Release Date: July 26, 2016
Series: A Season For Scandal
Heat Level: Sensual/Hot
Chegarre & Associates is an exclusive agency which specializes in solving seemingly insurmountable problems. One of their talented agents is Elise de Vries, who is also an actress. Her latest task is to find a duke, one who hasn’t been seen since he was a child, and who is presumed dead by many. Noah Ellery, Duke of Ashland is alive, and his sister, Abigail, knows it. She needs him to come back and claim his title before their evil cousin, Francis, does. As the heir-presumptive, Francis has already had the dowager duchess (Abigail and Noah’s mother) committed to Bedlam and drugged constantly to stop her insisting that Noah is alive.
As a child, Noah was so intimidated by his cruel father, that his speech became jumbled and his words mixed up. Eventually, to avoid his father’s ridicule and punishment, he stopped talking altogether. His father then had his young son spirited away to Bedlam to be committed. After years of cruel treatment, Noah and a friend manage to escape, and learn to survive on the street. Noah only has disdain for his parents and the titled class, and he eventually begins living the peaceful life of a farmer in the quiet countryside, with no intention of ever returning to his family or title.
When reading, I always tend to relate to and favor the hero, but I fell in love with both Elise and Noah. Elise is smart, strong, and very talented, yet she hasn’t let any of the horrible things she’s seen make her hard or take away her compassion. I admire her determination to tell Noah the truth about herself, even knowing that it was bound to end their fledgling attraction. I love the man Noah chose to become. Despite what happened to him, he has a gentleness and kindness and care for people.
When Noah learns Elise’s true reason for appearing in his life, he’s understandably angry and fearful and determined not to go back. This part in particular was so well written, that I could feel Noah’s hurt and frustration, and I didn’t want him to lose his peaceful life to go back to the phoniness of society. I also felt Elise’s regret for causing this pain for Noah, a man she quickly came to care for. A Duke to Remember is so fast paced and interesting, that I devoured it in one sitting. The romance is strong and sexy, and the characters are memorable. With each book, Kelly Bowen gets better and better, and A Duke to Remember is one of my favorite reads for this year.
And because Bonnie loved this book so much, she gave it 5 Chart Topping stars, I’m giving away a digital copy to a random commenter. I’ll announce the winner at the end of the day tomorrow.