After Dark with the Duke: The Palace of Rogues
Why this book?
I love how words can be woven together to create images and emotions and to bring characters to life. Julie Anne Long has a lyrical way of writing that always carries me deeply into the story. I find once I start reading one of her books, I can’t stop until I’ve finished it, even if it means staying up all night. In After Dark With the Duke, the heroine has left the safety of home to become an opera singer, facing the challenges of a society that enjoys the art but finds the artist scandalous. I came away with a richer understanding of the era. I admired the heroine’s ability to find the strength needed to make difficult choices that would lead her to adventure and, hopefully, a better life.