I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Duke of Nothing is the fifth instalment in Jess Michaels 1797 club series. While a series, the author has crafted a story that stands perfectly well on its own, however I would strongly recommend reading the series as it is one of my favourites. Ms Michaels ability to craft steamy, provocative love scenes and an intriguing plot will have the reader hooked.
In this instalment we meet Baldwin Undercross, the Duke of Sheffield. Baldwin inherited his Dukedom five years ago, only to discover the estate is nearly bankrupt. Haven hidden his dire straits from his friends, his only option is to marry an heiress or risk losing everything. With his mother’s encouragement he sets his sites on American heiress Charity Sheppard, only to find himself drawn to her companion, Helena Monroe instead.
Helena agreed to become her cousin’s companion as there was nothing left for her in Boston. Her family disowned her following a tragic situation. At the mercy of her cruel Uncle and selfish cousin, Helena has no choice but to follow their commands. Drawn to the Duke, Helena knows she can never have her own happily ever after but sets out to enjoy the moment. Both know they shouldn’t be together but cannot help falling in love. Will they risk it all for love?
Once again, I was blown away by Ms Michaels talent and the passion and intensity of the romance. The characters are well crafted, the plot will grip you with a perfect balance of steam, romance and suspense. If you have not read any of Ms Michaels offerings I urge you to do so now.