To say that Bringing Down the Duke was one of my favorite books of 2019 would be a drastic understatement. I bought it for every woman reader in my family for Christmas. I absolutely loved Evie Dunmore’s debut novel and the book hangover that followed was so real!
I have been checking Netgalley weekly to see when the next book in the series will be available and the second it was out, I downloaded it. I knew I would be reviewing this one in September so I had plenty of time to read it but I couldn’t help myself!
I started reading it in June and was done in 2 days times. It was so good and now I being the long long long wait for the next book in the series! Evie Dunmore—-you are my favorite romance writer! Please excuse me while I fangirl and gush over this book!
A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution—but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war (summary from Goodreads)
Of all the suffragettes in Bringing Down the Duke, Lucie was the more formidable. She lived for The Cause and the thought of her finding romance was almost laughable. When I saw that the second book was going to be about Lucie, I was like oh dear Dunmore has bitten off a big task with that one as a follow up to such a successful debut. But I need never have worried because this second book was amazing and Lucie’s story and quest for romance was even more swoon worthy than I anticipated.
Tristan was truly quite the rogue who wasn’t about conforming to daily life. His reputation was scandalous and while Lucie had known him since childhood, her loathing of him was no small thing. I loved watching Tristan strip back the layers of Lucie’s prickly exterior one attempted seduction at a time. But what I loved most I think was how Tristan was far from the golden boy but not such a bad boy as to be seen as unworthy of Lucie’s affections. He was a complicated figure but at the end of the day he had a good heart even if at times he could be stubborn or high handed.
Lucie was truly the shrew. She was not having any of Tristan’s attempts at seduction, because it would go against everything she held dear, but the more she resisted, the more he pushed to win her heart. There were plenty of times where I was like come on Lucie just give in, but I loved that the author really capitalized on their chemistry and drew out their romance.
Dunmore is an incredible writer and has written modern romances wrapped in Victorian goodness. I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to read more books by her! She is firmly in my auto buy category!