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  • A Satisfying Slow-Burn

    This was a solid 4 stars read for me. Elizabeth has led a sheltered life after being privately ruined by an unscrupulous man, a few years ago. So the last thing she wants is a rogue coming onto her brother's staff. The more she gets to know him, the more drawn she becomes to Morgan. Morgan is the bastard son of a duke and a courtesan. He's led a wildish life. He wakes up in Newgate and finds his estranged brother there to get him out, but he has to promise to start being responsible and to get his life together by taking on a job as a Man of Affairs for a friend. Elizabeth intrigues him and he knows he should stay away but he just can't. I really enjoyed the time Morgan spent getting to know Elizabeth. He spends time observing her and noticing how she holds herself outside from the group gathered at her brother's estate. He knows that something happened in her past. And Morgan goes about trying to help her. I loved that this was a little slow burn. And once he finds out what has made her uneasy around men, he takes the time to show her how she should be cared for. Can't wait to see the next book in the series. ARC provided by Victory Editing via NetGalley

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  • Great Story

    The Love of a Libertine by Jess Michaels The Duke’s Bastards #1 What if your father was a selfish lord that took what he wanted when he wanted to and ended up with children that are half siblings but don’t know one another all that well? And, what if the lord’s son, now a duke, has decided to become friends with his half siblings and those half siblings are less than impressed with the idea? Well, if that were to happen then you might have the makings of an interesting series and that is just what I believe this series will be. Robert has bailed Morgan out again and this time suggests he work as a man of affairs for a friend of his. So, Morgan agrees and heads off to start his job. The first person he notices…REALLY notices…is Elizabeth, his employer’s sister. Morgan is taken with Lizzie but is there any way the two can or should be together with the gap in social status and the back stories they carry…that is the question. What I liked: *Elizabeth: a good woman that made a mistake and has lived with it for four years. She fears gossip, is shy and sometimes referred to as a mouse but if that is so then she is one of the mice that roared. * Morgan: a man who has a checkered past. He is intelligent, musical, artistic, and perfect for Lizzie. * Hugh: Elizabeth’s brother who is there for her no matter what. He seems to have forgotten she is an adult and tries to wrap her in cotton * Robert: Morgan’s brother is a rake that settled down with the right woman. He cares about his half siblings and wants the best life for them. * Ewan: Loved seeing him again along with the three wives of the dukes in this story * The idea of how one’s past can have such a huge impact on people * The way Morgan and Lizzie were there for one another. REALLY liked their story! What I did not like: * Aaron…the man in Lizzie’s past. It was so easy to dislike him! * Having to say goodbye to the characters in the book and having to wait to find out who will star in book two of the series. Did I enjoy this book? Definitely Would I read more in this series? Without a doubt Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen, LLC for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • 1st book in a new series

    This is the 1st book in a new series by Jess Michaels called The Duke's Bastards. It is a stand alone book. But to better appreciate both main characters, reading the last 2 books of the 1797 Club series ties right in with these 2. This is a story about 2nd chances in life. The heroine, Lizzie, at the age of 16, was seduced by a fortune hunter and ruined her reputation and future for a happily married life. Morgan, is the bastard son of a Duke. He is a rake and a libertine. Both feel they are undeserving of love. Both are looking for a fresh start in life. They gravitate toward each other. They both recognize in each other the hurt that has haunted each of them. They help each other try to attain a better life. In the midst of this love grows. I really enjoyed this book. I felt the connection between these 2 main characters immediately. I also like revisiting many of the characters from the 1797 Club. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Great New Series

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Love of a Libertine by Jess Michaels is the first book in her new series The Duke’s Bastards. It has ties to her 1797 Club series, specifically book eight, which is about the heroine’s brother and book nine, which is about the hero’s brother. When Morgan Banfield wakes up bruised and hungover in Newgate, he’s not sure that he wants help from his estranged half brother, the Duke of Roseford. Still, he does know that he needs a change, and maybe taking the opportunity offered by his brother to become the man of affairs for the Duke of Brighthollow is what he needs. Lady Elizabeth Margolis eloped to Scotland with a man who turned out to be a total bounder, rescued by her brother before they could wed, she has retreated from society and finds it difficult to trust that a man could want her and not her dowry. When Morgan takes on the task of helping her with plans for a garden at her brother’s estate, their attraction to each other grows, but her fears and Morgan's past mean that the path to HEA is a rocky one. As always, Jess Michaels writes an engrossing story with characters that you can’t help but cheer for. Medium Steam. Publishing Date May 19, 2020. #bookstagram #TheLoveOfALibertine #NetGalley #JessMichaels #HistoricalRomance #ThePassionatePen

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  • Strong sensible characters, good plot.

    This was a solid story about redemption. Both the main male character, Morgan, and the main female character, Lizzie, have made major missteps in their short lives. They are wary of the strong attraction they feel for each other and know that acting on it will only delay any progress they can make to improve their reputations. There is plenty of action in this story, which drives the plot and helps our couple achieve their Happy Ever After. I enjoyed reading and look forward to future stories about the peripheral characters.

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