Graham: The Broken Duke

Graham: The Broken Duke

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A Special Illustrated Edition of The Broken Duke by 10 time USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels

This beautiful special edition of The Broken Duke (1797 Club 3) includes gorgeous photographs by Jenn LeBlanc in every chapter. The text hasn’t changed, but the images will enhance the reader experience.

Adelaide Longford is London’s most overlooked bluestocking wallflower and that is fine by her. Being ignored gives her the perfect opportunity to sneak out and secretly take on the persona of the most celebrated actress of the day, Lydia Ford. The thrill of walking the boards and hearing the applause of those who watch her is the most exciting experience of her life.

Until Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield comes into her life. He is broken after the humiliating loss of his longtime fiancé to his supposed best friend and they enter into a lusty affair which sets her body on fire. Graham has no idea why he’s so attracted to both the bespectacled, prickly Adelaide and the passionate Lydia, but soon he is caught in a dance with them both and torn between which future he wants to pursue.

When Graham finds out Adelaide’s secret identity will he be able to accept both parts of her? And will he be able to save her from a lurking danger that neither of them could have ever foreseen?

Length: Full-Length Novel (70,000 words)

Fully Illustrated: Yep, some of the pictures even include abs.

Heat Level: eyebrow waggle

This book is part of a series (The 1797 Club) but can be read as a standalone novel. A non-illustrated version of The Broken Duke is also available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947770195
Publisher: Passionate Pen LLC
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 1,103,827
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Graham: The Broken Duke 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel 8 days ago
Adelaide Longford is London’s most overlooked bluestocking wallflower and that is fine by her. Being ignored gives her the perfect opportunity to sneak out and secretly take on the persona of the most celebrated actress of the day, Lydia Ford. The thrill of walking the boards and hearing the applause of those who watch her is the most exciting experience of her life. Until Graham Everly, Duke of Northfield comes into her life. He is broken after the humiliating loss of his longtime fiancé to his supposed best friend and they enter into a lusty affair which sets her body on fire. Graham has no idea why he’s so attracted to both the bespectacled, prickly Adelaide and the passionate Lydia, but soon he is caught in a dance with them both and torn between which future he wants to pursue. When Graham finds out Adelaide’s secret identity will he be able to accept both parts of her? And will he be able to save her from a lurking danger that neither of them could have ever foreseen? This was a really great story. I loved it from start to finish. Adelaide is definitely a bit different from a lot of the other heroine’s in historical romances and I absolutely loved her! I really felt bad for Graham and everything he had been through. I did read the first book in this series and loved it just as much. I’m fast becoming a fan of this author. I can’t wait to read more! I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
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.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
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 illustrations 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! 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!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
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
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Michaels prides herself on appealing to the senses. She seduces with words, stirs up the heart and intrigues with captivating mysteries. Each story is unique and her style is ever evolving. With Graham: The Broken Duke, she gives readers a chance to revisit her unforgettable characters in a whole new way. Graham and Adelaide are back, but this time around they have become a feast for more than the emotions. Ms. Michaels finally puts an image with the mental picture. Same great story with a little something extra. A fascinating way to experience romance.