A Duchess a Day
Author: Charis Michaels
Series: Awakened by a Kiss, book 1
Publisher: Avon (November 10, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Romance, Adult romance, Historical Romance (Regency)
Bestselling author Charis Michaels bursts onto the print scene with her Awakened by a Kiss series, taking our favorite fairy tales’ forgotten characters and making them the hero of their own story.
An heiress with a plan…
Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to escape her wedding to the vain and boring Duke of Lusk. She’s evaded, refused, even run away. When her family’s patience runs out, they pack her off to London to walk down the aisle. But Helena has another idea: find a more suitable bride to take her place, even if she must look for a replacement duchess every day.
A bodyguard with a job to do…
Declan Shaw, better known as “The Huntsman,” is a mercenary who can pick and choose his clientele. After his last job, escorting a young noblewoman to France, landed him in jail under false accusations, he wants nothing to do with aristocrats or women. But the law isn’t done with him, and if he agrees to babysit a duke’s errant fiancé, the payout could make his legal troubles go away.
A most unexpected alliance…
When their worlds collide, Declan realizes that containing his new client is only slightly harder than keeping his hands off her. Helena senses an ally in her handsome new bodyguard and solicits his help. Together they must escape the forces that oppose them and fight for the fairy-tale love they desire.
This book is just… so good. Like a perfectly ripe, crisp apple. First of all, that cover is FIRE. It’s got just enough Snow White looking elements to draw me in and go “oooh, this this a historical romance Snow White retelling?” I LOVE all the little Snow White elements in this book, each and everyone one tickled me with laughter.
The chemistry between Helena and Declan is… *fans self* WHEW. He’s hired to make sure she makes it to the altar with the duke she’s betrothed to, as she’s proven to be something of a runner. I LIVE for the sparks between them from moment one, and they’ve got that perfect sort of chemistry where there are major sparks but also this deep current of connection and warmth and familiarity. Their banter is amazing because they’re so totally on the same page. I did get a little bored of their capers to track down the seven potential replacement duchesses to hopefully take Helena’s place, but am glad I kept going because THAT ENDING. OH. MY. GOSH. I have a spoiler-free review policy and I’ve never been more frustrated about it because I so desperately want to flap my hands excitedly while talking about the glorious genius of that ending. I can’t even.
This is the first book in the Awakened by a Kiss series, and can be read as a stand alone. I’m really excited to see what sort of twist she brings to the next books in the series, which are supposed to be twists on Tinkerbell from Peter Pan and one of the stepsisters from Cinderella! Yes please!!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.