A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels, in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.... more
Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1) Reviews
- And another debut author smashes it out of the park in 2019!"It is becoming clear to be me why a fair girl like you has been left on the shelf. You are not only bookish but a radical political activist. All highly impractical in a wife."BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE was just.. pure fun? Deliciously swoony? Just the right amount of angst?There came a time in a duke's life when he rarely encountered an honest opinion, where he could be on his way to hell in a handcart and everyone would po/>There/>"It ... moreThere/>"It And another debut author smashes it out of the park in 2019!"It is becoming clear to be me why a fair girl like you has been left on the shelf. You are not only bookish but a radical political activist. All highly impractical in a wife."BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE was just.. pure fun? Deliciously swoony? Just the right amount of angst?There came a time in a duke's life when he rarely encountered an honest opinion, where he could be on his way to hell in a handcart and everyone would politely step aside and wish him godspeed.You might find yourself looking at this plot summary and thinking, sure sure, read that HR a thousand times. Bluestocking attracts a Duke? Nothing new. And yeah okay maybe. But that doesn't mean this isn’t worth your time."Have you by any chance missed that class at finishing school where they teach you to feign delightful ignorance in the presence of a man?""I’m afraid so."These characters all but leap off the page. The attraction, the chemistry, the sizzle is.. damn. Their backstory has elements of drama but are never overblown, or overwrought, and come out in the open naturally without being held onto until the last minute. Every up and down, back and forth, push and pull, was so.. organic? And also, strangely, refreshing. Additionally the side characters, the bluestocking suffragettes, were just fabulous. All of them. Hattie might have been my favourite. "Did you really give a man a nosebleed?""Yes.""Why?""I suppose because the village lads I ran with as a girl didn't teach me how to slap like a lady."The specifics of the setting, that this takes place during the opening of the first women's college, and focuses mostly on women's rights, feminism, and the injustice of the sexes, I mean.. there's never a wrong time to tackle those issues but right now it feels so so timely. And how sad is that; this book is set in 1879 and here we are.. still fighting.She had never really known her place. Where others were appropriately intimidated, she seemed oddly intrigued by the challenge.This debut is so strong and so clever. The cover might make it seem that this is all lighthearted joy and hijinks but don't be fooled. This is a love story between people who have their eyes wide open. Who are sensible, and logical, and intelligent. Who know the implausibilities of a union between them and fight it because they know better. Which makes that tension even more delicious. And yes, sure, there is still fun to be had. "Would you have me change my place in history to prove how much I want you?"BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE is compulsively readable and a delight to devour; I finished this in a shockingly small handful of hours which, considering my slumpy month, is a miracle. And I'm ecstatic to see that not only are we guaranteed more from this debut author, but we're getting more from this series and set of characters. I'm going to be clamouring for more A League of Extraordinary Women books and likely seriously regretting my decision to read this early because now the wait will feel even longer than just a year.4.5 stars** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities. " data-summary="And another debut author smashes it out of the park in 2019!"It is becoming clear to be me why a fair girl like you has been left on the shelf. You are not only bookish but a radical political activist. All highly impractical in a wife."BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE was just.. pure fun? Deliciously swoony? Just the right amount of angst?There came a time in a duke's life when he rarely encountered an honest opinion, where he could be on his way to hell in a handcart and everyone would po/>There/>"It ">
Evie Dunmore writes a smart historical romance set in the Victorian era that takes place amidst the suffragette campaign for women's rights by getting parliament to amend the married women's property act. There is implacable opposition to this from all corners, not just from men alone but other women too, and including the Tory party and Queen Victoria. It is 1879, and the over educated, beautiful but destitute 25 year old Annabelle, inveigles her way to study amongst the first group of women at... more
Somehow this cover brought to mind a rom com, but that is not what unfolds within these pages. Instead, it’s a clever historical romance, one like nothing I’ve read before, though I admit I am not a frequent historical romance reader.In late 19th century England, Annabelle Archer is the daughter of a country vicar, now penniless. Annabelle has joined the first class of female students at the University of Oxford. Her scholarship has a price, though, and a worthy one: she must advocat Someh... more
Bringing Down the Duke is a debut novel with lots of potential. The book had some of my favorite aspects and it also played during a time, the late 1800s, which isn't often portrait in historical romance novels. Most stories are set during Regency England between 1811 and 1820. This novel plays during the time of suffragettes, when women were being allowed at college and during the time of winning voting rights for females. It was certainly an exciting time. With many strong and forward thinkin... more
TITLE: BRINGING DOWN THE DUKEAUTHOR: Evie DunmoreSERIES: A League of Extraordinary Women #1RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2019GENRE: Historical RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: Enemies to lovers, women's emancipationRATING: ALL OF THEM!CLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGemancipationRomanceTHEMES2019GENRE:#1RELEASEDunmoreDUKE TITLE: BRINGING DOWN THE DUKEAUTHOR: Evie DunmoreSERIES: A League of Extraordinary Women #1RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2019GENRE: Historical RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: Enemi... more
Why I love itby Siobhan JonesWhen I started at BOTM, I was a professed literary snob—and probably flaunted that term with pride (queue eye roll). I never read romance books because I assumed they were too cheesy and poorly written to be considered worthy of my time. Years later, dozens of romance books devoured, I’m so happy to report that, on that score, I was wrong.Set in turn-of-the-century England, this is the story of Annabelle Archer, a plucky woman with the o Why I love itby Siobhan... more
Today I learnt: Find yo self a rich feminist with daddy issues.But for real, I read this in one sitting and stayed up until 2:30 am to finish it. And now I'm in this place of hell where I have to wait a year for the next book. This is what happens when your pre-order comes early and you have no self control so you read it right away.I just loved the characters and Annabelle having a background of not being like this pure virginal angel. I felt so bad for her near the end Today I learnt: Find y... more
Set in England, 1879, Bringing Down the Duke is an unusual historical romance. The main character, Annabelle Archer is a daughter of an impoverished country clergyman, but she is also among the first group of female students at Oxford University and is a political activist of the suffragette movement. Her task is to recruit men of power and influence to their cause and this is how she meets Sebastian Devereaux, the Duke of Montgomery, her political opposite. There is a strong attraction between ... more
Title: Bringing Down The Duke Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1Author: Evie DunmoreRelease date: September 3, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: historical romancePerhaps, her father should have made her read “Sleeping Beauty” instead of The Iliad—her life might have turned out quite differently.There's been a lot of early hype for this book, and I'm here to say that every bit of it has been earned. I've read a lot of historical romances with strong heroines who overcome the obstacles and... more
3.7 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In 1870s Victorian England, Annabelle didn't have a lot options when her father dies and is forced to live with her cousin who treats her like help he doesn't have to pay. When a former friend of her father and professor from Oxford who she has been corresponding with offers a scholarship to their women's college, she works out a 3.7 starsI received t... more
4.5 StarsBringing Down the Duke was sooo good! There was a delicious push and pull between Annabelle and Sebastian. They started out as enemies with opposing political views, and Sebastian was quite arrogant at first. It was a meeting of minds with intelligent conversation, and an undercurrent of intense attraction! For as much as they were at odds at times, Sebastian was quite the knight-in-shining-armor often coming to the rescue even when it put him at risk. I fell hard for him! 4.5 StarsBr... more
*ARC received for an honest review*I think this is my best ARC this year. Best historical romance. Best new author. And I didn’t expect any of it.First off, the cover is silly and the book is not. What the book is, however, is that rarest of jewels - emotional and passionate whilst remaining sweet and delicious. You’ve read this story a thousand times - uptight dude meets unconventional chick. Strong personalities clash. Aggravation turns to want turns to love. But Dunmore does it with panac... more
I ate this up. Looking forward to more from this author.
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke is the first book in the A League of Extraordinary Women series, and is a very strong début from someone who promises to add a much-needed fresh voice to historical romance. The writing is sharp and clear, and displays a really good sense of time and place; the characters feel true for the time period, and I was particularly impressed by the heroine, who is forward-thinking and progressive without being... more
This is an incredibly strong debut in historical romance-- I'm excited to see a new author who reminds me so much of Courtney Milan, as I would love to see more historicals with that quality of writing, thematic depth, and 21st century attitudes/lens applied to a historical milieu. I want to describe this books as plucky and charming, as well as feminist AF and quite swoony. Beyond that... read the back cover copy. If this book sounds like a trope combo you could like, I highly recommend it! Esp... more
Definitely a solid 4.5.I read very few historical romances in general but this debut might just be one of my top favorites in the genre, and I’m so glad and delighted that I didn’t ignore it when it came onto my radar. This book takes place in late 19th century Britain set against the backdrop of the suffragists movement and I absolutely loved it. The way the author was able to show us the struggles of all the women who wanted to fight for freedom of women (particularly the amendment Defin... more
This is the best debut historical romance I've read since Mia Vincy's A Wicked Kind of Husband in 2018. I can't think of any recent HRs better than these two, by debut or established authors. Dunmore's HR is not without flaws but it is very well written, has a nicely slow-burning romance, and intelligent, clever dialogue. Yes, getting these two main characters of very disparate social classes to an HEA does feel like a bit of a fairy tale, but I really didn't mind.It's 1879 in Victorian Eng Th... more
Evie Dunmore’s debut is a marvel. Set against the backdrop of the British suffrage movement, Bringing Down the Duke is a witty, richly detailed, historically significant, and achingly romantic celebration of the power of love and the passionate fight for women’s rights. A stunning blend of history and romance that will enchant readers.
What a fun, fast-paced, surprisingly modern take on a historical romance! It definitely maintained the best guilty pleasures of the old-school Harlequin tropes, but with a modern mindset that I appreciated. If you're not a historical fiction fan, don't let this novel's premise turn you off—this is one good story.Romance: ★★★★★Logic: ★★★Enjoyment: all the starsSet in England in the late 1800s, Bringing Down the Duke follows the two perspectives of Annabelle Archer, a 25-year-old... more
4 STARSSuch a lovely story, I adore it, this is my first book from Evie Dunmore and I'm already impressed!I loved everything about it, the romance has the perfect amount of push and pull and I find it romantic!Annabelle and Sebastian started out as enemies with different opinions and this through the story developed in to something more intense and intimidate! "He spun her round and she was pinned f 4 STARSSuch a lovely story, I adore it, this is my first book from Evie Dunmore and I'm alread... more
One of my new FAVORITES of the year. So deliciously slow burn, tension-filled and intense! I loved Montgomery and Annabelle so much.
I loved this Victorian historical romance set in the time of Suffragettes, Disraeli and Gladstone and the admittance of women to Oxford. Annabelle was an intelligent, independent woman and I found the resolution to their romance charming.
I loved the synopsis and the cover is bright and gorgeous. I was very excited to read it. I loved Annabelle and Sebastian. She’s smart and loyal and ambitious. He’s stand-off-ish and stoic and easily smitten. Together they’re filled with chemistry and UST and the longing looks across the room were at an all time high. Plot wise, it was good. I enjoyed the suffragette story line and the ladies who were a part of it. I would have liked more of the two of them together, but I think I’m just... more
ARC provided by First to ReadCW/TW under spoiler tags:(view spoiler)[Heroine gets pregnant out of wedlock and has miscarriage before events of book. This is the serious plot point that I thought wasn’t explored enough (see below for review) (hide spoiler)]Entertaining, lovely debut. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this, considering that I’m ridiculously picky re: historicals and find most new-to-me aut ARC provided by First to ReadCW/TW under spoiler tags:(view spoiler)[Heroine gets p... more
4.5 (A-). I really wish GR had half stars!!I stopped just short of giving this 5 stars but only because of a problematic scene toward the end when the heroine, Annabelle, is unnecessarily harsh to the hero and for what felt like somewhat contrived reasons to separate them for a climatic ending. In all truth, the second half of the book is not quite as good as the first half. But wow, that first half! Here is an author who takes a well-worn plot and brings it to life in a way that mad 4.5 (A-).... more
This was a ton of fun and was well-balanced in terms of romance, plot points, believable obstacles for our main characters, and supporting characters. It progressed smoothly and quickly and I really enjoyed Annabelle. I thought that this took some neat looks at things like safety and independence as they happen in relationships, and of course, in this historical setting. This will be a go-to recommendation for people looking to get into romance or into historical romances. There was something su... more
Amazing debut by Evie Dunmore! Annabelle and Sabastian will break your heart and then put it back together. There is an underlying Pride and Prejudice vibe that is relevant to the time and the storyline was such a unique subject. Can't wait for the other lady's books!!
“This is not a game to be won.”“Well, it certainly seems like a tremendous defeat to let you go.”‘Don’t let me go.’ What a wonderfully rich, swoony and interesting debut from Evie Dunmore. We’ve been on a bit of a historical renaissance lately and couldn’t wait to start Bringing Down the Duke. The era and the theme particularly sparked our interest, and the passion we experienced was palpable.Set during the time of the National Society of Women Suffrage, the suffragette’s asp... more
4 STARS!Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore was a hit! Just another reason to devour more historical romance books #yumThe setting is England, 1879. Annabelle Archer is the destitute daughter of a country vicar. She has been accepted to be among the first female students to attend the prestigious University of Oxford but first she needs to convince her cousin to give her permission. Her scholarship requires her to support the rising of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Annabelle is charged to re... more
Being this a debut it's really good! Not perfect, but very much promising!An important part of the story is the women's suffrage movement. I appreciate all that movement did for us women and the dedication these women had.But, I found the heroine, Annabelle, too stubborn for her own good. She didn't talk. She didn't share her problems even with her friends who, when that problems came out, were ready to help her. So, at the end, all her stubborness was for nothing, becaus Being this a debut it... more