The first book of the much anticipated 1797 Club series from USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels. The Dukes are coming!
The wild and charismatic Duke of Abernathe is the kind of friend anyone would wish to have. He even formed the 1797 Club, consisting of ten men who would all be dukes. But he has full-throatedly declared he will never marry and no one understands why.
But Miss Emma Liston doesn’t care why. A longtime wallflower with an absentee father who is a scandal waiting to happen, she needs to marry. Now. She decides to take a wild chance and ask the help of her friend Meg’s brother James. She asks him to pretend he’s interested in her just long enough to gain the attention of others. He agrees but is quickly taken aback by how easy everything is with Emma.
When her father returns, threatening her with a terrible future, their courtship swiftly becomes all too real. Will James ever reveal the true man beneath the outer shell? And can Emma discover her own worthiness before it’s too late?
Length: Full-Length (70,000 words)
Heat Level: Sizzling
CW: Attempted assault, child abuse (described but not on scene)
This book is the first in The 1797 Club series. Look for the rest of the books in the series:
Her Favorite Duke
The Broken Duke
The Silent Duke
The Duke of Nothing
The Undercover Duke
The Duke of Hearts
The Duke Who Lied
The Duke of Desire
The Last Duke
The Daring Duke
Fun summer read!
This is another great start to a series that has caught my full attention. One of the thing that I can say about Jess Michaels is that she can make me cry in a prologue more times then any other author. In this first book we meet janes Rylon the Duke of Abernathe raised by a father who treated him with contempt, a mother that drank her sorrows away and a sister Meg who he adored. When he was young he and his friends formed The 1797 Club made up of their friends who were to be Dukes. They became his extended family. Emma Liston is a wallflower because she's to intelligent for her own good and nothing to offer a future husband. She's watched James from afar, he's always made her nervous. He's larger then life to perfect, the golden boy and way to handsome. Then one night at a ball she helps Meg with her mother and everything changes. James starts to notice all the things he's never noticed before and he starts to crave getting to know her better. They strike up a plan to help ea h other out but the more time spent together the more they begin to need each other. Their grand plan just might backfire on them.
I can not wait to read the next book and Meg gets her HEA.
An excellent story of two people who set out with a ruse and end up falling in love. James is a Duke and Emma hatch a pact to help each other but the tables turn or plot twists and things happen for the good in this case.
Both have to learn that some parents need to be let go and they need to grow up. In their case James needs to move on for his own happiness and Emma needs to let her mother grow up.
I do recommend this book!