Bringing Down the Duke

Bringing Down the Duke

eBook - 2019
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"There is nothing quite so satisfying as seeing such a man brought to his knees by a beautiful woman with nothing to her name except an inviolable sense of her own self-worth." --NPR

"With her sterling debut, Evie Dunmore dives into a fresh new space in historical romance that hits all the right notes" -- Entertainment Weekly

A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford suffragists in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a fiery 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....
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781984805690
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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LPL_PolliK Aug 16, 2019

A winning historical romance debut from Evie Dunmore! When an "overeducated" young woman attends a newly co-ed Oxford, her scholarship requires she works for the suffragist cause. In the line of duty, she runs headlong into confrontations with a frosty Duke who has reasons of his own f... Read More »

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Sep 21, 2019

5+ Stars!!

Bringing Down the Duke might just be my top read of 2019! At the very least, in my top 5.

Do not be fooled by the misleading book cover. While it does allude to a notable scene in the book, it is more of a caricature than an authentic representation of the story within. Although it contains some moments of lightness and witty repartee, it is not a rom-com nor is it a light and fluffy historical. Bringing Down the Duke is a romance with depth, historical accuracy, and some of the most authentic characters that I've read in HR. This author's attention to detail was exemplary and it gave me a true understanding of the era and the valid motivations of each individual.

While the world in which this story was written was enlightening, the romance was absolutely divine. Sebastian and Annabelle's chemistry was magnetic and palpable. Their romance, passionate and tender. And, oh, the angst! My heart broke as this couple were consistently pulled apart by societal dictates. When they finally reached their happily-ever-after, it was breathtaking and well-deserved.

Intelligent, deeply moving and achingly romantic, Evie Dunmore's debut was everything I could have asked for and the reward I hadn't realized I'd earned. Bravo!

Sep 11, 2019

4.5 Stars - I highly recommend if you enjoy historical romance with modern characters.

Annette has been given a scholarship by the Suffragists of London to study at Oxford's women's college. In order to accept the scholarship she must help the group petition wealthy men to support the married women's property act of 1870.When Annette unknowingly approaches The Duke of Montgomery, her group is shocked by her audacity, and then uses it to their advantage by having her get close to him to endear him toward their cause. Sebastian Montgomery immediately dislikes the beautiful Annette and assumes she is his brother's mistress. Conflict ensues, and they must play nice in order to appease polite society. However, Annette is not a lady, she's a girl from the country, and all bets are off.

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. This had the fun feel of other modern historicals (think Tessa Dare, etc.) but it was not quite so funny or whimsical. I liked that while the characters were modern, the world was still very old fashioned, and therefore there was a lot of brooding and intensity. I thought that Annette and Sebastian had fantastic chemistry.It was quite swoony. I liked that they were both dealing with their own issues and their life circumstances which meant that they didn't relent from their ideals/morals/dreams as the story went on. I found all of the side characters very endearing. I am hoping that this becomes a series of books, because I would love to know more about her various suffragette friends, and Sebastian's brother. I also adored that the female friendships were so tight, not judgmental, and so focused on supporting one another. I am so tired of reading books where women don't like each other and see each other as competition. :)

OPL_ErinD Sep 08, 2019

This was fun, sexy and rich with historical detail. This may be the new face of historical romance.

LPL_PolliK Aug 16, 2019

A winning historical romance debut from Evie Dunmore! When an "overeducated" young woman attends a newly co-ed Oxford, her scholarship requires she works for the suffragist cause. In the line of duty, she runs headlong into confrontations with a frosty Duke who has reasons of his own for supporting the Queen and her anti-suffragist agenda. Excellently paced, with smart dialog and long, steady tumble into love for enemies who just can't seem to stop thinking of one another. This is one satisfying Happily Ever After!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 29, 2019

What an absolutely delightful debut. It hits all the familiar notes of historical romance that readers love, but also manages to feel new and fresh at the same time. The setting – Oxford, 1879 – makes for a refreshing change from the usual Regency ballrooms of Mayfair, and the focus on women’s suffrage makes for fascinating reading, and also helps create a barrier to the hero and heroine’s happiness that felt entirely believable and insurmountable. This was an incredibly fun read, and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.


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