Rating: 5 out of 5.

I know I disappeared for a while, but the holidays needed my attention! Also, I’ll be updating my author’s journey soon, so look out for that post.


England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for. 

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring… or could he? 

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke….

My Take:

This was such a good read! I’m not usually big on the romance genre, but I will definitely be reading more in this series. The protagonist is easily relatable, and I honestly wanted to be her a couple of times—not the times you’re thinking. She sticks to her convictions even when it might cost her the man she loves. I honestly didn’t know that the lead in a romance novel was allowed to do that! Given, I’m barely familiar with the genre, so that could be my own poor misconception.

Give me more romance like this and I might actually set down my thrillers and mysteries more often!


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