Review: The Daring Duke by Jess Michaels

by 6/16/2017 0 comments
Love historicals? Well, you probably know that I do! I recently read The Daring Duke, the first in its series, and I have to say, I loved it! Historicals are easy for me to love, but this was different from a lot of historicals I've read.

Series: 1797 Club, #1
My Rating: 4 ❀'s
Genre: Historical Romance
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I like a heroine who is a wallflower, as it's not only the outgoing, sassy ladies who deserved a HEA. And I really loved Emma. She came from such appalling parents and yet had integrity and goodness. She was content to be herself and live more simply if necessary instead of turning herself into a gold digger. She didn't really want to be interested in the Duke of Abernathe, James, but she couldn't help herself. And  yet, she didn't reach for him either.

Naturally that means he was seeking her out. James never intended to marry out of spite for his own father's awful treatment. I'm not sure I've encountered a heroine and hero who have both had such awful parents, but their backgrounds connected Emma and James. James was drawn to Emma, a woman who seemed uninterested in him and yet spoke her mind instead of simpering like all the other women in his experience. In an effort to better Emma's marketability as a bride, and to throw the husband hunt off his trail, James begins a flirtation with Emma. Once that ends up quiet sensuality.

Yeah, these two can burn up the pages. And that's always good. I love the way Jess Michaels blends erotic scenes with such sizzle as well. The more these two flirt and indulge in one another, the more they are drawn together until circumstances require they become engaged. I loved the plot twist that necessitated this as it threw James into the role of the white knight, and I love that Emma yields to the plan and to other activities, even though she is afraid of what their future might look like.

Which is happy, as you might guess. I can totally recommend this as a read you'll burn through, and that will burn you up.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Happy Reading,

Jewels E


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