Elise deVries, a sometime actress, and her brother Alexander Lavoie are business partners in Chegarre & Associates, which specialises in cleaning up the messes of the Regency’s rich and famous. Lady Abigail Ellery comes to their offices asking for their help in finding her brother Noah who has been missing for nearly two decades, and is presumed dead. Noah should be the rightful heir the Ashland title, since the recent death of the Duke, but it’s imperious that he be found, especially since the Dowager Duchess was sent to Bedlam by Abigail’s cousin Francis a month before; time is of the essence. The Dowager Duchess insists that Noah is still alive, and Abigail has become very suspicious of Francis’ intentions. Kelly Bowen outdid herself! If the premise for A DUKE TO REMEMBER sounded interesting, the result is spectacular: Ms. Bowen has woven an exceptionally intricate tale in which surprises abound. Noah and Elise have solid and captivating backstories, and both characters are absolutely endearing. I actually fell in love with Noah precisely when Elise met him; I was as dazzled as she was. Both Noah and Elise defy stereotypes in a perfectly convincing way; how many ways can a reviewer say that she loved both lead characters! And secondary ones are just as fabulous: I was completely mesmerised when a certain King made his first appearance, and I cannot help but hope we see more of this fascinating man. I loved Matilda’s forwardness, her bravery, her honesty, and Noah is a hero after my own heart: chivalrous and open-minded, and together they are ever better than separately. Kelly Bowen’s stellar prose, witty and dazzling dialogue, vivid descriptions, and lively pace make A DUKE TO REMEMBER an unforgettable book. To read this exquisite book is stepping into a world of absolute beauty, where a splendid romance coexists with a fabulously well-crafted and entertaining story. A DUKE TO REMEMBER is a definite must-read for historical romance fans! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A woman of mystery gets caught up in a complicated masquerade. Elise has many disguises in her arsenal actress and undercover agent are just a few. The lure of A Duke to Remember for me was Elise. She has so many different identities that she loses a little bit of her own individuality with each one. What a hard way to live. In meeting Noah she starts to gain a better understanding of herself and I think the same could be said of him. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Not an easy story to get into but it is an exceptional read once given a chance. By the end I was caught up in this tangled up romance.