Duke, Actually: A Novel (Paperback)
USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday follows A Princess for Christmas with another delightful contemporary Christmas romance, set in the heart of New York City, about a playboy baron and a woman who has said goodbye to love.
“[A] master of witty banter.”—Entertainment Weekly
There’s a royal wedding on, and things are about to get interesting.
Meet the man of honor
Maximillian von Hansburg, Baron of Laudon and heir to the Duke of Aquilla, is not having a merry Christmas. He’s been dumped by a princess, he’s unemployed, and his domineering father has sent him to New York to meet a prospective bride he has no interest in. In the city, he meets Dani Martinez, a smart (and gorgeous) professor he’s determined to befriend before their best friends marry in the Eldovian wedding of the century.
Meet the best woman
Newly single, no-nonsense New Yorker Dani is done with love—she even has a list entitled “Things I Will Never Again Do for a Man”—which is why she hits it off with notorious rake Max. He’s the perfect partner for snow angels in Central Park and deep conversations about the futility of love.
It’s all fun and games until their friendship deepens into attraction and, oops…
Falling in love was never part of the plan.
Jenny Holiday is a USA Today-bestselling and RITA®-nominated author whose works have been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. She grew up in Minnesota and started writing at age nine when her fourth-grade teacher gave her a notebook to fill with stories. When she's not working on her next book, she likes to hang out with her family, watch other people sing karaoke, and throw theme parties. A member of the House of Slytherin, Jenny lives in London, Ontario, Canada >>
— Library Journal (starred review)
"Holiday’s follow-up to A Princess for Christmas hits all the right notes as the heir to a dukedom discovers love during the holidays...Holiday cleverly draws parallels to Love, Actually throughout this witty, emotionally charged holiday tale. Readers will delight in the strong heroine seeking love on her own terms."
— Publishers Weekly
"RITA-nominated Holiday follows A Princess for Christmas with another splendidly entertaining romance that offers just the right dash of holiday cheer and delectably droll wit."
"Holiday’s knack for writing witty banter is on full display here, with Dani and Max's escalating text messages and phone conversations showing a deepening friendship between them... This slow-burn romance will appeal to readers who enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope. The novel carefully builds trust and a deepening emotional attachment between Dani and Max..."
— Kirkus Reviews
“A Princess for Christmas is a confection of a holiday plot with more steam than a cup of cocoa…a sugary, sexy delight full of [Holiday’s] signature delectable banter.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“Delightfully sexy and sweet, Holiday knows how to deliver the perfect combination of sexual tension and happily-ever-after.”
— Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author, on A Princess for Christmas
"In this enchanting story infused with humor, honesty, and heat, Jenny Holiday will make you fall in love with fairy tales all over again."
— Kelly Bowen, author of Duke of My Heart, on A Princess for Christmas
"A perfect combination of sweet and sexy moments makes A Princess for Christmas an unputdownable read!"
— Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man
"A delight! A Princess for Christmas is warm, cozy, hopeful, and so funny! A charming opposites attract romance between a Princess and a cab driver, but what really shines here is Jenny Holiday's magical touch in creating deep, realistic characters who learn that anything is possible."
— Farah Heron, author of The Chai Factor
"A Princess for Christmas is—in all the best ways—a Hallmark Christmas movie with the heat dial nudged deliciously higher. Loaded with wry humor, warmth, and just enough bittersweet emotion... I loved it."
— Olivia Dade, author of Spoiler Alert
"Jenny Holiday has crafted a smart, sexy, hilarious Christmas rom-com that made me laugh, cry, and then sigh with pure contentment. A Princess for Christmas is the perfect holiday treat that readers will want to curl up with and read over and over again."
— Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Paris is Always a Good Idea