A Rogue by Night by Kelly Bowen
Publish Date: May 28, 2019
Synopsis: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. 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 at all hours, a cover he uses to his advantage. 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 thought she was done smuggling. Having finally convinced her ailing father and injured brother to abandon their criminal pursuits, she’s returned to England to help them escape to a new life–once she helps them fulfill their last contract. And that means working with Hayward, even when her instincts tell her that becoming his ally may be a risk to her heart – as well as her life.
Disclosure: ARC provided for an honest review. #partner
It isn’t easy to choose a book. When you’ve read many, and like you, I have read my fair share. But friends, I have lived in this purgatory where I can’t connect to anything. I picked up so many books of varying genres, and it wasn’t until Kelly Bowen’s A Rogue By Night that I was able to keep interested. Kelly Bowen, I thank you.
From the first page, I was captivated by Katherine’s story. Who wouldn’t love to read a story about surgeon who’s past in a smuggling family catches up to her as she meets a Baron, who is a surgeon, and a secret smuggler? SOLD.
Katherine was someone that I connected to. And given that it had been some time that a heroine had captivated me, let alone a story, I was really excited to get to know her. I enjoyed her loyal fierceness, willing to put herself in danger for her family. I also appreciated that she stood up for what she believed in, albeit the happenstance of society. To me, it seemed that she was being cordial for the sake of manners, but we all know that she didn’t really care what others thought about her. I appreciated that Bowen wrote her as a determined and very capable female. In some stories set in this time, it irks me that strong heroines can’t be featured.
Harland was not your typical Baron. To me, he was Katherine’s equal, and rightfully so. Katherine and Harland had an instant connection that I enjoyed experiencing from the beginning. But what I really enjoyed was the fact that it wasn’t forced. It all felt natural and organic.
But okay, let’s talk about the heat between the two. The tension between the two started innocent and slight, but as each event transpired, things got better and better. And wow, I really enjoyed it when the heat became really hot.
This is the first book that I’ve read from Bowen, and trust me, it won’t be the last. A Rogue by Night is out now.
*Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*