The Other Duke by Jess Michaels Review



For years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement. When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free. Unfortunately, best laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended’s cousin, Raphael “Rafe” Flynn is forced to take over the engagement. But Serafina knows Rafe’s reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome.
She proposes an arrangement: she will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare. Once she has done her duty, he will let her go. Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride. Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him. However, since their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms.
But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride, but to introduce her to desire. While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they’ve made.




This is the first Jess Michaels book that I have every read, so I was unsure of what to expect. But what I found with in the first few chapters was a mixture of delight, intrigue and for one character total disgust.
So unlike all of my past reviews where I don’t reveal the characters, in this book I will, because unlike most of the historical romances I read, in this book it’s all about the characters and not so heavily focused on the storyline (yea! I’m so happy).
Serafina McPhee is our leading lady. Beautiful, intelligent and locked in a prison, where the jail keepers are her Father and her intended Cyril.
Cyril, Duke of Hartholm is Serafina’s intended and in her own words he is Cruel. Horrible. Disgusting. Hateful…and thankfully dead.
Rafe Flynn is the new Duke of Hartholm, and not only has he inherited a Dukedom, but a future wife as well… and for one of the Notorious Flynns, having a wife is just not what he was planning on.
                                                                                                 
But I cannot just tease you with the characters and not give you the story…well at least a little of it anyway. In the first chapter, Serafina is at the seamstress getting fitted for her wedding day to the vile Cyril, Duke of Hartholm. Thankfully her best friend Emma is there to see her through this arduous task. It is not a surprise that she is marrying vile Cyril; her father had secured his social climbing clutches when poor Serafina was a little girl of 6 years old. She has been raised to be a duchess and act appropriate at all times. Although at the moment that her odious Father (he really is awful) informs her that Vile Cyril is dead, she has a glimmer of hope, a chance to still break free of her father’s prison, in hopes of freedom. And yep, I am going to leave it there, with just a little taster of the great things to come.

So let’s start off with all the great and fabulous things I LOVE about this book. The characters are whole, not one dimensional, they have a back story; their lives don’t begin and end with this book. The writing of this book is perfect, smooth and with no time period errors. So one to the one thing I disliked about this book….that I am going to have to wait till March 10th for the next story.
I really enjoyed reading this book; in fact I read it twice, because I was not quite ready to give up the characters. It was a truly beautiful story, one where I cried and smiled. So I urge you, read this book, you won’t be sorry.

I give The Other Duke 10 out of 10
 
Disclaimer. Due to the very adult situations in this book I would recommend that this book is for over 18’s









Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.
  






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