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A stunning debut for author Evie Dun 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 ringor 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.

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  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Evie Dun 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 Oxford University after gaining a modest scholarship, for which she must support the radical political suffragettes led by Lady Lucie Tedbury, and their campaign to recruit powerful men of influence to champion their cause Annabelle has the task of recruiting one of the most powerful men in the land, the Duke of Montgomery, Sebastian Devereux, a cold hard man whose home Annabelle, and her two fellow bluestockings, Hattie and Catriona, manage to infiltrate.Things do not go to plan as Annabelle becomes ill and a surprisingly strong attraction between the two of them grows However, after an affair gone wrong in the past, Annabelle is distinctly wary, determined not to repeat her errors of judgement Montgomery himself is taken aback by his feelings for Annabelle but he has his future mapped out with the possibility of finally attaining what he has always wanted 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 is a time where the upper classes in England used marriage as a tool to secure alliances that enriched them further in the acquisition of land, money and power Marriage to Annabelle, a country girl of no consequence would cause a scandal of earth shattering proportions that Montgomery cannot afford Other possible arrangements for their love are stymied by an Annabelle unwilling to ruin her life, her reputation, or lose her self respect Dun writes a fun and highly entertaining historical novel that takes account of some serious issues of the day regarding the fight for women s rights, outlining just how much it cost women to fight the ruthless forces arraigned against them, many finding themselves imprisoned, their reputations in tatters, not to mention having their educational opportunities taken away The characterisation is done well with the smart charismatic Annabelle and Sebastian s character development shifting him fundamentally from the person he was at the beginning to who he becomes by the end This a a novel that I enjoyed reading far than I expected to, and would recommend to others It s the first of a series, and I look forward to the next one Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.

  2. Hollis Hollis says:

    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 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 from this debut author, but we re getting from this series and set of characters I m going to be clamouring for 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.

  3. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    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 advocate for women s suffrage.She s been told she must recruit men to support the cause, and in her sights is the Duke of Montgomery, Sebastian Devereux.Oh, and the Duke happens to be her political polar opposite, and handsome So very handsome.At the same time, Sebastian is finding Annabelle s green eyes irresistible however, she s a commoner and not fit to be his duchess.Even though this wasn t a rom com, there were still funny moments There were also some emotional times I found the romance between Sebastian and Annabelle to feel authentic The women s suffrage movement during the Victorian era was a fascinating backdrop.Overall, Bringing Down the Duke surprised me with its heart, and I look forward to the next in the series.I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  4. Corina Corina says:

    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 thinking women.I really enjoyed the different era The author kept the information about that particular time well balanced And I applaud her for writing about a not so overly covered period of time Although not everything resonated with me the way I hoped it would Nevertheless I really enjoyed the way the author portrayed that specific epoch of time.I think what was crucial for me was that even though I love modern and trail blazing heroines, I didn t feel that Annabelle was extraordinary for her time, not like the series promised Moreover if 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 I expected something different.But, I m not saying it wasn t a great novel I just wasn t wowed by it Nevertheless, the writing was great The story flowed and it easily engaged, I just didn t love it.But above all else I love seeing debut authors write about an era that is not as overly used as Regency England is And a new and different voice to a popular genre is always welcome Especially if I can see this author going far Because this author is one that I ll be watching.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

  5. Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth says:

    TITLE BRINGING DOWN THE DUKEAUTHOR Evie DunSERIES 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 BLOGI m a huge fan of Judith McNaught s historical romance Why I m mentioning that Because this author s debut, BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE, transports me back to a time when I was devouring the novels by McNaught While Evie Dun s writing style is modern in parts which makes this story extremely readable, I m not complaining, mind you, because this author s words wrapped themselves around my heart However, the story, this deliciously angst filled plot, the yearning, the complex characters so reminded me of McNaught s I think that s one of the biggest compliments I can give an author.Evie Dun shows us how far women have come, how women fought for what we consider normal and rightfully ours This alone makes it this book worth reading and will give you a new appreciation of the women s role in society today.Spun around this setting is an epic love story between a commoner and a duke, both very aware of their position in society Sebastian is right a jerk when this starts off but man, did I fall in love I fell so hard He is honorable, considerate, than he let on when we first meet him, arrogant, high handed, controlled and incredibly private and emotionally stunted It was a thing of beauty to watch him turn from this seemingly cold hearted bastard into a man, who felt deeper than anyone would have ever expected he was capable of What a complex, infuriating, protective, wonderful man he was Something tore inside his chest, something vital, and briefly, he wondered if a man could die from it The pain all but took his breath away What a way to find out he did have a heart Annabelle is everything Sebastian needs but can t have She was just as beautiful a character with her backbone of steel, intelligence, sophistication and unshakable loyalty She refused to be the duke s mistress because she had a sense of self worth and knew that even though Sebastian would treat her well, society wouldn t She knew the feeling of being a pariah, she didn t want to repeat mistakes she d made before While my heart hurt for them both I could understand her standpoint He does have a heart, you see, a restrained, honorable heart, but it bruises just like yours and mine, and I wager it is a hundred times steadfast He is a rare man, not because he is wealthy, or powerful, but because he says what he means and does what he says Their attraction was so palpable, so passionate and there were times I wanted to smoosh their faces together and tell them to get it over with There was so much tension between them, the impossibility of their love made this story heartwrenching She belonged here, right here wrapped in these strong, nonjudgmental, protective arms, and she wasn t sure where to begin again without him Supporting these two are equally strong women, who I suspect will get their own stories.This is a well researched, fascinating romance with characters that make you think even after leaving them to their happily ever after And what a HEA it was How can I not fall back into a slump after BRINGING DOWN HE DUKE Ugh The story is flawless and flows without hiccups And I can t praise the beautiful words enough Evie Dun shows other authors how debuts are done I loved every minute spent with Sebastian and Annabelle Darling, he said, I have only just begun to love you.

  6. Book of the Month Book of the Month says:

    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 opportunity to become one of the first female graduates at the prestigious University of Oxford Upon entering college, she becomes an advocate for the women s suffrage movement, which is how she first encounters the Duke of Montgomery an influential, ill tempered political adversary whom she must convince into becoming an ally A clash of two strong willed, sharp tongued enemies Sounds hot Bringing Down the Duke gives us the best that the romance genre has to offer light hearted fun, steamy sex scenes, and lots of brooding, read between the lines dialogue It also serves up a few additionally tasty accoutrements, including royals, a heroine with a feminist agenda Suffragism Get involved, people , and witty repartee that make for a very entertaining read FYI, this is not a book that takes itself seriously but I think you ll agree the result is serious fun Cheers Read at

  7. Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard says:

    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 when crap just picked up nonstop to screw her over I cannot wait for the next book with Lucie She continuously peaked my interests in every scene she was in I m wondering if we ll get a book about Sebastien s brother now too He could be a fantastic hotmess POV.

  8. Toni Toni says:

    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 these two smart and strong willed characters However, Sebastian is aware that the bride he needs in order to secure a better position in society is somebody with money, social status and connections, somebody who is very different from the nearly destitute country girl he is developing feelings for The novel is very engaging and highly entertaining I am always interested in strong female characters the whole series is entitled A League of Extraordinary women and the fact that the story is set against the backdrop of the fight for the rights of women just made it fascinating for me.Will be looking forward to the next title in this promising new series.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  9. WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker says:

    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 plan to attend There she joins up with the National Society for Women s Suffrage, makes friends, see s a pathway to gaining any smidgen of freedom, and meets a Duke.Having to take over the Dukedom at the age of nineteen, that his father did his best to gamble away, Sebastian has always felt the heavy weight of responsibility The Queen has personally asked him to be strategic advisory for the Tory party and he never shirks his duties When a suffragette boldly approaches him, she definitely catches his attention.In a time where societal strictures are felt everywhere, Annabelle and Sebastian are going to have to decide what consequences they re willing to face to follow their hearts Fortunately, an old spinster from the country should be quite safe from any scandals, she said brightly, even at Oxford The first in the League of Extraordinary Women series and Evie Dun s debut, Bringing Down the Duke was a romantic but grounded historical romance Annabelle s set up could be any number of women s story from this time period and the consequences of her wanting to pursue her dreams and snatch any kind of freedom for herself are never far from her mind Becoming friends with and joining the Suffragettes is dangerous for her but fighting to amend the Married Women s Act and wanting the right to vote is essential to the freedom she craves I loved how the author kept Annabelle grounded in reality and while this kept the tone from being light and airy, it also gave the character and setting the gravitas it deserved acknowledging the danger and societal norms they were pushing against only gives feeling to what these women did Annabelle was courageous with what seems like a simple act of handing out pamphlets the author does a fantastic job of differentiating how the consequences were different for commoner Annabelle and her nobility friends and wisely wary of what a relationship with a Duke would mean for her This was intimacy, knowing he could look this way Very few people would ever see him like this, Montgomery the man, not the duke How she wished he were only a man. Due to Sebastian s background of given such a heavy burden at such a young age, he is closed off I would have liked a little depth to his background to be seen on page, especially regards to his first wife we get a little much later on in the story and with his younger brother He s a cool customer and we get glimpses at how strong his heart beats but I think he could have been fleshed out .Annabelle and Sebastian s relationship is of a slow burn and given their positions and situations, this fits perfectly The spark of attraction is there when their eyes meet but they re forced to do of a reach for and retreat, which creates some great burning for The very real obstacles of a Duke and a commoner having a relationship provided the angst and I loved how the author handled this with an authenticity that, I personally, feel has been missing from historical romances lately It is the very reality that make this fairy tale romantic Don t, he said hoarsely, don t throw away what we have just because you cannot have everything Secondary characters like Annabelle s friends, Hattie, Lucie, and Catriona, Sebastian s brother Lord Devereux, a wicked Lord Ballentine, and a Queen Victoria, who reminds us not all women are part of the sisterhood, round out the story well We will obviously see some of these secondary characters again Lucie the leader of the suffragettes and the rakish Ballentine look to be next up but the author did a good job giving us just enough to entice and not have them clog or steal from Annabelle and Sebastian s story She knew then that she would never be able to unsee him again. I thought the first half had some shorter and choppier sentences that broke up some of the flow of the story, background depth was at times missing from the characters, and I thought it took too long to see and feel the heart of Sebastian However, this felt truly grounded in a historical romance sense and Annabelle s struggles with following her heart, rather due to laws, consequences, or fear, will have you fighting the emotion back This debut will definitely have me waiting in anticipation of the next in the series.

  10. Christie«SHBBblogger» Christie«SHBBblogger» says:

    Title Bringing Down The Duke Series A League of Extraordinary Women 1Author Evie DunRelease 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 restrictions put on them What I genuinely don t think I ve read is a heroine who joins the women s suffrage movement, and that was a big drawing point for me I was really intrigued to read about how the author would portray the group of women, the public s perception of them, and the challenges they faced I loved the fact that Annabelle is one of the first female students of Oxford That she dared to dream of a higher education during a time when the social class you were born into and your gender dictated what your lot in life would be Aristocrats were society s darlings simply due to their lineage, and favored even when they didn t have to work Not only did Annabelle come from an impoverished family, but as a woman, that narrowed her options to thrive down to almost zilch Despite all this, she was able to finagle permission from her cousin to attend Oxford with the promise that she would pay him a sum of money regularly that she had no idea how to come up with She doesn t let this sway her, because she s willing to work day and night, study, and attend her required suffragette meetings for her scholarship money just for a place to call her own She doesn t want to live the dead end existence she s been living out in the country, so she sets out to do something about it Annabelle is pretty much perceived as a crazy liberal for even suggesting that women have the brain capacity to make voting decisions and control their own fortunes An insane thought in our current times, but back then women moved from their parents household to their own and never held any sort of power over their own lives Sebastian Devereux, thirteenth Duke of Montgomery, is quite the snobbish, coldly aloof hero at the start He rules over his vast estates without much joy, but he s forced himself to excel at it after his wastrel father gambled them into ruins His younger brother Peregrin is managed by him with an iron fist, so much so that their relationship is mainly intimidation and demands Sebastian is a favorite of the queen, and has traditionalist political leanings As the newly appointed advisor to the Tory election campaign, he s fighting for one purpose only his family s property back that was lost by his father in a card game Out of family loyalty and obligation, he s been struggling for years to somehow buy it back from the queen s nephew with no luck This seems to be the chance of a lifetime, if he can only sway the political field in the direction the queen desires The only problem is, that direction directly conflicts with everything Annabelle has been fighting for When Annabelle s group schemes their way into an invitation to Sebastian and Peregrin s home, she had no idea that she s about to rattle his foundation and leave him faltering on shaky ground Reluctantly impressed by her direct gaze and unique fearlessness, he develops an unwanted curiosity that continues to grow with each meeting The concept of having a romantic relationship with a woman so far below him in social class is beyond inconceivable It would be laughable to even think of it That may be horrible for him to feel that way, but I like that the author didn t shy away from presenting the reality of the social climate But besides that is the fact that her political goals are on the opposite side of the playing field He d lose all respect and become a laughingstock by his peers at even a hint that he was with her Everything that was finally almost in his grasp would be lost forever Something in his chest responded, a sudden bloom of warmth in the cold He swallowed He hadn t drunk in near two decades, but this was not unlike the heated sensation of Scotch burning down his throat Could one become drunk on the presence of a woman So obviously, there s a lot of push and pull between these characters Sebastian tries to pursue and seduce, Annabelle resists harder than possibly any other character I ve seen The angst.it was absolutely delicious I felt his internal battle over his need for her, and his sense of responsibility to expectations Annabelle has already been burned very badly by another lord, and she isn t willing to compromise an inch They had an amazing chemistry between them the they fought it Possessiveness, protectiveness, and admiration sparked and caught fire, but they were stuck in a battle of wills unable to move forward Even though I wanted to slap him than a time or two, you could see the depth of emotion and passion he had for her In the end, he fought, and he made sacrifices the way he needed to in order to show her that she was the most important thing in the world to him His lips brushed against her ear These wild depths in you, they call to me, he murmured.This book was completely addictive The love they had for each other was grew against all odds, and you truly felt that these two were meant to be Bringing Down the Duke was so good that it forced me to compulsively race through the entire thing in less than twenty four hours with butterflies in my chest, hearts in my eyesit was the total package I ravenously CONSUMED this author s writing style, and her brilliant talent for storytelling To say that I m excited for the next story in the League of Extraordinary Women series is a huge understatement I need the follow up in my greedy hands yesterday You can officially call me a loyal fan after reading this sparkling debut it s just that simple Get in on this series from the start, this is a new author you need to acquaint yourself with FOLLOW 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