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Review: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

Title: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
A League of Extraordinary Women Series Book Two
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 448 pages
Book Rating: B+

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A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution—but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.

Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis and London’s undisputed lord of sin, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smoldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.

As Lucie tries to out-maneuver Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…


A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore is a sparkling historical romance. Although this newest release is the second novel in the A League of Extraordinary Women series, it can be read as a standalone.

Lady Lucinda “Lucie” Tedbury is estranged from her family due to her dedication to the suffrage movement. Lucie has carved out a life for herself with her three close friends and fellow suffragists, Hattie, Catriona and Annabelle. In order to promote their work, Lucie is finalizing a deal that will make them the majority owners of a publishing house. After the sale goes through, she is frustrated to discover that Lord Tristan Ballentine slipped in and bought out the other shares in the business.  How far will Lucie go in order to further the Cause that is such an integral part of her life?

Lucie is independent and strong willed. She never quite fit in with her family so she is not overly upset at her banishment from her family home. She works tirelessly in her efforts to give women the same rights as men. This endeavor puts her on the outer fringes of society but she is fine with her standing. In order to carry through with her plans, Lucie has to decide whether or not to take a deal with the devil to achieve her goals.

Tristan is a former soldier who carries the scars from the battlefield and his childhood.  As the second son, he never planned on the family title passing down to him. But following a tragic accident, he is now next in line. When his brutish father gives him an ultimatum, Tristan knows time is running out to secure his freedom from his family for good.  With much at stake, he unapologetically sets about ensuring his financial security.

The sparks fly between Lucie and Tristan every time they are together. They knew one another in childhood and while Tristan has fond memories of her, Lucie does not feel the same way. She is confused by her reaction to him but she does not plan to act on her inconvenient desire. Tristan’s interest in Lucie harkens back to the summers he spent with her family during his teenage years.  He is absolutely shocked to discover the years apart have not lessened his attraction to her.  It is only a matter of time before they give in to their passion but will Tristan and Lucie be able to keep their entanglement free of deeper emotions?

A Rogue of One’s Own is a charming historical romance with marvelous characters and a substantive storyline. Lucie and Tristan are appealing protagonists who are not afraid to go after what they want. With a few twists and turns,  Evie Dunmore brings this captivating romance to a heartfelt, uplifting conclusion. A fantastic addition to the A League of Extraordinary Women series that old and new fans of historical romances are sure to enjoy.

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Review: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Title: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
A League of Extraordinary Women Series Book One
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 364 pages
Book Rating: B+

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A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore 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’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….


Set in 1879, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore is a captivating historical romance.

Twenty-five year old Annabelle Archer is a highly intelligent young woman with a scandalous past. She lives with her cousin who exploits her lack of funds by forcing her to work in his household for no pay. When Annabelle gets the opportunity to be one of the first women students at Oxford, she has to convince him to allow her to attend.

Soon ensconced at the prestigious university, Annabelle tries to fly under the radar as she fulfills the conditions of her scholarship from the National Society for Women’s Suffrage. Tasked with convincing influential gentleman to support their efforts to overturn The Married Women’s Property Act, Annabelle approaches the Duke of Montgomery, Sebastian Deveruex.  Will the spirited Annabelle convince the uptight Montgomery to throw his considerable political clout behind their cause?

The daughter of a country vicar, Annabelle never quite recovered from scandal that occurred several years earlier. Highly educated, she is forced to live off the largesse of her priggish cousin which makes her all the more eager to study at Oxford. Annabelle is no shrinking violet but she does adhere to the tenets of society. All too aware her lack of a title, Annabelle is ever cognizant that her behavior must be exemplary. Which is why she is so dismayed by her unexpected attraction to Sebastian.

Sebastian has managed to pull his family back from the brink of bankruptcy following his father’s ignoble demise. He keeps his emotions tightly in check as he goes about his ducal business.  But he is frustrated as he deals with his rapscallion younger brother Peregrin’s antics. Sebastian is a favorite of Queen Victoria and his latest political maneuvering could finally help him regain an important family estate. Sebastian is taken off guard by how much he enjoys Annabelle’s company, but will he be able to ignore his sizzling passion for the feisty young woman?

Sebastian and Annabelle are a well-matched couple but their different social statuses are a huge obstacle for them to overcome. Annabelle has good reason to be leery of his pursuit but subduing her passionate nature takes considerable effort. Sebastian has already survived one scandal and he is not willing to put himself in the midst of another. How long will they be able to ignore the simmering attraction that underlies their witty banter and sparkling conversations?

Bringing Down the Duke is an enchanting historical romance that features winsome characters and a well-researched storyline. Annabelle is a plucky woman who is willing to sacrifice her happiness for the man she loves. Sebastian is initially a bit staid and proper, but he begins to loosen up after meeting Annabelle and his priorities begin to shift.  Their romance is a deliciously tortured slow burn that is entrancing yet frustrating due to their inevitable conflict. This first installment in Evie Dunmore’s  A League of Extraordinary Women is sure to be a hit with readers who enjoy historical romances.

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