The Duke in Question
This lady is not at all a paragon of society…
Lady Bronwyn Chase leaves London on her brother’s passenger liner bound for America with a packet of secret letters that could get her into trouble. Serious trouble—the kind a duke’s sister shouldn’t be in; the kind that puts spymaster Valentine Medford, the Duke of Thornbury, on her trail. But as the duke gets closer to Bronwyn and the secrets she’s keeping, he’ll have to decide between the mysterious woman who calls to him, or his allegiance to the Crown.
Praise for the Daring Dukes series:
“Vivid, sensual and beautifully written… Amalie Howard tells a story with self-assured style, wit, and energy, making the book impossible to put down.”—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author, for The Princess Stakes
“Amalie Howard is the fresh voice historical romance needs right now… I will read every word she writes.”—Kerrigan Byrne, USA Today bestselling author
“Adventurous!”—Publishers Weekly for Rules for Heiresses
With this spirited Victorian romance, a loose sequel to 2021's Rules for Heiresses, Howard constructs a vibrant, witty adventure whose undercover leads enjoy sizzling chemistry under the covers. Retired spymaster Valentine Medford, Duke of Thornbury, is called back into service to track down the mysterious Kestrel—not realizing the "rogue operative" is hiding in plain sight. It's Lady Bronwyn Chase, sister to the Duke of Ashvale, who's determined to use her privilege to help the oppressed and disenfranchised. As she sets sail to Philadelphia bearing secret documents to aid the North in the U.S. Civil War, she's distressed to encounter Valentine aboard the same ship. She's so eager to allay suspicion that Valentine comes away from their first interaction thinking her an "avaricious nitwit." Even so, there's an undeniable mutual attraction that only grows as their travels take them to America and back to Europe. Caught in a web of intrigue and desire, Valentine and Bronwyn become reluctant partners in espionage—and rather less reluctant lovers—as they plunge into ever deeper danger. Howard touches upon the social inequalities and marginalization of the time, adding nuance and depth to this witty, suspenseful romance. By turns playful and tense, it's a thoroughly entertaining romp.