James Rylon, the Duke of Abernathe, was the unwanted heir. He forms the 1797 Club consisting of ten friends who are going to be dukes. The club members support each other and help teach James what he needs to know to be the Duke.
Emma Liston is an wallflower that needs to be married. Her father has been absent for a while, but every time he returns, he brings a new scandal. When he returns, her chance for marriage will be gone.
Emma meets Lady Margaret, James' sister, at a ball and they become fast friends after Emma helps them with their mother. Margaret invites Emma to a country party. James realises that he can help Emma and develops a plot to pretend he is interested in Emma so she can gain the attention of others.
Along the way, James realises that he is attracted to Emma to the point he doesn't want another man to have her. When her father returns with disturbing news, can James truly save her?
This is a great beginning to the 1797 Club Series! I loved James, Emma and Margaret. (I can't wait for Margaret to get her HEA.) I wanted to smack Emma's mother for how she treated Emma. The best part of the ending was how James put Mrs. Liston in her place!
I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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