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It's Hard Out Here for a Duke

(Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #4)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  958 ratings  ·  172 reviews
In the fourth novel of Maya Rodale’s tantalizing series, a newly minted duke spends one night with his perfect woman...but can he win her for a lifetime

Some Mistakes…

When American-born James Cavendish arrives in London tomorrow, he’ll become the Duke of Durham. Some might be ecstatic at the opportunity. Not James. He’s a simple man, fond of simple pleasures. And right now,
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Avon
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Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

I seem to have spent a bit of time lately saying “don’t let the stupid title put you off reading this book because it’s really good” – and now I’m saying it again.  This fourth book in Maya Rodale’s  Keeping Up With the Cavendishes  series is the best of the set once you get past yet another vomit-inducing excursion into Craptastic-Titles-R-Us, so try not to let it put you off reading what is actually a very well-written, tender and poignant sto
Joanna Loves Reading
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I honestly can't make my mind up about this book. It was good, but not great. I think I may have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read the previous ones in the series. I can safely say that, while this is the final book in the series, it can easily be read first or just as a standalone. This book starts before it's three predecessors and ends after the others. I found myself trying to recall the events of the other books that detracted me from the story some, which is why I think this may b
If IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A DUKE had been the first book in this silly, fun, sweet, series, I doubt I would have read on. Which would've been a shame as I loved, or at least enjoyed, the stories focusing on the three sisters in the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series. But this final book featuring James, the American who inherited a Dukedom, was pretty disappointing.

Some of the delight of this series has been reading of the same timeline, seen through different eyes, and experiencing the ways
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We are on to the last of the Cavendish siblings; The Duke himself. Although he doesn't really feel like a The Duke. He still feels like James the horse breeder from America. However, he is determined to try for the sake of his beloved yet vexing sisters. But, before he becomes The Duke, he is going to have a night still being Just James and that's when he meets the girl and shares a night with her, only to find her disappeared in the morning, never to be seen again...or so he thought. The ne ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Finally a book in this series I was able to finish and enjoy! Yay! Bring the booze to celebrate! I knew Jame's book wouldn't be a disappointment because he is the most sensible one. He is a little thick in the head sometimes, but all of this can be forgiven.He and Meredith have the best romance in the series. They don't have silly reasons as to why they cannot be together and I liked that. I understood why both of them were reluctant to get together even if I didn't like it. The sisters
Tracy Emro
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
While I liked this book, I didn't love it and I was a bit disappointed.

Anyone who has read the previous books has for all intents and purposes, read 75% of this book. I knew before I started this book that James and Meredith had a past and that there was a strong attraction between them. And after the antics of his sisters, I fully expected James to have an equally entertaining book, but that is not how this story played out.

James and Meredith love each other, but are convinced they cannot be to
2.75 out of 5. I would have easily given it a 3 out of 5 if there had been more focus on the romance.

The hero, James, is an American horse farmer turned Duke of Durham and the heroine, Meredith, is the dowager duchess's companion. They spend one night of passion as "Just James" and "Just a Girl" at a Southampton inn before returning to their proper roles in London. When they meet again at Durham House, Meredith pleads for him to keep their night a secret, because dukes do not marry lady compani
Quirky Omega
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded to 4.
The starting was a little slow in tempo.
The standout in the book was Meredith's capacity to suffer through. I mean, WOW! She takes the role of a martyr to a whole new level.
This is my first time reading Maya Rodale book, and I leaped at the chance to read it as the blurb intrigued me. I have the first three (in the series) lining-up, but the American Duke plot made me jumping straight to book #4. Which turn into a big mistake, and not for the reason of not-reading-in-chronological-order.

The main issue for me here is: I just don’t care for the writing style. The basic plot and the characters are amusing enough. But the way everything told really ruins it for me. To
Kelly Wagner
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
The other books in this series got 4 and 5 stars from me. This one just pissed me off. Not nearly as funny. The title is stupid because it's so very obviously /not/ hard out there for the duke, compared to his sisters. And because he's the protagonist, and the female love interest is in a position of being a companion, a genteel but almost-servant position, his pursuit of her gives off some stalky-rapey vibes that I definitely didn't get from the books about his sisters - the men pursuing them w ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Now, I finally have the last book of the series I have been reading for what seems like a year. But in reality its was more captivating to have it given out in section. I very much enjoyed watching each of the Cavendish sisters fall in love and find their matches. I have very much enjoyed how each story overlapped in its own way. I loved seeing the little glimpses behind the scenes of each various book when you were in the other. I loved having James to be the last of the stories presented becau ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely book. I liked it that the 4 books where in the same time period with the same events. So we see the events from an other perspective.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A 3.5 star book. I really like the premise for this series - all four books with the four siblings occurring simultaneously- except that, by the fourth book, it becomes repetitive. You’ve seen the same drawing room scene through at least five characters’ perspectives. You know when Bridget falls on her butt, or Claire goes to the boxing match, or Amelia runs away for the day or that James dances twice with Meredith. The prologue between Meredith and James was very good, and set up their relation ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, this series!

Ms. Rodale has been torturing us with the heated glances between James (aka The Duke) and Meredith (his aunt's companion) for three books now, and finally, finally we get their story!

For the most part, James and Meredith's book was all that I hoped for and more--though to be honest, there was a tiny little voice in my head screaming, "but you're the duke!" (because, hello, he's the duke. Isn't doing what you want supposed to go along with that???) throughout a good 50% of the boo
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It's Hard Out Here for a Duke
It's Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale.  This is the story of James Cavendish and Meredith Green.  I have read the previous book, but feel this can easily be a standalone book.  James is an American but has inherited the title of  Duke of Durham.  Although its a title he doesn't really want he goes forward to taking it.  James also takes one last chance at freedom by being with Meredith.  But neither really thought they would see each other again but that is
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I rounded this up; it's not quite a four star, but three was a little harsh.

The good: this was the best of the series. The writing improved, and the story wasn't a rip-off (like Bridget's was). The duchess wasn't as annoying.

The meh: over use of the word "sensuous". Writing. Like. This. James' wishy washy-ness. He did a lot of back and forth, but Meredith calls him out for it so that made me feel a little better. Then he did it again.
Bambi Unbridled

Take a look at this beautiful cover. I just love the jewel tones, and the model they used to portray our hero is absolutely spot on. This is the fourth (and possibly final) book in the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series. The stories of the series all take place concurrently, so if you want to read them out of order, I don't think you would have much trouble.

The hero and main character of this installment is James Cavendish, who has arrived in England from America as the new duke, with his t
Dukes seem to grow on trees these days, and the trees convert to paper in all the latest historical romances (though, as I deal mainly in paperless ebooks, perhaps dukes have started growing on Kindles as well). Too many authors think you just have to stamp a hero with the title ‘Duke’ and the matter is covered, but this only works if you understand that dukes should, in general, receive a different approach than other noble characters. In a market drowning in dukes, Maya Rodale is consistently ...more
Normally books don't take me a week+ to read.

Normally there is less going on in my life too.

But even still, if a book is good, I'll find any excuse to pick it up. And here, I just couldn't. Half the time I forgot I was reading a book. James and Meredith were boring. They didn't have moments together that seemed to make them fall in love. There weren't reasons they were together. They were boring.

Also, I don't like that this series takes place simultaneously. Knowing the outcome for the 3 sister
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

So I kinda wish I liked this better. Because this is well written.
I liked Rodale's writing style, a lot. It's Hard out here for a Duke has her hallmark wit, some cute banter and yet, it lacked something.
The plot was a bit slow for me. The romance had too much hot and cold going on as well.
I considered to DNF several times. But then I kept hoping that it will get better.
And it did, a little.

The thing is I was totally underwhelmed by the MCs. I found James okay, mostly. He was a bit w
4.5 stars rounding up: this was a Grey’s Anatomy AU for Derek & Meredith except Addison was the duke’s estate so no cheating and let me tell you, I WAS HERE FOR IT. I don’t feel like I need to say much more? ...more
Erica Chilson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 HEA Stars.

It's Hard Out Here for a Duke could be read as a standalone, offering no confusion, but I would advise against it, as that would hinder the emotional response in the reader. Over the previous three installments, readers have connected to the American-born aristocrats, and knowing the little details made the story more worthwhile.

Readers have been waiting since hints were dropped throughout the entire series about J
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in Maya Rodale's popular Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, about four American siblings whose lives were disrupted when they inherited a dukedom. More specifically the brother inherits it and now has to make sure that his beloved sisters adjust to the English ton and make suitable matches for them. What I love about the series is the timeline for each book runs parallel to each other. Therefore as readers we get a three dimensional look into the lives of the four wh ...more
Jessica Grogan
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
While not my favorite of the series, I did enjoy this title.

Before I really begin this review I feel like I need to disclose something: second chance romances are my least favorite. I have turned away many books because the H/h were previously together and were being reunited. Having said that, this title wasn't exactly a second chance romance in the traditional sense but for the first half of the book it certainly felt like one. There was a lot of "if only" in the first half of the book and a
Frances Thomas
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have so enjoyed this series. The very American Cavendishes are such fun to read about as they attempt to make their way in British society. This book gives us the point of view of the only male sibling. Like any male, his sisters drive him crazy and he'd do anything for them.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Duke of Durham, a.k.a. James Cavendish, really doesn't want to be a Duke, but he's stuck in this position because his uncle, the previous Duke, has died. His father would be the heir, except that he, too, has died. That leaves James to take up the mantle, as ill-prepared as he is. He's an American, and so are his 3 sisters.

Their father was the son of a British Duke, who left England after falling in love with an American girl. He never went back. Unfortunately for James, his father didn't t
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This series is a really great example of how to write a set of stories all taking place over the same time without retelling the previous stories. They were all unique stories with a few time markers put in each book. I liked it and it worked! This book felt like the weakest plot wise, and I have some Thoughts.

I was thinking about what I would have liked, and I think this book could have been better if it took place mainly after all the other stories. Perhaps James has a blowout with the Duches
Sandra R
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Well written, witty and by one of my favourite authors. But it stops there. Unfortunately for me I was a bit bored and my mind kept wandering.

It's purely to do with the fact that this 4 book series is told in the same time frame - one book layered upon the other, upon the other. It's well done, and nothing really is repeated (eg conversations), but this is the 4th time I've read about the Cavendish siblings coming to London and James becoming Duke and it's getting a bit too much. Plu
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Following Lady Claire Is All That, I was a little wary to read this book, but I wanted to finish out the series.Surprisingly I preferred this book. My biggest complaint was that I felt I was reading about a bunch of immature teenagers. This is the first book where I felt like the characters acted their age.

For the most part this book worked for me a lot better than the other three, however all the books have that odd disjointed feeling because all four books take pla
This book is not like the previous three in the series. It is not funny. It just made me feel sad.

"Just a Girl" decides to give her virginity in a one night stand to "Just James." Then he turns out to be The Duke. I could detect no evidence of love throughout the book, just lust. They are both wishy-washy. There is a lot of back and forth. One convinces they should be together or apart for Duty. Then they switch roles. In the end, James' three sisters from the prior stories tell him that he mus
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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romanti ...more

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