The Daring Duke (1797 Club Series) by Jess Michaels
Overview by Publisher:
The wild and charismatic Duke of Abernathe is the kind of friend anyone would wish to have. He even formed the 1797 Club, consisting of ten men who would all be dukes. But he has full-throatedly declared he will never marry and no one understands why.
But Miss Emma Liston doesn’t care why. A longtime wallflower with an absentee father who is a scandal waiting to happen, she needs to marry. Now. She decides to take a wild chance and ask the help of her friend Meg’s brother James. She asks him to pretend he’s interested in her just long enough to gain the attention of others. He agrees but is quickly taken aback by how easy everything is with Emma.
When her father returns, threatening her with a terrible future, their courtship swiftly becomes all too real. Will James ever reveal the true man beneath the outer shell? And can Emma discover her own worthiness before it’s too late?
I was SO thrilled to see this book on twitter. I raced to Netgalley to see if I could get an ARC copy! And I did!
I really love Jess Michaels writing. What makes her a safe bet is that her books have all the things you want in a historical romance novel – great plot, interesting characters, very sexy scenes and a happily ever after!
However, that is simplifying the appeal of Jess Michaels. I have been reading her books for a while now and what I really love is that she writes erotic novels that have amazing storylines and characters. Unlike some other books in the genres, Jess’ books pull you in with your heart, head and libido.
This is a new series and with the amount of Duke’s in the club, we will have a healthy series of hot men to lust over for some time to come! The premise is that the boys formed a club of heirs to dukedoms so that they could pool resources and teach each other what they needed to learn in order to be successful. There is a large number of duke’s coming up at the same time, so the group is large and varied. Jess Michaels has even created a webpage to explain the series to fans www.1979club.com
This is the first book and it starts with James. He was the reason the club of dukes began as his father was heavy on the discipline and light on the mentoring. James grows up to be viewed as the Golden One – engaging, charming and likeable. But underneath, he is haunted by his childhood traumas. He vows never to marry.
Of course we know that once he meets our heroine Emma, that will change. The two strike a bargain to help each other out. Close proximity has a funny way of changing intentions. What ensues is a delicious courtship, insane parental figures and exciting romance. This is Jess Michaels at her finest!
She cleverly sets up the next story to be a love triangle between James’ sister Meg and his two best friends (and fellow Dukes), Simon and Graham. I can’t wait to see how this series unfolds!
The book goes on sale March 14th, 2017