Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📖 Q: do you have a favorite royal couple? I’m team Harry + Meghan all the way!
The stunning cover of American Royalty—& the premise, of a white future prince of England & current duke falling in love with a Black American rapper named Duchess—had me pressing request on this one really fast.
While the basic premise is great (with a nod to Harry & Meghan), the book’s celebration of a female rapper also trying to amp up her skincare line is something worth cheering for, & there are some 🔥 sex scenes (including 🍑 action!), I also feel like things between the leads moved quickly & the hero sometimes comes across as judgmental & uptight (& not in a way that I appreciate).
Rapper & businesswoman Dani “Duchess” is in England to perform at a memorial concert for the King. Pretty much immediately Duke Jameson acts like a jerk, mainly because he judged her based on her music videos & because he’s secretly so attracted to her.
Forced proximity fans might rejoice when they realize they’re going to be spending so much time together on Jameson’s estate…
I noted what does & doesn’t work me earlier but on the whole this book just feels uneven to me.
On one hand Jameson can be an awkwardly adorable & cerebral beta hero; on the other, he makes weird, sexist judgments about how much cursing he might expect from Dani based on how she’s dressed (like women might be expected to curse more or less just because of how they’re dressed), as an example.
The couple doesn’t meet until 27% in which feels late to me, then they get physical a little too fast for me, & then there just isn’t enough emotional intimacy to have me falling in love.
But this was a fast read for me, largely because I found Tracey Livesay’s writing to be entertaining & enjoyable to consume & I had a lot of fun meeting Dani.
In the end this wasn’t an unqualified win for me but I’ll definitely try Livesay’s writing again!
3.5 ⭐️. Release date: 06/28
Give me that HEA, please.
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