“Perhaps this is not a question of staying out of trouble, Your Grace. Perhaps this is about deciding on which side of history you want to be.”– Evie Dunmore
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….
I will admit, this book starts off a bit slow and irritating. The Duke is put off as a heartless arse who only cares about his work and is stripped of any emotion. However, this changes tremendously throughout the book- specifically when Annabelle comes in.
This book goes between the Dukes perspective and Annabelle’s- I felt this really added to the book. It also shows how much the Duke goes from an emotionless arse to swoon worthy.
Again, this is another enemy to lover book and we all know how much I love those! This book had me laughing out loud, frustrated, swooning, crying, everything.
The character development is AMAZING! They leapt off the pages and made you feel what they are feeling, the attraction, chemistry, tension- sexual and other.
Amazingly written with great characters and an amazing plot!
Well down Evie Dunmore! I look forward to the next books!