My Fair Duchess

My Fair Duchess

by Julie Johnstone


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After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.

Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she'll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family?including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.

Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987007565
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Series: A Once Upon A Rogue Novel , #1
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 414,710
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Julie Johnstone is a USA TODAY best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at or find her at, or on Facebook at and and on twitter at @juliejohnstone. You can join Julie’s newsletter here:

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My Fair Duchess 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Macmurphie More than 1 year ago
My Fair Duchess is a wonderful story!!  It completely captivated me from the beginning to the end.  I believe this is Ms. Johnstone’s best yet.  I immediately feel in love with the characters.  The family embarrassments, rejection and betrayal the Duke of Aversley experiences as a youth have taught him how cruel people and life can be.  Seeing the pain his father went through in his marriage he was determined to guard his heart and never marry for love. Lady Amelia De Vere who was tormented as an awkward youth seems to get into one interesting situation after another.  She so loves her family and is determined to help them anyway she can including participating in a bet.  She immediately sees the good in the Duke of Aversley and is determined to help him find love.   My heart went out to her and I instantly liked her.   I enjoyed watching the Duke of Aversley help Lady Amelia prepare for her season while fighting to succumb to her beauty, love and kind heart.  I loved the book and characters and cannot wait to see how Ms. Johnstone continues the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun enjoyable read
bamababe33 More than 1 year ago
I love, love , LOVED this novel!!!! Whenever I read Mrs. Johnstone's work, I get lost in the novel and do not resurface until the novel is complete! Even then, I am sadden that the story has come to an end!. That being said, what do you get when you have a Duke who feels that he does not deserve to be loved; and a Lady who is a beautiful swan, but sees herself as a unwanted pigeon? A recipe for a GREAT story and that is exactly what Mrs. Johnstone gives in this novel. Throw in a bet that neither party wants to honor, and you have a Regency page-turner that once it ends, you are rooting for all parties involved. Mrs. Johnstone makes you feel as though you are a mouse in a corner eavesdropping on a scandal of the ton. Very well done, Mrs. Johnstone!!!!
Rhonda_Jones More than 1 year ago
This book was entertaining from beginning til the end.  It made me laugh and cry.  The emotional rollercoasters that the characters go through is  have you cheering for a happy ever after.  Colin is torn between his love and hate for his mother because of her affairs and doesn't trust women and Amelia just wants to be happy with the man she thinks she is in love with.  They are thrown together because of Colin's father demand that he  marry within a year for love and Amelia's determination  to help her family out of debt.  So from the moment Amelia and Colin meet sparks fly and feeling start. This is a great read and will have you looking for more from Ms. Julie Johnstone.
HafwynD More than 1 year ago
This book was captivating. The prologue alone had me breathless with a sense of despair for the main characters parents at the beginning during his birth. It was simply heart breaking what happens to their marriage and subsequently how it affects everyone in the house. The book moves forward a bit and so we move on to our main character the naughty rakish Colin. He was terribly affected by the fallout of his parents marriage and became well known as a rake around ton. He works hard to perfect the image, but he does it for a reason. Now many years later that image is beginning to get old and the reasons behind it aren't needed. His lifestyle has begun to sour on him. But now though his image is tarnished and no one would see him as he truly is, as he wants to be. At least until he meets his best friends sister Amelia. The one he has heard about during the whole time they have been friends but had never met. These two characters made me laugh with their antics as well as cringe in sympathy with Amelia as she struggled with ridicule by her peers. I can't help but love Amelia she makes me think of me when I was a teen. She is oblivious to what is in front of her and torn when she starts to see it. She thinks she is in love with another man because of one act of kindness. And this wouldn't be a good book without a bit of drama in it. It was perfectly orchestrated and the end results make me crave another book.. and after you read this one you will know who I want a book for.. who I want to have HIS happily ever after. This book was well thought out, well written, and it was enjoyable to read. I don't think I put it down once I started reading it. Colin and Amelia were perfectly paired. Their romance was not easy and had plenty of bumps on the way, but when the passion between them ignited it really blew hot. I will be keeping my eyes out for further books and hoping for a few more with these characters. I truly do want that book for him! This is definitely a book to recommend.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Julie Johnstone became one of my favorite authors with the very first book of her's that I read. Since then I've had the opportunity to read more of her work. With each book she just astonishes me with her incredible talent.  I do not always judge a book by it's cover. However, when the story inside is just as awesome as the cover I find I must at least mention how pretty it is. I just loved the cover if I had a print copy of this book it would certainly be one that I would want to display because it is gorgeous! My Fair Duchess is a great example of Ms. Johnstone's wonderful work. I have to say I was captivated by this book from the very beginning and I had a really hard time setting it down until I found out what in the world could possibly happen. I instantly formed a bond with Lady Amelia De Vere. Oh my goodness this girl has a way of getting herself into some interesting situations. At times my heart really went out to her. I loved how she is so willing to do whatever it may take to help her brother get out of the situation they are in. She loves her family very much and I admired her greatly for that.  The Duke Of Aversley has dealt with a lot of heartache and embarrassment in his young life. So to deal with the situations he decides to just make the worst reputation for himself that he can. However when he meets Lady Amelia she sees under all that bluster there really is a heart of gold.  I so enjoyed watching Aversley help Amelia prepare for her season. Not only was it fun to watch this young lady, whom was not use to being the center of attention shine. It was a lot of fun watching these two get to know each other so much better. They truly became friends and formed deeper feelings than either thought was possible. I adored this book and the characters in the book. This is book one of Ms. Johnstone's new series so I can not wait to see who's story she has in store for us next. The one thing I do know is that no matter which character's story she tells next it will be awesome!  If you enjoy a fun historical romance, some drama and suspense, a few steamy scenes, and characters that are a great joy to meet, then you must grab this one now!  I was given the opportunity to read My Fair Duchess so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on this great story.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
In 1795 when Colin Sinclair, Marquess of Nortingham, was born, he and his mother, Camilla, almost died during the birth.  His father, the Duke of Aversley, does not want his wife to go through another pregnancy so he decides to stay away from her to avoid another pregnancy.  Hurt and angry at her husband, Alexander, Camilla chooses to ignore her son Colin and begins having blatant affairs with other men. In 1812 when he turns 17, Colin and his best friend, Philip de Vere, Viscount Rhetford, are students at Cambridge.  As they are young and carefree, Colin vows that he will be a rake when he grows up. London, 1820 finds Colin, now age 25 and the new Duke of Aversley.  His father had passed away a year earlier.  When Colin decides to visit his old friend, Philip de Vere, he finds that the family has become quite impoverished since Philip’s father died.  Philip’s sister, 22-year-old Amelia is a tall young woman striving to keep the family together and help her mother through her grief. Amelia fancies herself in love with Charles Stanhope, Baron Worthington.  However, Charles is looking for a woman with a large dowry to supplement his small income.  When Colin sees Amelia foolishly throwing herself at Charles, he becomes angry on her behalf for Colin has gotten to know the real Amelia and all that she has to offer. Colin strives to help Amelia become a lady and coaches her to prepare her for a London season, including providing funds to dress her.  In addition, Amelia is invited to stay with Colin’s aunt, Lady Langley, while in London. Will Amelia continue her pursuit of Charles Stanhope?  How will she take in her London season?  But most of all, will Colin be able to resist his attraction to Amelia? This is a sweet story with some humorous parts.  The characters are all well developed and believable.   Complementary copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
A promise sealed with a kiss! Regency lovers, will love MY FAIR DUCHESS by Julie Johnstone. This romance is all about trust and forgiveness! It's the romantic love story of Colin and Amelia. After being rejected by his mother, at birth, and sent to study at Cambridge, Colin vows to become a rake! At twenty-five, he decides to meet again, one of his old friend, Philip, who has a lovely sister named Amelia. Both are desperately in need of money to help their family, so she is looking for a rich husband. With the help of Colin, she will learn the art of being the proper young lady, to get ready to find a suitable husband. But, Colin is a charming rake! Will he fall for her? Will he be able to resist her charm and let her go with another man? Bound by a bet, will they discover a sweet passion? I loved her two lovable characters, beautiful chemistry between the two!This story was very well written, fun to read; some scenes are filled with tenderness and humor. You will truly feel the love between Colin and Amelia.Regency lovers, this book is for you!
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Very entertaining and we'll written.
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Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. This was the audio version and it kept me wanting to continue to listen. Tim Campbell brought the characters to life, and I loved listening to him tell the tale of Amelia and Colin. Amelia's honest and innocence were the main reason I wanted to keep read. Watching her prove herself to Colin was fun. Colin had been shaped by a rough childhood so it was hard for him to accept. He was gruff and did not believe he had any good in him. It was satisfying as things came together so he could see his own truth, and I cried each time a layer was exposed. I highly recommend this story. I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
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Loved the love affair between Amelie and Aversley
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want this book to end it was wonderful and caught my attention from the beginning and kept it.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
My Fair Duchess is a fantastic historical romance by Julie Johnstone. Ms Johnstone has once again impressed me with her writing abilities. My Fair Duchess is a well-written book. The characters are amazing. Colin and Amelia's story is loaded with enough drama, sizzle and humor to keep the pages turning. I enjoyed My Fair Duchess and look forward to reading more from Julie Johnstone in the future. My Fair Duchess is book 1 of the A Once Upon A Rogue Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice characters and well plotted; couple of editing issues
Joana_Varela More than 1 year ago
3.5* I received this book in a giveaway done by the author, and this was the first book I’ve read of hers, even though there’s already a published opinion of one of her books here, in the blog – the other one was an eArc received in exchange for an honest review, and it had a publishing date, that’s why it had to be written first. This book had a big no for me, which was what gave the book its motto, but it did not ruin it: the hero, the Duke of Aversley, pretty much hates women, all because of a promise his dad made (and that he doesn’t know about) – which ruined his relationship with his mother, not even mentioning what it did to his parents' relationship. Aversley spent his life reading about Amelia De Vere, through letters his best friend, her brother, sent him, telling him of every incident and weird situation she got herself in. When he meets her, the image he had of the little girl who has a bit clumsy and shy, vanishes. To help his best friend, Aversley makes a bet with him, about Amelia. He bets that when Amelia blossoms (with his help), she will become what desirable women always become (cheating women, and vain, etc.), while her brother bets that Amelia will stay true to herself. And as the time goes by, Amelia and Aversley become closer and he starts to realize that she is not like what he considers other women to be like. Amelia helps him overcome the problems of his past, and Aversley helps her become a better version of herself, keeping her essence the same. It’s a love story, very romantic. Easily read, it gives you exactly what it promises: a sweet historical romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was very good and so was the writhing. There was a lot of hurt over a many years. The male is alpha and the female is not contrary which I liked. There is kissing but no other intimacy until the end; so depending on what you like in romance novels, you decide. There is suspense.
Somer More than 1 year ago
My Fair Duchess ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Written by Julie Johnstone The ability to bring to life characters with such appeal is an art. Ms Johnstone show us her broad palette with Colin Sinclair, the Duke of Aversley and Amelia De Vere. As a child, Colin's mother rejected him and at a young age he was taken advantage of by an older woman. Thus the beginning his life of debauchery. His felt in his heart he could not love any woman and thought them all deceitful. When Colin plans to attend his best friend Philip De Vere, Viscount Rhetford wedding which unbeknownst to him has been cancelled he meets Amelia, Phillip's. Colin realizes the desperate financial straights the De Vere family is in and he offers to pay their debts. Philip, however, will not here of it. Colin devises a bet between himself and Philip concerning the marriage of Amelia. Amelia has always felt she never fit in to society. She thought herself too tall and too outspoken for the ton. Colin sees her as perfect from the first minute he lays eyes on her. Although, Colin thinks he is a person no one could love and feels he could never trust or love any woman. Ms Johnstone just pulls your heart strings with these two I feel this is one of her best books. I would recommend it.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
A really good book. I always enjoy books that have as much humor as romance. Both the hero and heroine have "baggage" from their past. Their underlying character and wit made the book that much more enjoyable.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
My Fair Duchess by Julie Johnstone Once Upon a Rogue Series Book One Colin Sinclair, Duke of Aversley was a rake above all rakes. And even though he used women for his own pleasure, he mistrusted them. Having grown tired of his life and what he'd become, he receives a letter on his twenty-fifth birthday that definitely will change his life. Whether he wants to or not. First he must save his friend Philip de Vere from making the mistake of his life, marriage. Amelia de Vere has loved Charles since she was eight and has planned to marry him. She is running out of time to get Charles to see that she is the one for him. Unexpected help comes in the form of her brother's friend, the Duke of Aversley. Suddenly nothing in Amelia's life is as clear as she thought. This story shows how there are often circumstances that cause people to live as they do. It's not always the right way, but it's the only way they know how to handle things. Not knowing the whole story has our characters misjudging one another. Great secondary characters in this story as well. **Sexual content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took too long for the sensual side to be acted out, but thr author writes well enough so that you miss it much.