October 22, 2021

Critics agree: The Devil’s Own Duke is “enchanting” and “magnetic.”

Have you ordered your very own copy of The Devil’s Own Duke yet? I’d be so honored if you did! My mom thinks it’s delightful 🙂

But don’t take her word for it–I’m delighted to report that the great reviews for The Devil’s Own Duke keep rolling in!

“With a perfect sense of aplomb and plenty of whimsical wit, Bell continues her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series, following Love Is a Rogue (2020), in splendid fashion by offering readers a cleverly crafted marriage-of-convenience plot that delivers not only a spot-on cast of characters (including a delightfully finicky feline), but also a generous dose of smoldering sexual chemistry and combustible love scenes.” (Booklist (Starred Review))

“A vintner meets her match in the owner of a gaming house in Bell’s enchanting second Wallflowers vs. Rogues Victorian romance (after Love is a Rogue). Lady Henrietta “Hetty” Prince wants her widowed father, the Duke of Granville, to remarry so he can get an heir and save his property, Rosehill Park, from reverting to the crown upon his death. Then rakish gambling hall owner Ash Ellis steps forward, claiming to be the Duke’s long-lost heir. Uninterested in any of Hetty’s candidates for duchess, Hetty’s father is quick to accept Ash’s claim. Though Hetty is convinced that Ash is a fraud, she accepts her father’s wish that she marry Ash to secure her claim to Rosehill, treating the marriage as a business proposition: in exchange for Hetty helping Ash integrate into the aristocracy, he offers her six months to prove the profitability of Rosehill’s vineyards before he considers razing them to raise thoroughbreds. This convenient arrangement quickly becomes much more as their mutual attraction gives way to deeper emotions. The romantic tension is ever-simmering, enhanced by Ash’s determination not to fall in love and Hetty’s single-minded quest to gain recognition for her wines. Fast-paced plotting keeps the pages turning, making for a magnetic historical romance.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The second book in Bell’s Wallflowers vs. Rogues series is a charming enemies-to-lovers tale, though the clear chemistry from the couple’s second-chapter kiss leaves little doubt about the outcome and the many steamy scenes that will happen on the way there. With lots of winemaking detail and good attention to the obliviousness of the ton, it’s a historical romance with great depth. A sweet slow burn of a Regency romance.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Excellent chemistry between the romantic leads and a headstrong, intelligent heroine to root for will keep romance fans reading. Fans of the series will look forward to reading about the next bluestocking to get her happily ever after. Some much-needed historical context and a steamy, satisfying romance between the two well-written leads…[a] delightful, well-written romance.” (Library Journal)

Writing this book brought me so much joy and I hope it brings you some, too!



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