Night of the Scoundrel by Kelly Bowen

Can he trust her with his darkest secret?

Ruthless. Dangerous. Known simply as King. No one knows his true name or where he came from. And when he learns that the man who betrayed him has returned to London, King has only one goal: vengeance. But first, he must seek out an unlikely ally to aide him in his pursuit…

Adeline Archambault is as mysterious as she is beautiful. Exiled after the French Revolution, she’s determined to reclaim her birthright and deliver the justice that is owed her. King’s offer to help her, in exchange for her assistance, is a bargain she can’t refuse. But will this deal with a devil lead to a future she never dared hope for?

Titles in the Devils of Dover series include – A Duke in the Night – Last Night with the Earl – A Rogue by Night – Night of the Scoundrel (#3.5)

(connection with Seasons of Scandals series)

Title:  Night of the Scoundrel
Series:  Devils of Dover #3.5
Author:  Kelly Bowen
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  November 26, 2019
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4.5 stars

NIGHT OF THE SCOUNDREL is a story that I’ve been waiting for – King’s story – and what a tale it is.  Frankly, I wish it had been a full-length novel as I don’t know what brings about the decision for a novella or a full-length story I cannot really comment but I was more than content with the story I got about a man who lingered on in my mind throughout two series.  And the lady who was perfect for this anti-hero in so many ways, Adeline, was well worth waiting for their story to be told.

Neither King nor Adeline are as they appear on the surface.  Both have deep secrets, take actions that they feel must be taken for their own reasons, neither allows glimpses behind their masks often yet there is a connection between them beyond their agreement.  I loved discovering who Adeline was at heart, and I am so glad to know the true King and how he became the man he is or was.  Adeline will bring walls down, but then so will King.  This is a romance between two people who will heal each other from wounds they never believed possible to heal.  It was one of those reader moments when King finally let down his guard and welcomed Adeline into his heart that truly won me in this story.  I’ve wanted something truly good for King for so long and Adeline turned out to be exactly what this man needed.

Because King’s story begins not in the Devils of Dover series but back in the Seasons of Scandals series it’s hard for me to realistically suggest that you start from his beginning — but, for me, King’s story is completed here but began a while back, so if you possibly can read both series then I’d strongly suggest it.  If you can’t buy them, perhaps your local library has them on the shelves.  All those earlier stories are well worth the time and effort to enjoy, in my opinion.  I loved King and Adeline’s story and would highly recommend it to any Historical Romance reader.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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