When most people think about romance books having sequels, we think of companions yet The Duchess Effect by Tracey Livesay is exactly that.
Rather than focusing on an entirely new couple, we got another book following Dani “Duchess” Nelson and Prince Jameson from American Royalty. Honestly, I was so excited to dive into this one.
Tracey Livesay is one of those romance authors I can’t get enough of. Every time I read one of her books, I’m always dying to pick up another. That’s why I ended up staying up until 2 am to get 200 pages into this one.
Poor sleeping habits aside, The Duchess Effect by Tracey Livesay is such a fun and exciting sequel following the events of American Royalty.
The Duchess Effect is a fun and exciting sequel from Tracey Livesay.
Before getting into this review, I’m going to not talk about spoilers but with how the previous book ended, I feel like it’s impossible. Regardless, I’m going to try my best but we’re following Duchess and Jameson as they work at being in the public event and trying to maintain a “normal relationship.”
Of course, things don’t work that way as Duchess is working on finalizing the contract for her makeup company while Jameson is trying to go back to his quiet life as a university professor. As you might imagine, things start to get messy as business and pleasure end up mixing together, especially for Duchess.
As I said, I don’t want to get too much into the plot of this one because it’s a direct sequel. Regardless, Tracey Livesay once again captured my heart with how she wrote these characters. Duchess and Jameson were dealing with so many complex emotions and the way the author explored this topic was dynamic.
While I wanted to shake these two at times, it felt so incredibly realistic and made the story go by quickly. I felt like I was reading about two characters who were my friends and I just wanted to help them but I couldn’t. As this is a romance, the two eventually figured out their issues which were so satisfying.
There was also a few sexy scenes between Dani and Jameson which were a nice change of pace considering that this book was heavy at times. They were dealing with the Queen who is manipulative, unnecessary royal drama, and the media trying to tear them apart. Sadly, it felt a little too real to what Meghan and Harry have described.
Even so, Tracey Livesay wrote this story with such nuance and care that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. If you haven’t picked up either one, you’re doing yourself a disservice as a romance reader. Plus don’t tell me you wouldn’t want this beautiful cover adoring your bookshelves.
The Duchess Effect by Tracey Livesay is out now wherever books are sold.