Bell, Lenora. For the Duke’s Eyes Only. New York: Avon Books, 2018.
Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0062692498 | 368 pages | Regency Romance
For the Duke’s Eyes Only is yet another book that got sadly lost in my TBR over the past several months, and it’s really a shame, because Lenora Bell is one of the handful of authors in historical romance who continues to give me absolute pleasure. And it’s no different this time around, with her blend of the treasure hunting exploits of Indiana Jones with the espionage of James Bond.
India is an absolutely lovable, feisty heroine. I love her independence and daring, and she’s absolutely someone I’d love as a best friend. And while I wasn’t completely sure about Daniel at first, given that he seemed cut from a similar cloth from some other roguish dukes, it mostly being a cover notwithstanding, I really admired that the reason he chose the life he did was in an attempt to right the wrongs done to his father. And as much as I hate the trend of pairing a domineering duke with a heroine with a ton of spine, I do admit that this is a case where I feel the balance actually works, and I love that they have a dynamic that highlights how they’re equals in spite of any societal inequalities based on gender, a topic which is tackled wonderfully here.
This is yet further proof that Lenora Bell is a great author, and despite still being fairly new to the game, an author well worth reading. I would recommend her and this book especially to any historical romance fans who haven’t tried her yet.