Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Blitz Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

I'm excited to be part of the Release Week Blitz for Grace Burrowes newest release The Trouble With Dukes, the first in her Windham Brides series, because I really enjoyed the story! I have my review, an excerpt and a wonderful giveaway to share as part of my post.

The Trouble with Dukes (Windham Brides #1) by Grace Burrowes
Publication Date: December 20th 2016 by Forever
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About the book:

This first novel in a new Regency series from USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is a spinoff of her highly popular Windham series.

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.

My Thoughts:
Men with impeccable manners and pretty words don’t impress Megan Windham.  She’s found out the hard way that a snake can be under all those social niceties.  That’s why Megan isn’t turned off by Hamish MacHugh’s lack of them.  Instead, Megan finds herself drawn to the unrefined, but genuine man, but does it matter when another schemes and plots to take her freedom away?

Hamish has a fierce reputation, nick-named the “Duke of Murder” by gossipers, but he’s braving the London social season for his younger sisters.  For some reason Megan isn’t scared off by his reputation.  She has no problem providing practical advice on fitting in, and Hamish relishes the extra one on one time they spend together.   

Hamish and Megan came into each other’s lives at the right time, for both need a bit of rescuing. Megan’s problems, thanks to the scumbag Sir Fletcher, were more worrisome.  Sir Fletcher, while handsome and perfectly mannered from outward appearances, made my skin crawl! Thankfully, Megan has many in her corner, and now the “Duke of Murder” on her side.   Their relationship is definitely beneficial on both sides, for Hamish struggles with guilt from his experiences in war.  Megan’s understanding and perspective help him push those feelings aside, and their shared confidences build trust, affection, and love between them.  Plenty of feelings fueled the attraction that they initially felt into an all-consuming fire!

Watching Megan and Hamish fall for each other while trying to overcome Sir Fletcher’s schemes completely sucked me in, and the 368 pages just flew by. I appreciated that neither fell solely because of looks.  Yes, they both were physically attracted to each other, but it was what was underneath that really bonded them.

The Trouble with Dukes is the start of a spinoff series to Grace Burrowes’s Windham series, but I enjoyed this story without reading the previous books.  There are a lot of characters from the previous series, Megan’s relations, that show up and I’m sure fans will appreciate their appearances.   I look forward to Colin MacHugh’s story next in Too Scot to Handle!

4 Suns


“The hero of THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES reminds me of Mary Balogh's charming men, and the heroine brings to mind Sarah MacLean's intelligent, fiery women... This is a wonderfully funny, moving romance, not to be missed!” —Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author of My American Duchess

“Grace Burrowes writes from the heart--with warmth, humor, and a generous dash of sensuality, her stories are unputdownable! If you're not reading Grace Burrowes you're missing the very best in today's Regency Romance!” —Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

“Sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, enchanting love stories...Grace Burrowes's romances have them all.” —Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

“THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES has everything Grace Burrowes's many fans have come to adore: a swoonworthy hero, a strong heroine, humor, and passion. Her characters not only know their own hearts, but share them with fearless joy. Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure.” —Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author

“THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES is captivating! It has everything I love in a book--a sexy Scotsman, a charming heroine, witty banter, plenty of humor, and lots of heart.” —Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

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Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website or her social channels.


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