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Clueless meets Bridgerton in this spicy historical romance retelling by USA Today bestselling author Amalie Howard

Lady Vesper Lyndhurst is beautiful, clever, and popular. Afforded every luxury as a duke’s daughter, she fills her days with friends, intrigues, and a self-professed knack for matchmaking. She may have sworn off love for herself, but she is rather excellent at arranging it.

Faced with an insolvent estate, the Duke of Greydon has no choice but to return to England in a final attempt to revive his family’s fortunes. He’s been gone for years, happy to have escaped his mother and the petty circles of the ton. To his dismay, not much has changed, including the beautiful and vexing heiress next door.

But when an accident of fate traps the friends-turned-enemies in an attic together, the explosive attraction between them becomes impossible to ignore and even harder to resist. They are total opposites and their lives don’t align in the slightest, but fate, the ultimate matchmaker, appears to have other plans . . .


“Howard (Always Be My Duchess) pairs unconventional aristocrats in this page-turning Victorian romance. Howard’s admirable and progressive protagonists and Clueless-inspired plot are sure to have readers charmed.” Publishers Weekly

“Howard (Always Be My Duchess, 2022) once again deftly brings two characters together through quippy banter a lá Jane Austen while expertly choreographing a sizzling dance of seduction between her two protagonists that would have the author of Emma searching for a fan. Combine this with a thoughtfully developed, neurodivergent heroine and an intriguing plot that offers insights into the attempts to reform the treatment of mental illness in the Victorian era, and you have a love story that is both smart and sexy.” BOOKLIST

“A bright, charming love story of childhood friends and second chances with shades of Jane Austen and the ‘90s rom-com Clueless […] snappy dialogue and simmering sexual tension, doing justice to the story as a romance and as an homage to a romantic comedy classic. VERDICT Readers who enjoy a sense of modernity in their historical romance will enjoy the witty back-and-forth between “Lady Viper” and “Lord Ass,” even as the story explores the less romantic aspects of Regency society.” LIBRARY JOURNAL


“If you’ve ever wanted to see modern rom-com tropes play out in an enchanting period romance, the first book in Amalie Howard’s Taming of the Dukes series will sweep you off your feet. Always Be My Duchess is sweet, fun, and very steamy.” AppleBooks, Best Books of July

“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. A dashing, mocking heroine meets a cold-hearted duke who buys her time—and then steals her heart. Utterly delightful!” Eloisa James, NYT bestselling author

“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