Book Review: The Daring Duke by Jess Michaels

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A sweet romance at wrapped in a quick read package! The interactions between the hero and heroine were entertaining and kept me reading to find out what they would do next. Emma Liston is a wallflower, a spinster with no hope of attracting the attentions of a grand duke like James Rylon, Duke of Abernathe. It is well known that he has no desire to marry - ever - and Emma is hardly the type to change his mind. When she assists his sister when their drunk mother makes an appearance at a ball, however, James finds that he cannot keep his mind away from the timid girl with the beautiful eyes. He makes an agreement with her, both to satisfy his desire for her and his desire for bachelorhood - he will pretend to court her in order to gain her more suitors and keep the eager mamas away from him. Soon he is seeking her out at every gathering and his desire for her grows. What started out as a sham may turn out to be the love he never knew he needed. Emma and James had great chemistry! I felt very invested in their happiness and was rooting for them from the beginning. James was sincere and compassionate, and Emma was generous and kind. The only thing I was left dissatisfied with was Emma's confidence in herself. It was disconcerting how she still was wondering why James wanted her at the very end of the book. I would have liked to have seen her character grow a bit more. My hope is that we see her in future books (there will be 10 total, after all), and I can see her confidence blossom then. Great start to a series! I'm so glad I will only have to wait a few months for the next book. **I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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