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An Inconvenient Duke

(Lords of the Armory #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and former general, is back from war and faced with mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an accident and he's determined to learn the truth, starting with Danielle, the beautiful daughter of a baron and his sister's best friend.

Danielle is keeping deadly secrets of her own. She has
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Usually historical romance is predictable but sweet - there's a long way between the ones that break the mold and surprise me. This book actually did it, it surprised me and entertained me greatly. Great characters, great plot, great heroine - great all around!


Plot: Most historical romances mainly focus on the romantic plot and then throw in a little half-arsed subplot. Not this book - here the romance was strong but so
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lords of the Armory #1
Publication Date: 2/25/20
Number of Pages: 384

Anna Harringtons first entry into this new series is a lovely sensual romance, and an exciting, breath-holding, fast-paced mystery. The characters are relatable and likable and the writing, as always, is excellent.

The Napoleonic wars are over and the soldiers have returned home. The life that awaited them in England wasnt what they would have thought. The military had no use for them and there were few, if any, jobs
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder, mystery and loyalty!

I really liked the main protagonists, General Marcus Braddock and Danielle Williams.
Prior to Marcus' return to England from the continent and the defeat of Napoleon, Danielle had written to him to notify him of his sister Elise's death.
The Honorable Danielle Williams, daughter of Baron Mondale, runs the Nightingale pipeline for deserted and battered women, spiriting them away to other parts of the country or the Americas, where abused women are given safe havens.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Retired general Marcus Braddock helped defeat Napoleon, and when he returned to London was named a Duke. While he was away, his sister died, leaving her young child an orphan, so her best friend, Danielle, helped the family until Marcus returned. Upon his arrival, he discovered some documents among Elises things that leads him to believe she was murdered. Determined to discover the truth, he turns to Dani, who is avoiding him with every attempt.

When they were younger, Danielle was infatuated
Tracy Emro
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
General Marcus Braddock, the newly minted Duke of Hampton has finally returned from the war and he wants answers. The main one is what happened to his sister Elise and why did her best friend Danielle Williams lie to him about her death.

Danielle Dani Williams is avoiding Marcus, she just cant bear talking to him about Elise, the grief is still to fresh. But when he corners her at a ball for a dance and demands answers, she is stunned Elise was murdered? She stands by her story and like him,
First in a new series, and my first of Ms. Harrington's... and I loved it. Marcus and Danielle are both strong-willed people. And even if I was feeling frustrated with Dani's unwillingness to bend a little, to stop putting herself in danger...

BUT I couldn't help to think how important her works were as well; how many of (view spoiler) she helped. I guess it wasn't fair that Marcus could march on because he was a man... though at some way, that's how it's always
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ebook
Another fantastic book by Anna Harrington. A sexy and thrilling friends to lovers. Marcus comes to back from war to a new title and a different England, even his sister's childhood friend Danielle has changed. Danielle is now a grown woman with secrets she intends to keep but she has loved Marcus since she was a young girl. The murder of Marcus' sister brings them together in a passionate yet thrilling journey to their HEA. Kick ass first book of a new series. Wonderful main character with ...more
Lisa C
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"His unstoppable force had just met her immovable mountain". Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and Danielle Williams, despite a growing attraction, have many secrets to hide from each other. They need to trust and work together. Ms Harrington has given us a treat of intrigue, history and love in this story. Very much looking forward to the continuing series. Highly recommend.
Carole Burant
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I think Anna Harrington has done a wonderful job of introducing us to the Lords of the Armory with this first book in the series! Taking place in an era when women had no rights, you will meet Danielle who is helping women escape abusive marriages. You will also meet Marcus, a general, who comes home from the war and finds out that his sister did not die from a fall off her horse...she was murdered! Danielle, who was his sisters best friend, ends up ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of An Inconvenient Duke from the fabulous author, Anna Harrington. Intrigue, mystery, romance.....ohhh, this author can do it all. I could vividly see everything she was describing. This story follows the lives of Danielle, and Marcus. I have no words to describe this story as it had me glued page after page. I couldn't stop no matter what. Marcus is a frustrated newly appointed Duke, just returned from war, who still believes in everything being clearly discernible as right or ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna Harrington ushers in her new Lord's of the Armory series with An Inconvenient Duke, delivering a story busting at the seams with intrigue and romance that will keep readers blushing and thinking in their seats!

Returning war hero General Marcus Braddock found himself at loose ends when he returned home to deal with his new title of Duke of Hampton and the questions he could not ask regarding his sister's death in his absence. As a hero Marcus presented just the right amount of angst to not
Norah Gibbons
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. An Inconvenient Duke is the first book in Anna Harringtons new series Lords of the Armory.
General Marcus Braddock has returned from Waterloo and to thank him for his service the crown has made him the Duke of Hampton. While looking through his late sisters effects he discovers that her death was not an accident and that she was murdered. He goes searching for the truth and one person he wants to question is
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it

Lords of the Armory #1, This is a wonderful first book of the series setting up the characters and the ominous big bad, that I have a feeling is going to be the connection of the series. This is a standalone there is a HEA and all question are answered except for who is the big bad. It's a fun read with plenty of humor, sexy time, and a nice bit of realism.

Danielle is head of the Nightingale operation, in a time where a husband could be arrested for beating his wife but it wasn't
Pelusa Rivera
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this is a new author for me, I dont remember and I looked to see if I had in fact read anything from her and couldn't find, but anyhoo. I liked the storyline I liked how we meet this man who finds out his sister died, but knew it wasn't from a horse, and he is set on finding out the truth and he does that with his sisters best friend, Danielle. While trying to find out the truth and spending time together they fall in love, which we kind of knew would happen. I liked that in this era ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-copy
I liked this book. I really loved the characters. Danielle and Marcus had the hottest chemistry and I was living for when they would finally hook up. If I didn't have a newborn and a toddler, I would have read this book in a single sitting just for the characters alone. The problem was that I didn't care at all about the whole Scepter thing. I loved that Dani was helping other women. I really freaking loved that she was the Nightingale... But for whatever reason I was just annoyed with Marcus ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Anna Harrington books, and this book is no exception. This is the story of Marcus and Danielle (Dani). Marcus is a General who comes home from war and becomes a Duke. Danielle was friends with Marcus sister who died. Marcus and Danielle both want to figure out what happened to her. Danielle is a strong, independent women who is helping other women. Marcus wants to help her. This story moved along smoothly, and I do not know where the time went because I could not wait to finish ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The beginning sucked me in but along the way it became easy to put down. I didn't care for the direction of the plot and the characters became irritating.
Every time the hero was called Duke I cringed. The heroine has a great humanitarian network going but she didn't seem very capable. And her reactions to 'betrayal' were dramatic. The hero felt dense and like he only had one reaction.
So this is a story I won't read again.

I read an ARC from Netgalley.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced and had lots of adventure and a bit of mystery mixed in with romance. It was one of those books that you can't put down.

If you enjoy a strong female and a bit of a brooding male, you will enjoy this book. I found it to be a bit of a fresh take on historical romance. I'm excited to see what comes next in this series. I will definitely be reading!

Thank you to NetGalley for the advance reader copy.
S.M. LaViolette
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED the first book in this new series. Marcus and Danielle make a lovely couple and the book has mystery layered in nicely with the romance.

I received an ARC from the publisher for my unbiased opinion.
Carey’s Reviews
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars!! This was a really great book! It has mystery, murder, a battle hardened Duke(Marcus), a smart and caring heroine(Danielle), and of course-romance!! Its the first in a new series and I cant wait to read the next book! Id definitely recommend this book!
*I received this book at no charge from the publisher and I voluntarily left a review.*
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
An Inconvenient Duke is the first book in Anna Harrington's Lords of the Armory series. Ms. Harrington is a recent new favorite of mine; I get so immersed in her stories that I totally lose track of time! Since the first book of a series often sets the tone for the installments to follow, I was thrilled that this one started out with a bang. I will post a trigger warning here: This story deals with domestic violence. It doesn't happen to our heroine, but there are references to same.

Rose Blue
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Marcus Braddock, a career soldier who worked his way up to general, has finally returned home. Due to his exemplary service to the crown, he has been awarded a title and property, and is now the newly minted Duke Hampton. Marcus has no use or desire for the title for himself, but he feels that it will be an advantage for his sister and his orphaned niece. While away at war, Marcus was informed that his sister, Elise, died in an accident. As
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Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

An Inconvenient Duke begins the Lords of the Armory series with a story that will grab your attention from the beginning to the final page. I was quickly drawn into this story not only for the romantic suspense of it but also for the world-building that lays the foundation of the thread involving the Armory fighting against Scepter that will be woven throughout this series. In this opening story, well meet not only Dani and Marcus but the men who will come to see
Historical romantic suspense murder mystery! This wonderful story of an English General newly minted Duke who is struggling to find purpose after the Napoleonic war was a delightful surprise. These two people belonged together, both being rescuers and fighters for the oppressed.

Marcus Braddock was instrumental to Wellington's victory over Napoleon. As a reward he's granted the title of Duke which he really isn't comfortable with. He did it for his sister Claudia and niece Penelope. His beloved
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While Marcus is overseas fighting in a war he receives a letter from Danielle that his sister Elise has died, and that Danielle is looking after his sister Claudia and niece. At the end of his commission he receives the title of Duke. Upon his return to England he sends a letter to Danielle wanting to meet with her and thank her for her care of sister and niece. She thanks him but declines. She continues to decline his invitations until she recieves one she can't refuse. His birthday invitation ...more
Danielle Bush
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it so much!

Danielle Williams is a very interesting woman. She's the daughter of a Baron, and she's still unmarried at 25. She is secretly running a charity called Nightingale, where they work to disappear abused and endangered women from their lives, before they can be killed by their abusers. This is all done in secret, of course, and her best friend Elise helped her with that by handling the money that passed through the charity. Elise was a
Anne Morgan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a nice, quick read that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. At first, Marcus doesnt come across that well: hes willing to threaten and bully Danielle to get the information he needs. But once they establish a truce and try to work together to solve his sisters murder, things got better. Marcus still thinks he should be the one taking all the risks, but its because he doesnt want Danielle to be hurt. And since Danielle is willing to go toe to toe with him and stand up for herself and ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The publisher and Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the development of the complex, multi-layered characters in this book. I loved that the relationship was based on a shared history, and not on love at first sight.

Marcus is trying to forget the ravages of war, and the terrible things he saw on the battlefield. He needs purpose now that he is no longer a soldier, and is determined to find his sister's murderer. He is angry with Danielle
Lindsay S
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Danielle has been keeping secrets and now her deceased bast friends brother is back in London looking for answers. Will she be able to give him the answers hes looking for or will she accidentally give him her heart in the bargain!

Marcus Braddock, now the Duke of Hampton has returned from the war as a hero. Yet, this hero cant rest until he finds out the truth about the mysterious death of his sister that occurred two years ago, while he was at war. The most logical place to start looking for
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