Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
(A League of Extraordinary Women #1)
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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…
What I thought
I am very out of the loop when it comes to Historical Romance books since this is something new that I am picking up. So when I saw this book absolutely everywhere I caved and bought a copy. I have to say it was worth every penny.
This book was so good I couldn’t put it down. No, really I stayed up until 4am finishing it (I am normally in bed by 10pm). This book took so many things that I like: hate to love romance, 1800s time frame, strong female character, brooding male character and so on. So naturally it has Pride and Prejudice vibes and I am here for that 100%.
There was one thing that I couldn’t quite figure out and it’s just me over analyzing things I know. However, Annabelle gets a scholarship to go to Oxford in exchange for joining the suffragette movement, but if not for the scholarship is this something she would have ever done. When she is around the other women she doesn’t seem to have the same passion for the cause. Well…the passion really only surfaces when she is speaking to the Duke. I know in the grand scheme this does not matter but that is the only reason it did not get 5 stars.