A Duchess a Day by: Charis Michaels

USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels enchants 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 fianc , 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.


Content Warnings: Ableism, sexual scenes, classism, sexism, sexual harassment, and false imprisonment.

Tropes/themes: Forbidden romance, falling for your bodyguard, forced proximity, every kiss is always “the last one”, grumpy sunshine.

When I first stumbled on the summary of book 3 [A Duchess by Midnight] and realized this series was inspired by lesser-known characters in some of our favorite fairytales…I knew I needed to dive in.

In this first book, we meet Declan, the “Huntsman”, who’s been falsely imprisoned, for murder, when one of his clients disappears without a trace. Knowing that he needs to find a way out of jail to care for his aging father and three younger sisters he reluctantly takes a job as a handler. How hard could it be to follow around a lady whose failed attempts at evading her betrothal have created a need for her to be under constant watch?

Although he said he’d never work for titled nobility again…his choice is to potentially return to prison or follow a lady around and earn enough money to care for his family for a good amount of time. Even knowing what his job entails, he struggles to stay on task when Helena slowly starts to enter his mind and heart constantly.

Helena has spent the last five years attempting to wiggle her way out of her betrothal to the Duke of Lusk…to no avail. Down to the wire, she’s determined to stay optimistic about finding a way out. With a new plan, to find a suitable replacement Duchess, she’s determined to find as many ladies as she can to try to sway the Duke. From the start, she believes Declan was hired to spy on her and keep her in line but something about him speaks to her and she turns to him for help.

Watching Helena remain full of sunshine, hope, and determination as grumpy Declan reluctantly places his trust in her was such a delight. Declan is clearly jaded towards nobility and the possibility of a happy future…all he cares about is ensuring an easier life for his family. Seeing someone so jaded fall for someone who brings unquestioning happiness and light into his life has me cheering for this couple from the start. 🥰

This was my first Charis Michaels read and I can’t wait to read more. Luckily for me, I already have a copy of book two [When You Wish Upon a Duke] on hand to dive into.

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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