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Publisher's Summary

A hot historical from five-time USA Today best-selling 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.
©2017 Jesse Petersen (P)2018 Jesse Petersen
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4 out of 5 stars
By kestergayle on 01-13-18

Enjoyable and offbeat

I liked the premise of a mute man finding his way in life, and the idea of a woman who has loved him since childhood.

Ewan, heir to a dukedom, is born mute. As such, he is reviled by his father and eventually given to a loving aunt and uncle to raise. But, the scars of his early childhood remain and inform his life and his choices on a daily basis. These experiences make him very reluctant to offer his heart to anyone.

Charlotte was his childhood friend, who developed a form a sign language with him in order to enable him to communicate more easily with the world. No one else has ever been able to learn it, but it is how Charlotte and Ewan communicate. She is now a young widow, and she and her late husband were never in love; it had been an arranged match. Determined to finally get the man she has always loved, she sets out on a ruthless plan of seduction (She seems pretty sexually enlightened for a young noblewoman of her era, even for a widow, but thereby hangs the tale, I suppose.), regardless of Ewan's efforts to hold her at bay.

He has no wish to subject her to the ridicule and derision he often faces, nor does he wish to pass along his affliction to any progeny. Add to this the fact that his younger brother is determined to usurp the title, it all makes for an interesting little drama.

The sex scenes are pretty hot, but very tender, and the h&H are interesting and sympathetic characters. You can't help but like them and want them to find that HEA. I also liked the extended family and friends of this couple. They (the h&H) have been lifelong friends, so they have many loved ones in common who all love them in return and want them to be happy.

The book is well written and the atmosphere and descriptions are well-executed. The narration is slow, so I sped up the listen to 1.25 and that made it much more 'listenable', if you will. I liked the reader's voice, she just speaks very slowly.

All in all, it was an enjoyable listen and I recommend it to fans of Regency/Victorian/historical romance, and readers who are simply looking for a fun few hours of escape.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Wendy on 01-26-18

I liked the premise of the story the silent Duke.

I like the Story, but the narration was terrible. I almost tossed the book back and got a refund.

I like the fact that Jess Michaels addressed the issue of a character having a handicap. One question I do have, is when was sign with hands invented? Thank you again looking forward to the next in the series.

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