There's some light paranormal aspects going on and damn if the little bitty hairs on my arms and neck didn't raise from time to time as Emme, who is gifted with the ability to interact with spirits, keeps stumbling over ghosts from Rhys's past. Bowlin's got a way with writing and she freaked me the heck out with some of the ghostly encounters. It's all very nicely done and completely believable which impressed me to no end. Lordy she got my heart pounding quite a few times with suspense of uncovering the past and the present day dangers that arose as someone made desperate attempts to keep the past the past.
I absolutely adored Emme and Rhys and loved that they both had somewhat questionable reputations. Emme because of her "gift" and Rhys who can't shake the gossip that he's the cause of his wife's early demise. Things definitely don't get off to a smooth start with them which made their romance even more entertaining. Emme's a very strong heroine and Rhys, well, the man can admit when he's wrong and that's something that always wins me over. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns in their relationship and that they really seemed like equals as things progressed. The intimate moments were steamy and sweet and oh so delicious too.
He caught her, holding her, touching his forehead to hers, as he fought to regain his breath. "You've destroyed me," he said. "You have me behaving like a randy lad."
"It's only fair," she whispered, as her hands fluttered over him, stroking his roughened jaw, "you've turned me into a brazen hussy."
Overall The Haunting of a Duke was the perfect mix of romance and mystery with some surprises along the way you really don't see coming. I loved watching everything unfold and seeing Emma, Rhys and Michael piece it all together. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more from Bowlin and cannot wait to see what she has in store for Michael. If you love a good mystery, nicely developed characters and a luscious romance you really need to check this one out.
"Good morning, Lord Ellersleigh. I had not realized you were such an early riser." Michael reminded himself that she was an innocent young lady and comments about how early he could rise would hardly endear him to her and would undoubtedly result in Rhys punching him in the mouth. "I am quite fond of mornings," he said instead and suffered her dubious stare.
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