on September 12th 2017
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The third sensual romance in the 1797 Club series by USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels.
Adelaide Longford is London’s most overlooked bluestocking wallflower and that is fine by her. Being ignored gives her the perfect opportunity to sneak out and secretly take on the persona of the most celebrated actress of the day, Lydia Ford. The thrill of walking the boards and hearing the applause of those who watch her is the most exciting experience of her life.
Until Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield comes into her life. He is broken after the humiliating loss of his longtime fiancé to his supposed best friend and they enter into a lusty affair which sets her body on fire. Graham has no idea why he’s so attracted to both the bespectacled, prickly Adelaide and the passionate Lydia, but soon he is caught in a dance with them both and torn between which future he wants to pursue.
When Graham finds out Adelaide’s secret identity will he be able to accept both parts of her? And will he be able to save her from a lurking danger that neither of them could have ever foreseen?
Length: Full-Length Novel (70,000 words) Heat Level: eyebrow waggle
This book is part of a series (The 1797 Club) but can be read as a standalone novel.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Broken Duke is the third book in The 1797 Club by Jess Michaels.
Lady Adelaide has been brought up by her overbearing aunt, a woman who allows her no freedom. To ward off complete boredom 2 or 3 nights a week she escapes the house and heads to a London theatre. In her carriage, she transforms from Lady Adelaide, wallflower, to Mrs Lydia Ford, the much loved actress.
Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield is still reeling from his best friend’s betrayal. The man in questions married Graham’s long term fiancé! His other friends worry for him and in an attempt to keep him busy and away from drinking they take him to the theatre. The very one where Lydia is the lead. Graham is instantly intrigued by her and after the show he meets her backstage. It’s lust at first sight and before he leaves they share one hot passionate kiss.
Imagine Adelaide’s surprise when the following night he is at the same ball that she is attending, dressed as her usual self, standing against a wall, when Graham comes striding towards her. She thinks he has seen through her disguise as he’s never showed any interest in her at all until now. But no, he just wants to ask her to dance. All Adelaide can think of is his kisses and oddly enough although Graham had never indeed looked twice at Adelaide before, all of a sudden he is fascinated by her. He loves her boldness, her honesty and he is pretty sure that behind her thick glasses and plain dress there is quite a pretty woman hiding!
From that moment Graham finds himself caught between two very different women both of whom he greatly admires, and definitely lusts after. What will he do if he finds out that they are the same woman!
Adelaide knows she needs to tell the truth and she knows that Graham will want nothing to do with her when she does. Not to mention the fact that she is getting jealous of her alter ego Lydia for sharing intimacies that she as Adelaide hasn’t had the pleasure of. But as the story evolves and she learns a terrible secret of Graham’s she knows he is very much hurting and that she is the one that has to help him heal, time enough for honesty at a later time. Or so she thinks.
Although this story primarily tells of the blossoming relationship between Adelaide and Graham, and the subterfuge involved, it is so much more than that. There is a twist I did not see coming at all, darkness that was shocking, which had me reading as fast as I could to find out what would happen next. I love a book that can really throw me for a loop, and this was one of those books.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.