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Review: The Haunting of a Duke (Dark Regency #1) by Chasity Bowlin


Communing with spirits has been both gift and curse to Emme Walters. Now it’s made her a killer’s target.

Emme knows why the Dowager Duchess of Briarleigh invited her to a house party–to investigate whether the duke, Rhys Brammel, murdered his wife years ago. But Emme never imagined she would fall in love with the brooding duke. Branded by society as a possible killer, Rhys is suspicious of Emme and her alleged “gift.”

Then a late night encounter creates awareness of her other, more attractive, aspects. When Emme’s life is threatened, Rhys becomes her protector. Emme and Rhys find passion and peril as they join forces to solve the mysteries at Briarleigh.

She made him believe in spirits, but can she make him believe in love?

A beautiful blend of historical romance with a dash of mysticism, this is not what I was expecting. From page one, we are thrown into a story that is immediately intriguing, spurring questions that demand answers.

The story opens with our heroine, Emme waking up in unfamiliar surroundings and trying to return to her room unscathed. Luckily for her, Rhys is there to help her out. From there, his interest in her grows from suspicion to fondness to love. It was honestly such a treat to see the hero fall so completely in love with the heroine and not be scared to show it or say it. And good thing for Emme, because she has no idea what she has been drug into.

Poor Emme did not ask for any of this. Forced to come to this house party, she is treated more like an interesting commodity rather than an actual human. At first, Rhys’ suspicion shows in his actions but it’s hard not to like Emme with her sweet, gentle demeanor.

I love some paranormal with my historical romance. Bowlin was able to pull off both while writing interesting characters and an intriguing storyline even if it was a bit predictable.

❧ Arec

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