Release Date: Januray 26, 2016
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.