Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places in the dead of night, a cover he uses to his advantage. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright.

Katherine thought she was done smuggling. Having finally convinced her ailing father and injured brother to abandon their criminal pursuits, she’s returned to England to help them escape to a new life—once she helps them fulfill their last contract.  And that means working with Hayward, even when her instincts tell her that becoming his ally may be a risk to her heart—as well as her life.




Earl. War hero. Notorious rake. After the Battle of Waterloo, Eli Dawes was presumed dead - and would have happily stayed that way. He's no longer the reckless young man he once was, and only half as pretty. All he wants is to hide away in his country home, where no one can see his scars. But when he tries to sneak into his old bedroom in the middle of the night, he's shocked to find someone already there.

Rose Hayward remembers Eli as the arrogant lord who helped her late fiancé betray her. Finding him stealing into her art studio doesn't correct her impression. Her only thought is to get him to leave immediately. Yet the tension between them is electric, and she can't help but be drawn to him. He might be back from the dead, but it's Rose who is suddenly feeling very, very much alive.


The 2019 Romance Writers of America RITA Award Winner for Best Historical (short)

RT Book Reviews Top Pick & Seal of Excellence Nominee - 4 1/2 stars

"Bowen strikes all the right chords with readers: touching emotional highs with powerful storytelling. Readers will adore the dark playboy and the smart, witty heroine who teaches him a lesson.  This is a book not only to savor, but a keeper that will stay in your heart."

   -RT Book Reviews

All About Romance - A Desert Isle Keeper

"There’s so much to love about A Duke in the Night.  The love story and lovely tribute to early feminism are both fabulous and so well done.  Elegant, romantic and engaging, A Duke in the Night is one of the best romance novels of 2018."

   -AAR Book Reviews

Fresh Fiction - A February 2018 Fresh Pick

"A feminist romance with substance, intelligence, and sumptuous writing."

   -Fresh Fiction Reviews

A DUKE in the night 


Duke. Scoundrel. Titan of business. August Faulkner is a man of many talents, not the least of which is enticing women into his bedchamber. He’s known—and reviled—for buying and selling companies, accumulating scads of money, and breaking hearts. It’s a reputation he wears like a badge of honor, and one he intends to keep.

Clara Hayward, the headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, on the other hand, is above reproach. Yet when she’s reunited with August all she can think of is the way she felt in his arms as they danced a scandalous waltz ten long years ago. Even though her head knows that he is only back in her life to take over her family’s business, her heart can’t help but open to the very duke who could destroy it for good.


'Readers who enjoy historical romance seasoned with swashbuckling derring-do, adventure, and life-and-death action are certain to be delighted with this marvelous novel.'

   -Shelf Awareness

'Two intriguing, complex characters drawn to each other and kept apart by multiple obstacles.  The highly satisfying ending is the type I don't see every day."

   -Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"An adventurous historical romance that ticks all the boxes!"

   -Fresh Fiction

"Skillfully crafted with intriguing characters, this historical romance will appeal to fans of Mary Balogh."

    -Publishers Weekly

"Last Night With the Earl pulses with a lush romanticism, and its central characters' deep wounds give the text a palpable yearning that will sweep you up into Bowen’s world of compassionate souls who drop lines from Shakespeare and lose their s— at the sight of a Titian painting."

   -Entertainment Weekly

"Readers will sigh as these two wounded characters find the courage to overcome their fears and the past, and find a way to face the future together."

   -Romance Daily News

Fresh Fiction - A July 2019 Fresh Pick 

    -Fresh Fiction Reviews

Kelly Bowen

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