Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy
Series: Clandestine Affairs #1
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
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Desire knows no reason...
When Lady Delilah Chambers finds herself stranded at a country inn on a rain-swept evening, she’s forced to fend off a group of ruffians with the help of a handsome gentleman. Irresistibly drawn to each other, Leela and the stranger spend one reckless night in each others’ arms—and then go their separate ways. But the very next day Leela receives the shock of her life when she meets the duke who is set on wedding her beloved stepdaughter.
When it finds two destined hearts...
One night isn’t enough with a woman as fierce, fiery, and brilliant as Leela. Elliot Townsend, Duke of Huntington, cannot believe his good fortune when their chance encounter leads to an unforgettable evening of passion. Yet Hunt’s luck runs out when he is introduced to his prospective mother-in-law. Dowagers aren’t supposed to look like this...
Leela and Hunt are determined to keep each other at arm’s length, which should be easy enough for two intelligent adults with reputations to uphold. The problem is all logic is lost when it comes to a passion that refuses to be ignored.
Warning: This review contains small spoilers.
During a rainstorm both Leela and Elliot Townsend get stranded at a roadside inn. To save Leela from the unruly pub population, he offers to share his private parlor with her. One thing leads to another and they end up spending a passionate night in the private parlor. When Leela wakes up Elliot is gone but she can’t forget their wonderful night together.
Imagine Leela’s shock when she arrives at her former home (she a widowed Countess) and finds Elliot Townsend aka the Duke of Huntington there. He’s there because he’s “almost” engaged to Leela’s 18 year old step-daughter. Leela is completely taken with Hunt, but would do nothing to hurt her step-daughter, Tori, for any reason, so she makes every excuse to stay away from the duke. When he infers that they should continue their affair, Leela declines and Hunt ends up asking Tori to marry him.
While Hunt is getting used to the idea of marrying Tori, she’s falling in love, but not with Hunt. When their engagement ends, Leela is concerned for Hunt’s well-being and seeks him out. He’s an ass to her, but they end up together. From there their relationship is off and on like a faucet, but eventually they get their HEA.
This book. It was recommended as the next big thing, and supposedly very good. Yeah, not my cuppa at all. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Leela. She was brave, strong, independent, loyal, and she definitely knew her own mind. Hunt, on the other hand, was an ass. I’m sure I can come up with much stronger adjectives, but I’ll leave it at that. He ruined the book for me.
Leela is the daughter of a Marquess and was born and raised in England. Her mother was Levantine, which makes Leela half Levantine. Of course, people see her as a heathen even though she’s as English as anyone else. She is a Countess by marriage, but people sometimes still treat her like a servant before they find out she’s a Lady. She loves traveling and has even written a travelogue and had it published, with wonderful results. She was really a great character and quite steadfast in her beliefs and desire to continue traveling, continue writing and live life on her terms.
Hunt was a man who was determined to be as unlike his dissolute older brother as possible. When his brother died he decided that he would avoid scandal at all costs and marry a quiet, biddable woman to be his wife. After spending the night with Leela he decided that he wanted her no matter what. He was disappointed when she said no and almost to spite her he got engaged to her step-daughter. When the engagement ended, he was a complete jerk to Leela time and again. He made me so mad at times! I don’t think I’ve disliked a hero this much in years.
While I didn’t mind Quincy’s writing, and as I’ve said, I really enjoyed Leela, the overall book was not to my liking. It was a bit all over the place and irritated me more often than not. I think I’m in the minority in my feelings for this book so you probably should make up your own mind about it. That said I was intrigued by Hunt’s friend Griff whose parents were murdered while he slept in the same house and everyone believes that he killed them. I’m pretty sure his book is next in this series and I will definitely pick that one up when it’s released.
Rating: 2.75/3 out of 5