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  • Excellent - Can't wait for book 4

    The Matter of a Marquess by Jess Michaels The Duke’s By-Blows #3 Second chances for happy endings are not easily come by so when Nicholas and Aurora meet again it is anyone’s guess whether or not the two will be able to work through the past to make a future together. What I liked: * Aurora: a wonderful caring person that loves deeply, cares for her friends and has made some decisions that have changed her life. I liked her and liked her with Nicholas. * Nicholas: a man who protects those he cares for, does what is right and is (usually) in control of his emotions. I liked him and liked him with Aurora. * Robert: a truly kind and giving man that has brought his by-blow half siblings into a family they are creating together – loved his wife, too. * Fortescue – a wonderful dog :) * The way the main leads eventually worked through what happened in the past, dealt with issues in the present and came up with a solution for the future. * The mature way Nicholas and Aurora chose to discuss rather than pout, flounce, and shout. * Having a chance to catch up with the couples in the previous books and the setup for book four. * The high regard Nicholas had for the man who raised and called him son. * Wondering if perhaps we will see Aurora’s brother in a story of his own in the future. * The way the story was written. * Knowing there is another book in the series to look forward to. What I did not like: * The fathers of both Aurora and Nicholas – truly reprehensible characters * Being reminded that even today women without means often have no other option but to rely on their bodies to pay the rent. Did I enjoy this book? Definitely! Would I read more in this series? As soon as a book is available! Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen, LLC. for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • Too Hot to Put Down!

    When Jess Michaels writes you should take notes because you know it will be good and this book is no exception. The Matter of a Marquess is book three in her series The Duke's By-Blows and it doesn't disappoint. It can be read as a stand alone but it is better read in the series as you understand more of the characters and their relationships. Nicholas Gillingham is the oldest sibling and rightful heir but he is illegitimate. Raised as the son of a servant, he was schooled alongside the employer's children Thomas and Aurora. Nicholas falls in love with Aurora and they plan to marry until he sees her with another man. Believing that he has been thrown over, Nicholas joins the army. The story picks up with Aurora's disgrace. She is alone with no money, no husband and now no reputation. Nicholas' sister-in-law, Katherine, comes to the aid of Aurora and invites her to their house party. The same party being thrown for Nicholas to help him acquire a title from the Prince Regent for his bravery on the battlefield. Nicholas and Aurora meet after nine years later and sparks fly. This book will make you laugh, cry, be angry, sigh, and any number of other emotions. I absolutely loved this book. I received this book from Netgalley but they in no way influenced my review.

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  • Good Golly Ms. Molly…Nicholas was everything

    ****** Overall Rating: 5 I simply love this series Stars Kindle Unlimited: No Standalone: Yes Steam: 3 there is some steamy times but there is more story than steam flames! ****** When I read Heart of a Hellion, I met Nicholas, and from the minute I met him, I knew I needed his story. Quiet, closed off, injured war hero; I just knew his story and secrets would be good. Though he was only in book 2 for a moment, he captured my attention. In book three, I get to learn so much more about Mr. Gillingham and what makes him tick. <img src="https://i.gifer.com/4kuZ.gif" height="200" /> Nicholas is yet another one of the previous Duke of Roseford's “by-blows”; Nicholas was raised by his mother and a man she later married, the Earl of Bramwell’s Man of Affairs. The man raised Nicholas as his own in the Earl of Bramwell's house. Nicholas was raised next to the Earl’s children a son and daughter. A young Nicholas, fell in love with the Earl's daughter Aurora, and wanted to marry her. One day he went to her father and told him his plans. That night he lost his love to another man...he left that night for the Army. The handsome, quiet Nicholas became a war hero and exhibited extreme bravery that left him severely injured saving his friends lives. It has taken him two years to literally get back on his feet and he may never be 100%. Nicholas has a lot of scars, both inside and out. <img src="https://i.gifer.com/9wxy.gif" width="200” /> Because of his bravery, there is talk that the Prince may bestow a title on him of Marquess of Songstrum. It seems that Nicholas is finally going to have everything he always wanted (well almost everything), he will be in control of his own life, he will be his own man with power and control. His half-brother the current Duke of Roseford feels it is best to have a party at his estate with some very important and notable Aristocrats so Nicholas can get his name out there and let people meet him...sort of pave the way to title hood. But of course, that would be too simple. Nine years later, it looks like our two young lovers will be running into each other again. <img src="https://i.gifer.com/EdUn.gif" width="200" /> We meet Aurora as she is searching for her best friend in the sleaziest of sleaze brothel. Her friend Imogen has been missing and Aurora is determined to find her. Both women are down on their luck after their husbands both died just months apart, leaving them penniless. They have bonded over terrible marriages and become close and the deaths of their husbands made them closer. But Imogen’s situation was dire, so she went in search of a protector…in the wrong place. Aurora dons a disguise as she goes to look for Imogen, but unfortunately, someone grabs her thinking she is a working girl and as she wrestles away, she loses her disguise...and at that point she loses her reputation. It does not matter why she is there; she is now doomed in societies eyes. <img src="https://i.gifer.com/4Vuy.gif" width="200" /> After the event she runs into Katherine, the Duke or Roseford's wife, who has a heart of gold and tells her the whole story and Katherine invites her to the Duke of Roseford's estate for the party. Aurora is sure it will be fine as she has heard Nicholas never attends family functions. I feel an unexpected meeting about to happen! Yep, after nine years, Aurora and Nicholas are about to run into each other again....and not only that, they are the only two single people at the party. <img src="https://i.gifer.com/ZIyk.gif" width="400" /> This story was fantastic, there are twists, turns, betrayals, truths, steam, and love. Swoon. There were points I held my breath and there were points when I wanted to yell at one or both of our main characters, and then there were points were my heart felt like it would just explode. By the end of the book I was more in love with Nicholas and had fallen in love with Aurora. Will two first loves be able to find love again? Can they let the past hurts go and move forward? Can Nicholas get his title if he associates himself with Aurora with her reputation in tatters? I will not tell you will have to read the book. What I will tell you, is you will not be disappointed and that there is another by-blow...Mr. Oscar Fitzhugh....ohhhhh myyy gooodness, he has a story to tell and I am already counting down to his story. This book/series gets all my recommendations. If you are looking for an easy to read, entertaining, second chance love story with some steam times and a great story. Look no further, this is the book for you! <img src="https://nicolesorandom.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/recommended.jpg" width="150" />

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  • Another lovely entry in series

    This is another lovely entry in the retitled Duke's By-Blows series. This is Nicholas' story: the war hero who we discover was pushed onto the battlefield by a misunderstanding in his past and things weren't exactly what they seem. This felt like two different books at times. The pace starts off slow, as Nicholas and Aurora dance around each other at a house party all while avoiding the conversation that they needed to have to resolve the main conflict of the relationship. At first, I was thinking this just needed to be a novella. But then the conversation happens and the book deepens with its conflicts, and I absolutely loved that. Nicholas, for all of his stoicism, shows that he did need to mature in key ways. The second half of the story is very much a wild ride, but a very enjoyable one, and it left me practically salivating for the next book in the series. Beyond the romantic relationship, this book shows the absolute strength that Jess Michaels has in writing familial relationships. The relationship between Nicholas and his siblings is beautifully explored, and it very refreshing to see a father figure that is loving and not abusive. I feel like this is an exception rather than the norm in the genre. These relationships, more than anything, make the book shine.

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  • A historical second chance

    A historical second chance. Aurora and Nicholas share a past. For many years, they have lived very different lives. She married another and he went to war. Their future is complicated by the past and their circumstances. Nicholas’ circumstances have changed drastically l. So has Aurora’s. Complicated, steamy with a helping of angst.

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