The Trouble With Dukes by Grace Burrowes

The Trouble With Dukes by Grace BurrowesThe Trouble With Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Forever on December 20, 2016
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Returning to the world of the Windham Family was a heartwarming reunion for me.  Grace Burrowes’ Windham series and spin-offs has delighted me for many years now.  I was thrilled to see there will be stories for some lady cousins needing romance and all the Windhams are back at the matchmaking.

While this is the first in a series, it is very much attached to the greater and older Windham series.  A new reader will sense very much that they have stumbled into an ongoing family saga even while getting new players on the scene in the form of the new lady Windham cousins and their heroes.  This story also had gentle ties with the Captive Hearts series book, The Traitor.

The story opens with frustrated Hamish MacHugh learning that instead of living quietly on the family estate in Scotland and healing the wounds of war, he has now inherited a ducal title and all that goes with it.  Due to his notorious reputation on the battlefield and his own less than polished persona, he is known as the Duke of Murder in London Society.  Hamish tolerates the high society rules and their Season for the sake of his sisters and encounters a sweet lady who respects and appreciates him just the way he is.  Though Hamish feels attraction for Megan and he most certainly will do what he can to extricate her from the coils of her blackmailer, he will not let her tie herself to the likes of him.

Megan is not unaware of the machinations of her Windham family to find her and her sisters husbands this season.  They all, but have her engaged to an eligible gentleman, but what they don’t know is that his public face does not match the evil man who holds her foolish girlish love letters over her head so he can wed her for the money that will keep him out of trouble with all those he owes.  She is shamed and tells know one until she shares them with the gruff and equally secretly troubled Hamish.  Hamish is so honest and kind that he’s a breath of fresh air, but he feels he must deny them both because of his struggles from his time at war.

But with the help of her cunning family and Hamish’s brother, they might just help Megan make a match of it yet.

As I said earlier, this one is a new series, but not a new world.  I loved encountering the delightful Duke and Duchess and many of their Windham children while being introduced with the cousins.  Megan and her three sisters are all unique.  Megan made a mistake falling for a cad who used her girlish innocence to force her into a courtship that she does not want.  I loved seeing her help Hamish get past his guilt and struggles and him show her she is beautiful and more than her past.

The blend of historical elements, humor, family, and romance was well-done.

Incidentally, the family charts tying the characters in with book titles at the beginning were very helpful to keep everyone in the Windham world sorted.

The plot divides between family reunion, character growth for Megan and Hamish, and the slow burn passionate romance.  I also enjoyed the hints to what is to come with the rest of the series.  All in all, it was a good start and I was delighted from cover to cover.

My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Dang! Whenever I read your reviews of the Historical Romance stories that you read, this makes me feel so guilty. Haha, I haven’t read one eventhough I had so many of them in my TBR. I really need to work on my so-called “mood” lol.

    Awesome review as always Sophia Rose 🙂

    • No worries, Vanessa! If you’re not in the mood for historicals; you’re not in the mood. I go through moods like that and just shift to other genres until I’m ready to come back. Good books on the pile aren’t going anywhere. 🙂

      Thanks!

  • I love love it when an author can successfully include humour in what otherwise sounds like an intense read — like this one!

    • We share that one, Verushka. Make me laugh and even a mediocre book can hook me though erhem, yes, I prefer that they are more than mediocre. 😉

      She does use the humor to lighten what would otherwise probably get to serious for a romance. I like the balance of the two.

  • It’s nice to have such a good mix there! I heard great things about the author but I think I haven’t tried one be her yet

    • It was a fun mix, Melliane. I’ve enjoyed most of my encounters with her books. I still haven’t finished the older series that are connect to this one, but I will at some point. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review I Love the cover, Thanks Sophia Rose

    • Thanks, Debbie!

      Yes, gorgeous cover. I look forward to seeing the reveals for the rest of the series.

  • I really need to look more into the Wyndom family. This book looks right up my alley, and oh my gosh that cover is gorgeous!

    • The original series has been out a while. I loved some and some were meh reads. I still have a handful to read. But this was another sparkling one in the connected series.

      Oh yes, I agree. Delicious cover.

  • RO

    This brings back lots of memories because there was a time when all I read were historical romance stories with plenty of dukes. That may be a genre I need to get back into sometime this year. Great review! Hugs…

    • There do seem a fair few amount of titles with ‘Duke’ in them. Our adult ‘princess’ stories. LOL. Yes, Grace’s books do go back a while so it’s neat that she’s still writing solid historical Romance.

      Thanks, Ro!

  • Sounds like a good story. Thanks for the great review.

    • Hey, Mary!

      Thanks for dropping by today. It was a lovely one. Can’t wait for his brother’s story.

  • I can’t believe that I haven’t read a Grace Burrowes book yet. I know that I have a few sitting on my kindle just waiting for me. I am glad that you enjoyed this one but I might want to go back and read the earlier series first. Great review!

    • I’ve got a few of my own that are sitting around still and I get jabbed each time I see someone else reading those authors. 🙂

      I think that’s a good plan, Carole. With all the older Windhams floating in and out of scenes in this one, I’d feel overwhelmed if I hadn’t read their books first.

  • dholcomb1

    love the cover. great review!

    denise

  • I saw this book one NetGalley but I decided not to request it! I was curious about it though. I haven’t read anything by Burrowes but I might look into this series. I love the Scottish setting even if the book isn’t dealing with Highlanders. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia! Wonderful review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Thanks, Alyssa!

      Probably not the best book to jump in with even if it is the start of a new series because the larger cast of characters are overwhelming for a first encounter. Oh yes, it was fun to see Highlanders in London high society.

  • This sounds delightful and I love that it takes place in the same period/place as previous series.

    • It was lovely having a family reunion with the Windhams from the older series. I like these new Windham cousins too and look forward to their stories.

  • This sounds like such a cute Grace Burrowes read! I really must get back her. Glad this was a good start! Yay slow burning romance!

    • It was definitely a cutie, Cyn. I still have several of the older ones that I haven’t read, but I’ve been taking my time grabbing one here and there. I did love the pace of the romance in this one.

  • Great review! I hadn’t read any of the previous Windham books, and it definitely felt like I’d stumbled into an unfamiliar world. I loved the banter between Hamish and his brother. They kept me laughing, especially Colin. I can’t wait for his book. 🙂

    • Thanks, Angie!

      Yeah, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this one as much if I wasn’t already familiar with the rest of the family since they were a big part of this one.

      Oh yes, I’m with you on needing Colin’s book, stat! 🙂

  • This one sounds absolutely fabulous, Sophia! I love historical romances, and when there is a little mystery or suspense to go with the story, I’m usually a very happy reader. I need to pick this one up 🙂 Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • You sound like me. I spot a mystery in a historical and it pulls me right in. 🙂

      Hope you get the chance on this one, Lexxie!

  • I usually enjoy spin-offs as it’s so fun to return to a world/ setting and group of characters you already know and care about. This one sounds very good and I am glad you enjoyed it. Hamish seems a nice character with how honest and open he is. And the slow building romance sounds well done!

    • I’m with you, Lola. I love it when there is a spin-off from a series I love. Hamish was great and I loved his brother and the three ladies.