The Broken Duke
Book 3, The 1797 Club
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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.
Wallflower meets broken Duke, secret identity and the conflict of attraction to two very different women. Fun with a off the charts chemistry, a touch of suspense and twists and turns I didn't see coming.
Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield has been lost and wondering London for months since the scandal of losing his fiancee to his best friend. Coerced by his friends to get out and about he goes to the theater to see the actress that's the talk of London. For the first time in months possible years Graham has a spark of interest, and must meet the beautiful actress, Lydia Ford.
Adelaide "Lydia Ford" Longford, unnoticed wallflower and always kept under her guardians thumb sees a chance at freedom if only limited. Sneaking out to the theater will change everything not only bringing life to her boring existence but possibly a future she never thought she'd have.
Graham and Lydia have and instant attraction and start an affair. Then there's the wallflower Adelaide who sees Graham as no one else has in a long time. Graham doesn't understand his feelings or his guilt when he's with Lydia and feels he's betraying Adelaide. Adelaide knows she must tell Graham the truth but fears she will lose him when the she does. Graham would never want plain Adelaide. When the truth comes out Graham may not get the chance to decide when danger strikes and Adelaide may be lost forever.
This is such a great series and I highly recommend you read them in order to enjoy it fully.
The Broken Duke
Feeling betrayed by his best friend, hurt and embarrassed, Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield has isolated himself from his friends. Lady Adelaide has created an alter ego, famous actress Lydia Ford, to escape the lonely life she endures at the hands of her controlling, abusive aunt. When circumstances lead Graham to meet both Lydia and Adelaide, he is baffled that he feels drawn to both of them. Adelaide believes that he is attracted to Lydia, but could not possibly be attracted to Adelaide. Graham and Adelaide (Lydia) understand and comfort each other. What will happen when he discovers her secret? His reaction may surprise you.
The Broken Duke is a great story with a lot going on. We have a heartwarming love story, family drama, broken friendships that need mending, a couple of nasty villains, and a murder mystery (the solution is ingenious). Strong characters and a multifaceted plot make this a solid addition to a great series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed it and the comments are my own.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Sep 12, 2017
- Publisher: The Passionate Pen
- Seller: Passionate Pen LLC (f/k/a Jesse Petersen)
- Print Length: 261 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, The 1797 Club