Her Night with the Duke (Clandestine Affairs, #1)

Her Night with the Duke (Clandestine Affairs, #1)

First Lines: Elliot Townsend, the Duke of Huntington, led such an organized existence that he failed to recognize disaster. Until it was far too late to save himself.

I’m always on the lookout for a new romance series to try out, especially because once I find one, I usually binge-read pretty much the whole thing, so I often need a new series to try. This one looked promising (and contains a biracial heroine). Seemed fun.

When Lady Delilah Chambers finds herself rain-soaked in a coaching inn on a dark night, well, things seem pretty miserable. It’s only with the help of a handsome stranger that she’s able to fend off ruffians and get a room for the night. Inexplicably drawn to each other, Leela and the stranger spend one night in each other’s arms before going their separate ways. Imagine her surprise when she finally meets the duke her stepdaughter is set to wed. Elliot cannot believe his good fortune when he gets to spend the evening with a fiery, passionate woman. But when he discovers she’s to be his mother-in-law, everything gets messy. As two responsible, respectable adults, they try to stay away from each other. But passion cannot always be ignored…

I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this book, but I was definitely looking forward to the awkwardness of Leela and Elliot’s situation. I wanted to see how it unfolded and how they moved past it.

I quite liked Leela for a few reasons. Leela, a widow, has extensively traveled the Middle East, where her family is originally from. (Her grandfather is a Middle-Eastern merchant in Manchester and her mother married an English marquess, so she’s biracial.) I loved that she was powerful and independent. She knew what she wanted and she went for it. Elliot was…well, not a bad character, but he did seem a little whiney at times. He knows his responsibilities and he doesn’t want to be the scandal his brother was. So when he feels a bit out of control around Leela, he reacts kind of badly. Like, I know that’s who he is as a character and I get that that was his character flaw, but it wasn’t exactly endearing either.

The plot was somewhat interesting, though there were a lot of villains out to get Leela. It became a little melodramatic in that respect. But it was entertaining.

Part of the reason this got a lower rating is because I just didn’t have enough time to get into a good flow with this book. I couldn’t connect with the characters as well. And that’s probably not totally fair when it comes to rating it, but it did impact my enjoyment of it.

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