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The Trouble with Dukes

(Windham Brides #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,527 ratings  ·  356 reviews

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
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Forever
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Danielle There's some sex in this novel, but I don't think it's all that graphic. It's known that characters have sex, but it isn't explicitly described.

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Stacey is Sassy

I had no trouble with this kilt wearing Duke.

I LOVED The Trouble with Dukes. This type of book is why I love reading and became devoted to historical romance. Historical romance was my first love. I have been known to hook up with contemporary, paranormal/fantasy and suspense but you can’t beat your first love. Historical romance is where my heart lays. The strong but troubled aristocrat, the feisty and quirky heroine and a love story that melts your heart and leaves you with a giddy smile.

The T
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Oh dear, I hope this years HR will get better.... at least those I read.... O_o

I was frustrated with this book. In the first half there's a lot of running around, a lot of people talking, scheming, nothing happened.

Or, better, I could discern that there's this guy, odious and unctuous, who wanted to force Megan to marry him. But it was not clear why she just didn't slap him or gave him a cut direct...

I understood, after years of reading HR, that Dukes and Duchesses had very much power and could
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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 you
Jan 03, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I didn't get comfortable with this book. Its vocabulary was challenging, so I couldn't get relaxed while reading it, I came across lots of words here that I understood only because I know some French.

In the end, the book moved so slowly that I wondered if this was a book about nothing. I've never read two good romance books consecutively. Something always prevents me from embracing the genre full fledgedly. Oh well, better luck next time.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Megan Windham has a powerful family full of nobility but they might not be able to save her from an indiscretion in her youth.
Hamish MacHugh is a former colonel who is now a duke and just wishing he could be back in Scotland.
When they meet there is an instant connection but a sly villain and observing the "niceties" of the times are conspiring to keep
So, I have a theory. Burrowes does not write great novels when the setting is the London Season. It's like she's at a loss for how to bring her H/h together when they're just a standard couple courting in a standard way. Unless her heroine is the near neighbour/governess/housemaid/gal of all works of the hero and the action is set primarily around one stately home, in the country, with country pursuits, I think she's a bit at sea.

This novel was at sea.

The romance never felt well developed. Sudd
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Grace Burrowes’ The Trouble with Dukes sees her returning to the extended Windham family, who were the subject of her first published works. The Windham Brides series introduces the four nieces of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland while also reacquainting readers with the various other family members whose stories were told previously.

I suspect a reader’s level of enjoyment of this book may largely depend on their degree of familiarity with the various characters who inhabit “Burrowesworld” (a
Juliana Philippa
"You love Hamish, don't you?" Colin asked, though he only dimly grasped what it might mean, for a woman this fierce to love his brother. Trouble for Hamish, but good, long overdue trouble.
This was my first Grace Burrowes book and unfortunately, I didn't love it. I will definitely be trying some of her other books though; her characters are interesting, the writing is good, and the Windham family, which is heavily featured here, is quite enjoyable (and hysterical)!

Summary. Hamish MacHugh (early
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! 3.5 stars
Cute and sweet! See full review on The Book Disciple
I find Burrowes/Langton audiobooks to be an excellent comfort listen; not too demanding in terms of the story with narration by someone who really understands Ms. Burrowes' little quirks (and has a lovely voice, to boot!).

My review of the book is HERE - the audiobook is well-narrated and James Langton certainly gets to give his various UK accents a good workout, given the hero and his brother are Scottish, one character (St. Just) is Irish and the heroine and her sisters are Welsh. The latter ac
Debby "Piene Raven"
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: authors-a-b
I like Ms. Burrowes, however I had a very hard time getting through this novel. It was way too slow with getting to anything interesting. I think it picked up halfway through the book and had too much of trying to teach, learn, going places and protocol for me.

It could have been a lot better with more intense attraction between the two may characters instead of the subtle undertone of it.

Overall I thought the writing was good and some of the characters were interesting.

3.0/5 Stars
Sarah Marie
The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

4.25 stars

First in the Windham Brides series & Spin-off to the Windham series

“Wealth only looks like it gives a man power. In truth it makes him less free.”

The Duke of Murder is the talk of the town. He’s fierce, unruly, and a Scot. Everything that polite women in society turn their noses up at, but Megan Windham feels that there’s more to Hamish that unfitting title of the Duke of Murder. While Hamish battles with himself and his new feelings for an

Heather andrews
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Hamish is a very sweet man, “listen to me, Meggie. Firstly , when I make a vow, I keep it. Forsaking all others, means forsaking all others. Secondly, I suspect once we’re wed, the effort required to show up at meals with a few clothes on will tax the limit of my abilities. I’m marrying a passionate woman.” Thanks to his girl, Hamish can sometimes forget what he was saying, “I was saying…” Something, something important, and honorable, and… damn. “Don’t stop, Meggie. Not yet.” I enjoyed this boo
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved this story, both main characters, their matchmaking families. The story even has a proper bad guy. It isn’t about whether they want to be together. That is never an issue here. The bad guy is, though. He is a fortune hunter who can make Megan’s life hell. That is he could if there weren’t a persistent Scot by her side.
The resolution is a bit too much like a fairy tale, but who cares?

Apart from that and a couple of unrelated things, the story is an enjoyable beach read.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
The characterization and the writing are both very good. Megan and Hamish are both flawed, but relatable and the supporting cast is all there to do their part.

While I felt the book had some good moments, I didn't think the subplot was believable. Megan's family is (implied) way too powerful for the "snake in the grass", Sir Fletcher, to blackmail young Megan. Also, for me, I found it hard to believe that as close as the Windham family is, that Megan hadn't confided in any of them. There were way
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was…well, I don't know what this was. I didn't hate it but I also didn't particularly like it. I'd never read a book by this author before, so I didn't know what to expect writing- and plot-wise. Neither of those was really my thing, though the book did have some elements that I enjoyed.

It was obviously part of a larger universe/a sequel series and I wish I'd read those books first, because all of Megan's cousins (who are now all happily married and had obviously gotten their HEAs in those
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I feel like I've been pretty lucky with all of the new-to-me historical romance authors I've tried of late. I think I saw someone mention the second book in this series on GR, and that's what made me put this one on hold at the library. I love Scots. I love scheming matchmakers. And I love a series where each book details how a spinster daughter finds the love of her life. Though this one actually felt like it was more the Scottish duke's story than the spinster's at times -- and that might have ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historicals, 2018
I loved the slow burn and the awkward characters and the easy writing and the fabulous fabulous Windham boys in all their marital bliss. I loved this book from start to freakin finish. Literally everything I could want. Low steam. High IQ. Slightly off-beat characters doing battle against a jerk-face bad guy. Perfection.
I found this book on netgalley and received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have not read any other books by Grace Bellows and initially picked this book because I thought it was the first in a new series – it is tagged on goodreads as being (Windham Brides #1). Little did I realize it is the offshoot of another series, The Windham series, and is more like the 12th book in the Windham world. Characters from earlier books factor heavily into this one, so I felt like I w
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF @50% Some spoilers ahead.

Apparently this is not the first book of this series, its really the 9th. I was reading, wondering WTF was happening for most of the first half. I didnt connect with either Megan or Hamish, and I felt like Megan's character was flimsy. She would say something like, "I am not a fast woman" one moment, but then she was nuzzling up to Hamish, a man whom she has known for all of 10 minutes.

There is also Sir Fletcher, apparently Megan wrote him some love letters and now
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
The Trouble With Dukes follows what has proven to be Grace Burrowes' tried and true Windham formula: a hero with serious hero-ish baggage (in his case, PTSD/conscience issues from his fighting days) and a heroine with scandal hovering in the wings (in her case, a morally bankrupt suitor who is blackmailing her into marrying him). Hero determines to save heroine. Messiness ensues. What continues to astound and delight me about Burrowes is she manages to sell this formula every single time. By the ...more
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
The Trouble with Dukes was a sweet and charming historical romance! Even though I really liked the plot of this book, I definitely felt like the story was on the slower side. That made it hard to get into the book. However, as I started to learn more about the characters, I did get more invested in the story. I also was expecting this book to be a little steamier and more passionate, but it was still a very romantic read.

The main characters, Megan and Hamish, were very interesting characters.
Blodeuedd Finland
More Windhams! Oh there are a lot of them, but this time it's time for the cousins to find love.

Megan, well the different thing about her is that she wears glasses, and that does set her apart. But she has a suitor *coughs asshat*. But she is pushing him away, and we learn why *coughs he is an asshat*.

Hamish was a soldier, and one with a pretty rough reputation. Then he inherited a title, and he is still rough around the edges, and a Scot to boot.

They meet, they like each other. They talk they f
Penny Black
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: duke
The last few (six or eight, I've lost count) new releases from GB are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Aside from superficial plot details and character names, they are, essentially the same book. The ephemeral something - the magic, if you will, that made me fall in love with the original Windhams, Captive Hearts, and the Lost Lords - is long gone. As upsetting as it is, it's time to face that it is unlikely to return. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved Hamish MacHugh, but wish that we would have got to meet with St. Clare.
Vikki Vaught
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 form 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
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a tough book for me to get thru.... the story line, the writing itself, the characters were all done well I thought, but I am guessing the hero was suffering from a serious case of PTSD from his hellish experience serving in the war. Which is ok and a very realistic situation that soldiers go thru, but it made reading this book very hard. Because there were battlefield references to every single scene or situation in the book. It actually became very distracting for me to follow along w ...more
Barbara Rogers
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story!!! Catching up with the Windham's we've already read about was absolutely wonderful -- and they had a nice chunk of time too. I loved Hamish from the first words and he just got better and better as the book moved along. Megan was great as well. Both were so very honest and truthful with each other throughout the entire book. Colin, Hamish's brother was great and will be in the next book -- along with Megan's sister. That will be a great read as well. I don't care much for Ham ...more
Joanne Freitas
Um romance histórico que a meu ver foi muito comum, gosto de um que me surpreenda e que tenha história não um que seja igual a tantos outros.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jun 23, 2016 12:24PM  
Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more

Other books in the series

Windham Brides (4 books)
  • Too Scot to Handle (Windham Brides, #2)
  • No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides, #3)
  • A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides, #4)
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