USA Today bestselling author Amalie Howard whisks you away with a historical romance full of drama, true love, and the perfect happily ever after. Readers will devour this tale of:
•A rebellious heiress determined to be independent
•A shunned duke forced to return to his family estate
•And a scandal between them that will have the whole town aflutter
Sometimes, finding love means flouting the rules…
Born to a life of privilege, Lady Ravenna Huntley rues the day that she must marry. She's refused dozens of suitors and cried off multiple betrothals, but running away—even if brash and foolhardy—is the only option left to secure her independence.
Lord Courtland Chase, grandson of the Duke of Ashvale, was driven from England at the behest of his cruel stepmother. Scorned and shunned, he swore never to return to the land of his birth. But when a twist of bad luck throws a rebellious heiress into his arms, at the very moment he finds out he's the new Duke, marriage is the only alternative to massive scandal.
Both are quick to deny it, but a wedding might be the only way out for both of them. And the attraction that burns between them makes Ravenna and Courtland wonder if it'll truly only be a marriage of convenience after all…
Praise for Amalie Howard:
"Her writing sparkles."—LISA KLEYPAS, New York Times bestselling author
"Smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance that I couldn't put down."—SARAH MACLEAN, New York Times bestselling author, for The Beast of Beswick
"Amalie Howard is the fresh voice historical romance needs right now."—KERRIGAN BYRNE, USA Today bestselling author
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Bridgerton fans, rejoice! Amalie Howard’s marriage-of-convenience novel will tide over romance lovers waiting for more of their favorite show. Lord Courtland Chase, Duke of Ashvale, has faced a lot of prejudice because of his mixed-race provenance, and he’s vowed never to sire a child who would face the same stigmas and obstacles. When Court is caught in a compromising position with his childhood friend, Lady Ravenna Huntley, and is forced to marry, he insists it will be a marriage in name only—but Ravenna has a mind of her own. Traveling from Antigua to London, this sweeping Victorian romance feels epic in scope. Court is a wonderful alpha hero who’s self-aware, and his journey to accept love is heartfelt and poignant.
Howard follows The Princess Stakes with an adventurous romance. It's 1864, and Lady Ravenna Huntley has found freedom from society's expectations by dressing as a male sailor and sneaking off to the high seas—but by the time she reaches Antigua, she's out of money and quickly running out of luck. Things only get worse when she's accused of cheating at cards by Courtland Chase, the boy-next-door-turned-duke to whom Ravenna was once betrothed—and whom she and the rest of London society believed to be dead. In reality, his spiteful stepmother pushed him out of his family home following his father's death and he's spent years building a business with his newly rediscovered Creole relatives. Shocked to be reunited, the pair are soon caught in a compromising situation, leading to a marriage of convenience that will save Ravenna from ruination and help legitimize Courtland's newly inherited title. But when they return to England, they face a host of hurdles including bigotry, classism, crime, and the relentless London rumor mill. A few action-packed chapters push forward at too hasty a pace, but Howard manages to keep the focus on the reluctant attraction between Ravenna and Courtland throughout all the twists and turns. Readers won't be disappointed.
Loved it for the second time
Second time I’ve read this and still loved this couple.
Hilarious, fun and steamy
I was literally grinning while reading this book, from literally the first chapter, it’s so entertaining. Highly recommend, it’s an exceptional balance of funny, fun, and romantic/steamy.
What a fun, unconventional, unique book. All the characters were well written.