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Title: The Other Duke
Written by Jess Michaels
Series: The Notorious Flynns #1
Published by The Passionate Pen
Publication Date: 2015-01-15
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Challenge
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. Since, however, 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.
“A refreshing take on the marriage of convenience trope!”
The Other Duke opens the new Notorious Flynns series written by Jess Michaels and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a refreshing take on the marriage of convenience trope popular in Historical Romance stories but adds a new flavor to it with the tortured heroine!
Serafina MacPhee has been betrothed to the Duke of Hartholm since she was a child. She has also been dreading her wedding to the loathsome Cyril, current Duke of Hartholm, her betrothed when the unthinkable happens, Cyril dies and she is FREE. Well, almost because she finds out that the betrothal document does NOT state the name of the Duke she was to marry BUT the Duke of Hartholm, who now happens to be Cyril’s cousin and rake, Raphael Flynn!
Raphael “Rafe” Flynn detests being a Duke but grudgingly accepts his fate for his family. He has no plans to marry Serafina or anyone at all but is unable to invalidate the betrothal document. He reluctantly agrees to marry Serafina when she proposes that they have a marriage of convenience. When both hero and heroine are thrown together in close and intimate settings, Rafe and Serafina start to fall in love with each other. That is until a shattering secret threatens to tear the two lovers apart.
I love the chemistry between Serafina and Rafe. Both were very likable characters and I was able to relate to them right away. One of the reasons that I enjoyed reading this story was the addition to the tortured heroine! In this story, it is the heroine, Serafina who has a dark and unloved past while Rafe comes from a family full of love and happiness. I love that despite being rumored to be a rake, Rafe doesn’t appear to be one in this story because the focus was on Serafina.
The only negative thing that I found is that The Other Duke is predictable. There wasn’t a lot of thrill or surprise in the story at all. I also did not like the cover for this book. Unfortunately, the heroine looks like she is smelling something…..in THAT area!
I read this book in one night and I definitely recommend this to those who want their historical romance extra spicy!