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The Bachelor

(Duke Dynasty #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  70 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries features an irresistible family in a series to savor, as the grown children of a thrice-married dowager duchess piece together the stories of their fathers--while pursuing passions of their own . . .

Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family's reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Zebra Books
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Jun 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing. I was expecting the whole book but only received the first chapter. I reread the first book in the series expecting to go right into the second. I feel I can’t really review a book based on the first chapter.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Teaser first chapter!

I must admit to being quite titilated by this 2020 release teaser, for the second title in the Duke Dynasty series by Sabrina Jeffries.
I always thought the brooding Major Joshua Wolfe, injured in naval action and now the estate’s gamekeeper, together with Thorn's sister Lady Gwn Drake, would have a tale to tell. If this first chapter is any indication I can hardly wait for the rest. Lady Gwyn and Joshua were certainly "aware" of each other, when Bea first introduced them in
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, color me disappointed. This ARC was only one chapter. There is not a whole lot I can say on one chapter except that it didn't compell me to read more. I love Sabrina Jeffries and she's an excellent writer. But I can't quite tell if this book will be for me. The main reason I was interested in this book is because of the description. I love forced proximity stories. I love the idea that Wolfe and Gwyn are stuck together. But I do not love mysteries or villain stories. I requested this ARC ...more
Aug 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Post-Preview Thoughts:
Sometimes it's a terrible idea to read a book preview when it's a long wait until the book comes out. This is one of those instances. Gwyn and Joshua had fantastic chemistry in Project Duchess and I couldn't resist even a peek into their story. A gruff hero, a bold heroine with a secret, and a villain I already want to punch? Sign me up. I can't wait to see how Gwyn and Joshua will thwart her blackmailer in The Bachelor . More importantly, I can't wait to see how those two
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**ARC provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley**
(expected release: 25 Feb 2020)

14 Nov 2019: Thoughts on single chapter preview of THE BACHELOR by Sabrina Jeffries

**preview provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley**

Been languishing—seemingly for *months*—in hold limbo for PROJECT DUCHESS, book #1 in Duke Dynasty series. To maintain interest, decided to take peek at ARC preview of book #2, THE BACHELOR.

Thought newspaper article & opening chapter were really well-written, both
Visionary Druid
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Major Joshua Wolfe, a former Royal Marine, works as a gamekeeper for his cousin, the Duke of Armitage. He rescues Lady Gwyn from a physical altercation with a prior suitor. Joshua reluctantly agrees to become the lady’s bodyguard during her time in London. However, he suspects the Drake siblings are hiding viable information that could hinder his job. Will Joshua’s old battle wound handicap his ability to protect Gwyn?
Lady Gwyn Drake is the twin sister of the Duke of Thornstock. Her past rears
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I'm a big Sabrina Jeffries fan, so I jumped at the opportunity to read the first chapter of her upcoming release of The Bachelor. They say you can't judge a book by it's cover. That may be so, but this book's cover is among my favorites. I would love to have a framed print of it. But I digress.....

Lady Gwyn Drake is preparing for her come out at the advanced age of 30. Before leaving for London, she meets an old acquaintance with whom she has a past, and he is blackmailing her. When he begins to
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was only a one chapter preview of the book. However, that one chapter was enough to hook me in. I can not wait to read the whole book!
I love the opening. The feeling that you are reading the gossip column of a newspaper is an intriguing twist that had me giddy to know more. Lady Gwyn's advanced age (30) is also a perspective that I am dying to read more about. This feels like a refreshing story line to break the monotony of the young, naive maiden in distress.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was granted a short previous from this book through Netgalley.
After reading the previous book in this Duke Dynasty I was definitively eager to see more of all the siblings.
So here is Gwyn’s Story, she is from the second marriage bed of her mother.
This introduction to the story left me with a taste of not enough.
How I do hate to read stories when I am left hanging at the cliff and with so many months in front of me before its release.
What ever, it was already preordered when the launch date was
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received just a synopsis chapter and it was very interesting in that the heroine is being blackmailed by a mysterious man from her past. The hero is a scarred war veteran who clearly has feelings for the heroine and she seems oblivious. A very engaging first chapter, I may purchase the book to see where it goes.
Carey’s Reviews
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley to read and review! However, I only received the first chapter and I don’t feel I can review the book based on one chapter- even though it was an interesting first chapter!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Gwyn Drake is now thirty & has long protected her family's reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it's Gwyn who needs protecting. Major Joshua Wolfe, the estate's gamekeeper, rescues her. I received a preview of the first chapter from NetGalley, which I eagerly read but the big downside is that I need more. The first chapter does exactly what it ...more
Cherry London
I would love to say this book was a gem to read, but seeing as its just one chapter I’m reviewing it’s a bit hard to say that. In all honesty, I cannot do this book full justice from reading just one chapter. Although I would say, the one chapter was captivating and interesting. Which I guess should give an indication of how the book would be.
I did not realize this was not the entire book therefore there is not enough content for me to comment on. Disappointed. I love this author.
Jhommie Kem-ing
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is only a preview of the book however it surely got me hooked! I found the characters so enthralling. I can't wait to read the whole thing.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was just able to read the pre-review of the novel yet the novel seems very intriguing. A lady who is being blackmailed and the knight in shining armour. Ah, cannot wait for read the whole book.
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
I recieved the first chapter of The Bachelor via NetGalley and I have to say that if the book continues in the same way as the first chapter we're in for another great book by Ms. Jeffries. Reading this chapter reminded me how much I loved lady Gwyn and Joshua in Project Duchess, the first book in Duke Dynasty series and I'm very much looking forward to reading their story once this book is published. March 2020 can't come soon enough.

Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the new Duke Dynasty Series. We meet Grey, the Duke of Greycourt half brother to Lady Gwyn Drake and her twin the Duke of Thornstock in book one. His new wife, Beatrice is sister to Major Joshua Wolf who is the gameskeeper for their cousin Sheridan, who is the Duke of Armitage. Now if all that is now confusing enough, Gwyn and Thom mother is also Beatrice and Joshua's Aunt by marriage.
Gwyn has a secret that she has been keeping for ten years from everyone. When a young
Sabrina Jeffries has written The Bachelor, which is the newest and second book in the Duke Dynasty series. The book follows a mismatched family with three Dukes and their siblings. Some being wealthy and others not so wealthy. The link that ties them all together is Lydia Fletcher who married three times. This book focuses Gwen Drake and Joshua Wolfe.

Gwen is the sister of a duke and is out on the marriage mart at the age of 30. She has many secrets from her past that she has kept from her
Lindsay S
Nov 30, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: arc
<<< First chapter review - not whole book >>>

After reading the first book in the Duke Dynasty (Project Duchess) I was stoked to continue reading about this fascinating family!

I received a first chapter teaser and it definitely did that! I had forgotten it wasn’t the whole book and got myself quite engrossed in the story by the end of the first chapter! If I had had the whole book,, I could have read late into the night… oh well! Absence makes the heart grow fonder and I will
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun Series!
The Bachelor draws you in and doesn't let go. It is the second book in the Duke Dynasty series and can be a stand alone but reading the first will bring out your enjoyment that much more. Our main characters Gwyn and Joshua are truly a pair that belong together but getting them to believe that is what makes this story something to savor. Both of them are carrying around a great deal of pain from their pasts, some hidden and some not. Joshua is a member of the Royal Marines and his
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was a short excerpt from Sabrina Jeffries’ forthcoming book. Lady Gwyn Drake, half sister to the Duke of Greycourt, and twin sister of The Duke of Thornstock, who we first met in the first book of this Duke Dynasty series, is about to have her London come out at then advanced age of 30, together with the new Duchess of Greycourt, Bea. This has caused a furore in the society pages, because her mother has only recently been widowed again. Before she travels to London she receives a blackmail
Joanna E.Lopez
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Gwen Drake awaits a visitor on a lone bridge late one night. It is Lionel Malet the viscount son who is threatening to blackmail her about their past relationship. What Lionel Malet doesn't know is that Lady Gwen is armed. She will do anything and everything to keep her past a secret and not let it be public. Enter Major Wolfe who interrupts the confrontation. It is on his property where Lady Gwen and Lionel Malet are having this secret rendezvous and he wants answers. Major Wolfe is a ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
#TheBachelor #NetGalley

This was a first chapter teaser... to give you a glimpse of what to expect. To be honest it did leave me wanting more.

They say you should never judge a book by its cover and this case I’d say the same for the first chapter.

Lady Gwyn Drake appears a flawed character at the advanced age of thirty she also appears to lack the common sense of her years and by that I mean her meeting up with her blackmailer and it nearly ended badly if not for the hero Joshua Wolfe. I see a
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely magical and addicting historical romance! My goodness, I could not put this book down. After a brief refresher in these siblings—unnecessary for those new to the series as it seems to stand alone well enough, but necessary for me because I hate it when little details slip my mind (and this family has some branches, let me tell you)—I dived into The Bachelor and do not stop until I was finished.

I loved Gwyn and Joshua. Their sarcastic and flirty banter, their chemistry, their
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are so many reasons to love this book... where to start... By page 14 I was invested in the building love story of Joshua and Gwyn. Gwyn at the age of 30 is heading for her debut season in London. Due to an attempted "kidnapping" Joshua is retained by her brother Thorn as her bodyguard for the season. Then the story picks up speed. This story had a villain, complete with blackmail and other shadowy goings on. It had an extensive number of family members who all were interesting in their ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so looking forward to the continuation of this series. In this sneek peak of the first chapter, Lady Gwyn Drake agrees to meet with Captain L. Malet, whom she was captivated with during her youth. He threatens blackmail, unless she pays him fifty guineas; however, Gwyn is determined not to agree to his demands. Yet when he steals the pistol of her brother, the Duke of Thornstock, she is relieved to find Major Wolfe, by her side.

Joshua Wolfe, works as the estate's gamekeeper, yet as the
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read an ARC chapter of this (twice!) to review, but it's rather difficult to review anything off of one chapter.
This is the first book by Sabrina Jeffries that I have read. I didn't read the earlier book in the series so I have no background to what is going on.
The story starts with the news that a (nearly?) 30-year old woman is going to be presented at Court and will be having a season. I assume that she's supposed to be husband hunting but 30 seems a little old in that day and age.
I really
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the way Sabrina Jeffries can weave a story and hook you on a subplot and keep you reading long after you should have gone to bed :). “The Bachelor” has a interesting plot and great hero and heroine. The handsome scarred military hero and the pampered independent twin sister of a Duke. Both have trust issues and painful pasts. Their character development and chemistry is wonderful but I did find their inner voices and longing a bit distracting. This book has lots of family characters I ...more
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million ...more

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