The Duke of Hearts is the seventh book in the 1797 club from one of my favourite authors Jess Michaels. While part of a series, the author has crafted a story that stands perfectly well on its own.
Matthew Cornwallis, Duke of Tyndale, continues to grieve for his fiancée, three years after her death. Brought to the notorious Donville Masquerade by his well-meaning friend, he is shocked to find himself drawn to a mysterious woman.
Isabel Hayes was married to a man who did not inspire passion. She attends the Donville Masquerade to watch the carnal delights on offer but has no intention to partake. Rescued by a masked man, she is unable to resist him. When his identity is revealed she is dismayed to discover he is the man her cousin was engaged to. The man her uncle believes killed his daughter.
Isabel unwittingly becomes a pawn in her uncle’s revenge plot, her alliances are tested, and she is trapped into marriage to prevent a scandal. Can Matthew trust the woman he has been forced to marry?
This was not one of my favourites in this series. I was not drawn to the characters as I have been in previous entries. While still an enjoyable read, the author has delivered better. I look forward to the next book which from teasers would appear to be Hugh’s.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.