Review: Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen

I don’t often highlight passages in books. Usually, it’s a complete story that drives my feelings. Last Night with the Earl is an exception. I think I highlighted half of this novel. Eli was one of the most intensely romantic heroes I have read in a while, and I needed him right now. In addition to Eli’s beautiful turn of phrase, the overall prose in this story was lovely and swoon-worthy.

After six years of hiding, Eli, Earl of Rivers is back altered both mentally and physically after his grievous wounds at Waterloo. When he returns to his estate in Dover, he is knocked over (literally) by the one woman he has never been able to forget. Rose, an artist, and a teacher, is wary of Eli with misunderstandings and past hurts standing between them.

As I mentioned, Eli is a wonderful hero. His deep and abiding respect for Rose was apparent throughout the book. His occasional flustered and prudish moments made me laugh. I loved it when Eli would use Rose’s words against her in an argument! Rose was a fascinating heroine. She was fearless on the outside and vulnerable on the inside which made her human. I loved her racy occupation and willingness to help other people see the beauty in themselves.

I do wish this book had been longer. It was a vibrant story with excellent character development, but I wanted more. I would have loved to hear more about Rose and her painting as well as Eli and his reactions to them. I wanted to know more about Rose’s relationship with Eli’s father as well as what happened with Eli went to the Duke about the land at the end. Overall, the story was fabulous, and I can’t wait to go back and read the first book in the series!

**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

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