PDF ä BOOK Bringing Down the Duke ô EVIE DUNMORE

BOOK Bringing Down the Duke

PDF ä BOOK Bringing Down the Duke ô EVIE DUNMORE ô A stunning debut for author Evie Dun and her Oxford Rebels in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order England 1879 Annabelle Archer the brilliant but destitute daughter of a couFor green eyed beauty Annabelle He is looking for a wife of eual 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 du This historical romance is set in 1879 during the early days of the suffrage movement Annabelle a commoner is a woman before her time and when the National Suffrage Women’s movement offers her a scholarship at Oxford’s first women’s college she jumps at the chanceIn return for the scholarship she is reuired to actively participate in the movement’s activities This is where she runs into the very proper Duke I loved the historical time period and Annabelle is a worthy heroine of the genre She is outspoken intelligent and a woman who knows what she wants The witty banter and budding romance between her and the Duke made this pure fun The cover leads you to think it's a fluffy rom com but be aware that it’s spicy and open doorI was given a digital copy for review from EW but chose to listen to it on audio which I highly recommend This isn’t my typical genre but I thoroughly enjoyed it 35 stars

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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 powerful duke in a 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 So much FUN

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Bringing Down the Duke'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 ueen's command Her challenge not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands forSebastian is appalled to find a suffragist suad has infiltrated his ducal home but the real threat is his impossible feelings This is a book featuring suffragettes but this is not a feminist book In fact Bringing Down the Duke seems to use its thin veneer of wokeness as an excuse to revel in gender essentialism Pretty much every encounter between the two leads mentioned feminine warmth and masculine hardness so I had strained my eyes from rolling them so hard before I was very far into the book The love interest—Sebastian Duke of Montgomery—is the kind of alpha male character to whom I have an instant aversion 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 He clearly gets off on this and spends time when he's not with her fantasising about forcing her into marriage and clapping himself on the back for having the self control not to rape her He is emotionally abusive towards his younger brother in a way that the narrative never recognises—and yet the narrative would have us believe that Sebastian is one of those good feudal overlords who only ever has the best interests of his tenants at heart Please 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 Her defining personality trait really is that she's Not Like the Other Girls—hence why she'll go to a ball in a skintight fashionable gown with no undergarments on underneath Even on a practical level this wouldn't have been possible given how gowns were constructed then but Annabelle just draws all the men's eyes with her astounding beauty etcAdd to this the vague but disturbing racial undertones Annabelle is stunningly beautiful and this is implied to be because of distant French aristocratic or even royal descent; Sebastian looks Nordic which means blond and suare jawed; the description of Disraeli and another Jewish coded character made me suirm; the dialogue which far too often sounds 21st century American than it does 1870s upper class British and which uses terms like existential angst which would not be coined for several decades; the vicious pantomime dame caricature of ueen Victoria look I'm an Irishwoman with a disdain for the system of monarchy and if I think it's an unfair caricature; the melodramatic plot; and the complete and utter lack of any historical research or understanding Dun repeatedly messes up forms of address for the aristocracy on the most basic level has someone practicing underwater archaeology in Greece in the 1870s when the first such excavations don't take place until the 1950s or '60s etcPlus on the very last page when our happy couple have overcome what we are told is crushing societal disapproval and scandal concerning a duke's decision to marry a mere gentleman's daughter uh huh and are making out on a yacht in the Mediterranean sure the verb used in Sebastian's inner monologue to describe having sex with his wife? MountLike I said this is a book featuring suffragettes This is not a feminist book