Angelique's head tipped. "You also have a reputation as an assassin," she said."Mmmm. It's a wonder I have time to eat breakfast with all I do."
"Are you? An assassin?"
"Would it matter?"
"That's not an answer."
"Do you need someone killed?"
She blinked. "Not at the moment."
"Just as well."
And then these two. Different points of the story but I think they really show the strength and character of the heroine.
He saw her take a deep breath. "Ask what you must. I'll try my best to answer your questions."
He held her eyes. "You might not like some of them."
"There have been a great many things that I haven't liked in my life in these last years, Alex. I won't shrivel up now."
"And I am not going to cower in a corner while someone else fights my battles," she said. "I never have and I'm not starting now."
"I never expected you to."
So the gist is that Alex? He's rather intrigued and that doesn't happen often. There's a woman gambling at the club he owns and there's just something about her. She's a mystery. And one that's taking home a tidy sum in winnings as she oh so slyly beats man after man at the tables. And he really must know more.
These two were just such neat characters. Mysterious, unconventional, intriguing. I loved that he was the owner of a gaming hell with connections everywhere and just a charming air about him. And she. Goodness but Angelique was different. She sees numbers. Not just counting cards but if she sees a ledger she can instantly see patterns or spot errors, does massive problems instantly in her head. She was endlessly strong and had such backbone, too.
I loved them together. Frustrations, chemistry, learning to trust, how they interacted. All of it. They were just a yummy pair.
And the action. I really enjoyed the mystery as well. Finding the truth behind why she was so desperate to bet at the tables and earn every penny she could. Parts made me really dang mad on her behalf. I was able to figure things out for the most part but there were enough teasing bits to keep me entertained and wanting more.
All in all, Between the Devil and the Duke was a win. If you're just trying out historical romance or trying to get back into the genre grab one of Bowen's books. She perfectly captures the magic of the genre. Can't wait to see what Bowen comes up with next.
Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie's club offered a surefire way to make quick money—until she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible.
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