Her Night with the Duke

Avon. (Clandestine Affairs, Bk. 1). Oct. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062986795. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
After two years in Arabia with her mother’s family, Delilah Chambers, Countess of Devon, returns to England to visit her stepdaughter, Victoria. Elliot Townsend, Duke of Huntington, is on his way to call on Victoria, his betrothed, when he is forced to spend the night at a rural inn. He shares his room with Leela in order to protect her from the local thugs, and the couple gives in to their desires for the night, expecting they will never see each other again. Upon meeting Victoria, both are shocked to discover the other’s true identity. Both Hunt and Leela fight against their feelings, and Hunt continues his betrothal to Victoria despite falling in love with her stepmother, Leela.
VERDICT Quincy (“Rebellious Brides” series) delivers a steamy Regency fraught with family discord as well as societal and racial prejudices. This gripping series starter ultimately triumphs with an honorable hero and a spirited Anglo-Arab heroine who fights for acceptance and love on her own terms.
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