I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One Night with the Duke by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Orion Publishing Group on August 18, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Regency, Family & Relationships, Love & Romance, History, Europe, Great Britain, Georgian Era (1714-1837), Royalty, General
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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One forbidden night...
It's 1816 and nineteen-year-old Eliza Melrose, daughter of a printing magnate, is about to be launched into London's high society - much to her distaste, the last thing she wants is a husband.
But then she meets the youngest son of the late Duke of Chester, a disgraced nobleman who is shrouded in mystery and proving quite impossible to resist!
As the season begins, Eliza is shocked to discover that she won't even be given the chance to choose her own husband - and that the Melrose family fortune hangs in the balance...
But will she risk everything for just one night with the Duke?
Sexy, scandalous and utterly unputdownable, this is the regency novel you've been waiting for! Jodi Ellen Malpas is now published in more than 25 languages around the world.
One Night with the Duke dazzled with a wholly modern heroine with intensity and wit. Jodie Ellen Malpas proves once again why she has her finger on the pulse of engaging romance stories – she is a genre-busting Cameleon.
It’s been so long since I read a book by Jodi Ellen Malpas. The last being the This Man series. Now…don’t come for me but I daren’t read her other series’ mainly because I didn’t think anything could surpass the perfection of Jesse Ward. I will change that after reading her new release, One Night with the Duke.
Now, this isn’t generally my preferred genre of romance, I haven’t read any regency romances prior to this, but it has indeed opened my eyes and mind to a whole new realm of possibilities. What I loved most about this story was how it had a much-loved modern twist to a historical viewpoint. We had the anguish of women having to stay in their lane as it were. You couldn’t pursue careers that were deemed unladylike, such as Journalism in Eliza Melrose’s case. She doesn’t want to marry and her only purpose to be forced upon her is child rearing and sewing. She wants me from this life, but with the plotting of her newspaper mogul father and a dastardly investor, Lymington, she is being married off to ensure her family’s social standing in the ton.
“Sometimes in this world, Eliza, we, as women of the ton, must do what is expected in order for us to do what is unexpected.”
Eliza Melrose is a formidable female protagonist with unending reserves of spunk, and she refuses to be silenced on matters that are of great importance to her. She knows in which direction her moral compass points and she will not be moved by it. Some might say that she is stubborn, but Eliza just knows her own mind. Marriage isn’t in her horizons, and she refuses to fall in love with just any old rake. All she wants right now is her freedom, the freedom to write news reports for her father’s newspaper, freedom to pick a partner of her choosing.
The arrival of the Duke of Chester after being accused of murdering his entire family has Eliza intrigued. She’s heard the whisperings, about the murders, about his rakish ways; after a memorable meeting, she finds herself attracted to the man with the capricious demeanour. Can she crack his shell, or should she do what is expected of her and stay away and continue the courtship that has been arranged by her father?
Malpas injects her traditional blueprint of alpha male when creating The Duke of Chester, Johnny Winters. He’s controlling, cantankerous, deeply passionate, and fiercely protective. The drama and action pulsed with a heartbeat that brokered no mistake – intentions were clear, and it was just magnificent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“I write for myself. Not what I think people want to read.” ~ JEM
#1 New York Times & Sunday Times Bestselling Author Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in England, where she lives with her husband, her boys, and Theo the Doberman. She is a self-professed daydreamer and has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. After writing in secret for too long, Jodi exploded onto the scene in 2012 with her debut novel This Man, starring the prolific Jesse Ward.
Writing powerful love stories with fierce, memorable characters is her passion – a passion that has taken her on an amazing journey into the limelight of romantic fiction. Her work is now published in more than twenty-five languages across the world.