The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
Publisher & Release: Forever, December 20, 2016
Time and setting: Regency period, London
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Book Length: 369 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flame
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER...
The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse--a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.
No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge--even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.
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Oh, my, this is a wonderful book. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Burrowes in quite some time, and it's a fine example of her incredible skill as an author. The story flows beautifully, the plot is lively, but the best part is the engaging characters that will capture your heart from the first page to the last.
Meggie's character is a pure delight. She is one of the most endearing characters I've encountered in quite some time. She is a true Regency lady, loves her family and will protect them from harm at her own expense.
Hamish is a wonderful hero who will steal your heart. I know he did mine. He is burdened by the unexpected title of duke, something he would never want, but he assumes the mantle superbly well. His most engaging characteristic is his high sense of honor. He loves his family, and falls for Meggie right away, which moves the story along at a fast pace.
The romance between the pair is sweet, yet sensual. The sexual tension practically jumps off the page. The plot has the couple falling in love early on, and the conflict is more external then internal. I really enjoyed that aspect of this book a great deal. So many times, the conflict is antagonistic, which is not something I enjoy.
I listened to the sudio version, and James Langdon is fabulous. His ability to bring each character to life is brilliant. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him.
If you're looking for a romantic Regency tale with amazing characters and a truly dastardly villain, then you will enjoy The Trouble with Dukes as much as I did. If you are a fan of her original Windham series, you are in for a treat because many of them are in this story. Happy reading!