Published by The Passionate Pen on January 16th 2018
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The fifth thrilling romance in the 1797 club series by USA Today bestseller Jess Michaels...
Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield, has a secret he's keeping from almost everyone he knows and loves. He is destitute, thanks to gambling by his late father and his own bad decisions. There is only one option now: marry for money, and do it soon. An opportunity presents itself when a rich American woman arrives in Society hunting for a title in trade for a huge dowry.
Helena Monroe is the companion to her entitled cousin, and she is miserable. But once she encounters Baldwin on a terrace, her time in England starts to look up. She quickly realizes he believes she is her cousin, and everything starts to fall apart.
Baldwin is now torn between a future that will save his family legacy and one with a woman he is growing increasingly attached to. Will he choose safety or passion, obligation or love?
Length: Full Length Novel (70,000 words)Heat Level: Wear gloves while reading - eye protection optional.
The Duke of Nothing can be read as a stand-alone book, but is part of a series (The 1797 Club).
~~Reviewed by Barbara~~
SECRETS! All hearts hold secrets, but some of those secrets are harder to reveal than others. Secrets with more secrets and a plot and resolution that totally surprised me – and that was a good thing! You’ll certainly not see the resolution coming nor the redemption. Not the redemption of the heroine or hero, but one who will surprise you.
This book does not have to be read as a part of the series, but, why in the world would you want to do that? Every book in the series has been a 5-star read and the characters grow, develop and reveal themselves more and more in each successive book. What is the 1797 Club? The club was formed in 1797 and includes ten current or future dukes. They banded together to help and support each other because many of them were on their own at a very young age or had less than stellar parents. As time passed their bond grew closer and stronger than brothers. For us readers, it means ten wonderful books by an author whose writing skills are stellar. The plots are very well developed, the writing flows smoothly and stays on-plot and the characters cause you to love them from the first.
Baldwin Undercross, the Duke of Sheffield, inherited his title five years ago and has been living a lie since then. What a shock that was! As he delved into the affairs of the estate he found that they were in complete and total ruin. There was nothing left in the coffers. He’s spent the last five years doing his best to save his family from the scandal of penury, to protect his mother and sister and to keep his darkest secret – his contribution to their penury – from his friends in the 1797 Club. He has grown more and more desperate and more withdrawn, morose, and sad as the years have passed. His friends are all worried about him and are beginning to ask some very pointed questions. What is he to do? He’s finally agreed with his mother that the solution is to marry an heiress and is set to find a wife this season. It is so very hard to make himself go through with it when he sees the love his married friends share with their wives. He knows he can’t have that and it makes him so very sad.
American Helena Monroe has secrets of her own. Through no fault of her own, she is ruined and has been reduced to acting as the companion to her thoughtless and sometimes cruel cousin who is a very, very rich heiress. Helena’s uncle brought her cousin, Charity, to England to buy a title – and he has become set on that title being a duke. Her uncle is cruel, shrewd, manipulative and totally selfish. He’s raised his daughter to be just as spoiled and selfish. Helena’s future is not a pretty or desirable one, but its the only choice she has.
When Baldwin first meets Helena, he thinks she is the American heiress on his mother’s list of possible wives for him. After they share an open, interesting and witty conversation, Baldwin comes to think that maybe this marriage business might not be so bad after all. That thought doesn’t last long because his mother soon tells him who the real heiress is – and all the wind leaves Baldwin’s sails.
Over the next several weeks Helena and Baldwin are thrown together at a number of events and they both try very hard to fight their growing attraction. Both of them know that there is no future for them, but the attraction is so strong that they can’t fight it. Finally, both of them share their secrets and realize that, indeed, there really is no future where they can be together. Each is desperately in love with the other. Each is filled with anguish and despair. How can our esteemed author overcome these obstacles – well – you’ll just have to read the book. I’m here to tell you it is an exciting ride before you get to the very surprising HEA!