cover image Last Night with the Earl

Last Night with the Earl

Kelly Bowen. Forever, $7.99 mass market (464p) ISBN 978-1-4789-1859-2

In the appealing second Devils of Dover Regency (after A Duke in the Night), Bowen brings together two wounded souls who cannot heal without each other. Rose Hayward is an artist, revealing the hidden beauty of her subjects through her paintings. Her onetime fiancé, Anthony, devastated her by circulating cruel caricatures of her, and she’s hidden from society ever since. Anthony’s friend Eli Dawes, the Earl of Rivers, nearly died at Waterloo; he reluctantly returns to England to claim his inheritance, and finds the Haywards renting his Dover estate. Six years ago, Rose and Eli shared a love of art but little more. Although she barely recognizes the damaged man who returns from war, their former friendship and a new, exciting attraction make her determined to help him regain his confidence and place in society, not realizing he is the only one who can help her do likewise. Skillfully crafted with intriguing characters, this historical romance will appeal to fans of Mary Balogh. Agent: Stefanie Lieberman, Janklow & Nesbit. (Oct.)