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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Book Review: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore


Title: Bringing Down the Duke 

Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1

Author: Evie Dunmore

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction

About the book: England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

    Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn't be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn't claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring...or could he?

    Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke.... (from Goodreads)

My thoughts: This was a fun and light read and just what I needed for February.  I am not a big romance reader when it comes to Dukes and Duchesses and 19th century England, but I did enjoy this one.  Annabelle knew the world she had been born into and tried hard to stay in her place.  Her intelligence and quick-wit didn't always allow her to keep her mouth closed when she should and rather than infuriating Sebastian he found himself intrigued by her.  While I won't run out to find the second book in the series, I can see myself picking it up when the mood strikes.  

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