The Trouble with Dukes
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hamish has a fierce reputation, nick-named the “Duke of Murder” by gossipers, but he’s braving the London social season for his you ...more
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.
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 ...more
This novel was at sea.
The romance never felt well developed. Sudd ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The main characters, Megan and Hamish, were very interesting characters. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more