Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Bringing Down the Duke

Evie Dunmore

Set in England, 1879, at University of Oxford, Annabelle finds herself attempting to not give in to the powerful attraction she has for a man who opposes everything she stands for.

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A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

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....

Advance Galley Reviews

This is one of those historical romance novels where you are acutely aware of its faults but you still devour it because the banter and exploits make it impossible to put down. I say faults mainly due to the fact that most side characters are barely even deloped and seem to be put in place only to move the plot along. There are little insights into who they are but you never really get a sense of them. They are introduced, but not explored. My guess is it's because this will be a whole series and all four women will get their own book. Otherwise, it's a delightful romp through Victorian England and all the disparities of class and gender that it entails. There's romance, social issues, some fun antics, and lots of sexual tension. It's a fun book to pass a couple of hours with and disconnect your mind to just enjoy.

Undeveloped characters with a conflict that lacked depth. I really wanted to like this, but I found myself becoming annoyed with both the plot and the characters.


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