In Review: Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore

Posted October 9, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie DunmoreBringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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....

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

I recently saw a blurb for Bringing Down the Duke that likened it to a gif of the Darcy hand scene in the Keira Knightley version of Pride & Prejudice. You know the one. *swoons*

I mean, the blurb isn’t wrong. The longing. The angst. Unf. I loved it all. I had pretty high hopes going into Bringing Down the Duke and they were absolutely exceeded. What happens when you throw a grumpy duke and a sassy suffragist together? Magic. That’s what.

Annabelle and Sebastian were both fantastic characters. I found it really easy to connect with Annabelle. I’d like to think if I was living in England in 1879, she and I would have been friends. You know, fighting the good feminist fight together. I, too, would’ve had a tough time resisting Sebastian, even though we would’ve been on different sides initially. I’m a sucker for a grumpy hero. I love watching them get all soft for a woman and in this book I especially appreciated how Sebastian and Annabelle’s connection led to his views becoming more progressive. And the grand gesture? *swoons all over the place* It was so freaking good. I didn’t really expect Bringing Down the Duke to be as emotional as it was, but I loved it for that. This wasn’t just a book, it was an experience.

This was a wonderful debut novel. I loved the enemies-to-lovers vibe and the totally delicious slow burn between Annabelle and Sebastian. I can’t wait for Lucie and Tristan’s story in the second book in this amazing new series.

Favorite Quotes:

“If only they had educated women sooner, there would be fewer books about carnage, and more about romance and beautiful things.”

That was why they called it temptation—it never presented itself as something ugly, or tepid, or harmless; no, it came in the guise of glorious feelings and a sense of utter rightness, even when it was wrong.

“These wild depths in you, they call to me.”

“We don’t take arrows for our comrades. We are women, and they measure us by the pristine condition of our dresses and reputation, not our bravery.”

“I didn’t know I was looking for you until we met. Had we never crossed paths, I might have lived and died a content and sensible man, but now I know what I can feel, and it cannot be undone, I cannot pretend that what we have is a folly that will fade.”

“Darling, I have only just begun to love you.”

About Evie Dunmore

Debut author Evie Dunmore wrote BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE inspired by the magical scenery of Oxford and her passion for romance, women pioneers, and all things Victorian.

In her civilian life, she is a strategy consultant with a M.Sc. in Diplomacy from Oxford. Scotland and the great outdoors have a special place in her heart, so she can frequently be found climbing the Highlands and hunting for woolly tartan blanket bargains.

Evie lives in Europe and pours her fascination with 19th century Britain into her writing. She is a member of the British Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA).

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