I’ve Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm

Written by Kelly Bowen
Review by Fiona Alison

For reasons of their own, both James Montcrief and Gisele Whitby are incognito; James is wallowing in liquor and self-pity in the aftermath of his brother’s death at Waterloo, and Gisele has escaped an abusive marriage by engineering her own supposed death four years earlier. Now the evil Marquess of Valence is set to take another unsuspecting heiress to his brutal marital bed, and Gisele is not about to let that happen. Jamie is hired to seduce, or otherwise engage, the bride-to-be, so that the Marquess will lose interest, but even Jamie’s talents aren’t up to the task. Gisele is forced to come up with another plan, one which endangers her own life and those around her.

This is a fairly stereotypical modern Regency romance, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-written story, an interesting plot, engaging characters, witty and satirical repartee and some steamy love scenes between Jamie and Gisele. I particularly liked Sebastien, the craftily inventive valet. Regency enthusiasts will be waiting impatiently for more from this debut novelist.