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“Amalie Howard tells a story with self-assured style, wit, and energy . . . her writing sparkles!” —Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

Lord Lysander Blackstone, the stern Duke of Montcroix, has only one interest: increasing his considerable fortune. After a series of betrayals, he keeps his emotions buried deep. Money, after all, can't break a man's heart—or make promises it can’t keep. But when his reputation for being heartless jeopardizes a new business deal, he finds himself seeking a most unusual—and alluring—solution . . .

Once an up-and-coming ballerina, Miss Geneviève Valery is now hopelessly out of work. After refusing to become a wealthy patron's mistress, Nève was promptly shown the door to the streets. When she accidentally saves the life of a handsome duke, she doubts the encounter will go any better than her last brush with nobility. But instead of propositioning her, Montcroix makes Nève an offer she would be a fool to refuse: act as his fake fiancée in exchange for fortune enough to start over.

Only neither is prepared when very real feelings begin to grow between them. They both stand to win . . . but only if they’re willing to risk their hearts.

Romance

Publication Date: 12 Jul 2022

  • Advance Praise for Always Be My Duchess:

    "Howard’s lyrical writing enlivens her bright, empathetic characters and her sharp eye on their class and cultural disparities only enhances their romance. Readers will be riveted."Publishers Weekly

  • "Refreshing, steamy, and stocked with characters you don’t normally get to see in the genre—a must-read author."Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • "Amalie Howard is the fresh voice historical romance needs right now. . . . I will read every word she writes."Kerrigan Byrne, USA Today bestselling author

My Review:

5 Stars: 
📖Book: Always Be My Duchess
⭐️Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✍🏼Author: Amalie Howard
📚Genre: Romance
🗏 Pages: 341
💕Tropes: Opposites Attract, Fake Engagement, Historical Romance, Sunshine/Grumpy, Enemies to Lovers, Slow Burn
⚠️Warnings: Sexism, Classism
🔥Spice: 2.5/5 🔥🔥
🔖Readability: 4/5 italic presents and thinner font

What to expect:
🩰Fiery France Ballerina
🏰A Duke
💋Bridgeton but make it Spicy
🤟Women Recuses the Guy

Pretty Woman meets Center Stage with a SLOWEST BURN possible that you are begging for them to bang by the end.

Neve is an out-of-work dancer who is struggling to keep her and her sister afloat, Lord Lysander is from a band of thieves who only seeks to be more successful than his father. To not fall into the marriage game, Lord Lysander propositions Neve on a fake arrangement as a business deal after their incredible meet-cute. Neve desperate for money agrees on one condition. Their relationship can be no more than fake. However, their chemistry is unmatchable, and things, of course, start to get messy.

Amalie Howard gave us all that we wanted in season two of Bridgeton to be in this chef of a kiss novel Always Be My Duchess. It has excellent writing, witty banter, ACTUAL SPICE, music, and ballet, and it showcases how females were treated in dance jobs. I love learning new things through books; this was the cherry on top. If Historical Romance isn't your jam, or it is a genre, you are interested in getting into this. This is your gateway book. You can thank me later. Always be my dutchess is out now everywhere books are sold. Grab your copy today.

Thanks to NetGalley and Forever for the advance reader copy.

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AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novelist of “smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance.” The Beast of Beswick was one of Oprah Daily’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed, award-winning young adult novels. An AAPI/Caribbean-born writer, her books, interviews, and articles have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Seventeen, and Ravishly Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, being the president of her one-woman Harley Davidson motorcycle club #WriteOrDie, or power-napping. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

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Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, publishes a wide array of inclusive commercial fiction and romance perfect for your next book-club pick--from uplifting contemporary stories to captivating historical fiction and delightful romantic comedies, to sweeping historical romance and small-town love stories (including western romance and Amish romance).

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“Amalie Howard tells a story with self-assured style, wit, and energy . . . her writing sparkles!” —Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

Lord Lysander Blackstone, the stern Duke of Montcroix, has only one interest: increasing his considerable fortune. After a series of betrayals, he keeps his emotions buried deep. Money, after all, can't break a man's heart—or make promises it can’t keep. But when his reputation for being heartless jeopardizes a new business deal, he finds himself seeking a most unusual—and alluring—solution . . .

Once an up-and-coming ballerina, Miss Geneviève Valery is now hopelessly out of work. After refusing to become a wealthy patron's mistress, Nève was promptly shown the door to the streets. When she accidentally saves the life of a handsome duke, she doubts the encounter will go any better than her last brush with nobility. But instead of propositioning her, Montcroix makes Nève an offer she would be a fool to refuse: act as his fake fiancée in exchange for fortune enough to start over.

Only neither is prepared when very real feelings begin to grow between them. They both stand to win . . . but only if they’re willing to risk their hearts.

Romance

Publication Date: 12 Jul 2022

  • Advance Praise for Always Be My Duchess:

    "Howard’s lyrical writing enlivens her bright, empathetic characters and her sharp eye on their class and cultural disparities only enhances their romance. Readers will be riveted."Publishers Weekly

  • "Refreshing, steamy, and stocked with characters you don’t normally get to see in the genre—a must-read author."Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • "Amalie Howard is the fresh voice historical romance needs right now. . . . I will read every word she writes."Kerrigan Byrne, USA Today bestselling author

My Review:

5 Stars: 
📖Book: Always Be My Duchess
⭐️Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✍🏼Author: Amalie Howard
📚Genre: Romance
🗏 Pages: 341
💕Tropes: Opposites Attract, Fake Engagement, Historical Romance, Sunshine/Grumpy, Enemies to Lovers, Slow Burn
⚠️Warnings: Sexism, Classism
🔥Spice: 2.5/5 🔥🔥
🔖Readability: 4/5 italic presents and thinner font

What to expect:
🩰Fiery France Ballerina
🏰A Duke
💋Bridgeton but make it Spicy
🤟Women Recuses the Guy

Pretty Woman meets Center Stage with a SLOWEST BURN possible that you are begging for them to bang by the end.

Neve is an out-of-work dancer who is struggling to keep her and her sister afloat, Lord Lysander is from a band of thieves who only seeks to be more successful than his father. To not fall into the marriage game, Lord Lysander propositions Neve on a fake arrangement as a business deal after their incredible meet-cute. Neve desperate for money agrees on one condition. Their relationship can be no more than fake. However, their chemistry is unmatchable, and things, of course, start to get messy.

Amalie Howard gave us all that we wanted in season two of Bridgeton to be in this chef of a kiss novel Always Be My Duchess. It has excellent writing, witty banter, ACTUAL SPICE, music, and ballet, and it showcases how females were treated in dance jobs. I love learning new things through books; this was the cherry on top. If Historical Romance isn't your jam, or it is a genre, you are interested in getting into this. This is your gateway book. You can thank me later. Always be my dutchess is out now everywhere books are sold. Grab your copy today.

Thanks to NetGalley and Forever for the advance reader copy.

Writing
%
Font
%
Character Build
%
Overall
%

PRINT LENGTH PAGES

AVERAGE REVIEW RATING

$
HARDCOVER COST

$
E-BOOK COST

AUTHOR

AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novelist of “smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance.” The Beast of Beswick was one of Oprah Daily’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed, award-winning young adult novels. An AAPI/Caribbean-born writer, her books, interviews, and articles have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Seventeen, and Ravishly Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, being the president of her one-woman Harley Davidson motorcycle club #WriteOrDie, or power-napping. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

AMALIE HOWARD Headshot

PUBLISHER

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, publishes a wide array of inclusive commercial fiction and romance perfect for your next book-club pick--from uplifting contemporary stories to captivating historical fiction and delightful romantic comedies, to sweeping historical romance and small-town love stories (including western romance and Amish romance).

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