A Rogue by Night is the third book in Kelly Bowen’s Devils of Dover series of Regency-era historical romance novels. I was excited about the opportunity to read this book via Netgalley because I enjoyed reading the previous two books in the series. Harland (the hero) played a minor role in those earlier books, and I was looking forward to reading his story.
Katherine Wright meets Harland Hayward when he arrives at her house when she is trying to patch up her smuggler brother after he is shot by soldiers. At first, she’s annoyed; he might be a doctor, but she is a skilled surgeon and what she’s doing. When soldiers arrive shortly thereafter looking for Katherine’s brother, Harland helps convince them that nothing is amiss.
Even though he just saved her family, Katherine still doesn’t know if she can trust Hayward. After all, he is a baron, and her experience with members of the aristocracy has led her to believe that they are arrogant and callous.
Harland needs Katherine’s help. She’s competent and trustworthy, but he’s reluctant to share a part of his life that he hoped to keep secret from everyone he cares about. Speaking of that- he’s smitten with Katherine from the moment he meets her, but he’s been hurt in the past, and hasn’t wanted to take that risk again- until now.
This was such a good book. I loved the way Katherine and Harland’s rapport built slowly. Their reluctance was understandable, given their romantic pasts. The tone of the book is fairly light, and the banter is hilarious- it was so much fun seeing the evolution of their relationship. The scenes with the soldiers provide genuine tension, and the villain of the piece could give Inspector Javert a run for his money.
I would recommend A Rogue By Night. I think this book functions well enough as a standalone; the other Devils of Dover books are excellent, but readers don’t necessarily have to read them before reading this one. Familiar characters from the series have cameo roles, but don’t play a significant part of this narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience; Bowen has become one of my favorite historical romance writers, and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.