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    Wonderful Illustrated Romance Adventure!

    I follow Jess Michaels on social media because she is one of my favorite authors. I was sad when her 1797 Club series came to an end, but loved every minute reading about the dashing dukes and the ladies they fell for. We got a short story expanding on The Silent Duke for Christmas, so I was hopeful that we might get a few more glimpses into the 1797 world. I was beyond ecstatic when I saw that Jess was working on an illustrated version of The Broken Duke. For those of you who didn’t read Graham’s story when the original came out, he is featured in the third book of the series. After he was thrown over by his long-time fiancé, Meg, to one of his best friends, Simon, Graham has spiraled into a deep depression. While he did not love Meg, the betrayal from Simon cut deep. Pressured to return to the real world, Graham joins a few friends for a night at the theater where he becomes enchanted with the lead actress, Lydia Ford. Adelaide Longford, aka Lydia Ford, is the daughter of an earl by day and an actress treading the boards by night. After her parents deaths, Adelaide is taken in by her maiden aunt, Lady Opal. To get away from the strict and sometimes cruel treatment from her aunt, Adelaide escapes to the stage. When Graham comes to meet Lydia back stage, his desire is solidified. The next night, Graham meets Adelaide in her own persona. When Michaels described how Adelaide looked as herself and as Lydia, I could see how Graham might not see they were one in the same. These pictures bring Adelaide to life and clearly show how he would never make the connection. Models Courtney Rood and Drew Leighty bring vibrant light to an already brilliant story. While I was reading this on my kindle, I bookmarked all the pictures with a note saying what I felt the pictures were showing me. Some were tagged “Sweet Adelaide” and “Graham’s Yummy Backside”. A picture about 3/4 of the way in, I tagged “True Love”. I remember smiling with happy tears in my eyes. This story transformed on the pages before me. Not only did it bring The Broken Duke to life, it brought forth other images in my mind of the couple throughout the rest of the series. I can see them clearly in another novel where they were being naughty and didn’t know a pair was hiding behind the drapes. Thank you Jess Michaels for compiling this version of Graham: The Broken Duke! Thank you to the talented photographer, Jen LeBlanc, and the outstanding models, Courtney Rood and Drew Leighty. I wish she could do this for all her novels, but I am overjoyed she got to do Graham and Adelaide’s story first. Even if you’ve already read the initial version, these photos make the story really come alive and is worth another dozen reads. I received Graham: The Broken Duke for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Illustrated Historical Romance

    Graham: The Broken Duke by by Jess Michaels An Illustrated Romance with photos by Jenn LeBlanc The 1797 Club #3 This series grabbed me from book one and kept me interested throughout. Seeing this book come up on NetGalley had me hoping for a copy immediately because this is the only book I managed not to find a copy of. So, when I an illustrated copy was listed for review purposes I clicked the button and then hoped and prayed for a copy to be bequeathed to me. Graham is one of the 1797 Club – a group of ten young men that forged an alliance in their early teens – the club was to provide support in any and all ways as they matured and eventually became Dukes. The stories tell of their pasts, their friendships and how they come to find their life partners. We meet up with Graham in a pub drinking away his sorrows. Two of his friends come to draw him out of the doldrums he has wallowed in for two months. He is feeling pain of betrayal at the hands of one of his brothers – a dlub-brother who “stole” his fiance of seven years – and stole her in a way that has society gossiping and staring if and when he is out and about in it. The loss of his friend might hurt him more than the loss of his fiance, if he is honest with himself. So, off Graham goes to the theater with a preference to not watch the show but to return to the pub instead when a vision walks out on stage and he is smitten. This is a story of Graham being attracted to two women from opposite social statuses and being in conflict with himself over this fact. It is also the story of the woman who is both of these women and her feelings while being pursued by a man who wants both of her personas...and then feeling jealous of one or the other of those women when she is in the garb of the other. This story includes topics of abuse, romance, friendship, murder and more. It has some surprises and held my interest throughout. Did I like this book? Definitely Did I enjoy the illustrations? Yes Would I like to read more books by this author? Without a doubt! Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Brilliant

    London at the Theatre: Graham leaned in to his friend Ewan and whispered,"Who is she?" Ewan answered in a note "Lydia Ford. She's the toast of the London Theatre at present. The reason why everyone wants to see this play." "Lydia," Graham repeated. "Beautiful," he whispered.. paraphrased and the moment Graham saw the actress on the stage. But all is not as it appears, as "Lydia" is also Lady Adelaide, a bluestocking wallflower in her everyday life until she transforms on the stage! What Graham does not realize is that he has met Adelaide before but does not put the two together. Thus begins a dance between the two of roaring emotions and unbridled passion. But what will happen when he realizes these two ladies are the same? A brilliant story with the most amazing Photos that took reading to a different level!! I hope this takes off because it really brought the story to even more life if that were possible! As you turn the pages and read a passage, there is a photo of "Graham and Adelaide" in a pose depicting that scene. It is hard to describe the feelings it brings about but it was perfect! Jess Michaels is at her best with this story of redemption and finding love when least expected. Her stories always pull me in quickly with her gift of bringing the characters to life (especially with the illustrations!) and giving the reader everything needed in a historical romance. Intrigue, passion, deception, forgiveness and love. Do not miss this book. Even if you have read it before, it takes on a totally different level that will leave you breathless!
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    Great story!!!

    Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield has had his heart broken by his longtime fiancée and his best friend. Graham deserves a happy ending and here’s to hoping he finds it with Lady Adelaide Longford. Adelaide Longford a wallflower daughter of the former Earl of Longford knows she has a reputation to protect, but as a wallflower no one really notices her. She decides to secretly take on the persona of Lydia Ford a celebrated actress on the London stage. The applause has been the most exciting thing in her life that is until Graham walks into her life and their sizzling passion set her on fire. Graham he can’t understand why he’s so attracted to both lady Adelaide and Lydia and soon he’s torn between which one to peruse a future with. What will happen when Graham finds out about Adelaide’s secret life, will he ever trust her again? Graham loves both sides of Adelaide the wallflower and the passionate woman can he withstand another mistrust by someone he has grown to care about? I loved the picture illustrations in this book they really added another element to my reading pleasure see the black and white pictures. Read this great story to see if he forgive her and risk his heart again to find his HEA!!! This is my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.
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    Lydia and Grahme

    This book is a re release of a previous book. This difference is there are illustrations. I'm not sure how I felt about the pictures in the book. At first I absolutely didn't like them. Then they kind of grew on me. I think I'd still prefer to formulate a picture of the hero and heroine in my mind. As for the story itself, it was very good. It's the story of Grahme, Duke, who was jilted by his fiancee for his best friend. Lady Adelaide, daughter of an Earl, is a spinster, a Wallflower. She is also leading a double life, a secret one, as an actress named Lydia. It's at the theatre where Grahme finds himself intrigued by Lydia. It's at a ball the following night where Adelaide helps him out of a sticky situation, garnering his attention. Grahme cannot understand why he is attracted to 2 women who are totally opposite of each other. Finding out leads to alot of adventures.
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