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“With her sterling debut, Evie Dunmore dives into a fresh new space in historical romance that hits all the right notes.” (Entertainment Weekly)

A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford suffragists in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful 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.... 

"There is nothing quite so satisfying as seeing such a man brought to his knees by a beautiful woman with nothing to her name except an inviolable sense of her own self-worth." (NPR)

©2019 Evie Dunmore (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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“Dunmore's beautifully written debut perfectly balances history, sexual tension, romantic yearning, and the constant struggle smart women have in finding and maintaining their places and voices in life and love, with the added message that finding the right person brings true happiness and being with them is worth any price. A brilliant debut.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

"Full of witty banter, rich historical detail, and a fantastic group of female friends, the first installment in Dunmore’s League of Extraordinary Women series starts with fireworks as Annabelle and Montgomery try to find a path to happiness despite past mistakes and their vastly different places in society. Dunmore's strong debut is sure to earn her legions of fans." (Booklist, starred review) 

“Evie Dunmore’s debut novel Bringing Down the Duke is about personal growth, leaving preconceived notions behind and the long hard fight for women’s rights. The novel is hilarious in many parts, but it also provides more serious lessons for the reader. Best of all it has a Happily Ever After.” (Historical Novel Society)

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  • Syd Young
  • 25/09/2019

Herstory at its best

Ok yes, this is a thoroughly fun romp of romance between a man and woman who could only find a way to be together against all odds and at great sacrifice by both of them. Great main and side characters, with hints of more to come. That aside, I loved what I learned about the suffragist movement, in a time I didn’t think they existed!! And the Married Women’s property act! I’m kind of geeky like that, but I’m also a feminist who believes in knowing where we come from so we don’t ever ever go back, shudder. This fun book is the best of both worlds: story and history, all put together in a lovely, accessible package of delight and escape.

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  • Chandra Lapides
  • 07/09/2019

Fantastic debut novel!

I’m generally hesitant to fall in love with either Regency or Victorian romances because there is oftentimes nothing more to their plots than a hesitant wallflower and an unbending nobleman whom she refuses for no strong reason. This is far from the case with Bringing Down the Duke, however! There’s true depth of character found within our hero and heroine, and their turmoils are true to their characters, circumstances, and world events. This combination leads to a great plot where others fall short. Great work. I look forward to reading more from Evie Dunmore!

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  • Yara N.
  • 03/05/2020

Loved it!

An impressive debut novel by Evie Dunmore, Bringing Down the Duke was fresh and fun read that I couldn’t put down. Told against the backdrop of the women suffragist movement in England, the love story between Annabelle Archer and the Duke of Montgomery, Sebastian Deveraux has hints of Pride and Prejudice. The writing style of the author was very enjoying, not too flowery and not too simple. The Highlights Both main characters were fully realized with deep and complex emotions that went beyond their feelings for each other. Their chemistry was sizzling from the moment they met and didn’t let up until the end. Their romance also felt very adult, even though it was a bit of a romp at times, it could be lighthearted at times, without being light. There’s some prime angst happening throughout the book as well. It also had a great cast of secondary characters that were once again fully realize with personalities of their own - outside the needs of the MC. It’s clear we’ll get stories from the main female characters and I’m very excited to read how their HEA comes about. The historical backdrop of the suffragist was more the than just an interesting theme, it was an integral part of the story and important to the development of the MC. Finally, I enjoy both clean and steamy romances - this is a steamy romance but it has the right amount of steam. Just enough to went your palette. The Lowlights There weren’t many things that bothered me, the thing that bothered me the most was the dragging of the “will they/won’t they”. It might have gone on just a little too much. There’s a scene towards the end where the heroine - who up to that point had been pretty good - acts in the typical “I can’t” heroine way. It was frustrating because for the most part this book had avoided the worst of the romance genre cliches. Conclusion This is a great historical romance, with a fresh perspective. I highly recommend it and I can’t wait for book two! Audible Note The narrator Elizabeth Jasicki was very good. I enjoyed listening to her and wouldn’t mind listening to other of her narrations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28/01/2020

Definitely An Adult Romance

Based on the cover and description, I wasn’t expecting it to be so steamy. Had to stop listening since that wasn’t what I was looking for.

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  • Laurie Anderson
  • 19/09/2019

Wow! What a first book!

This is a great book and even better when you find out this is her first book. The story of what women went through to attend college, push for the vote, the attitude towards women and their minds, and how men controlled women’s life made me appreciate how far we have come. And, in some cases, how far we have not. It also highlights how the aristocracy viewed lower class women. The love story and friendships are lovely and the struggle was real. It was great to have a non-debutante age heroine.

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  • Dana L. Bailey
  • 09/05/2020

Loved

I loved this book. It is smart,sexy and sweet. Narration is fantastic. Truly a gem. So glad I have this in my library to listen to over and over again.

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  • Christina Rentz
  • 23/09/2019

Interesting and HOT

This book was everything I love about romance novels! Excited it's a series! The narrator was really great, too!

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  • Belle5620
  • 15/09/2019

Bringing Down the Duke

The book starts off slow, but hang in there. The book is well worth it! It’s a very good book. The characters are all well developed. I would have loved to know a bit more about each of the suffragists in the group. But once the story got going it was entertaining ride.

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  • Amelia Winter
  • 18/10/2020

Beautiful and Happy Read

Not typically a romance chick, but I LOVE this sweet and sexy novel. Bringing Down the Duke with have you laughing, dreaming, and your heart will crackle with beautiful yummy tension.  Elizabeth Jasicki is a wonderful and engaging narrator.

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  • Rodrigo
  • 16/10/2020

Splendid!

What a delight! Such a heartwarming story. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen then it’s a must read! And... it’s quite horny!

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  • Agnes Daniela Hertwig
  • 21/11/2020

Romance, Romance und ein wenig Emanzipation

Mir hat das Hörbuch sehr gut gefallen. Die Sprecherin passt für mich nicht ganz zur jungen Annabelle, aber technisch einwandfrei. Wer sich erhofft, dass das Zentrum dieser Geschichte die Emanzipation des 19. Jahrhundert beinhaltet, wird enttäuscht sein, da diese nur am Rande mit bespielt wird. Die Liebesgeschichte ist aber dafür im klassischen Sinne umso besser und für triste Tage, wo man am liebsten nur Schokolade essen möchte, eine schöne Aufmunterung. Wer also auf der Suche nach einer schönen Romance-Novel ist, die einem ein wenig Wissen über die damalige Frauenbewegung vermittelt, ist hier genau richtig.

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  • lisabuchwurm
  • 15/11/2020

3,5 Sterne

ich habe sehr zwischen 3 und vier Sternen geschwankt. Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist sehr angenehm. Die Sprecherin hervorragend. Warum dann nur so wenig Sterne? Die Hauptfigur Annabelle hat mich in den Wahnsinn getrieben und teils so wütend gemacht, dass ich das Hörbuch tagelang nicht weitergehört habe. Nur weil jemand altgriechisch kann, ist derjenige noch nicht intelligent.. Annabelle besaß keinen Funken gesunden Menschenverstand trotz ihres akademischen Wissens. Der "Held" Sebastian tat mir teils so leid, was er mit dieser Frau mitmachen muss.. Annabelle mag eine Suffragette sein, aber Heldinnen von Jane Austen und auch Georgette Heyer haben mehr Rückgrat und emanzipierter gewirkt... wenn man bedenkt wann diese Romane geschrieben wurden... Viele der Figuren waren sehr gut angelegt! Von den Freundinnen von Annabelle (alle interessanter als sie), bis zur ehemaligen Geliebten von Sebastian.. deshalb gebe ich dem zweiten Teil der Reihe vielleicht noch eine Chance, da ich wirklich wissen will wie es den anderen ergeht