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The Bachelor

(Duke Dynasty #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,378 ratings  ·  341 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
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Zebra Books
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, track
***4 STARS***

I greatly anticipated the second book in the Duke Dynasty series. Lady Gwyn Drake is being blackmailed by an old paramour, Lionel Malet, of a secret she does not want revealed. Believing that she is in danger of being abducted Gwyn’s brother, the Duke of Thornstock, enlists Major Joshua Wolfe to be her bodyguard. Joshua is somehow related to the family (I’m still confused over the family dynamics) and is the gamekeeper. He is also “semi-retired” from military service and suffers fro
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Reading the first in this series made me really look forward to Gwyn and Joshuas' story. They had such fun chemistry, with Gwyn being the aggressor and Joshua being the shy one, that was a nice twist.


Joshua: I loved the surly, grumpy Joshua who was insecure about his bad leg. He was a very likable and relatable hero, and quite original as compared to other HR male protagonists.

Gwyn: Gwyn was not my favourite character in the first book. I felt lik
Addie H
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-netgalley
NB: ARC review – expected publication 25th Feb 2020

I really struggled with this one.

The hero is annoyingly gruff, moody, surly, quick to irritate and anger. I did not find many of the interactions romantic, the sex scenes are at times terribly cringy (lots of descriptions that involving, plunging, stabbing, groping and rubbing). I don't like how the hero "blames" the heroine for being attracted to her, and his jealousy is at times borderline disturbing.

Not SB finest.

I received an ARC from NetG
Five amazing wounded and healed stars!!! With a gruff, grumpy hero, a feisty heroine, drama and danger...this book had it all!

When Gwyn’s past rises up to threaten her, Joshua steps in to help out. He soon finds himself in her brother’s employ as her bodyguard, a position Gwyn is not happy about for a few reasons. But the more time they spend together, the more they realize that their preconceived notions about the other was not completely accurate. They each have a past filled with pain and unc
Maureen Carden
Sabrina Jeffries writes smart books, especially when she writes a small series. Too many of the HR books are just about the romance and sex. Not a problem for me, but I enjoy the smart stories better.
The The Bachelor is one of the smart books, filled with smart characters that usually make smart choices. But then there is always that someone who will make a true bonehead mistake.
I’m talking to you Lady Gwyn. What were you thinking? That you could outsmart the dashing Major Joshua Wolfe and you
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

The Bachelor is the latest release from Sabrina Jeffries and such a fun and sweet read this turned out to be. From the first book of the series "Project Duchess" we gain so much learning about this pairing and I was so happy to see that this author Sabrina Jeffries definitely crafted such beauty that is within this story. I wasn't sure quite what to expect from their story but I knew this author wouldn't disappoint me and she definitely end
Kelsie Maxwell
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries is book two in her Duke Dynasty series. Though part of a series, this novel reads well as a standalone.

Lady Gwyn Drake is a 30-yr-old spinster being presented at the royal court in London. She thinks fast on her feet and can talk her way around and/or out of a bad situation, skills she needs to protect her secrets. A shady character from her past is putting Gwyn in danger, so her brother hires Joshua Wolfe to protect her.

Joshua Wolfe is a major in the Royal Mar
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Electric read!

This second in the Duke Dynasty series is as I suspected a cracking good five star read with all the mystery, energy and frustration one could wish for.
Lady Gwyn Drake is a person holding deep secrets. I was won with the opening description of Gwyn where she's pacing an "ornamental bridge like a tigress in a crate." Is that just not the perfect gambit sure to entice? With a malevolent blackmailer pursuing her, Gwyn finds herself in troubled waters. That's not a problem! She has a p
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gwyn is 30 and unmarried. She's about to have her debut in society and be presented at court by her mother's friend. That doesn't mean she knows nothing about men. She's the twin of the Duke of Thornstock and a former suitor is currently blackmailing her. She hasn't been completely honest with her family but they know that the man is an enemy. That's why Gwyn's brother hired Major Joshua Wolfe, former war hero and now the estate's gamekeeper, to be her bodyguard while she'll be in London. The gr ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

A vibrant lady and a wounded war hero are a match just waiting to happen in The Bachelor . After seeing sparks fly between Gwyn and Joshua in the first Duke Dynasty book, I couldn't wait to read their story. The result was a bit of a mixed bag for me.

At thirty, Gwyn would definitely be on the shelf (even as the daughter of a deceased duke and sister of three current dukes) if it weren’t for her fortune. But Gwyn has a secret she believes might keep her
Susan Kennedy
I love a good romance and this is a good one. The characters were very likable and the villain was not. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. They each had great histories to learn and personalities that were diverse.

The romance itself was so well written. There are some authors, and Sabrina Jeffries is definitely one of them, that can write about a kiss and make you melt into the floor. It is an amazing talent to be able to create a scene that really moves you.

I thoroughly enjoyed these c
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This is the second book in the Duke Dynasty series. A Duchess was married 3 times and had 5 children, so 3 of her sons are inheriting a dukedom. I love this concept so much!!! But, I wasn't a fan of the first book. Neither character really pulled me, probably just a personality disconnect or something. Still, I love Sabrina Jeffries and will always give her a try. I enjoyed this book a little more, but it st
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READ (audio) 28 Feb 2020

**ARC provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley**

RTC… flip-flopping b/n 3-4 rating; need to let thoughts tumble a bit.

14 Nov 2019: Thoughts on single-chapter preview (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 technically & creativ
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.
Tracy Emro
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Gwyn Drake has a history with Lionel Malet that goes back much further than their recent encounter when he tried to abduct a heiress. He is blackmailing her and if she doesn't pay, he says he will tell the press about the affair they had ten years ago and ruin her. Gwyn never told anyone about the one night she spent in his bed or the consequences and will do anything to keep her secrets. Thinking she can intimidate him, she pulls a gun, but is quickly disarmed and would have been in troubl ...more
DNF at 54%.

I really liked the premise of this series about an oft-married woman whose male children have each inherited a Dukedom, the first book contained a murder which was not solved and I was looking forward to the murder forming an arc over the series.

This second novel concerns the woman's daughter, Lady Gwyn Drake. She has had some kind of youthful indiscretion(view spoiler) with Captain Lionel Malet and he is blackmailing her as a result.
Ever since she and her family moved back to England from Prussia, Lady Gwyn Drake has been hiding the folly of a youthful affair in order to protect her family. When the same former suitor comes to her family's country home to blackmail Gwyn by threatening to reveal her secret, his manhandling is quickly put to an end by the estate gamekeeper, Major Joshua Wolfe. It is clear to Gwyn's twin brother, the Duke of Thornstock, that she needs protection during her upcoming London season, so he hires t ...more
Tales Of A Bookbug
I love Sabrina Jeffries and her writing, so naturally I went into this expecting a lot from it! But, sadly it ended up disappointing me.
This series features the various children of a duchess who was married thrice -to different dukes- and all three of them are dead.

The Bachelor focuses on Lady Gwyn Drake, the daughter from her mother's second marriage! She's thirty years old and pretty much on the shelf, but after spending most of her years in Berlin she's back in London and she's to be presente
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Lady Gwyn Drake 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. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate's gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it's torment to be so very c ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bachelor
Duke Dynasty Series #2
Sabrina Jeffries
Release date 02/25/2030
Publisher Kensington Zebra

Blurb :

Lady Gwyn Drake 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. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate’s gamekeeper, to keep her safe in L
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family's reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor Malet appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it's Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate's gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. With handsome Joshua monitoring her e ...more
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Fantastic slow burn romance with witty dialogue and beautiful imagery.

Gwynn is a strong female character who knows her own mind and survives every obstacle life throws her way. Joshua - the wounded war hero is just perfect. Together they are HR gold.

Plenty of action and subplots hinting at future books made this a fast paced read that I definitely recommend.

I received an arc of this book.
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Sabrina Jeffries was among the first romance writers I ever read, so a new book is always welcome. The Bachelor is second in the “Duke Dynasty” series, following Project Duchess. While it isn’t a cross-class romance because both hero Major Joshua Wolfe and heroine Lady Gwyn Drake are aristocratic, Joshua, as a third son, is poverty-stricken compared to Gwyn’s heiress-status. Blue blood, however, throws them together. Joshua, injured and at half-pay from the Royal Marines, acts as the Drakes’ Lin ...more
As always, Sabrina Jeffries has woven a well written story with interesting and flavorful characters. This book is a good addition to the Duke Dynasty series. I enjoyed it very much. The story of The Bachelor was good, I really enjoyed the characters of Gwyn and Joshua, much more than I thought I would. I think Ms. Jeffries did a good job with them, and I adored the early parts with Joshua as Gwyn's bodyguard. I just wish the love/attraction between them was more obvious. I didn't really feel th ...more
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 b ...more
Caiti (The Romance Mom)
The first chapter of this book had my little grumpy-hero-loving heart all a'flutter.

And on paper (no book pun intended) I should have loved this book. There's banter and forced proximity and the bones are good. Excellent even. But something about this couple didn't quite do it for me...even though I liked both of them!

Though they did fight a lot in the beginning and I liked that a lot. Still, the love emotions didn't quite grab me by the guts. Maybe it was a chemistry thing? I don't know.

I like
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
3.5 stars
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars
I've given this a B for narration and a D for content at AudioGals

The Bachelor is book two in Sabrina Jeffries’ Duke’s Dynasty series, which features the offspring of a duchess who was married three times, to three different dukes. I’d planned to review book one, Project Duchess, when it came out last year, but problems with my review copy meant I wasn’t able to finish it. I believe there are overarching plotlines relating to a mystery begun in book one, but those don’t come into play here until
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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 book ...more

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