{1797 Club Review} The Duke of Nothing by @JessMichaelsBks

Posted December 31, 2017 by Lindsey in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

{1797 Club Review} The Duke of Nothing by @JessMichaelsBksThe Duke of Nothing by Jess Michaels
Published by The Passionate Pen on January 16th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 211
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield, has a secret he's keeping from almost everyone he knows and loves. He is destitute, thanks to gambling by his late father and his own bad decisions. There is only one option now: marry for money, and do it soon. An opportunity presents itself when a rich American woman arrives in Society hunting for a title in trade for a huge dowry.

Helena Monroe is the companion to her entitled cousin, and she is miserable. But once she encounters Baldwin on a terrace, her time in England starts to look up. She quickly realizes he believes she is her cousin, and everything starts to fall apart.

Baldwin is now torn between a future that will save his family legacy and one with a woman he is growing increasingly attached to. Will he choose safety or passion, obligation or love?

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield, is one of the most handsome and intriguing dukes of The 1797 Club. Just look at that cover! We got to see more of him in the fourth novel, The Silent Duke, in which his sister married one of his closest friends. Now, it’s Baldwin’s turn to marry, whether he wants it to be or not. He’s been hiding a dark secret since he became the Duke of Sheffield five years earlier. His father’s gambling and bad judgement with his finances has left them broke and Baldwin can no longer keep them afloat. When he discovers three debts of his father’s totaling 5,000 pounds, he decides he must marry for money and fast. His mother brings up the possibility of marrying an American heiress new in town. Unfortunately he mistakes the heiress’s cousin for her and the spark is lit.

Helena Monroe has come to England to be her cousin Charity’s companion while Charity parades herself on the marriage mart. An accidental meeting on a terrace blossoms into a love that Helena never imagined she would know.

I fell in love with Helena’s character instantly. While she was unable to show the world who she was because of her past indiscretion (which wasn’t even her fault), once she’s accepted by Baldwin’s set, she has friends for life. Both Helena and Baldwin put up an obstacle for their futures brought on by their stubborn pride. Their slow progression was frustrating at times and I swear I would’ve smacked each of them at some point, but it really did help in the development of their relationship. There were moments of joy and of heartache, but in the end, the duke won the heart of his lady love.

I am chopping at the bit for the six remaining books in the series releasing in 2018. While this novel can easily be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series thus far. The 1797 Club series is a brilliant idea as a whole and Michaels gives us a five star read with each novel.


The 1797 Club Series

The Daring Duke – James Rylon, Duke of Abernathe

Read my review HERE!

Her Favorite Duke – Simon Greene, Duke of Crestwood 

Read my review HERE!

The Broken Duke – Graham Everly, Duke of Northfields

Read my review HERE!

The Silent Duke – Ewan Hoffstead, Duke of Donburrow

Read my review HERE!

The Duke of Nothing – Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield – January 2018

The Undercover Duke – Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowy – March 2018

The Duke of Hearts – Matthew Cornwallis, Duke of Tyndall – May 2018

The Duke Who Lied – Hugh Margolis, Duke of Brighthollow – August 2018

The Duke of Desire – Robert Smithton, Duke of Roseford – October 2018

The Last Duke – Christopher Collins, Duke of Kingsacre – November 2018

For more info on the series, go http://www.1797club.com and join the club!

About Jess Michaels

USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She watches too much daytime court shows, but just enough Once Upon a Time (CaptainSwan FOR LIFE). She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in a beautiful home on a golf course lake in Northern Arizona.

When she’s not obsessively checking her steps on Fitbit or trying out new flavors of Greek yogurt, she writes erotic historical romances with smoking hot alpha males and sassy ladies who do anything but wait to get what they want. She has written for numerous publishers and is now fully indie and loving every moment of it (well, almost every moment).

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