Monday, September 28, 2020

ARC Review: Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy

Her Night with the Duke
Clandestin Affairs #1
ARC Edition
384 pages
Expected publication: September 29th, 2020

Desire knows no reason...

When Lady Delilah Chambers finds herself stranded at a country inn on a rain-swept evening, she's forced to fend off a group of ruffians with the help of a handsome gentleman. Irresistibly drawn to each other, Leela and the stranger spend one reckless night in each others' arms—and then go their separate ways. But, the very next day, Leela receives the shock of her life when she meets the duke who is set on wedding her beloved stepdaughter.

When it finds two destined hearts...

One night isn't enough with a woman as fierce, fiery, and brilliant as Leela. Elliot Townsend, Duke of Huntington, cannot believe his good fortune when their chance encounter leads to an unforgettable evening of passion. Yet Hunt's luck runs out when he is introduced to his prospective mother-in-law. Dowagers aren't supposed to look like this...

Leela and Hunt are determined to keep each other at arm's length, which should be easy enough for two intelligent adults with reputations to uphold. The problem is, all logic is lost when it comes to a passion that refuses to be ignored.

My Review:
Elliot has one more night of freedom before he becomes betrothed to a woman he's never met and he's spending it in a seedy bar soaked in rain. He didn't expect anything exciting to come from the night, or for that excitement to come in the form of a beautiful woman wielding a knife. When Elliot offers to share his room with Delilah his mind is blown away by the stunning woman who takes his breath away. They agree on one night and while Delilah sleeps Elliot steals away in the night.

When Delilah heard her step-daughter was getting married, she knew she needed to come home from her travels. Spending time in the house of her late-husband isn't what she'd consider a good time, but she'd do anything for her step-daughter. When she comes face-to-face with her future husband Leela doesn't know what to feel except shock.

I loved Leela and Hunt. Leela struggled with their relationship, wanting the best for Hunt and her step-daughter despite her own happiness. Having a mixed heritage, Leela knows she can never be with Hunt the way he deserves so she tries to help him get together with her step-daughter. I loved Leela and her selflessness. She had so much love and curiosity of the world and enjoyed being able to spend her life away from "society."

Hunt fell for Leela quickly but he struggled with what he thought he wanted and with what he needed. He knew he needed to restore his family name after his brother left it in all but ruin. I really enjoyed seeing the more racist aspects of the "society" and how that mindset of "different and other" hasn't really changed all that much.

I'm not sure what didn't exactly click for me with this story, but while I enjoyed the book, it wasn't anything I could see myself re-reading. It didn't have a "couldn't put downness" and I couldn't really fall in love with the characters the way I would have liked. I was rooting for them, but I didn't love or connect with them the way I certainly could have. Despite that, Her Night with the Duke was a fun read and gave an interesting look into society.

Bestselling author Diana Quincy is an award-winning television journalist who decided to make up her own stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.

Her books have been included on "Best of" lists in Library Journal and The Washington Post.

As a U.S. Foreign Service brat, Diana grew up all over the world, but is now happily settled in Virginia with her husband and two boys. When not bent over her laptop, Diana spends time with her family, reads, practices yoga, and plots her next travel adventure.

Diana loves to hear from readers. You can follow her on Twitter @Diana_Quincy, Facebook, Instagram (diana_quincy_author) or visit her website at

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