For years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free Unfortunately, best laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended s cousin, Raphael Rafe Flynn is forced to take over the engagement But Serafina knows Rafe s reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome She proposes an arrangement She will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare Once she has done her duty, he will let her go Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him Since, however, their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride, but to introduce her to desire While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they ve made Raphael Rafe Flynn has an uncomplicated life and consider a huge catch He tries his best not to be caught Unexpectedly, Rafe becomes the next heir to the dukedom and expect to married his cousin s fianc according to the betrothed contact He tries his best to get out of the arrangement Serafina McPhee did not want to married the first duke much less married the next But Serafina s father enforcing the arrangement I love Rafe and he is a dream come true I love how he handles everything t Raphael Rafe Flynn has an uncomplicated life and consider a huge catch He tries his best not to be caught Unexpectedly, Rafe becomes the next heir to the dukedom and expect to married his cousin s fianc according to the betrothed contact He tries his best to get out of the arrangement Serafina McPhee did not want to married the first duke much less married the next But Serafina s father enforcing the arrangement I love Rafe and he is a dream come true I love how he handles everything that is thrown at him and still be his charming nature and defies society s expectations It was wonderful to read how they grow into love and proof that not all people are the same I received a complimentary copy from the publisher thru NetGalley for an honest review Originally posted HERE.This one was so promising I loved the premise, and I genuinely liked the characters However, in the end I thought it fell apart a bit The Other Duke has great ideas, but relies too heavily on repetitive sex scenes for character development, and tops it all off with plenty of historical inaccuracies.I am going to give away a few plot points, but they re not anything you can t figure out from the blurb.We start off with our heroine about to marry a violent, abusive, r Originally posted HERE.This one was so promising I loved the premise, and I genuinely liked the characters However, in the end I thought it fell apart a bit The Other Duke has great ideas, but relies too heavily on repetitive sex scenes for character development, and tops it all off with plenty of historical inaccuracies.I am going to give away a few plot points, but they re not anything you can t figure out from the blurb.We start off with our heroine about to marry a violent, abusive, rapist duke She is dreading it However, he is killed and both the title and the fianc e pass on to the next male relative, who happens to be our hero.I liked that they were practical about the situation they found themselves in, and I really liked that they genuinely liked each other pretty much from the outset.But this is where I encountered my first problem with the book, and the fact they make an agreement to live apart, only meeting to produce the heir and spare In truth, that s an arrangement that wasn t uncommon amongst the aristocracy anyway love matches were largely frowned upon.However, I just couldn t figure out why they kept talking about this silly arrangement From day one they liked each other and were attracted to each other After a short while it became clear they loved each other, too The only reason the issue of living apart was carried on to the end of the book was because there had to be some sort of conflict in the relationship.But it made No Sense Another problem, relating to all the sex, was that our heroine is a victim of sexual assault But after a few token bad reactions to kissing at the very start of the book, she switches into a bold lover who adores sex The issue of her trauma was not dealt with much, and another trauma at the end of the book was also glossed over.It has been said to me that this author is known for her erotic romances, which I suppose is why every single scene ended with the characters having sex But it just didn t work for me It should also be noted that the book was not marketed to me as erotic romance, and the cover is no different to every other historical romance on the market these days.I started skipping the sex scenes by the halfway point, as the plot seemed to disappear so the two of them could have sex at the end of every single conversation Additionally, the approach to sex was quite anachronistic No man in 1813 would be taking time to explain medical terminology for his wife s body I think most people who read enough romance start to get bored by sex scenes after a while, and I seem to have reached that point.It must be said there were bright moments throughout, at the times people managed to keep their clothes on While I eventually became hugely frustrated with the heroine, I did like her in laws and I would be interested in reading about them in upcoming books.Two other things I appreciated were having a blond hero, and having a heroine known for her beauty I m tired of all the Plain Janes whose books only feature attractive women if they re to be the enemy Other anachronisms included the language, but then almost all historical romance authors get their British terminology all wrong sidewalk is not a word that should ever appear I was very confused why our characters were waltzing at a ball years before the waltz was even introduced to England Unfortunately I didn t end up enjoying The Other Duke anywhere near as much as I expected to For the first few chapters I actually thought it might be a five star read for me, but unfortunately my opinion changed Review copy provided by NetGalley. 3.25 starsI tried reading this book a while ago and wasn t feeling the characters I thought Serafina and Rafe were both too arrogant and it irritated me so I put this book down never thinking I would return to it I love Jess Michaels books so I recently went back to reading the rest of the series and I enjoyed them so much I thought it was a good time to go back and read the first book I didn t love this book but I did like it I loved Serafina and Rafe when they were in the other books but t 3.25 starsI tried reading this book a while ago and wasn t feeling the characters I thought Serafina and Rafe were both too arrogant and it irritated me so I put this book down never thinking I would return to it I love Jess Michaels books so I recently went back to reading the rest of the series and I enjoyed them so much I thought it was a good time to go back and read the first book I didn t love this book but I did like it I loved Serafina and Rafe when they were in the other books but this one I didn t care for them as much which is a bit weird At first, I had a hard time connecting with Serafina I still found her arrogant but with her past struggles and problems I grew to very sympathetic for her She was tormented by her previous fianc and I admire the way Rafe was very patient and nurturing with her I think I understand them better but I still love themin the following novels I also like how Rafe had his siblings and Sera had her friend Emma to help them both realize they loved each other Sera was very guarded and Rafe helps her to open up and wants her to know that he will take care of her and that she doesn t have to be scared any with him which was lovely I ve given this a C for narration and a C for content at AudioGals.The Other Duke is the first book in Ms Michaels series, The Scandalous Flynns , and it tells the story of the oldest of the Flynn siblings, Raphael Rafe who is unexpectedly elevated to a dukedom he doesn t want upon the death of a distant cousin It s a fairly short story, lasting for a little over seven hours in audio, and it begins well but ultimately, it does not contain enough material to sustain a full length albeit I ve given this a C for narration and a C for content at AudioGals.The Other Duke is the first book in Ms Michaels series, The Scandalous Flynns , and it tells the story of the oldest of the Flynn siblings, Raphael Rafe who is unexpectedly elevated to a dukedom he doesn t want upon the death of a distant cousin It s a fairly short story, lasting for a little over seven hours in audio, and it begins well but ultimately, it does not contain enough material to sustain a full length albeit short novel After the first couple of hours, it seems to be padded out with sex scenes that, while well written, are largely irrelevant.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals