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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Dressmaker's Duke Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: The Dressmaker's Duke by Jess Russell

Author: Jess Russell
Pages: 373
Re-release Date: September 15, 2014

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
: Historical Romance
Presented byRed Moon Book Tours

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antitheses 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 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? 


     The Dressmaker's Duke is a romance about a woman named Olivia. She is a widow who has decided to make her own living as a dressmaker. One day she finds herself selling valuables of her late husband's for money when she runs into Rhys. They are both taken with each other and do their best to ignore the feelings. But fate had different plans for them.

     I don't normally read Historical romances, but I am glad I checked this out. What a beautiful romance Rhys and Olivia shared. I fell in love with them instantly. I fell in love with this book instantly. When I finished this, I went to look for more work from Jess Russell and I was shocked to see this is her debut. You honestly wouldn't be able to tell. The Dressmaker's Duke is so well written. It really grabs you and takes you along for the ride.

     Olivia and Rhys were such a perfect match. They both have their share of demons. It is easy to connect with them and root for them. I love finding characters that seem to breath life into each other. Their scars defined them, but they were able to get past it. This is one of my favorite love stories now. I can't wait to reread this to experience it again. It was just that good.

      I really enjoyed the plot of this story as well. It becomes a great blend of romance and suspense. Something tragic happens to someone Olivia knows and she has to go Rhys again for help. I love where the story goes here and no matter how hard they fight it, Olivia and Rhys always end up in each other's sights. It is so touching seeing them break out of their shells. Rhys is so isolated, he has been called "The Monk". Olivia used to be a lady, but she doesn't seem like it. She has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to show it.

     I think I could talk about this all day. This book was so enthralling. It is nice getting so lost in a book, you don't even pay attention to the time. Russell knows how to make magic with just pen and paper. I am so looking forward to what she has in store for us next. It will be worth the wait. This is not a genre I usually go to, but this was just amazing. Highly recommended.



About Jess Russell

As a girl Jess Russell 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.

Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA. 

THE DRESSMAKER’S DUKE is a muti-award winning novel and now a best seller!

Connect with Jess Russell here:
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Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D