A wonderful story filled with passion, undeniable chemistry and love between an unlikely pair – a Duke and a dressmaker. Both suffer from painful stormy pasts, cracks yet mended as the two headstrong, independent souls attempt to avoid a collision of their hearts.
The attraction between the two protagonists is evident from the start, it slowly builds momentum as they both resist and deny their muted attraction. As the story unravels the reader learns of their tumultuous pasts, both suffering in unknowingly similar ways causing the plot to increase in drama and suspense. Twists and turns fuel the passion as you frantically turn the page to discover the ending.
The plot thickens three quarters of the way through the story as these two reach an impasse of sorts regarding their feelings and attraction towards one another. It’s always exciting when two strong individuals relinquish their power to fate and each other.
Detailed characterization weaves an intricacy to a romantic storyline swiftly building a enthralling theatrical narrative. Romance lovers will appreciate Russell’s deft writing and wily effort.
Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antithesis of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society. But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten. He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind. But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman.
Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman. She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man. Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do. But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.
As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?
Jess Russell, Multi-Award Winning and Best-selling author!
As a girl Jess escaped the world of rigorous ballet class and hideous math homework into the haven of toe wriggling romance novels. She never imagined in her dyslexic brain she would ever come to write one, but one small scene grew into 359 pages, and contest wins, and multiple contract offers. Dreams sometimes do come true, just like the happy ending in the stories she loves.
Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son and disappears to the Catskill Mountains whenever she can. She is a sometime actress, award winning batik artist, and accomplished seamstress. Along with her sewing machine, she loves power tools and, what’s more, she knows how to use them.
Jess is currently working on revamping her Manhattan kitchen as well as writing two other stories, (working titles), Heart of Glass, and Mad for the Marquess. Please check them out in BOOKS.
Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA. THE DRESSMAKER’S DUKE came in first in the Fool for Love Contest, Golden Apple Awards’ Secret Craving Contest, the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest and the Golden Rose Contest (also winning the best of the best). And finaled in the Great Beginnings, Emerald City Opener, and the Lone Star Contests.
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