Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Series: The 1797 Club #2
Source: I received a complimentary cooy. All opinions are my own.
- Publication date: June 6, 2017
- Publisher: The Passionate Pen
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072F522DD
- Length: 216 pages
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The second exciting book in the bestselling 1797 Club series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jess Michaels.
Simon Greene, Duke of Crestwood has been obsessed with Margaret Rylon for years. There is only one thing standing between them: her fiancé, who also happens to be his best friend. He is desperate not to destroy everything in his life by giving in to his desires, but when Meg and Simon are trapped alone together overnight during a storm, the resulting scandal not only breaks Meg’s existing engagement, but forces Simon to offer for her instead.
Margaret is sorry to have hurt her family and her fiancé, but all she’s ever wanted was Simon. Her determination to make a happy life with him is only heightened when they submit to passions that have long dwelled beneath the surface. But while Simon may give her his body, he withholds his heart out of guilt and fear of what a connection to her may expose.
And if he doesn’t learn to fight for her soon, they both may lose a chance at happiness.
Length: Full length book
Heat Level: Yep. So much.
This is the second book in the 1797 Club series, but can be read as a standalone.
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Her Favorite Duke by Jess Michaels is a sizzling but sweet Regency Romance. While, this is #2 in the series, “The 1797 Club” it can be read as a stand alone. See, “Her Daring Duke”, #1.
This is the story of Simon Greene, Duke of Crestwood, Margaret Rylon (Meg) who has been friends since childhood,
James, Duke of Abernathe, Meg’s brother and Graham, the Duke of Northfield, a other friend. Graham, James, and Simon are all part of the 1797 Club, however, Simon and Graham are the best of friends. Simon, has always been considered the peacemaker of the group, but in reality he appears a bit of a spineless coward, toward his feelings for Meg. Meg becomes betrothed to Graham, by her brother, James, none knowing her true feelings for Simon, oh, they suspect but go forward with there plans, anyway. To be honest James, suspects she just has a childhood infatuation for Simon.
Fast forward seven years later….. Meg and Graham finally set their wedding date. BTW Graham is not in love with Meg either. Simon guards his feelings for Meg until they’re caught in a compromising position, the wedding is off, Meg and Simon must marry. Yay!! Simon guards his feelings toward Meg, for fear of getting hurt. But his friendship is ended between him and Graham.
An unusual story to me, how many men or ladies, in fact, wait seven years before setting a wedding date? The reader is given the impression Graham had no amorous affairs, what, for seven years? Unbelievable, to me, but I suppose it could happen. Then there’s Meg, who does not reveal her true feeling, she’s waiting for Simon to step forward, and announce his feelings toward her. Simon is sweet, but an utter coward when it comes to his feelings toward Meg. So, they’d all rather be misable for the rest of their lives, then tell the truth. Oh, Graham, is marrying Meg to yes, you got it, to please his friend James. They are all rather young, in their teens, Meg’s sixteen, you understand their feelings run hot and cold, right?
While, this was not my favorite of Jess Michaels’ story, it was rather a sweet story, once you get pass all the other stuff. It’s a sizzling love story, with many complicated triangles.
A true love story with all the complications of a love triangle, while only two of them is truly in love. So, I guess, you wouldn’t call it a love triangle. The reader does learn why Simon is so guarded with his feelings.
No cliffnanger, however, I was left with a few unanswered questions. Such as what happens to Graham, and Simon’s hateful mother, the old Duchess of Crestwood.
The reader is given the impression, from the back of the book that, Graham’s story is next, which, I anticipate reading.
Please don’t get me wrong, I adore Ms. Michaels’ stories, “Her Favorite Duke” was a bit hard connect to the characters and grip the plot, to me, however I’d still recommend reading it, especially those who enjoy romance, there is a bit of mystery to why Simon guards his feelings. A good read!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Heat rating: Steamy/Sizzling
Reviewed by: AprilR