#BookReview Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen @kellybowen09

Welcome, today our guest reviewer Tanya Kaanta reviews Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen.  A historical romance published in September 2018.

♥ Blurb ♥

2018 RITA award-winning author!

“Where have you been all my life, Kelly Bowen? If Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, and Lisa Kleypas were to extract their writing DNA, mix it in a blender, and have a love child, Kelly Bowen would be it.” –HeroesandHeartbreakers.com

Earl. War hero. Notorious rake. After the Battle of Waterloo, Eli Dawes was presumed dead-and would have happily stayed that way. He’s no longer the reckless young man he once was, and only half as pretty. All he wants is to hide away in his country home, where no one can see his scars. But when he tries to sneak into his old bedroom in the middle of the night, he’s shocked to find someone already there.

Rose Hayward remembers Eli as the arrogant lord who helped her late fiancé betray her. Finding him stealing into her art studio doesn’t correct her impression. Her only thought is to get him to leave immediately. Yet the tension between them is electric, and she can’t help but be drawn to him. He might be back from the dead, but it’s Rose who is suddenly feeling very, very much alive.

♥ Author ♥

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a backcountry trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.

But it was Kelly’s infatuation with history and a weakness for a good loves tory that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.

Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

♥ Guest Review ♥

Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen

There’s a reason Kelly Bowen is a back to back two-time RITA winner (most prominent award given by the Romance Writer’s Association). Her books have all the ingredients we love about romance. An intriguing storyline and overcoming odds? Yep. Witty dialogue and lyrical writing? Of course. Chemistry between two not-very perfect but relatable characters? Absolutely. And last but not least, our coveted Happily Ever After? Check. Check. Check. This page turner is a feast for Historical Romance buffs.

Last Night with The Earl is the second instalment of the Devils of Dover series, however, can be read as a standalone.

Eli Dawes, the fourteenth Earl of Rivers, is back from the dead. No, this isn’t paranormal, although that could be a fun series…Presumed dead after the war of Waterloo, he suffered burn injuries on half of his face and neck. Unwilling to return to society fearing reactions based on his injuries, Dawes allows people to believe he in fact, did perish at Waterloo. Until six years later.

The old Earl, his father, is dead. And Dawes has returned. For what reason? Well, you’ll have to read to find out. Add in his attraction to his dead best friend’s former fiancée, and Last Night with the Earl has some mountainous molehills to overcome.

But there’s no ick factor with this coupling. We understand the misunderstandings. How time can change a person and how beauty is beyond skin-deep.

Dawes’s fingers suddenly tightened around her wrist, and before she understood what he was doing, he pulled her toward him, pressing her palm against the side of his face with his own. “Rose, please,” he whispered.

“What the hell are you doing, Dawes?” Rose tried to pull away, but he held her firm, his other hand coming to rest heavily against the small of her back, keeping her securely against him…

The earl’s hand tightened on hers, pressing her palm more firmly against his jaw. “Not yet.” His voice was raw. “I need you to…You should know…”

She froze, comprehension suddenly dawning. She slid her hand down just fractionally, and Dawes made a muffled noise just before his own fingers dropped, releasing her. She could have removed her hand. She didn’t. Because beneath her palm there was no longer the clean, smooth line that should have delineated the masculine cut of his jaw…

In a nutshell, there’s some squawking about modern day feminism in historical romance, which some people don’t like, but actually there were many trailblazing women back in the day, and many of the characters are based off these women, so I wanted to honour how we can appreciate these women in the present day, but not inflame the debate by saying these women didn’t exist back then, which they did.

By Tanya Kaanta for Love Books Group 

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