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The Undercover Duke

(The 1797 Club #6)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  84 reviews
The sixth steamy book in The 1797 Club from USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels.

Lucas Vincent may be the Duke of Willowby but he’s never acted as such. He’s been too busy working for the War Department as a spy. But years of dangerous work has finally caught up to him and he was involved in a violent attack that nearly killed him. Forced home, his angry, aggressive desire
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by The Passionate Pen
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Barbara Rogers
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog, netgalley
Series: The 1797 Club #6
Publication Date: 3/27/18

Another winning read in Jess Michael’s 1797 Club series. This one is slightly different simply because we have never met this particular member of the club before and the members of the club don’t show up at all until we’re about half-way through the book. That was kind of nice because we got the opportunity to know the main characters before we started interacting with the other members of the club. That said, I think I would have enjoyed a bit m
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 -3 stars

This was a mixed read for me, where I essentially liked the characters individually and together as a couple, but I struggled with the pacing of the storyline, how events played out and connections that were acted on rather fast.

This book takes a trope I really enjoy ‘the wounded duke’, so I was excited to read about Lucas Willoughby. Lucas was a spy for the government and injured in espionage trying to unroot a traitor. His long-time friend and surgeon is killed. Months later he is
Candy Briggs
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowby, has been injured during a mission and has almost died. It has been six months and he still hasn't healed. Diana Oakford has been trained by her father, who is a doctor for the War Dept. She is asked to step in and see if she can help Lucas.
What great characters, they are so believable and vivacious. The plot is complicated, there are all kinds of twists to this story. There is danger, intrigue, and lies. I really enjoyed their first kiss and how it affected both
Showie Ford
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is lovely. It truly is. You really need to start at the beginning and read all the way through. Each story has something to treasure in it.

I LOVE spy novels. Especially historical ones. I also have a major weakness for “wounded warrior” stories. The injured soldier is my favorite troupe. This story was both, and I loved it. I mean, I’m still sitting here fanning myself. Whew. That was a good one.

They started by off rushing to bed quickly, and it was a little off putting for me. Not b
Carla Derrick
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner from Jess Michaels!!!

After tragedy strikes while on a mission Lucas needs healing, physically and mentally. As the daughter of a well known surgeon familiar with the ways of spies, Diana is the perfect person for the job. From the start these two had great chemistry that quickly boiled into something more.

It was nice having a different kind of heroine with Diana . The fact that she was a respected young women, but far from society was refreshing.
Both, Lucas and Diana, had secrets
Shell Cunliffe
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I make no apologises for the gushing review, I've said it before and I'm going to say it again, this series is fantastic and just gets better and better.

I found this book slightly different to the other books, when I mean different that's good not bad. Because this book concentrates on Lucas and Diana, which for reasons that will be explained, we find out why he became a spy, and why they both have secrets.

Normally the other dukes and their wife's are in the background but in this one they don't
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Betrayal and healing____ 3.5 stars

Death and sadness pursue Diana Oakford. A young woman with deep hurts and secrets, she is the daughter of a physician who worked with the War Department until his death when assisting in a mission to uncover a traitor amongst the Departments spies.
Lucas Vincent, the Duke of Willowby, has never taken up the reins of his titled position. Harboring deep secrets himself, he had thrown himself into a career as a spy for the government. He was badly injured when his
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lukas may be the Duke of Willowby, but in name only. He joined the war department and became a spy before he took over his duties. Leaving the only life he knew behind him for the excitement of being an undercover spy has left him battered and broken. He is trying to recover from a vicious attack and the daughter of his dead comrade, Diana Oakland, might be his saving grace.

I loved this book, it is definitely my favorite in this series so far. Lukas is everything you want in a leading man. He is
Sheila Melo
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

FINAL DECISION: I enjoyed this book because of the relationship between Lucas and Diana. Some of the historical reality was lacking, but the cautious and slow unfolding of these characters made this book an enjoyable journey.

THE STORY: Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowby, has been a spy for the crown for years. Grievously injured in his last assig
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In February 1811 Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowby secretly a spy and working for the War Department knew something was wrong. While trying to flush out a traitor to king and country Lucas notices his good friend and surgeon George Oakford hiding in the bushes too but in trying to kill the traitor Lucas gets shot instead and George is instantly killed. In fall of 1811 Lucas has been slowly healing when George’s daughter Diana is asked by the superior of the Department to take care and heal Lucas. ...more
Tracy Emro
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowby is the youngest of the 1797 Club dukes and the most reclusive. He has not been a character in the previous books and has only been mentioned in passing by the other dukes. This book opens with Lucas being gravely injured along and his dear friend and surgeon for the war department, George Oakford being killed.

Six months later, Spymaster, Lord Stalwood comes to see Diana Oakford, George's daughter. He needs her help, Lucas is still alive, but his wounds have not he
Cathy Geha
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Undercover Duke by Jess Michaels
1797 Club #6

Ten teens at boarding school form a club to assist one another as they grow into their positions of being dukes one day - The 1797 Club - this series is already plotted out to have ten volumes starring the ten original members of the club. Over the years a bond stronger and closer, in some ways, than that of blood brothers is formed. In each book of the series we find out what has become of the members of the club and who they will find their HEA w
Lori Meehan
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

A story of how love and trust and partnership can renew lost hopes and dreams.
Secrets and lies weigh heavily on our hero and heroine. Tragic events have changed everything, futures they once dreamed of are no longer insight.
Lucas Vincent, “The Undercover Duke” Duke of Willowby, separated himself from family and through the years friends being a spy for the crown. Recently severely injured Lucas is left in terrible pain and guilt ridden from the friend he could not save, Dr. William Oakford
Debbie Glenn Brown
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowby, had a very unhappy life joined the war and later the War Department and became a spy. Lucas is a member of the 1797 Duke’s club whom we have never met, he left the group when he was sixteen after he found out why his parents hated him and he felt he didn’t deserve to be a part of the club any longer.
Diana Oakford lost her mother when she was very young and had only her father left. Her father was a doctor who worked for the War Department and he taught Diane all
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I am an unabashed Jess Michaels fan and I eagerly await new instalments in the 1797 Club series. Thankfully Ms Michaels does not leave her fans waiting, publishing a new entry ever two months.
The Undercover Duke is the sixth instalment in Ms Michaels 1797 club series. While a series, the author has crafted a story that stands perfectly well on its own, however I would strongly recommend reading
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucas Vincent may be the Duke of Willowby but he’s never acted as such. He’s been too busy working for the War Department as a spy. But years of dangerous work has finally caught up to him and he was involved in a violent attack that nearly killed him. Six months later & Lucas is still in tremendous pain so his superior Stalford takes him to Diana Oakford daughter of George Oakford a physician who was killed when Lucas was injured. She’s been trained in healing so agrees to help Lucas & ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This 6th book in Jess Michael’s 1797 Club is about a wounded duke who has lived his life as a spy, and the daughter of a War Department doctor who trained alongside her now deceased father. When Lucas Vincent, Duke of Willowby, is brought to Diana Oakford, his body broken and sore, it is soon obvious that Lucas and Diana both have deep wounds that are more than physical. As an attachment forms between the two, they must face the past, struggle with the present, and learn if they can trust in eac ...more
Isha Coleman
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jess Michaels is a smooth operator. She tempts with romance and delivers so much more. The Undercover Duke begins with a mystery. Lucas has many secrets that just might get him killed. When his double life leaves him at his most vulnerable, he finds an angel in Diana. Diana is a fearless woman with a healing hand and her own baggage to bear. Diana and Lucas walk a fine line between love and lust as they try to stay a step ahead of the danger that stalks them. Ms. Michaels stories are alluring ta ...more
Amy Alvis
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lucas and Diana's story!!

Lucas as lived with the guilt of getting Diana's father killed for months. When she ends up being the healer that is to take care of him and they find they have a mutual attraction, he is even more conflicted than he was. As Lucas starts to heal, they get even closer. But that all changes when Lucas gets close to finding the traitor that tried to killed him all those months ago. Will finding out the truth ruin the relationship that Diana and Lucas have developed?
4.5 stars

This is a cracking series, I hate the wait for each new book! Ms Michaels is a fab author. She creates great characters and weaves engaging tales. I’m not sure how she is staying at the top of her game.

Here we have two strong and interesting characters. I really loved reading about a useful woman. Myself I felt the physicality of the relationship happened a little too fast or perhaps not enough insight.
The story for this book is perhaps the most intricate after all it’s about spies!!!!
Jane Wheeler
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was feeling generous with the five stars, but at any rate, this book is HIGHLY enjoyable. It’s the kind of book that, if you happen to read it after a bunch of other books that don’t quite make the grade, makes you relax into the writing and think, “Oh. Right. This is how pleasurable reading should be.”
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, I love Ms. Michaels’ stories. They pull you in, they are riveting, heartwarming and sigh-worthy. The loss that Lucas and Diana experience is devastating. Can they come back to be even a part of their former selves? Lucas and Diana learn to lean on each other for comfort and slowly love works its way into their hearts. They work together, sometimes reluctantly, to discover who the traitor is amongst Lucas’ den of spies. What they find out is not what they expected and can pull the ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why did it take me so long to read this?? I absolutely adored Diana and Lucas. This book has romance, mystery, secrets and exactly what I need in a romance book, a couple with such perfect chemistry. Can’t wait for the last book!
Sandy N
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG.... What a book. Another winner from Jess Michaels. The emotion was there, the hotness was there, the tension was there . It was refreshing to read about an Heroine that was not a wallflower anymore. Both characters had their secrets but it was good that they got revealed as the book progressed. Bring on the next book in the series.
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review that is all my own.
Maggie Whitworth
This is a brilliant series, how the author manages to make each story completely different, keeping in line with past books is great .
She’s now one of my go to authors when I need a good romance.
Lucas is not one we’ve seen before , heard of yes , but he’s been absent from the Dukes Club , it’s been wonderful to get to know him and his background.
Diana is his perfect soulmate, and partner in all things .
She’s quiet but not particularly shy, gutsy but not obnoxious.
Perfect addition to thi
Kari Maass
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Undercover Duke is the next book in Jess Michaels 1797 club. Each one is as good as the last and this has become one of my favorite series. Lucas Vincent, the Duke of Willowby , has secrets. Only one of them is his being a spy for the crown. On his most recent mission, he is wounded and left for dead. Along with a man he admired Dr. Oakley. Now Dr. Oakley’s daughter, Diana, is enlisted to try and heal him. Diana has secrets of her own. Can these to lonely people find out who killed her fathe ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the story of the spy between the men of the 1797 club, I was waiting for it and enjoyed also because Diane is also a very nice character and I appreciate being both "out of the ton" so to say. The dialogue were well done and there were some steamy scenes. As usual Jess Michaels remains one of my favorite regency author.

Mi è piaciuta la storia della spia che si nasconde tra gli uomini del club 1797, l'aspettavo e non mi ha deluso, anche perché Diane è un personaggio ben riuscito e, in qua
Lori D
Jess Michaels has a way of snaring the readers attention from the first and not letting go until the end. The wounded hero trope is my very favorite because I love to see them healed and happy in the end. This story had it in spades. Lucas Vincent, the Duke of Willowby at a very young age, has done everything he can to avoid the Dukedom and has worked as a spy for the War Department. Terribly unhappy in his life he fights like he doesn't care if he gets killed and maybe he doesn't. Unfortunately ...more
Lisa C
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner in this series. I should mention, you could read this without reading the others in the series, but the friendship of this group of men is a wonderful thread through all the books. (so read them all if you can, you won't be sorry) Lucas is a wounded man, both inside and out, and has distanced himself from his friends. Diana also has her wounds, but together, and with the help of his friends, they will find healing and love. A wonderful story with a cast of wonderful people. Highly ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Another unobtainable great read. The characters full of intrigue passion and some reserve. Love the continual thread from previous books. Can't wait for the next story.
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USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She watches too much daytime court shows, but just enough Once Upon a Time (CaptainSwan FOR LIFE). She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in a be ...more

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