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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for A Duchess a Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    What a fun bodyguard, forbidden romance! From the start, I was hooked on this book. Declan is in jail for crime he didn't commit and the only way he can get out is if he is a bodyguard for Helena and ensure she does not run away from her betrothal to an insufferable duke. I loved the chemistry between Declan and Helena and how much Declan was trying not to fall for her since his future depended on having her marry the duke. I loved how the seven dwarfs were integrated into the story and it was f What a fun bodyguard, forbidden romance! From the start, I was hooked on this book. Declan is in jail for crime he didn't commit and the only way he can get out is if he is a bodyguard for Helena and ensure she does not run away from her betrothal to an insufferable duke. I loved the chemistry between Declan and Helena and how much Declan was trying not to fall for her since his future depended on having her marry the duke. I loved how the seven dwarfs were integrated into the story and it was fun watching Helena and Declan run around trying to find women who would be suitable brides for the duke so that Helena could be free. The romance even got a little angsty at the end, which I loved. This was just a fun romance and I would definitely recommend it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

        Lady Helena Lark, an heiress with a plan, has spent years trying to escape her betrothal and pending wedding to the drunk and dull Duke of Lusk, Bradley Gridleston. She’s evaded, refused, and even ran away—more than a handful of times. 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 (which later to be reveal     Lady Helena Lark, an heiress with a plan, has spent years trying to escape her betrothal and pending wedding to the drunk and dull Duke of Lusk, Bradley Gridleston. She’s evaded, refused, and even ran away—more than a handful of times. 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 (which later to be revealed as a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reference) that prompts an unlikely alliance with Declan Shaw, better known as “The Huntsman,” who is a mercenary who can pick and choose his clientele. After his last job, escorting a young noblewoman, Knightly Snow, 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. When their polar opposite worlds collide, Declan realizes that containing his new client is only slightly harder than keeping his hands off her while 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, leaving readers with a strong lasting impression. Embarking on this read, I am shook. This was waaaaaay better than I had originally expected and to think I wasn’t going to request this ARC on Netgalley but thank goodness I ignored my stupid thoughts and took the plunge. Helena was hands down one of the best heroines I have read in a historical romance in a very long long time! She oozes confidence, was playful and forward with Declan, and remained true to herself throughout the novel. Declan and Helena had a great balance in their romance. There wasn’t any winey, woe me moments and they took a realistic approach to their bubbling relationship (pros/cons) and made it work. They complimented each other so well despite their backgrounds and I instantly fell in love with these characters and that also included the sides Knightly (she’s a riot!) and Lusk (more so after Knightly resurfaces). I sincerely hope the next installment to the series, ‘When You Wish Upon a Duke’, features Knightly and Lusk. The Duke truly did awakened by a kiss before doing a 180 when she came out of hiding. He was no longer dull, boring, drunk and a pushover when it came to his uncle. I really need more of this couple now and I would be utterly devastated if we don’t get to see more of them in the future. My fingers are crossed!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    I am IN LOVE with that cover. I half-expect blue birds to burst out of those bushes and start singing a song about being part of a world and wanting more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    So I finished today. It was a really sweet story. I am sitting at 4 stars with it. I really liked.. The unique story was fun. I liked the set up and the interactions that Declan and Helena had. She was so smart and her plans for getting out of her betrothal are really fun. I really liked that they were on the same side for a good part of the book. I loved their marriage in the dead of night. And I also loved that this Snow White part of this was about Knightly and not about Helena. I was getting So I finished today. It was a really sweet story. I am sitting at 4 stars with it. I really liked.. The unique story was fun. I liked the set up and the interactions that Declan and Helena had. She was so smart and her plans for getting out of her betrothal are really fun. I really liked that they were on the same side for a good part of the book. I loved their marriage in the dead of night. And I also loved that this Snow White part of this was about Knightly and not about Helena. I was getting a bit confused about that, but I liked where it went eventually. It was sweet, sexy, and fun. I can't really say that I disliked much of it, I just also don't think it will stick with me longer than a week or 2. Like, it doesn't stand out or anything.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: 4.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋 Romance: 💞💞💞💞 Emotional Depth:💔💔💔 Sexual Tension:⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 Number of Sex Scenes: 🍆🍆 (All these are personal opinion on a 1-5 scale) This was my first Charis Michaels and boy, am I sold. I already have 5 of her 6 books published coming to me from the library. Rarely do a find a writer that just interests me so quickly. Wraps me up in the world of the story where I’m so eager to keep reading. I absolut Overall: 4.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋 Romance: 💞💞💞💞 Emotional Depth:💔💔💔 Sexual Tension:⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 Number of Sex Scenes: 🍆🍆 (All these are personal opinion on a 1-5 scale) This was my first Charis Michaels and boy, am I sold. I already have 5 of her 6 books published coming to me from the library. Rarely do a find a writer that just interests me so quickly. Wraps me up in the world of the story where I’m so eager to keep reading. I absolutely adored her writing style. This book is a Snow White and the Seven Dwarves retelling, in a way and I absolutely love the way it was done. Clever, clever. I adore fairy tale retellings. Our heroine is Helena and she’s been betrothed to the uninspiring Duke of Lusk for years. She has begged, pleaded, and ran away to try to escape her wedding. But, the time has come, and the Duke’s uncle is going to make sure she will walk down the aisle. In steps our criminal, err hero - Declan. Found in Newgate Prison, he’s hired to keep Helena where she should be, following her every step right up until she’s walking down the aisle. He’s willing to do about anything to get out of jail. Give this book a try if you want: - Forced proximity – these two are on page together the whole book and it’s glorious - Fairy tale retelling – Snow White version - Class differences – heroine is the daughter of an earl and hero is a commoner - Lower steam – lots of touches and kisses but only 1 full sex scene (The tension and kisses make this book feel a bit steamier) - Lower angst – there’s some worry about what will happen but ultimately the story is about the hero and heroine working together towards a goal and growing closure with every chapter. - I also put it under masquerade, but it's a smaller part of the book closer to the end. Helena was a delight to me. She’s got a problem (her engagement) and she is not going to sit around and bemoan the circumstances of her life. She’s going to do something about it, whether anyone will help her or not. She has both her parents and 3 sisters, but she is not close to any of them. There’s a small family dynamic that goes on with the sisters that I rather enjoyed. Made the characters feel all the more real. Declan, it’s kind of hard for me to peg what kind of hero he is. If you read it, let me know what you think. He doesn’t really feel like an alpha to me, but he’s not all beta either. It’s like he’s the best of both worlds wrapped up in one man. He cares so much, and he lets the Helena take the lead but he draws the line where it needs to be drawn. I enjoyed him. Things that bring down the rating just a tad for me was a wish there was one intimate scene that went a little further. They had such great tension and the kisses were so so good, but I wanted it to go just a little further, at least once. Also some things were just borderline silly. Some things made me wonder, would that actually even happen or be possible??? But I am not a stickler about that stuff, and just went along for the ride. Just a small note – I really wish they would have gone off to the apple orchard Helena talks about so much in the story. I was wanting to experience that since her love for it was so vibrant. While not hilariously funny (thinking of the slap stick situations of Tessa Dare), I found Michael’s writing to have my favorite kind of humor. Woven throughout the story, a line here and there relating to a specific character or situation. Witty and clever writing. Also, I actually was surprised by the ending. And while it was a bit silly, I quite loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    DNF @ 42% A friend of mine has a way of describing certain historicals like this one: Regency Disneyland. And if ever there was a book that fit that category, it's this one. The book is ridiculous, full stop. Some readers like that. I'm not one of them. I was very intrigued by the fairytale retelling element, as that's usually something I enjoy. However, I couldn't get past the sheer nonsense and hand waving of reality. A man who has been locked up in Newgate on one cup of gruel a day does not em DNF @ 42% A friend of mine has a way of describing certain historicals like this one: Regency Disneyland. And if ever there was a book that fit that category, it's this one. The book is ridiculous, full stop. Some readers like that. I'm not one of them. I was very intrigued by the fairytale retelling element, as that's usually something I enjoy. However, I couldn't get past the sheer nonsense and hand waving of reality. A man who has been locked up in Newgate on one cup of gruel a day does not emerge still heavily muscled. He would be thin and haggard and his skin a disaster. How does he go from Newgate prisoner in the morning to busting out of his groom's livery in the afternoon? The pace of the romance makes no sense to me, nor does a great deal of what occurs in the first half of the book have any root in historical reality, other than the characters are all dressed up in the appropriate period costume (hence, Regency Disneyland). This one was definitely not for me. Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for proving an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    This was a new to me author and I couldn’t pass up that synopsis. I loved Helena and Declan. She’s determined and he’s smitten and together they have some fantastic scenes. I loved their honesty, willingness to help each other, and the natural progression of the relationship. Yes, there’s instant interest, but it’s not insta-love. Plot wise, it was good. I liked Helena’s idea of getting other ladies to audition (of sorts) and even though the act of meeting them was repetitive, each woman was dif This was a new to me author and I couldn’t pass up that synopsis. I loved Helena and Declan. She’s determined and he’s smitten and together they have some fantastic scenes. I loved their honesty, willingness to help each other, and the natural progression of the relationship. Yes, there’s instant interest, but it’s not insta-love. Plot wise, it was good. I liked Helena’s idea of getting other ladies to audition (of sorts) and even though the act of meeting them was repetitive, each woman was different. There is a bit of push and pull between Helena and Declan, but (as he puts it), she’s relentless. I will say that I was sort of annoyed at the last bit of resolution for Declan. I won’t spoil anything, but it was something serious and was dealt with so flippantly. Overall, the characters were so much fun and I love this different sort of fairy tale. I can’t wait to read the next one. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I have read many Beauty and the Beast retellings. I love a good fairy tale. This is my first Snow White retelling and my first book by Charis Michaels and I am 100% sold on both! I think I fell a little in love with Declan as the Huntsman and certainly loved his and Helena's love story. It was fun and light and just steamy enough to keep you wanting a little more. Their story resolved in such a clever way and I can't wait for the next book! I have read many Beauty and the Beast retellings. I love a good fairy tale. This is my first Snow White retelling and my first book by Charis Michaels and I am 100% sold on both! I think I fell a little in love with Declan as the Huntsman and certainly loved his and Helena's love story. It was fun and light and just steamy enough to keep you wanting a little more. Their story resolved in such a clever way and I can't wait for the next book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    Truly a 4.5 star rating. I loved this a whole lot! This was much more of a Snow White and the Huntsman retelling than I had thought I was going to get, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Especially the tie in with the dwarves. 🤣 Both Helena and Declan were loveable characters in their own way, though I can see people having a tough time loving Helena in parts of this story. I was loving all of the stolen steamy moments between our couple, and when they finally became one, I thought it was very swe Truly a 4.5 star rating. I loved this a whole lot! This was much more of a Snow White and the Huntsman retelling than I had thought I was going to get, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Especially the tie in with the dwarves. 🤣 Both Helena and Declan were loveable characters in their own way, though I can see people having a tough time loving Helena in parts of this story. I was loving all of the stolen steamy moments between our couple, and when they finally became one, I thought it was very sweet and genuine, with all of the cards on the table at the time it happened. I am looking forward to exploring more from this author, and will DEVOUR any sequel that comes out in this series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    4.5 stars! In the five years she’s been betrothed to the Duke of Lusk, Lady Helena Lark has tried everything she can think of to escape the match. The man is wholly uninterested in marrying, but her refusals have nonetheless all failed and her family is determined to see the lucrative match finally come to fruition. But Helena has one last idea to make good on her escape: find another bride for Lusk. Declan Shaw, a former soldier turned mercenary, better known as The Huntsman, is well-known for hi 4.5 stars! In the five years she’s been betrothed to the Duke of Lusk, Lady Helena Lark has tried everything she can think of to escape the match. The man is wholly uninterested in marrying, but her refusals have nonetheless all failed and her family is determined to see the lucrative match finally come to fruition. But Helena has one last idea to make good on her escape: find another bride for Lusk. Declan Shaw, a former soldier turned mercenary, better known as The Huntsman, is well-known for his skill and has his pick of wealthy clients. His last job seeing a young noblewoman to the south of France ended in disaster, with Declan imprisoned and falsely accused of kidnapping his charge. He’s not interested in having anything further to do with the aristocracy, but is left little choice if he hopes to be released from prison so he agrees to mind the duke’s fiancé and see she makes it down the aisle. But when Declan meets Helena, he finds her utterly irresistible. She senses his reluctance to aid the duke and enlists him as an ally. Against his own rules forbidding involvement with a client, Declan is soon all in with Helena, helping her enact her plan to see herself free of Lusk and securely in Declan’s arms instead. I do love a good fairytale retelling, and this was a cute one. I’ve never read anything quite like it and while some of the plot points still don’t quite make sense to me, I really don’t even mind. I adored Declan as the initially somewhat reluctant hero. Once he decided he was all in, there was no hesitation and he was fully committed to Helena. She was just as steadfastly loyal to him and their determination to be together no matter what made this a delight to read. I loved that Helena was fiercely determined to have her freedom and make her own way, but she never came off as shrewishly insufferable or arrogant as is the case so often with heroines lately. Instead, she was willing to reevaluate and admit to being wrong, considering Declan’s feelings along with her own. I enjoyed picking out all the nods to Snow White and they gave this regency a refreshingly whimsical feel. I’m continuing this series and looking forward to the next fairytale. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    A Duchess a Day is a fun, smart, and romantic love story. The novel focuses on Declan Shaw and Lady Helena Lark, a mercenary and an heiress. Declan is a mercenary wrongly imprisoned for murder. When he has the opportunity to be released with the agreement to serve as an heiresses bodyguard, Declan reluctantly takes the offer. Helena is an heiress who has been trying to break her engagement to a disinterested, inebriated, and philandering fiancee for five years. An unwilling participant in an arra A Duchess a Day is a fun, smart, and romantic love story. The novel focuses on Declan Shaw and Lady Helena Lark, a mercenary and an heiress. Declan is a mercenary wrongly imprisoned for murder. When he has the opportunity to be released with the agreement to serve as an heiresses bodyguard, Declan reluctantly takes the offer. Helena is an heiress who has been trying to break her engagement to a disinterested, inebriated, and philandering fiancee for five years. An unwilling participant in an arranged marriage, Helena refuses to be a pawn in her parents’ greedy schemes, especially when her marriage will result in the destruction of the land that she holds dear. Helena determines, with Declan’s help, to find other suitable women to entice her betrothed and, hopefully, break the engagement. However, neither Helena nor Declan planned to develop feelings for each other, especially considering the impossible positions they are both in. How can they be together when life threatens to tear them apart? I loved Helena and Declan’s story. They are so different, yet they complement each other well. Declan is tough, while Helena is naive. He is experienced, and she is innocent. However, both are passionate, strong, and stubborn, and they both have a quick wit, which adds to their fantastic chemistry. They also seem to understand each other well. As both characters are misunderstood and used, Helena and Declan are drawn to one another. I loved how their relationship blossomed. Unfortunately, Declan doesn’t feel like he is good enough for Helena. She is an heiress, and he is a mercenary. He has the threat of prison looming over him, and he has three family members to care for. He doesn’t want to burden her with his problems. Helena, in turn, feels invisible and helpless and has no one to turn to. She hates the vapid, materialistic society that her parents have forced her to be a part of and wishes to return to her quieter life at her apple orchard. Declan is the first person to really see her, understand her, and support her. The pair brings out the best in each other, and their characters are dynamically developed. A Duchess a Day is a witty and swoon-worthy historical romance with dynamic protagonists and a well-paced plot. Readers who enjoy feisty main characters and a HEA will love this story! Thanks so much to Netgalley and Avon for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ida Maria

    What do you need with more than one new lockdown regulation a day coming your way? A Duchess a Day. Clearly. If there ever was a time to get into the wonderfully absurd but uplifting, funny, romantic and fantastical world of regency love captured in novels competing with one another for "most awful cover" every day of the year- this is it. The book opens with the male main character's point of view and it starts out in a prison. Already I was hooked. Quite an unusual start to a regency romance- Y What do you need with more than one new lockdown regulation a day coming your way? A Duchess a Day. Clearly. If there ever was a time to get into the wonderfully absurd but uplifting, funny, romantic and fantastical world of regency love captured in novels competing with one another for "most awful cover" every day of the year- this is it. The book opens with the male main character's point of view and it starts out in a prison. Already I was hooked. Quite an unusual start to a regency romance- YAAS PLEASE! Declan aka the Huntsman aka a delicious snack of a man is the ideal swoon worthy imposing not-so gentleman rake a lot of us reading these novels have a serious soft spot for (despite or maybe because of all the hard, hard muscles they display). Anyway, objectification aside, Declan is...wonderful. I liked him from the get-go. Usually characters have to grow on me, especially the rogues, but the Huntsman...aaahh. I don't exactly know what it was about him, maybe his hilarious thoughts in comparison to what he ended up saying, how he deals with absurd situations, how he cares for his father and sisters...there was a lot to love and I did end up loving it. He is hired to guard a young Lady who is to marry a bloke one would evidently want to bolt from marrying. The huntsman is to prevent such a thing from happening and finds himself being hired as a mix between bodyguard/chaperone/ nanny/gouvernante/jack of all trades/companion. The Lady of course is Helena and her eyes are not firmly set on "the prize of matrimony". And she has been quite effective in not being married off. But now, alas, it seems she is finally snared in and the family she is to marry into makes sure she doesn't stray this time. I am glad the book did comment on how absurd it is none the less that one would hire an accused felon for the task of getting a girl married, however innocent Declan might acutally be. Helena meets Declan as her personal groom, a servant of the house, and is therefore in a position of "not-knowing", compared to the readers, which makes for an interesting read and development. But it's by no means boring for the reader, because while the main outcome of course is quite predictable, there are a lot of obstacles that are not so easily overcome. If Declan fails to "deliver" the bride-to-be for example he is promised to not only lose the money his family desperately needs, but also his freedom. And how could he then be with Helena? Why 3.5 and not 5 stars? Because there are obvious flaws that I just cannot ignore. A man out of prison, locked up under the conditions described in the book, does not look like Declan does. Also this was advertised as a regency fairytale retelling. I don't really think it did that justice. Yes, Declan is also called Huntsman, but none of the other essential traits of Snowwhite was met here other than Helena having white skin, balck hair and she enjoys growing apples. She has green eyes and no "little friends", she still has both parents and sisters. Of course, later on Knightly Snow shows up and puts a new spin on the fairytale perspective, but reallly.... when we talk Fairytale I think original (in which a prince wakes her up with a kiss) and not a semi-convincing take on Snowwhite and the Huntsman with Kirsten Steward. Ugh. And then some Disney dwarf versions thrown into the mix just for good luck. Maybe an US American audience is targeted more by this. I wasn't it. For anyone who wants to read this despite my points of ciriticism I say: DO IT! The attraction is already sizzling in the thrid chapter, the dialogues are full of banter, the female lead is feisty and Declan put it quite nicely when he says that "In my experience, disaster proliferates when females are involved". And even though this could be viewed as a sexist and totally inappropriate comment, it does hold true in a very entertaining way in this book. It's not overly sexy and this author is no Tessa Dare, but it's okay.

  13. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    A fun read! A fanciful Regency romance cleverly using the Snow White tradition as the organizing motif to give us a wonderfully witty romance. This fractured regency fairytale has a skew of cleverly inserted identifiable parts. Lady Helena Lark has been evading her arranged marriage to the Duke of Lusk for years, using more outrageously creative attempts as time moves on. Declan Shaw, a mercenary dubbed “The Huntsman” languishing in Newgate prison is released on the condition that he will guard Hel A fun read! A fanciful Regency romance cleverly using the Snow White tradition as the organizing motif to give us a wonderfully witty romance. This fractured regency fairytale has a skew of cleverly inserted identifiable parts. Lady Helena Lark has been evading her arranged marriage to the Duke of Lusk for years, using more outrageously creative attempts as time moves on. Declan Shaw, a mercenary dubbed “The Huntsman” languishing in Newgate prison is released on the condition that he will guard Helena and prevent her from escaping her upcoming nuptials. Helena has other ideas. Declan is faced with a rather different challenge. Guarding this astonishing woman is a test in more ways than one. His amazement as Helena plots with all the confidence and ability of the best of spies equals my delight at Helena's capabilities. Helena plans to introduce alternative candidates to Lusk as part of her campaign. Her seven potential duchesses list riffs off the seven dwarfs--Sleepy, Happy etc. Helen's bodyguard and protector Declan (remember the Huntsman movie!) is fabulous. The swapped roles with Lusk who seems removed to the point of sleepiness and is awakened by a surprising entry is nicely drawn. Indeed explosive! All the best elements are present, aided by a strong plot and tight writing, to give us a three W read--Wow factor, Winsome and Wonderful! A HarperCollins ARC via NetGalley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Declan Shaw is rotting in Newgate, charged with a crime he did not commit. He was hired by the palace to escort Miss Knightly Snow to her aunt in the south of France, but Miss Snow disappears and Declan is charged with abduction and foul play, with the threat of murder hanging over his head. He has tried without success and at considerable expense to have the charges dropped, but to no avail. But all that changes when he is visited by Titus Girdleston, the uncle to the Duke of Lusk. He tells Dec Declan Shaw is rotting in Newgate, charged with a crime he did not commit. He was hired by the palace to escort Miss Knightly Snow to her aunt in the south of France, but Miss Snow disappears and Declan is charged with abduction and foul play, with the threat of murder hanging over his head. He has tried without success and at considerable expense to have the charges dropped, but to no avail. But all that changes when he is visited by Titus Girdleston, the uncle to the Duke of Lusk. He tells Declan that The Duke is betrothed to Lady Helena Lark, but the lady is not thrilled at the prospect of marrying the duke – she has evaded the marriage for the last five years, but has at last agreed to come to London. Girdleston wants Declan to guard her and make sure she doesn’t bolt – the reward if he succeeds is great, enough to settle his debts and care for his father and sisters, not to mention having the charges against him dropped. But if he fails, he will get nothing and quite possibly will be returned to jail. With no opinions, Declan accepts – besides, how hard could watching a young woman and delivering her to her wedding possibly be? Lady Helena Lark has used many strategies over the years to put off marriage to the duke – she knows he doesn’t want her, but their families want the land that her grandmother left her – the land that contains a summerhouse that she calls home, her apple orchard, a forest and tenants – all of which will be lost if she marries the duke. She is determined to end her betrothal and has the perfect plan – she will find a new duchess for the duke – because if he jilts her, her family will finally let her retire to her forest in peace. When she arrives in town, she is prepared for Girdleston’s spies – but even knowing isn’t enough to stop her immediate fascination with Declan. She has never felt even the slightest attraction to a man before – but she is drawn to Declan and hopes to win him to her side. Helena waits until everyone is asleep and slips out to the stables to talk to Declan – he tries to resist, but he is just as taken with her as she is with him and cajoles him into helping her. And against his better judgement, he tells her he will help her and then to make matters worse – he kisses her. He is angry with himself and fully intends to resist her and to inform Girdleston of her plan – but he can’t and finds himself falling under her spell. But he has secrets and while he will help her, he can’t afford to lose his heart to her, but will he be able to walk away? I really loved this story, it was a fun tale with a bit of a Snow White twist – Helena and Declan are both wonderful characters and I loved their interactions and dedication to each other – which never wavered, no matter how dismal things appeared. The story is well written, fast paced, filled with witty banter, schemes, secrets, surprising twists and turns, a couple of warm love scenes, great secondary characters and a very satisfying ending complete with a epilogue, The copy I read was an uncorrected proof, so I assume that the typos and title errors will be corrected by publication and did not factor them into my review rating. This is the first book in the new series and I am hooked – I highly recommend this book and am really looking forward to the next installment. **I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that I requested and was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    2-2.5 🤷🏻‍♀️ I hate doing negative reviews, but this just wasn’t great. The romance was sweet, and the author added some cute elements that pertain to Snow White (as this is a retelling of the Huntsman’s story). But, those are the main positive points. It was fun, fluffy, and cute, but it missed the mark. Don’t go into this expecting much steam, because you won’t find it. Lastly, the ending was pretty silly. I saw another reviewer (I’m sorry, I can’t recall their name) refer to this a “Disney Reg 2-2.5 🤷🏻‍♀️ I hate doing negative reviews, but this just wasn’t great. The romance was sweet, and the author added some cute elements that pertain to Snow White (as this is a retelling of the Huntsman’s story). But, those are the main positive points. It was fun, fluffy, and cute, but it missed the mark. Don’t go into this expecting much steam, because you won’t find it. Lastly, the ending was pretty silly. I saw another reviewer (I’m sorry, I can’t recall their name) refer to this a “Disney Regency,” and I’d say that was accurate.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alycia

    Sometimes we want to like a specific book or author, the synopsis sounds great, the book has beautiful cover art, the genre is a favorite preference, but sadly the stars do not align and a reader has to declare a DNF (did not finish). This is what happened to me with "A Duchess A Day." I love the play on the prosaic phrase " an apple a day" with the title. I believe the story was a fairy tale retelling of Snow White there were subtle hints in the story, but I had to give up on this book. Which i Sometimes we want to like a specific book or author, the synopsis sounds great, the book has beautiful cover art, the genre is a favorite preference, but sadly the stars do not align and a reader has to declare a DNF (did not finish). This is what happened to me with "A Duchess A Day." I love the play on the prosaic phrase " an apple a day" with the title. I believe the story was a fairy tale retelling of Snow White there were subtle hints in the story, but I had to give up on this book. Which is sad because I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. This book starts out by introducing Lady Helena Lark, who has been somewhat successful at avoiding her betrothed marriage to a dullard, the Duke of Lusk. The day has finally come when avoidance or theatrics will not keep this marriage at bay that the couple does not seem to want. But it would financially benefit both families, so it must happen. The Duke's uncle runs the Duke and can be likened to the Evil Queen in the fairy tale of Snow white. I"m not sure what that makes the Duke, though, Dopey in the Disney version? Declan Shaw, a mercenary is hired to keep Lade Helena at the property to be delivered like a trussed up turkey in wedding finery on said day. She uses her wit and sarcasm to enlist Declan and potential others to help find a more suitable bride for the Duke so she may go back to her apple orchards and crofters. You know eventually that Lady Helena will fall in love with Declan, how they get to that point, is the rest of the story. It sounds like an interesting premise, however the start of the story was slow, it was hard to have drive to read this book, the only conclusion I can make in my near perpetual state of sleep like the poisoned Snow White, is that the author and I don't jive. It happens as a reader, even when we don't want it to happen. It a perfect scenario, all books read would be five stars. This book may be fine for some readers, I certainly don't ding it like some books, but this is my second abandoned book by the author. I will move on, and give my rating on what I read as a two star read. Thank you to Avon and NetGalley for giving this recently returned book reviewer the opportunity to read this book. If you are a fan of the author, I hope you enjoy this story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I so much enjoyed reading this one and am impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. What I loved the most about A Duchess A Day was, of course, the writing. It was excellent and on point the entire time. I also loved the overarching theme of the fairy tale. It wasn't an exact retelling but it was heavily influenced by it. The plot, character, storylines were just lightly infused with the fairy tale. It was like a dusting of Snow Whi To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I so much enjoyed reading this one and am impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. What I loved the most about A Duchess A Day was, of course, the writing. It was excellent and on point the entire time. I also loved the overarching theme of the fairy tale. It wasn't an exact retelling but it was heavily influenced by it. The plot, character, storylines were just lightly infused with the fairy tale. It was like a dusting of Snow White. Not to say it wasn't done well- because it was done excellently. I loved it so much! the balance was fantastic. The only downfall to reading an ARC months in advance of it's release, is you have to wait even longer for the sequel! This book should be on your preorder list immediately!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    Oh this was another good read by Charis Michaels. Her stories are almost always heartfelt. This was good one if not a bit odd. The overall storyline of Helena trying to find a replacement bride just seemed silly. Anyway, it all worked out in the end, even if it seemed like it all just fell together in the end with no work. I still liked it. Mostly because the relationship between these two was just so awww. Helena and Declan are drawn to each other the moment they are truly alone and just can't Oh this was another good read by Charis Michaels. Her stories are almost always heartfelt. This was good one if not a bit odd. The overall storyline of Helena trying to find a replacement bride just seemed silly. Anyway, it all worked out in the end, even if it seemed like it all just fell together in the end with no work. I still liked it. Mostly because the relationship between these two was just so awww. Helena and Declan are drawn to each other the moment they are truly alone and just can't seem to resist kissing one another. It just gets better along the way. They have these stolen moments that I really loved. It was very sweet. Recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to avoid getting married to the Duke of Lusk (and yes, Lark and Lusk got mixed up in my head more than once while reading this book) in order to stay on the land that her grandmother left her and grow apples. Her family finally forces them together in order to make money from the land via the Duke of Lusk using it for transporting goods from his mine near the property. She has run before though so Declan Shaw, a mercenary known as "The Huntsman" is hired f Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to avoid getting married to the Duke of Lusk (and yes, Lark and Lusk got mixed up in my head more than once while reading this book) in order to stay on the land that her grandmother left her and grow apples. Her family finally forces them together in order to make money from the land via the Duke of Lusk using it for transporting goods from his mine near the property. She has run before though so Declan Shaw, a mercenary known as "The Huntsman" is hired from prison to keep track of her and make sure she doesn't run away again. Motivated by money and the desire to not go back to prison he is determined to see her married off to the Duke, that is until he actually sees her. Unable to keep their hands off each other, Lady Helena Lark comes up with a plan to find another bride more suitable for the Duke, and Declan goes along with her plan because it's one sure way to keep his eyes (and hands) on her. While the story was worth finishing, there were just some aspects of it that weren't my cup of tea. Helena's family for one was just awful. I really disliked them all minus maybe the sister that was nice to her at the end, but where was her support throughout the rest of the story? I also dislike the 180 degree personality change near the end of the book. I wont say more than that because *spoilers* I like that Helena nicknamed all the women she tried to pawn off on the Duke after the seven dwarfs, and I honestly liked some of those characters. I hope upcoming books feature some of those girls. *Fingers crossed*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    Declan Shaw is a mercenary known as "the Huntsman" who finds himself in jail under false accusations. Meamwhile, Lady Helena Lark has been trying to avoid getting married to the Duke of Lusk for the last five years. Declan is approached with an offer to get released from jail, and a tempting payoff, if he can only make sure Helena doesn't run away from her wedding with the Duke. Helena schemes to get out of her upcoming marriage with the Duke once and for all and enlists Declan's help. Once they Declan Shaw is a mercenary known as "the Huntsman" who finds himself in jail under false accusations. Meamwhile, Lady Helena Lark has been trying to avoid getting married to the Duke of Lusk for the last five years. Declan is approached with an offer to get released from jail, and a tempting payoff, if he can only make sure Helena doesn't run away from her wedding with the Duke. Helena schemes to get out of her upcoming marriage with the Duke once and for all and enlists Declan's help. Once they begin working closely feelings develop between Declan and Helena as they try to get out of the tangled mess they're in and claim their own happily ever after together. I loved the premise of this book and the cover is absolutely beautiful. The first chapter really drew me in and had me hooked to find out how this little plot would resolve. I loved the unique way the author used some of the elements of Snow White, it gave this story a very regency like fairy tale feel that was a lot of fun. But I felt like the romance between the two characters was too rushed, it didn't feel real to me, they went from attraction to love in the blink of an eye, and I had a hard time being invested in their love story. I was a little frustrated with Helena's selfishness and found her a difficult character to like. There was very little depth to any of the characters actually and I wasn't as emotionally invested in their lives as I had hoped to be. The ending was wrapped up too neatly and too quickly and wasn't as satisfyingly as I had hoped. But overall this was a fun read with a unique twist on Snow White. I'm interested to read more of this series from this author. I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to escape her wedding to the Duke of Lusk, with no luck. Her newest plan: trying to find a replacement bride. Declan Shaw is a mercenary whose last job landed him falsely accused and jailed. He is blackmailed by the Duke of Lusk's uncle to mind the difficult lady and make sure she gets to the alter. Helena is not what Declan expects, and he soon finds himself siding with her and helping with her outrageous plan. This is a charming story! It is the first of Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to escape her wedding to the Duke of Lusk, with no luck. Her newest plan: trying to find a replacement bride. Declan Shaw is a mercenary whose last job landed him falsely accused and jailed. He is blackmailed by the Duke of Lusk's uncle to mind the difficult lady and make sure she gets to the alter. Helena is not what Declan expects, and he soon finds himself siding with her and helping with her outrageous plan. This is a charming story! It is the first of a new series of fairytale reimaginings. This one is reminiscent of Snow White. It features a "Huntsman" hero, a woodland-loving and apple harvesting heroine, potential duchesses nicknamed after the seven dwarves, and an "awakening" kiss. I enjoyed the writing, which was engaging and humorous, and liked the tension and the fun partnership that developed between the heroine and heroine. Tropes: Fairytale Reimagining, Arranged Marriage, Protector, Class Difference

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    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 t 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. Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    A Duchess a Day has one of the most gorgeous, whimsical covers! This historical romance is a spin on the classic fairy tale, Snow White. It’s a bodyguard romance between “the Hunstman” and Lady Helena but with twists on the classic fairy tale! All the nods to Snow White were a lot of fun and make for a delightful, light-hearted read. Lady Helena Lark is the daughter of an Earl who is reluctantly betrothed to a Duke. Helena really doesn’t want to get married. Being controlled & having to leave her A Duchess a Day has one of the most gorgeous, whimsical covers! This historical romance is a spin on the classic fairy tale, Snow White. It’s a bodyguard romance between “the Hunstman” and Lady Helena but with twists on the classic fairy tale! All the nods to Snow White were a lot of fun and make for a delightful, light-hearted read. Lady Helena Lark is the daughter of an Earl who is reluctantly betrothed to a Duke. Helena really doesn’t want to get married. Being controlled & having to leave her precious forest and apple orchard behind is her worst nightmare, so for the past 5 years she has tried everything to get out of the engagement: feigning sickness, feigning madness, applied to be a nun, declared herself too old, then too young, declared herself disagreeable in every way, and ran away (5 times). But her parents’ great wealth, influence, and the fact that her family’s property neighbors the Duke’s & would greatly assist his mining operation seem to absolve her every time. Her fiancé is a 33-year-old man-child whose uncle controls every aspect of his life. At the beginning of the story, the Duke’s Uncle goes to Newgate Prison to hire a bodyguard for Helena. Declan Shaw (aka “the Huntsman”) is a mercenary who is locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. And the only way out of it is to become the bodyguard to Helena, ensuring her safety and that she doesn’t bolt before the wedding. But Helena has the perfect plan to rid herself of the Duke, she will find the perfect future-Duchess for him...who of course will not be Helena and she’ll get the Duke to jilt her before the wedding. She enlists Declan to help her find suitable replacements for the Duke, and she & Declan start to fall for one another while adventuring together on this “find a different Duchess” mission. I will say the romance was very insta-lovey (which can be ok) but I didn’t feel the connection between Declan & Helena as much as I wanted. While it wasn’t a new fav, it was definitely a fun, whimsical historical romance with a fairy tale spin that I think others might enjoy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rupe

    I recieved an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review. Helena Lark has been engaged to the detestable Duke of Lusk for 5 years, She has tried everything to avoid marrying Lusk, and has even gotten to the point of running away. The Duke's uncle hires mercenary Declan Shaw straight from Newgate to make sure that Helena doesn't go anywhere again. Helena pulls Declan into her scheme of finding a new bride for Lusk, and hoping that he throws her over for a new love. I enjo I recieved an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review. Helena Lark has been engaged to the detestable Duke of Lusk for 5 years, She has tried everything to avoid marrying Lusk, and has even gotten to the point of running away. The Duke's uncle hires mercenary Declan Shaw straight from Newgate to make sure that Helena doesn't go anywhere again. Helena pulls Declan into her scheme of finding a new bride for Lusk, and hoping that he throws her over for a new love. I enjoyed this book. I wouldn't say that I loved it, but it was cute. I liked the idea of all the girls having similar qualities to the 7 dwarfs since this is a retelling of Snow White. I thought Helena was a strong character, but at times I wish I felt more of her despair about her situation. She was always overly optimistic. If I was being forced to marry someone I loathed, and my plans weren't working out I would have felt like the world was closing in on me. I wanted to feel some of that from her. I liked Declan too. I thought it was interesting he was a groom, and that anyone believed it since he was so big and muscular. I felt that the reasons they would have trouble being together were legitimate and that kept the plot going. The only other thing that bugged me was how easily everything was wrapped out. It felt a little rushed. Overall, it was a sweet story and I'm looking forward to reading the next book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I received this book as an advanced reader copy in a give-away. "A Duchess a Day" is the first book in Charis Michaels' "Awakened by a Kiss" series, and it is an excellent start to any historical romance series. "A Duchess a Day" follows the adventures of an heiress who is desperately trying to get out of an arranged marriage to a duke, and the felon bodyguard blackmailed to keep her in line. Slightly inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, this regency romance is light, funny, a bit steamy I received this book as an advanced reader copy in a give-away. "A Duchess a Day" is the first book in Charis Michaels' "Awakened by a Kiss" series, and it is an excellent start to any historical romance series. "A Duchess a Day" follows the adventures of an heiress who is desperately trying to get out of an arranged marriage to a duke, and the felon bodyguard blackmailed to keep her in line. Slightly inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, this regency romance is light, funny, a bit steamy, and has very lovable characters. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa H

    Charis takes the Snow White fable and turns it upside down and inside out. In the very best of ways, the Snow White tale get an overhaul. Helena Lark is being forced to marry a horrid duke. Her master plan is to foist him off on another willing girl. Its her only hope. Hence, the duchess a day or is that her seven dwarfs? Declan Shaw is taken out of prison to be her guard/groom. He's the huntsman, a mercenary caught between a rock and a hard place, well, prison, anyway. Declan and Helena like eac Charis takes the Snow White fable and turns it upside down and inside out. In the very best of ways, the Snow White tale get an overhaul. Helena Lark is being forced to marry a horrid duke. Her master plan is to foist him off on another willing girl. Its her only hope. Hence, the duchess a day or is that her seven dwarfs? Declan Shaw is taken out of prison to be her guard/groom. He's the huntsman, a mercenary caught between a rock and a hard place, well, prison, anyway. Declan and Helena like each other, they have great chemistry and their dialog sparkles. Helena is refreshing and Declan in his huntsman costume at a masquerade ball is a total Arrow fantasy. I had such fun reading this book because Helena and Declan have so much fun with each other. Of course there's the ever looming threat of prison for Declan and Helena's upcoming nuptials to the Duke of Lusk to muddy the waters. Highly recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A Duchess a Day by Charis Michaels is an excellent historical romance that is the first book in a new series: Awakened By a Kiss. If the rest of the series is as good as this novel, then I am sure it will be a memorable and popular series. I truly enjoyed this entire story. There seems to be an overall theme that will tie each book loosely with enchanting fairy tales. This did not mirror the fairy tale of Snow White specifically, however the author creatively infused names, themes, locations, an A Duchess a Day by Charis Michaels is an excellent historical romance that is the first book in a new series: Awakened By a Kiss. If the rest of the series is as good as this novel, then I am sure it will be a memorable and popular series. I truly enjoyed this entire story. There seems to be an overall theme that will tie each book loosely with enchanting fairy tales. This did not mirror the fairy tale of Snow White specifically, however the author creatively infused names, themes, locations, and small nods and acknowledgements to that story. I have to say it was beyond impressive and ingenious. This book takes place around 1816 London, England. We get to meet our main characters: Declan Shaw, a mercenary that has been framed, wronged, and employed to make sure that his subject is "delivered" to the Duke of Lusk for a marriage of conveniences and finances for both families. The unwilling participant in this union is Lady Helena Lark. Every bit his opposite, she is violently opposed to losing her land, cottage, apple orchard and forest, and the livelihood of its inhabitants to this marriage and a stone transport operation that would destroy all she holds dear. Besides, the Duke leaves little to desire. He is usually drunk, indifferent, not monogamous, and just distasteful altogether. She plans to thwart the Duke's uncle's plans, and Declan's job is make sure she is delivered or else all that he holds dear in his life could be destroyed. What neither of them expect is that by force of nature and circumstances, they find that the love and companionship that has always eluded them both, exists, and with one another. I loved the plot. It was creative, light, romantic, realistic, and engaging. The pacing was perfect. The obstacles realistic and the outcome fit just right. I loved the character cast, and I truly loved both Helena and Declan. They were likeable, realistic, both had their own complex pasts/problems, had personalities with hopes and dreams, seemed to compliment each other well, and boy did they have chemistry. I have to admit that this is the first book that I have read by this author, however she has truly made a fan out of this reader. This book was quick, fun, romantic, creative, interesting, and everything that a historical romance should be. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Michaels has in store for the next book is this excellent series. 5/5 stars Thank you EW and Avon Books/HarperCollins for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amberita

    I really enjoyed this unique story. I liked the fact that Helena tries everything to not become a duchess. And I can understand completely because I could not stand the duke, he was a complete ass. Declan was a hero you can easily fall in love with. I really enjoyed Ms. Michael’s writing and can’t wait to read more by her soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    This was a quirky and clever spin on the fairy tale retelling. I loved the allusions to Snow White, the 7 "potential duchesses", and the kind of bonkers resolution. I had some issues with the heroine Helena and her swings from fairly sensible to wildly foolish and jeopardizing her own schemes. But overall, a fun and funny read. This was a quirky and clever spin on the fairy tale retelling. I loved the allusions to Snow White, the 7 "potential duchesses", and the kind of bonkers resolution. I had some issues with the heroine Helena and her swings from fairly sensible to wildly foolish and jeopardizing her own schemes. But overall, a fun and funny read.

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