Kelly Bowen’s "Duke of My Heart" is an enjoyable romance with a unique storyline and some great secrets and plot twists. The heroine, Ivory, has a different backstory than many other romance heroine’s and I like that she isn’t just a simple debutante. Her backstory also makes her profession more believable. I do think Ivory was a bit bossy, and a bit of a know-it-all, and I wished she would have shown more growth in the end. However, she has great gumption and wit, and overall she is an interesting and unique heroine.
The hero, Max, feels more like a secondary character than the hero. He seems pushed aside, and I felt helpless right along with him. Max, much like Ivory, has an interesting and different backstory, and I wish Max would have been more in control along with Ivory. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to like Max’s sister, Beatrice, or not. I don’t like her, and feel she learns little after her ordeal.
The storyline caught my attention right away, and this is what kept me reading. The plot twists kept the book exciting, and it became a page-turner. There is plenty of romantic tension between Max and Ivory, which will keep readers wondering if and when they will act on this tension.
The secondary character, Elise, is wonderfully witty and insightful and I enjoyed her immensely. The ending is a little disappointing, but overall “Duke of My Heart” is a well-written and enjoyable romance with a refreshingly unique storyline.
About the Story:
When Max Harcourt, Duke of Alderidge, returns home from sea he finds his sister, Beatrice, missing and an earl tied to her bed, dead. He asks for the help of Ivory Moore, a woman known for making scandals disappear. Max finds Ivory intriguing as soon as they meet, but he knows he needs to be worried about his sister. When sinister plots come to light, and Max and Ivory must hurry to save more than Beatrice’s reputation.
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.