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.
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….
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore is an fun and fiery read. The dialogue between the Duke and the bluestocking lady, Annabelle, was interesting. I could not stop reading the book. In fact, I look forward to reading the second novel, hopefully, revisiting them in the next plot. I was completely swept away with this historical romance. A Duke who put his duty before his personal lie has a lot to learn. A fresh, young, and intelligent woman such as Annabelle awakens his attention to life. He and his younger brother also have some things to learn. Family is important. Mistakes are made to be learned from. I loved the how the characters took to responsibility, love, and trust. Both main characters lost in the battle of trust in the past. They present lives and hearts were hanging by nothing but a thread. Trust is once more heavily relied upon. It was a daring adventure. The scenes were easy to escape within and I couldn’t stop laughing at times. Their tug of war was the best part of this novel. Overall, I highly recommend readers everywhere, to read this romantic tale. It was fun watching them fall to their end and back again. Love held their destiny from the beginning. It was up to them to set their course.