Project Duchess (Duke Dynasty #1) by Sabrina Jeffries
Release Date: June 25th
Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes a sparkling new series about an oft-widowed mother’s grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all . . .
A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .
Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn’t exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest “project” schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey’s charms to his wounded heart, she’s having trouble keeping him at arm’s length. But once Grey starts digging into her family’s secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .
Review: So many new and wonderful characters in this new series and I can’t wait for more; each more interesting and dynamic than the next. The first book in the series has the Duke of Greycourt, or Grey for short, and Beatrice, the poor relation who is in charge of organizing his step-father’s funeral. The moment they meet, sparks fly, and not the types of sparks that lead to passion…yet. He is rude and takes her for an undertaker’s daughter trying to scam his family, and she doesn’t let his rudeness go unchallenged. Loved their first interaction and it sets the stage for each one after that, where passionate sparks fly. She is outspoken, independent, witty, and intelligent and he doesn’t know how to handle a woman who isn’t cowed by him. She finds him pompous and arrogant, and rude, but also can’t keep her eyes off of him during her coming-out lessons. And they can’t keep their hands to themselves, either. Together they have to figure out if his step father was murdered; her uncle, who died months ago, was murdered; and if so, by whom? I enjoyed their story, it is classic Sabrina Jeffries Regency: passionate, with strong characters and plot and it is the start to what is going to be a great new series. I look forward to more.