Published by Avon on September 18, 2018
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If adventure has a name...it must be Lady India Rochester. The intrepid archaeologist possesses a sharp blade and an even sharper knack for uncovering history's forgotten women. Unfortunately, she has one annoying weakness: the dangerously handsome Duke of Ravenwood. Former best friend. Current enemy. And the man who dared to break her heart.
Daniel Bonds, the Duke of Ravenwood, is a thrill-seeking antiquities hunter who only plays by one rule: Never fall in love. He's in it for the fortune and glory. At least that's what he wants the world to think. He's sworn to hide his tangled web of secrets, especially from the one woman he cares about and will protect at any cost.
But when a priceless relic is stolen from the British Museum, the rivals must align forces. Racing to recover the stolen antiquity and avert an international disaster? All in a day's work. Avoiding their buried feelings? More and more impossible. For love is about to become the greatest treasure of all.
The grand adventure begins...now!
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
When Lady India Rochester and Daniel Bonds were children, they knew that they would become archaeologists, that they would marry, and travel the world together. But a dreadful incident derailed their plans, and the once best friends became bitter rivals over the years. India is a serious scholar; Daniel, now the Duke of Ravenhood – known as Raven – is a rogue and an antiquities hunter with questionable tactics, and they often step on each other’s professional toes. But when the Rosetta Stone is stolen from the British Museum and replaced with a forgery, they must unite their efforts to find the missing artefact.
Although FOR THE DUKE’S EYES ONLY stands entirely on its own, those of us who have read the previous instalment in this brilliant series knew that India and Raven’s story would be explosive, and I’m not even sure if it’s the right word to describe their highly combustible chemistry, which is an inferno waiting to happen. It was a brilliant idea to begin the book by showing us how India and Raven were as children: we witnessed their affection, their common love of archaeology, and that they were destined to be together. India is highly intelligent, and I loved how Ms. Bell showed us how clever she was without even a whisper of telling, but with glorious demonstrations of India’s superior mind. Raven readily admits that she is more clever than he is, he admires her, respects her, even though she is always in his way. I also very much appreciated that the characters remained true to themselves, from the previous book, from how they were as children, and throughout FOR THE DUKE’S EYES ONLY.
The quest for the Rosetta Stone is positively riveting, and it was the perfect setting for India and Raven’s romance. The story is meticulously crafted, with several splendid plot twists; the sparkling dialogues are sharp and witty, the writing vibrant and loveliness itself, the descriptions are lush and vivid, and the epilogue is sheer bliss. I adored the numerous winks to James Bond, and I hope that Mina, a minor but pivotal character, figures somewhere in Lenora Bell’s further literary endeavours. Both India and Raven are superb characters, grow immeasurably – and in my book, they form an ideal couple. The love, between them is so overwhelmingly strong that you know that nothing or no one could ever keep them apart. I felt enveloped in their all-consuming passion, and I don’t think I have ever felt true love emanating from a character as I have from Raven. The joyous, sensuous, humorous, gorgeous, and wildly entertaining FOR THE DUKE’S EYES ONLY is utterly sublime, and Lenora Bell’s best book to date.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.