Kelly Bowen's I'VE GOT MY DUKE TO KEEP ME WARM is a delightful historical romance with compelling, clever characters and plenty of conflict to keep the story rushing along. The dialogue between the hero and heroine, Gisele and Jamie, is crisp and fresh, and I enjoyed the fact that they had to work together to achieve a goal. This kept their attraction simmering, despite the difficulties and fears keeping them apart.
I particularly admired the strength of Bowen's heroine, Gisele Whitby. She's experienced pain and abuse in her life, but the entire story centers around her desire to help another, to keep someone else from experiencing what she has. Though the plot is more serious in that regard than lighter historical romance, Bowen still manages to weave in humor, tenderness, and the Regency flavor that any historical romance lover craves.
When Gisele Whitby hires Jamie Montcrief to assist her with a cunning plan to save a young woman, they find time spent together sets a distracting attraction between them aflame. Amid danger and Gisele's complicated scheme, will they finally give in to desire?
WHERE SECRETS SMOLDER . . .
Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion-her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed facade and igniting her deepest desires.
. . . PASSION IGNITES
This isn't the first time Jamie Montcrief has awakened naked and confused from a night of drinking. It is, however, the first time a stunningly beautiful woman offers him payment afterward. Gisele has a business proposition for him, a mission involving cunning thievery and a brazen rescue. How can he say no to a plot this dangerous . . . and a woman this delectable?