A Lady for the Duke by: Alexis Hall


When Viola Carroll was presumed dead at Waterloo she took the opportunity to live, at last, as herself. But freedom does not come without a price, and Viola paid for hers with the loss of her wealth, her title, and her closest companion, Justin de Vere, the Duke of Gracewood.

Only when their families reconnect, years after the war, does Viola learn how deep that loss truly was. Shattered without her, Gracewood has retreated so far into grief that Viola barely recognises her old friend in the lonely, brooding man he has become.

As Viola strives to bring Gracewood back to himself, fresh desires give new names to old feelings. Feelings that would have been impossible once and may be impossible still, but which Viola cannot deny. Even if they cost her everything, all over again.


I received an ARC of this book, ahead of release, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Content Warnings: Deadnaming, substance abuse, child abuse, grief, PTSD, suicidal ideations, and anxiety.

When I first saw the synopsis for this book, on Twitter, and found out the ARCs were available on Netgalley I quickly sent in my request. I was very lucky to be approved and granted access to this amazing story before its release.

This story had me grinning, laughing, crying, and squealing with glee. I wasn’t even halfway through when I put out a Tiktok, to mutuals, demanding if they’d read the ARC to message me because I needed someone to talk to about this book.

While I was reading I was extremely nervous, as a lot of romance novels are prone to a big third act break up or conflict but was pleasantly surprised that we didn’t have one in this story. We’re able to enjoy a story of being true to oneself and finding love and acceptance both from others as well as from within.

The characters that Viola meets and interacts with, with the exception of Amberglass, are so bold and vibrant that I really hope this is the start of a series. I really just need more of this beautiful world Alexis has written us.

If you want to read a historical romance with witty characters, soulmates reconnecting, being true to oneself, and an epically beautiful love story look no further!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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