Love takes the stage…
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.
Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He’s managed to avoid any complications or entanglements—that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there’s more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity—and her true feelings for him—the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.
Rating: Narration – B+; Content – A-
Kelly Bowen has quickly made herself a place on my list of auto-buy authors by virtue of her ability to tell an entertaining and well-paced story with intelligence and humour and to create attractive, well-rounded protagonists and sizzling sexual tension. A Duke to Remember is her fifth book, and while I’ve enjoyed the others I’ve read and listened to, this is a real standout and easily my favourite so far.
Elise de Vries is right-hand woman to Ivory Moore, the proprietor of Chagarre & Associates, a company that specialises in making scandal disappear and fixing the seemingly unfixable. Elise has been approached by Abigail, daughter of the Duchess of Ashland, who is distraught at the discovery that her mother has been committed to Bedlam by her nephew, Francis Ellery. With the duke dead and the heir to the title missing – believed dead – Ellery is bent upon securing the massive Ashland fortune for himself by whatever means necessary. Abigail wants Elise to find a way to obtain the duchess’ release – and on learning that Abigail’s brother is actually still alive, it seems that Elise’s first step must be to find a man who has been missing for the past fifteen years and persuade him to return to London in order to assume the title and responsibilities that are his birthright.
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