Title: Bringing Down the Duke
Author: Evie Dunmore
Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki
Length: 12 hours (368 pages)
Publisher: Berkley; Penguin Audio
Release Date: September 2, 2019
Recommended for fans of: Bridgerton; Jane Austen
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….
Watching Bridgerton put me in the mood for more Regency romance. I have no experience with the genre, but I’d seen a lot of good reviews for this book so I figured I’d give it a try.
The romance reminded me a bit of Pride & Prejudice since it is between people of unequal social standing (but the characters are very different). I enjoyed the progressive political aspects of the story, such as the early suffragist movement and women at university. I really liked the Duke’s character. I also thought the romance got pretty steamy, especially considering the era.
While I found this story cute and enjoyable, I didn’t find it particularly memorable and I never got sucked into the story.