Always Be My Duchess

Hachette Audio. (Taming of the Dukes, Bk. 1). Jul. 2022. 9:43 hrs. ISBN 9781549166174. $25.98. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lord Lysander Blackstone, the Duke of Montcroix, is tired of the marriage-minded mamas interfering in his business deals during the London season. A solution lands, quite literally, in his lap in the form of Lady Geneviève Valery, an erstwhile aristocrat turned ballerina, seeking employment to keep herself and her sister out of the poorhouse. When Geneviève agrees to play the part of Lysander’s intended, their fake relationship quickly turns into a very real attraction, and what started as another business deal becomes more than they bargained for. Howard (“Daring Dukes” series) kicks off her new “Taming of the Dukes” series with a scintillating story that is heartwarming, humorous, and hot. Lush detail and a lyrical writing style round out this fun, flirtatious narrative; some readers may wish to note that there is sparing use of profanity. Narrator Mary Jane Wells creates an engaging and enjoyable listening experience, giving a unique voice to each character, from aged butlers to acerbic aristocracy.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to fans looking for a playful and provocative Victorian romance with Pretty Woman vibes. Recommended for fans of Joanna Lowell, Elizabeth Everett, and Tessa Dare.
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