Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard

Title:  Always Be My Duchess
Series:  Taming of the Dukes, book 1
Author: Amalie Howard
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) 
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 369
Date of Publication:  12 July, 2022
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

It’s the cover first that captures my attention, that same cover (and subsequent movie) I remember seeing at our town’s local movie theater when I wasn’t yet old enough to drive. The characters are in the same pose as on that 1990 movie poster and wow, what a genius idea on the part of Amalie Howard! Because this is the book I didn’t know I needed to read. And it’s the beginning of a brand new series to boot 😍

By 5% of the way in I have a smile on my face… I am adoring this book so far. The Pretty Woman / Pygmalion aspects of this story are definitely there and is it just me who feels like watching 90’s rom-coms now? 

100% finished and I’m already desperate for book two in this brand new series that I can’t wait to read more of! This was an utterly terrific start to a new series. 

This title was a joy to read. Recommended for those who like/love the following tropes 

  • Historical romance 

  • Virgin heroines 

  • Instant attraction 

  • Opposites attract 

  • Class difference 

  • Sunshine/Grump

eARC kindly provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Pretty Woman meets the Bridgertons in this witty, vivacious historical take on 90s romcoms by USA Today bestselling author Amalie Howard: 

"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

“Fabulous writing . . . such a delicious escape. Utterly delightful!”
—Eloisa James, 
New York Times bestselling author

“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.


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