4 stars · Duke · Regency · Romance · The Passionate Pen

The Daring Duke (The 1797 Club #1)

★★★★

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By Jess Michaels

The first book of the much anticipated 1797 Club series from USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels. The Dukes are coming!

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?

Length: Full-Length (70,000 words)
Heat Level: Sizzling

This book is the first in The 1797 Club series.

My review

The first book in a series is always a tricky one, the author needs/wants to introduce at least an idea of who the main characters of the future books are and at the same time keep the focus on the hero and heroine. In a way, it’s like the starter in a nice meal should prepare you for the next course while still being satisfying by itself. I think Jess Michaels did really well, I enjoyed the book AND I’m looking forward to the next one, keep the dukes coming!

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