on May 28, 2019
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From the author who Sarah MacLean calls "a charming, clever, and engaging storyteller" comes the next regency romance in the witty and sexy Devils of Dover series!
Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Sir Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places in the dead of night, a cover he uses to his advantage to bring in all sorts of illicit cargo from across the English Channel. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright.
Katherine has returned to Dover to find that her family is working for a mysterious new crime boss. Growing up in a family of smugglers, she knows it's only a matter of time before they are caught—and killed. So after her brother is shot, she convinces her family to move away and start over. After they honor their last contract, of course. With her injured brother and elderly father unable to work, Katherine reluctantly steps back into the life she had left behind. And straight into the path of the merciless Harland Hayward.
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
I love Kelly Bowen’s books. Within a matter of minutes, I’m completely swept away in a beautiful and compelling journey with characters that quickly pull me in until I’m lost in their journey and I completely forget the world around me. I’d been anxious for Harland’s story since the start of this series. He was involved in something secretive and I was dying to know more. I knew his story would be outstanding, but I was still amazed at what a thrilling, seductive adventure it turned out to be.
Katherine Wright was a gifted healer and the daughter of one of the most intrepid smugglers in Kent. Though her whole family had survived on the smuggling trade, she’d hoped that would change. But the end of the war left families struggling to survive. Food, shelter, and medicine for her ailing father took coin and they were paid handsomely for goods by an anonymous entity in London.
Harland Hayward, Baron Strathmore was a doctor and a wealthy widowed baron. He spent his summers in Dover and saw to the county’s medical needs while there. It was also the perfect cover to bring illicit cargo from across the English channel, an alternate lifestyle he’d led out of necessity to save his family from ruin. One he’d also managed to keep hidden. Until now.
When Katherine’s brother is shot during a smuggling venture, Katherine is surprised at the doctor who happens to show up when most needed. A doctor who would come to strange places at strange times and not ask questions made her more than a little suspicious. And the fact that he was a titled gentleman only added to that suspicion. Rich, titled men didn’t labor in such professions. Katherine didn’t understand him. And she didn’t like what she didn’t understand.
When circumstances require Harland and Katherine to work together in an unusual and dangerous smuggling venture, they’re faced with an awareness and attraction neither had felt in a long time. An awareness that made them feel emotions they didn’t want to feel. Emotions made one discard judgement for blind devotion. That kind of distraction was dangerous.
Katherine and Harland were such perfect soulmates for one another. Both Katherine and Harland were living mired in the heartache of their pasts and the fear that their undeniable attraction to one another would only lead to a repeat of that pain. But the more they were together, the more they found themselves wanting things they’d promised themselves to never want again. As much as I enjoyed the tension of them trying to resist their building attraction, I loved them most when they were able to finally trust each other and work as partners, allies, equals. Through that trust, they were able to let go of the hurt and the hate of the past and replace those feelings with hope and happiness.
There’s so much to love in this story. The passion was sizzling and the dangers they encountered only added to the tension and excitement of their relationship. I love how strong Kelly Bowen’s characters are. Katherine was fearless and clever. She was the perfect partner for Harland. They both had unflinching courage under fire and were loyal to those they loved, willing to go to any lengths to protect them. And last but not least, I loved getting to see King again. I have been so anxious for his story ever since Ms. Bowen’s Season for Scandal series. I hope his story comes soon.
Fans of this Devils of Dover series will be thrilled with Katherine and Harland’s story. If you love breathtaking passion mixed with a fast-paced adventure and danger, you’ll be swept away with this beautifully vivid and exquisitely written read. Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this riveting story.