Between the Devil and the Duke, by Kelly Bowen

5 loving the strong historical female character stars!!

Between the Devil and the Duke (Season for Scandal, #3)

Do you like strong female characters who don’t need a man to solve their problems?  Do you like historical romance?? Are you a fan of intrigue with a little mystery???  Then you NEED these books by Kelly Bowen.  I am a huge fan of not only Kelly Bowen but this series, Season for Scandal.  I must put the disclaimer out there that before Kelly Bowen I didn’t really read historical romance at all!!! *gasp*

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However after reading Kelly Bowen I may be branching out in the romance world.  Well at least with her books 😉  The Season for Scandal stories follows an office called Chegarre & Associates.  This office can help you cover any scandal that may happen to you or a loved one. It’s really amazing what this group of people can pull off at a moments notice.

This book follows Angelique Archer who is down on her luck but has been pulling through on her own without the help of family or friends.  Not that she has many friends… Angelique has been frequenting Alex Lavoie’s club to make money.  Not in the way you are thinking, she is playing cards and doing it very well. You see Angelique has more than one asset, the main one being her brain.  She is a wiz at the game vingt-et-un (aka blackjack) because she is a genius with numbers.  However when things go south and Alex makes her a proposal she may not be able to pass it up to save her family.

Having seen Alexander Lavoie in previous books I must admit I was kind of super excited to read his book.  I was not disappointed, he is just as amazing as I thought he would be. Not only is a gentleman even thought he tries to act like a scoundrel, he is an amazing humanitarian.  You wouldn’t be able to tell by the cold demeanor he puts off but he would help anyone in need not just Angelique.  However after watching this mysterious women work his club for weeks he is super intrigued as to who she is and what motivates her in coming back again, and again.

The characters in Kelly Bowen’s stories are amazing!! I can’t handle how much I love the fact that even during this time period she doesn’t write delicate wall flowers! These women are quite the opposite.  Angelique is doing everything in her power to help her family, she didn’t ask for help she does what needs to be done.  Not only is Angelique a strong character but Alex recognizes that she wants to do it on her own.  Does he manipulate her slightly to get her to accept his help here or there yes.  Could she have done it on her own definitely. Kelly writes strong men to back up the strong women. While you can tell Alex wants to take over and protect Angelique he realizes what an amazing strong woman she is and just assists her when needed.   While all of the Cegarre & Associates may be on the shady side of town none of them are actual shady characters.  Well except maybe King…. (is his story next???)  Also every book I have read by Kelly has been a slow burn romance, it isn’t at all insta-love which is fantastic!!!

All in all I highly, highly suggest this series to EVERYONE!!

Thank you to Kelly Bowen, Forever Publishing, and Netgalley for this copy in lieu of my honest review.

Goodreads link here.

book blurb…

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Forever
Original Title
Between the Devil and the Duke
ISBN
1455563412 (ISBN13: 9781455563418)
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 beauty—in 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 money—until 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.

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