time ago, but back then, it just wasn't for me. My reading tastes have definitely shifted since then, and I think I'd enjoy the genre a lot more now.

  16. It's been a while since I read a historical, but with a comparison to the tough Olivia Pope, this may be a good read, Braine. Hugs...

  17. There were all kinds of delightful little surprises tucked away throughout the story – and I liked them all. The mystery unravels slowly and the romance does as well. Usually I prefer the romance, if it’s well done, but in this case I enjoyed both the mystery AND the romance. It was a nicely balanced, well-drawn book and I’d highly recommend it.

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