A Lady for a Duke
A lush, sweeping queer historical romance from the bestselling author of Boyfriend Material—perfect for fans of Netflix’s Bridgerton, Evie Dunmore, and Manda Collins!
When Viola Caroll 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.
Please note: this is not intended to be exhaustive and may contain spoilers.
Some characters who knew Viola before her transition refer to her deadname or use male pronouns when speaking about her in retrospect, but in keeping with the conventions of the period this is only in the form of surname and title.
Gracewood has a disability to which he and others will occasionally refer using ableist language. There are some references to his suicidal ideation, as well as references to drug and alcohol abuse. He also has PTSD and suffers a panic attack on page (which sees him vomit) after being triggered by fireworks.
Both Viola and Gracewood fought at Waterloo and think about and discuss what happened there. This includes fighting, guns, and death.
Further content guidance: sexual content (on page; graphic), mentions of dead parents (one of whom died as a result of childbirth), mentions of past child abuse (physical, emotional, psychological), abduction of a secondary character, threats of violence involving a gun and sword, suicidal ideation involving a secondary character.
Praise for A Lady for a Duke
An Amazon Editors’ Pick
Hall’s top-drawer talent for fashioning beguiling stories and vibrant characters is on full display in this Regency-set wonder of a book.
It’s an emotional celebration of love and authenticity—and it may be Hall’s best yet.
A Lady for a Duke is a clarion, heartrending declaration that LGBTQ people have always existed — and the enormous risk and courage it requires to claim the love and joy they deserve.
A BookPage Best Romance of 2022
The term “slow burn” doesn’t begin to capture the agonized pining of this romance, which is absolutely suffused with yearning.
Hall (Something Fabulous) delivers a delicious Regency romance filled with brooding, longing, and hope.
Hall turns from rom-com hijinks to hurts-so-good angst while still retaining the sparkling wit that characterizes the best of his prose.
With Boyfriend Material, Alexis Hall delivered the funniest rom-com of 2020. Now his beautiful and moving new historical romance, which has just enough humor to lighten the angst, may be the sweetest book of this summer.
Hall is a consistently beautiful writer, but this story, the first in a new series, may be his best yet.