Review: The Duke of Desire

The Duke of Desire

Jess Michaels

The 1797 Club #9

Publisher: The Passionate Pen LLC
Publication date: 18-Sep-2018
Date Started: 20-Jan-2019
Date Finished: 21-Jan-2019
Format: eARC
Pages: 251
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Source: NetGalley


The 9th Book in the beloved 1797 Club series from USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels

Robert Smithton, Duke of Roseford is known for his lusty appetites and his cold, cold heart. Still thanks to his title and his fortune, everyone wants him and he’s bored of it all. He wants something, but he cannot place what exactly that is. Until he meets Katherine, the Countess of Gainsworth.

Married for six months to an old man who died when they were making love, Katherine is just returning to Society. Although scandal follows her, so does interest, as the men of Society wonder about her prowess if it could kill a man. When Robert begins to pursue her, she is horrified. After all, she blames him for the circumstances that sent her into her loveless marriage in the first place.

When Katherine ignores him, Robert only pushes harder and ultimately she begins to wonder if revenge is a dish best served through desire. What she finds when she touches him at last is pleasure unlike any she’s ever known, and a connection she does not wish to feel. Now she must decide if she wants revenge or happiness and Robert must determine if love is worth fighting for.

Length: Full-length novel
Heat Level: Seduction, scandal and lots of sin!

This book is part of a series (The 1797 Club), but can be read as a standalone book. ”



This novel by Jess Michaels was an addictive read! The theme that like father, like son is a fallacy prevailed, and that one should not stifle their passions. This book is about a girl who is forced into an awful marriage by her father, her spouse dies in a scandalous way, and she returns to society. She begins to be approached by men who want her for her scandal and nothing else, and then Roseford comes along. With him comes seduction and love follows.

Katherine, the heroine, is a passionate, self-conscious, lonely individual, and Roseford is afraid of commitment because of his parents failed relationship and he struggles to connect with his married friends.

This was an addictive, easy to read novel that has a very adult romance. I definitely recommend this novel to fans of historical romance.

About the Author

“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.”


I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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