Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

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Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

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and who probably makes him yearn for "more" for the first time in his privileged but somehow confining and inhibited existence. It went from a random encounter, an angry misunderstanding, to sheer lust, and then “love” in the matter of a couple weeks. 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 slipped into the world (it helps that this is set in Victorian London, one of my fall-time favorite time periods), and it felt cozy and familiar.

Sebastian’s protective instincts come to fore when he arranges for Annabelle to be released from prison despite knowing how this will anger the Queen. He's constantly looming over the protagonist, Annabelle, using his size against her, grabbing her by the arm to stop her from getting her away, backing her into walls . Dunmore has penned a winner, written with flair and suavity, presenting a smooth and evocative prose. When Annabelle and her friends infiltrate his luxurious estate, she’s appalled to find herself attracted to the infuriatingly intelligent aristocrat – but perhaps she’s not the only one struggling with desire.I love that Annabelle is fiery enough to answer back, but also cognizant enough of her own social station to temper her emotions.

Once the sex scenes did happen, they were, as I said, very strange and a complete turn-off because of the way the Duke behaved and the way Dunmore chose to describe things. Additionally, his hands are full with a troublesome brother, Peregrin, a meddling Queen, and organising a political campaign to ensure the Tories win the next election. This novel links history and romance beautifully, touching on important themes and yet delivering a great page turner of a love story.Years later, dozens of romance books devoured, I’m so happy to report that, on that score, I was wrong. There were also a lot of really weird references to the characters' "primal" attraction to one another. And then there's Annabelle, who repeatedly acts like an idiot, but whom we're told is very smart because she's read Thucydides; whose political and moral principles seem to be based on the best interests of whomever she last spoke to; and who never once seemed like the impoverished but genteel daughter of a rural Victorian clergyman whom she purported to be . Because, my lord, if the marchioness believes that the female brain is incapable of forming a sound analysis on political issues, why should anyone trust her analysis on women in politics?

Other than being extremely turned off by the romance, the plot was nonexistent and supremely surface-level. Annabelle Archer is excited to be moving to Oxford to study and support the women’s suffrage movement. She was just as beautiful a character with her backbone of steel, intelligence, sophistication and unshakable loyalty. It could be a legitimately terrible book (*cough* The Shadows Between Us*cough*), and I would still give it a high rating just because it succeeded in holding my attention, because my attention is often so hard to hold. But when she earns her place as one of the first female students at Oxford college she jumps at the chance.

It does have a forbidden romance feel to it, their social standings, as well as the time they are living doing their best to keep them apart.

FYI, this is not a book that takes itself seriously—but I think you’ll agree the result is serious fun. starts to gradually reconsider every aspect of his life and his outlook on his role and duties, with the same thoroughness he dedicates to political battles. In multiple instances, the Duke does in fact use his physical strength to subdue Annabelle, and it's always brushed over because Annabelle is telling the reader she likes being dominated like that, but the Duke, unlike the reader, is not privy to her thoughts, so he's just being a dickish Alpha Male, which is a type of character I truly despise. Moreover when it boils down to her fears, they were pretty much the same as any other woman in historical times, scandal, getting pregnant out of wedlock, being shunned, having to marry without love, and ending up as a mistress.

Brilliantly witty, exciting and endearing with a good pace to the story and instantly enjoyable, well developed characters. I just love Evie Dunsmore's writing style: I'm definitely going to read the next book in this series! It's whilst fulfilling this duty, that she first meets the wealthy and powerful Duke of Montgomery (Sebastian), a cold and brooding man, with links to the Tory party and to Queen Victoria. When it comes to women’s rights from an intersectional perspective, this book does an okay job depicting the intersection of class and gender through its protagonist, Annabelle.

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