From the New York Times, bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes a sparkling new series about an oft-widowed mother’s grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all . . .

A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .
 
Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn’t exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest “project”: schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey’s charms to his wounded heart, she’s having trouble keeping him at arm’s length. But once Grey starts digging into her family’s secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . . 

Titles in the Duke Dynasty series include – Project Duchess – A Perfect Match (in the anthology Seduction on a Snowy Night publication date: September 2019) – The Bachelor (early 2020)

Title:  Project Duchess
Series:  Duke Dynasty #1
Author:  Sabrina Jeffries
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  June 25, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I’m going to say this very simply – this title had me at the mention of “new series”.  It’s just that simple because Sabrina Jeffries is a go-to author of mine for Regency Romance and the beginning of a brand new adventure with her is cause for celebration – at least, for me it is.  (and that cover is swoon-worthy indeed!)

PROJECT DUCHESS begins the Duke Dynasty series with a powerful, a bit darker and completely intriguing romance between two people who appear, on the surface, to be as opposite as it’s possible to be.  There is some world building in this first story, there has to be really, but I didn’t find it or the snippets of background provided the least bit overwhelming.

Grey’s step-father (or at least one of them) has passed and he is reluctantly returning to his mother’s side which means he’ll also be around his siblings as well and he fully expects the usual bantering and tensions to make an appearance as well.  His relationship with his mother is not the greatest, however, he does owe her respect at this time.  He makes a huge mistake early after his arrival when he mistook Beatrice for a servant and not the distant family member that she actually is.  To say that this meeting ended up with harsh words and very bad attitudes would be an understatement.  Also, their first meeting gives an intriguing start to an interesting romantic attraction between this couple.  Beatrice has no trouble at all speaking her mind and tells Grey exactly what she thinks of him – even if her emotions are speaking something else in her head.

Toss in the suspicion of murder, a new pet project that Beatrice really doesn’t want to be part of, sizzling steamy moments, interesting secondary characters and a rather large family of unusually related siblings and you have a delightful beginning to this new series.  I had fun with this story.  There is a lot I will not mention for that falls under spoilers, but if you love a good love story, a bit dark in places and madcap in others – then you’ll want to pick up PROJECT DUCHESS and get in on the beginning of this new series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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