Review: "Bringing Down the Duke" (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1) by Evie Dunmore

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

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....

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.



I admit that I was late for this party. I have been eyeing this series appearing on both my friends' social media and here so I decided to read the books back to back as by the time this review is being written so far three books have been published.

We begin in England, in 1879. Annabelle Archer who is very smart and thirsts for knowledge is destitute by social standards and also a woman, meaning that by gender isolation only she is not allowed to do many things. But lucky for her, she gets to go to Oxford University and study with a fellowship granted to her by the suffragette movement. All she has to do is attend the meetings and target wealthy and influential gentlemen who may support the cause for women's rights.

Enter the Duke of Montgomery, one of the most terrifying and influential men in the political scene who navigates politics under his Queen's Orders. His chance meeting with Annabelle and a series of encounters will lead them both to slowly gravitate toward one another.

There was so much slow burn here! I enjoyed this very much! I loved the writing and the realistic depictions of a woman's struggles in the Victorian era far removed from the rose-tinted glasses we usually see in period movies and dramas. It felt quite much like my university studies when we would discuss gender equality and how social standards, men-dominated societies, and misconception would lead bright women, amazingly strong women to be cast out of the social circles of their time.

I loved the friends Annabelle made, Catriona, Lucy, and Hattie. It was amazing seeing how they all come from different sides of life yet they become such great friends! Lucy in particular is also the leader of the movement's chapter and she deals with so much.

There is a wide bibliography, outside the fiction of the novel, that is very enlightening in this matter and I do implore you to take time and read it as it sheds light on this fight for equality which is (even now) an ongoing battle.

The romance was very well written, but the emotional struggle for both the Duke and Annabelle was off the charts and I plan to re-read this or listen to the audiobook.

Definitely recommended!

And don't miss the rest books of this amazing series!

About the author:

Evie Dunmore is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of The League of Extraordinary Women series.

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Evie wrote The League of Extraordinary Women inspired by the magical scenery of Oxford and her passion for romance, women pioneers, and all things Victorian. In her civilian life, she is a strategy consultant with a M.Sc. in Diplomacy from Oxford. Scotland and the great outdoors have a special place in her heart, so she is frequently found climbing the Highlands and hunting for woolly tartan blankets. She is a member of the British Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA).

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Review: "Ship Wrecked" (Spoiler Alert, #3) by Olivia Dade

Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

After All the Feels and Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade once again delivers a warm and wonderful romantic comedy about two co-stars who once had an incredible one-night stand—and after years of filming on the same remote island, are finally ready to yield to temptation again…

Maria’s one-night-stand—the thick-thighed, sexy Viking of a man she left without a word or a note—just reappeared. Apparently, Peter’s her surly Gods of the Gates co-star, and they’re about to spend the next six years filming on a desolate Irish island together. She still wants him…but he now wants nothing to do with her.
Peter knows this role could finally transform him from a forgettable character actor into a leading man. He also knows a failed relationship with Maria could poison the set, and he won’t sabotage his career for a woman who’s already walked away from him once. Given time, maybe they can be cooperative colleagues or friends—possibly even best friends—but not lovers again. No matter how much he aches for her.
For years, they don’t touch off-camera. But on their last night of filming, their mutual restraint finally shatters, and all their pent-up desire explodes into renewed passion. Too bad they still don’t have a future together, since Peter’s going back to Hollywood, while Maria’s returning to her native Sweden. She thinks she needs more than he can give her, but he’s determined to change her mind, and he’s spent the last six years waiting. Watching. Wanting.
His shipwrecked Swede doesn’t stand a chance.



Disclaimer: This review was for my Illumicrate copy and the special edition that complimented the first two books also re-designed by Illumicrate. My copy was yellow and blue, the outside of the pages was colored and there was also the autograph of the author. A gorgeous special edition indeed!

This series has been with me since 2020 when covid was in session, I was quarantined like the rest of the planet and I wanted some fluff. "Spoiler Alert" the first book of the series reminded me of my fanfiction Wattpad days where I would write and write and write and by then I had fallen in love with Olivia's characters.

Now close to 3 years later the series ends with this amazing final book about Maria and Peter, two people who have lots and lots of pent-up feelings for each other and yet circumstances force them to hide it.

So we begin with... one night stand where Peter, an actor who hopes to make his biggest success on tv is found with Maria, a Swede theatre actress who hopes to find a new job in the USA, hopefully also close to cinema or tv. Both have a great time and the next day they realize that both have been cast together to work for a fictional (for the book) show, similar to a "Game of Thrones" series.

Feelings aside and misunderstandings lead both Maria and Peter to Ireland where they will film their own part of the show for the next six years! As their muddled relationship morphs into a friendship both Maria and Peter will forge new friendships but also try to navigate their growing feelings of attraction for each other amidst Hollywood contracts, fan bases, and misogynistic and stupid producers.

The book was *chef's kiss* amazing. Peter was amazing with Maria and their dialogue was one of the funniest I have ever read. It felt so natural and true as if I was listening to them talking. The pacing was good and steady giving time to develop the characters' relationships and trials but what I loved most was the theme of found family, one not created by blood but of love and affection.

I can detect Olivia's Swedish camaraderie here and it was very funny to be able to see Sweden even from the eyes of Peter who, poor fellow, went there to meet with Maria's family.
The series ended in the best way I could ever hope, solidifying Olivia's amazing way of bringing unique yet realistic characters to life both with humor, love, and the trials that come with any relationship.

Definitely recommended and I plan to re-read it again

About the author:

While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn't read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them. Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Where did all the throbbing come from? 3) What was a "manhood"? 4) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero's manhood?

Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers. 1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover features a shirtless man in a Stetson cradling an infant, her ovaries basically explode and her credit card emerges. I have a similar reaction to romances involving spinsters, governesses, and librarians. 2) His manhood. Also, her womanhood. 3) It's his "hard length," sometimes compared in terms of rigidity to iron. I prefer to use other names for it in my own writing. However, I am not picky when it comes to descriptions of iron-hard lengths. 4) Because explaining how an orgasm feels can prove difficult. Or maybe the couples all had sex on New Year's Eve at Cancun.

During those thirty years, I accomplished a few things. I graduated from Wake Forest University and earned my M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked at a variety of jobs that required me to bury my bawdiness and potty mouth under a demure exterior: costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, high school teacher, and librarian. But I always, always read romances. Funny, filthy, sweet--it didn't matter. I loved them all.

Now I'm writing my own romances with the encouragement of my husband and daughter. I have my own stack of books in my closet that I'd rather my daughter not read, at least not for a few years. I can swear whenever I want, except around said daughter. And I get to spend all day writing about love and iron-hard lengths.

So thank you, Mom, for perving so hard on pirates during my childhood. I owe you.

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ARC Review: "End of Story" (End of Story #1) by Kylie Scott

End of Story by Kylie Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

New York Times bestselling sensation Kylie Scott’s sexy, smart and unconventional opposites-attract love story looks at what happens when fate refuses to give up on what’s meant to be…

When Susie Bowen inherits a charming fixer-upper from her aunt, she’s excited to start living her best HGTV life. But when she opens the door to find that her contractor is none other than her ex’s best friend, Lars—the same man who witnessed their humiliating public breakup six months ago—she isn’t exactly eager to have anyone around whose alliance is with the enemy. But beggars can’t be choosers, and the sooner the repairs are done, the sooner she can get back to embracing singledom.

Things go from awkward to unbelievable when Lars discovers a divorce certificate hidden in a wall and dated ten years in the future—with both their names on it. It couldn’t possibly be real…could it? As Susie and Lars work to unravel the document’s origins, the impossibility of a spark between them suddenly doesn’t seem so far-fetched. But would a relationship between them be doomed before it’s even begun?

“Sweet and spicy—the unique setup, top-notch banter and charming enigma had me hooked.” —Anna E. Collins, author of Love at First Spite



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

There is nothing that I love more than a touch of magical realism set in a contemporary romance. And this is what happens in this upcoming gem by Kylie Scott. When Susie, after having broken up with her boyfriend and nursing her wounds, finds that she has inherited a house by her aunt, she moves there and tries to fiz up the place.

But she didn't count on meeting Lars, her ex's best friend.

Neither did they count on discovering a divorce certificate, with their names on top of it...set 10 years in the future.

As they try to navigate the search on finding if this is a trick or even contemplate that time travel exists, they will slowly come closer to each other as both Susie and Lars have different mindsets and also try to navigate their relationships with their friends and family.

As opposites attract this was a delightful and emotional read. I enjoy Kylie's writing and her characters and Susie with Lars is quite a good example of how one's standards may need to take a step back and in all relationships, people sometimes need also to take a step back and lean towards their partners.

The mystery with the divorce certificate was quite a good twist and I enjoyed seeing them trying to discover what was behind this...or even if indeed they had a touch with destiny or fate.

Definitely recommended as everything on Kylie's backlist always is by me. :)

About the author:

Kylie is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling, Audie Award winning Romance author.