The Duchess Effect

Avon. (American Royalty, Bk. 2). Jul. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780063084568. pap. $18.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
This sequel picks up shortly after the conclusion of American Royalty. American rapper Dani, whose stage name, Duchess, unexpectedly led to her newfound love with Britain’s Prince Jameson, is excited to finalize the deal that will take her skincare company to the next level. However, Jameson and Dani’s pairing has unforeseen consequences on their professional lives, leaving them vulnerable in ways they never imagined. When the queen, the UK’s monarch first and Jameson’s grandmother second, decides to use Jameson and Dani’s popularity to distract from her heir’s scandals, the couple will have to work hard to protect the life they’re building. While their backgrounds are extremely different, their painful pasts remain central to their present-day decision making, leading to secrets and conflict. These factors, plus interference from familiar antagonists and fickle media on both sides of the Atlantic, make Dani and Jameson’s path even more fraught.
VERDICT Sexy and insightful, this title should be popular with fans of multicultural, interracial, and royal, and romance novels.
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