The first in The Duke’s By-Blows series by 10-Time USA Today Bestselling Author, Jess
When Morgan Banfield wakes up in Newgate after a night of debauchery, the last thing he wants
to see is his estranged brother. But in exchange for his help, Morgan must agree to take on
responsibility and try to get his life together by taking on the job of Man of Affairs for a friend.
The last thing Lizzie Margolis wants is some rogue coming onto her brother’s staff. She’s had
enough of rakes after being ruined by one years before. But the more she gets to know Morgan,
the more drawn to him she becomes. The more she begins to question what is in her own heart
and how to manage her growing desire.
But as the two begin to navigate a future, Morgan’s rears its ugly head. If they fight for what
they could have, will they win? Or will all that stands between them become an insurmountable
Length: 71,000 words
Heat Level: Move over Persephone and Hades.
I quite liked this book.
Why? Elizabeth, when she was sixteen fell in love like most young girls do, only, she was played quite cruelly by a libertine who only wanted her money. Which he got and more. She gave up her innocence and then, as a female, paid the price and lived a dutiful life for the next four years. I liked how her brother handled the whole situation.
Morgan is prone to dissolution, easy women, drinking, fighting and waking up in prison, as the bastard son of a duke is wont to do. Not sure if he was the right match for Elizabeth, because he was so much like Aaron (the man who done her wrong).
I think that Elizabeth had much growth and Morgan certainly needed to do a lot of growing up, just felt like he never did. 4.5
I was excited to read Lizzie’s story. I liked both characters, but felt there was something missing. I can’t put my finger on what exactly. I don’t think this was the most well written book from Jess due to so many choppy and fragmented sentences. It felt more like a rough draft than the final version. Perhaps this is why I felt like something was off. She’s written this style of story before, it reminds me of Forbidden in the Wicked Woodlys series (all of which are excellent).
All in all, not bad. However, it’s not my favorite she’s written.