Also in this series: Project Duchess
Series: Duke Dynasty #1
Published by Zebra on February 25, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries features an irresistible family in a series to savor, as the grown children of a thrice-married dowager duchess piece together the stories of their fathers--while pursuing passions of their own . . .
Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family's reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it's Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate's gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it's torment to be so very close to the beauty he's fought to ignore . . .
With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel's attempts to sabotage her--or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can't resist . . .
The Bachelor is the latest release from Sabrina Jeffries and such a fun and sweet read this turned out to be. From the first book of the series “Project Duchess” we gain so much learning about this pairing and I was so happy to see that this author Sabrina Jeffries definitely crafted such beauty that is within this story. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from their story but I knew this author wouldn’t disappoint me and she definitely endeared me even more with this story.
Lady Gwyn Drake has been keeping a secret from her family in order to protect them. But she is paying a heavy price for it. When her blackmailer, a man she once had a affair with, she is determined to stand up to and in so doing is in a difficult situation when he threatens and manhandles her and then Joshua Wolfe appears and satisfies the situation but realizes that Gwyn needs protection and an arrangement is agreed upon between Joshua and her brother the Duke. Gwyn and Joshua have had an attraction to each other and now that they are in such close proximity….that attraction between them is only expounded upon. But will Gwyn’s secrets harm their relationship or will the unveiling only build their intimacy?
The Bachelor was such a charming and delightful romp of a romance, I truly had such a fun time with these characters and this family we got to see in book one. We see so much more depths to both of these characters. With Joshua, his temper and injuries from being in the military and new opportunities that rise up for him. Then we have lovely Gwyn, who is strong and passionate but tends to carry her loads on her shoulders alone and keeps secrets from those who love her the most. We see how Gwyn has to learn to truly trust. She has been hurt and betrayed and there are wounds that are still festering. What I truly became endeared most by was seeing her growth in discovering her own capabilities and learning to trust not only in Joshua but in love again.
Overall I found The Bachelor to be a sweet and sexy adventure of thrills, dares, delightful bantering that strikes a chord in the heart and delivers a beautiful story of redemption and healing!