The Slow-Burn Romance We All Deserve: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE

by Evie Dunmore
Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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It's no secret that I love historical romances, but frankly, I can be quite picky about them. I've been eager to read Bringing Down the Duke ever since I heard that the book was centered around the British suffrage movement. I was undeniably hyped diving into this book and I'm pleased to conclude that Evie Dunmore delivered on a clever and swoon-worthy romantic debut that is sure to charm all readers of this genre.

The beating heart of Bringing Down the Duke was its heroine, Annabelle. She was a young and intelligent woman who was among the very first women to be accepted to study at Oxford. Her life-changing scholarship, however, came at a price - she must aid the suffragette movement with their aims. Her first task is to convince influential men to alter a sexist law. Annabelle was not a difficult heroine to grow fond of. She was smart, wily, and very down-to-earth. Evie Dunmore makes it seamless to get invested in Annabelle's story, her goals, and the determination she had to reach them. She has got her vulnerabilities as well, especially regarding her class in society, but she doesn't let that tear her down. I found her to be very admirable and it was a joy to read this story in her voice. The first man that she approaches in her task is Sebastian, a certified broody hero. Their first meeting was full of sparks and chemistry, and that only grows throughout Bringing Down the Duke. Sebastian was a powerful man with a very assertive presence throughout this book. In exchange for a castle that his father gambled away, Queen Victoria asks him to lead the Tory party to victory. As with Annabelle, Sebastian was also a man who was goal-driven and would leave no stone unturned to achieve what he wanted. It was a very attractive quality of him, in addition to his quiet intensity.

Sebastian and Annabelle may have come from very different backgrounds, but they were more than compatible. Their connection was more than just about the chemistry. They both had similar emotional maturities and shared many common interests, which made for some excellent mentally-stimulating conversations between them. I have to say, somehow, their conversations were even sexier than their physical scenes. The romance was one that built torturously slowly, but it was incredibly gratifying. Evie Dunmore was brilliant at making me wait with a bated breath for them to finally get together as they danced around each other, and when it finally happened? Explosions everywhere! I was wholeheartedly invested in their relationship even through the downs. Besides the red-hot romance, I enjoyed how much page space the author devoted to the historical events. It took Bringing Down the Duke to another level for me, making the book even more enjoyable. A lot of times, I tend to only care for the romance, but Dunmore has a way with her words of delivering on the setting and the plot that had me engaged in all aspects of the story.

Bringing Down the Duke is not only one of my favorite debut novels of 2019, but it is also one of my favorite books period. It encompasses everything I love about historical genre and I can't wait to see what amazing books the author has up her sleeves. Read this one, folks!

What are some of your favorite historical romances you've read this year? Anything you think I must read?
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