Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

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Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

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And the time they did spend together they spent thinking about how much they wanted to jump each others' bones? And I loved seeing how these obstacles would affect a pairing that society deemed inappropriate and then the couple more or less saying, ‘Well, you know what? In this fast-paced story, we are thrown right into the political fight for social reform in Oxford and London, England. I love that Annabelle is fiery enough to answer back, but also cognizant enough of her own social station to temper her emotions. Bringing Down the Duke is labeled and marketed as a fresh, unique, and feminist historical romance, but it came across as the complete opposite to me.

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.But you could just tell from their first meeting that this was going to go off with a bang, a boy did it. She cares more about her education throughout the book and I feel like that would have been a more authentic and successful focus for the author to have taken. Their attraction was so palpable, so passionate and there were times I wanted to smoosh their faces together and tell them to get it over with.

Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for. Annabelle is smart and competent, and she's not afraid to work hard to make the best of her meager situation. This was a fantastic book, and I'm so happy that it is part of a series, and cannot wait to continue it! It is set during the Regency period and the feminine protagonist, Annabelle, is a suffragette and one of the first women to study at Oxford.their banter, their exchanges of wit, and their palpable chemistry make them such entertaining characters. I love Sebastian’s struggle to uphold his family name, and I love Annabelle’s struggle to break out of the mold that her financial situation imposes upon her. In multiple instances, the Duke does in fact use his physical strength to subdue Annabelle, and it's always brushed over because Annabelle is telling the reader she likes being dominated like that, but the Duke, unlike the reader, is not privy to her thoughts, so he's just being a dickish Alpha Male, which is a type of character I truly despise. Sebastian Devereux was only nineteen when he assumed the responsibilities of becoming the Duke of Montgomery.

It's crazy to think that women were fighting for their rights, against injustice and inequality in 1879, and yet here we still are. If Annabelle is portrayed as convincingly relatable, in her strengths and fragilities, smart and dignified in her beliefs and fights, I found that this book was mainly Sebastian’s journey and watching him finally come to terms with his inner "sentimental" self was sheer joy, as far as romances go. A deliciously original debut featuring a fiercely passionate suffragette who melts an icy duke's heart.The romance in this book was steamy, tension filled, slow burn and explosive in parts, but it also featured some truly soft and bittersweet moments that just made me love these characters even more. What he doesn’t need is a group of suffragettes invading his home, particularly as Queen Victoria regards them as ‘wicked, foolish creatures’. Partway through this book, I began to hope that the title meant that it was set in an alternate timeline, where the Duke would be Brought Down by means of a guillotine, and the entire system of monarchy and nobility would be toppled in a swath of bloody revolution, as it well deserves.

It went from a random encounter, an angry misunderstanding, to sheer lust, and then “love” in the matter of a couple weeks. Have you by any chance missed that class at finishing school where they teach you to feign delightful ignorance in the presence of a man? In fact, Bringing Down the Duke seems to use its thin veneer of wokeness as an excuse to revel in gender essentialism. The hero is also the type who thinks that “If I can’t have her, then no one else can,” displaying ugly bouts of jealousy. Follows the same basic pattern as Pride and Prejudice, a copy of which the heroine borrows from the duke’s library, but the elements are more exaggerated.Because, my lord, if the marchioness believes that the female brain is incapable of forming a sound analysis on political issues, why should anyone trust her analysis on women in politics? Therein lies the conundrum here: this book certainly entertained me, even if it annoyed me equally as much, and so I'm struggling with how to rate it.

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