REVIEW: ‘The Duke Of Hand To Heart’ By Jackie North

Written on 02/21/2021
Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter

Title: The Duke of Hand to Heart: An M/M Superhero Romance
Series: Royal Powers #6
Author: Jackie North
Published: September 14, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published/Blue Rain Press
Cover Artist: Fern Lee
Genre: Erotic Romance; Fantasy
Length: 140 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Forbidden Love; Workplace Romance; Hurt/Comfort; Royalty/Peerage; Superhereoes; HEA; Standalone

About The Duke of Hand to Heart

Duke of Camprodon, Rainmaker, Merrick Blackburn’s life is coming apart. His groom left him at the altar days before the wedding and he’s been accused of causing a drought by Tarik, the Duke of Arles.

Merrick’s winery, Hand to Heart, one of the oldest in the land, is in jeopardy, due to neglect and that dang drought. Most of his staff has left, and he’s on the verge of going broke.

Desperate, Merrick hires handsome Ryan McGrail as steward to bring the vineyard back to life. But Ryan distracts Merrick from the job at hand and Merrick isn’t sure, but Ryan might be flirting with him.

Ryan lost his last job protecting his cousin from abuse. Ryan hates being in the spotlight shining on the Duke, but he needs a job and needs it quick. He’s not sure, but is Merrick flirting with him?

Will the growing feelings between them save the winery? Will it ever rain? Will Merrick ever make it to the altar?


Jackie North has created a wonderfully sweet and endearing story with The Duke of Hand to Heart

Ryan is a loyal and honest worker who is committed to rebuilding the Duke’s vineyard to what it used to be. He appreciates the opportunity he’s been given with this new job as steward, even if his attraction to the Duke is distracting.

The Duke, Merrick, knows he needs to work hard to get his realm back on track. Things are not in a good place, personally or professionally, but hiring a dedicated steward is a good start. Even if the man is stunning and hard to keep away from.

The sweetness and adorable souls Jackie North has written into her main characters in ‘The Duke of Hand to Heart’ are well defined and I’m sure will endear themselves to many readers. 

This standalone series is a wonderful collection of books from various authors which has elements of royalty and supernatural powers. Jackie’s novel blends these beautifully and I found myself completely enamoured with Merrick and Ryan. Their forbidden love and undeniable attraction are superbly written. The dialogue is highly engaging and I really hope there is to be a follow up book so we can get more from the enjoyable range of characters and their banter. Ryan’s cousin, who becomes the Duke’s chauffeur, is a particular highlight!

The sweetness and adorable souls Jackie North has written into her main characters in The Duke of Hand to Heart are well defined and I’m sure will endear themselves to many readers. The happy ever after is particularly swoon worthy and left a smile on my face for a long time after closing the book.

A copy of The Duke of Hand to Heart was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Jackie North, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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