The Silent Duke

The Silent Duke

by Jess Michaels

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The Silent Duke by Jess Michaels

A hot historical from 5 time USA Today bestselling author Jess Michaels

Born mute, Ewan Hoffstead, Duke of Donburrow was abused by his wicked father and wretched younger brothers until an uncle swept in to save the day. Still, he carries the scars of his past with him, including a terrible belief that perhaps a "person like him" truly doesn't deserve the title his uncle fought so hard for him to earn.

Recently widowed Charlotte may be the proper Countess of Portsmith to Society, but when she is around Ewan, she still feels like the enraptured little girl who met him decades before when her brother was best friends with him and his cousin.

A planned trip to spend Christmas with their families at Ewan's estate reunites the old friends. But when a storm keeps the others from arriving on time, Charlotte decides to stop living in fear and pursue the man she has desired and loved her entire life. Ewan cannot resist her seduction, but he fears giving in to his heart. Especially when the family that disposed of him returns and threatens not only his life, but that of the woman he loves.

Length: Full Length Novel (70,000 words)
Heat Level: Might burn your swiping finger

This can be read as a standalone book, but is the fourth book in the 1797 Club series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979379694
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2017
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Silent Duke (The 1797 Club, #4) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
NookBookLady More than 1 year ago
Ewan Hoffstead was born mute. His father abused him and let his younger brothers abuse him too until his uncle stepped in. Evan is now the Duke of Donburrow and feels that he isn't worthy of the title his uncle fought for him to have. Charlotte has loved Ewan since they were young. As a recent widow, Charlotte has nothing to lose. She travels to Ewan's estate to spend Christmas. A storm keeps their friends from arriving so Charlotte takes advantage and seduces Ewan. Ewan cannot resist her but thinks he doesn't deserve her. When his family threatens his life and Charlotte's Ewan has to take action. This was an amazing book. I wanted Ewan to get his HEA when he was introduced in the first novel in this series. I loved the characters and how the characters from the previous books are part of the story. I love this series and can't wait for the next book! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ewan & Charlotte's story is full of twists & turns that make it a good read. You will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Charlotte and Ewan had me crying from beginning to end. This is a must read and I suggest you go back and read the first three books in the series also.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Ever since he could remember his father the Duke of Doburrow has been telling Ewan he was damaged and would end up in an asylum. At ten years old his Aunt and Uncle felt it necessary to take the child from his father before he could do more harm. Ewan may have grown up to be smart and handsome but he never forgot his father words. Charlotte has loved Ewan since they were children and the one time she tried to tell him, he rejected her. Now that she is out of mourning for her husband from an arranged marriage she plans to show Ewan just how she feels about him. Will he let her? This is a sweet, emotional and steamy love story. I loved Ewan and Charlotte and their story.
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
When his own father abused him because of the simple fact that he was mute, Ewan Hoffstead was taken in by his aunt and uncle who taught him how to be a wonderful duke. Along with his friends from The 1797 Club, Ewan became a magnificent Duke of Donburrow, loved by his tenants and friends. Especially, long time friend Charlotte. Charlotte spent a great deal of her childhood with her brother’s silent friend, Ewan. They even made up their own way of communicating through hand signals. When she finally confessed her love for him, Ewan broke her heart. She went on to marry and become the Countess of Portsmith. The marriage was short-lived, now a widow out of mourning, she is going to try again to win Ewan’s heart. When Charlotte arrives first for a holiday house party at Ewan’s estate, she barely beats a horrible storm with major flooding. The rest of the party cannot get to the estate and Charlotte is left alone to seduce the man she loves. The fourth book in The 1797 Club series is just as thrilling and passionate as the other three with it’s own special twist on the friends to lovers troupe. Charlotte never once saw Ewan’s mutism as a hinderance, in fact, I believe that only made him more special to her. Ewan’s feelings for the beguiling Charlotte are evident, but he refuses to see a future between them due to his fear of passing his mutism on to a child. Charlotte has a difficult time convincing Ewan what they have will overcome any obstacle they will face. Men are stubborn and it takes more than a little prodding to get Ewan to see the beautiful future he can have with the woman he loves. Through twists, turns, and vengeful relatives, Ewan and Charlotte find the happily ever after they’ve been craving all their lives. I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Jess Michaels has a way of breaking your heart then roping you in to the story and not letting you go until she has mended hearts and lives to happiness. Ewan Hoffstead, Duke of Donburrow was born mute and berated by his father and mother daily for being born broken until he was ten years old. His father threatened to put him into an asylum and his aunt and her husband stepped in and took him into their home and raised him as one of their own. Charlotte Undercross now the Countess of Portsmith grew up with Ewan and were the best of friends. They created a hand language all their own to communicate faster then Ewan writing everything down. Charlotte and Ewan always had a bond that went above all their other friends. Charlotte knows Ewan is a kind hearted and highly intelligent man but years of mistreatment and harsh words have a way of forming ones thoughts of themselves. Ewan, in his heart knows that he’s not the person his father claimed him to be but years of comments, others actions and fear of passing his mutism to a child has left him set on a path of never marrying. Charlotte has one last chance before going back on the marriage mart to convince Ewan that they are meant to be together but walls built years ago may be to high to climb and to strong to crumble.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
This is my first exposure to this series and the author. I also want to say, this is the first time I've actually wanted to reach through a book and choke the villains with my bare hands! I fell in love with both Charlotte and Ewen in the first chapter. Clearly both are in love with each other and yet Charlotte has to fight for a chance of their HEA! It was lovely seeing Ewens family and friends showing their own love and support for him in the story. I will admit I'll be searching out the previous books in the series and catching up on everyone's story from the beginning! I'd like to thank NetGalley for the advanced readers copy!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Loved, Loved, Loved, Ewan and Charlotte's story!!! Charlotte and Ewan had been the best of friends for years. They were so close that they developed hand signals for Ewan to communicate with Charlotte since Ewan as a mute. I really like friend to lover romances and this one was top notch!! Hearing Ewan's history as we go through the story just broke my heart! Michael's definitely knows how to pull the heart strings of the reader. This is definitely one of Michaels best books to date and I would definitely recommend reading it (plus the other books in the series, LOL!)
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Michaels had to have known she was creating something special. I knew from the moment I read the blurb this story was meant for me. The Silent Duke is so much bigger than a seductive romance. It is a story of one man's struggle to be heard, despite unspeakable heartache. Told so masterfully through the eyes of courageous and the soul of love, this tale speaks to the heart on so many levels and is as inspiring as it is gut wrenching. Ewan is the ultimate survivor because he made it through ever obstacle with his soul intact and finally made it home. His was a voice meant to be heard and together Ewan and Charlotte found a love that was unstoppable.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Silent Duke by Jess Michaels 1797 Club #4 Ten teens at boarding school form a club to assist one another as they grow into their positions of being dukes one day - The 1797 Club - this series is already plotted out to have ten volumes starring the ten original members of the club. Over the years a bond stronger and closer, in some ways, than that of blood brothers is formed. In each book of the series we find out what has become of the members of the club and who they will find their HEA with. Charlotte has known Ewan since she was seven and he was ten. She was there when his father gave him away to his uncle and aunt and at that point comforted him. Mute and unable to speak many, including his father, considered him “damaged” but Charlotte, Ewan’s uncle and aunt and the 1797 Club saw him as more and made him part of their lives. His pain from the first ten years of his life lingered for a long time, though, and impacted his beliefs about the possibilities for his future. Charlotte is just coming out of the mourning period after being widowed and is going to try one more time to have the man she truly loves, Ewan. She heads to his home for the holidays and due to bad weather the two of them are isolated for a few days and that gives them time to explore more than they have before. When the weather clears, family appears, and evil arrives…well…there is a lot going on and a lot for the two to contend with if they are to achieve a HEA together. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It made me think about what it must have been like to be “different” long ago and wonder how people managed. I am eager to read whoever’s book is next. I should probably throw in here that I stayed up till 2am reading because…I could not put this story down ;) Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars