The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes | Windham Brides #1
Publishing on December 20th, 2016
ARC from Netgalley
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The thing that I really love about a Grace Burrowes book is that the characters fit so well together, it’s as if they’ve been wandering through life just waiting to meet each other. And then when they do, everything clicks into place. Albeit a bit roughly at times, but rumor has it the road to true love never did run smooth. I really enjoyed both Megan and Hamish’s characters in this book. Megan was a kind and gentle soul, and I think that part of her really spoke to Hamish and brought forth those undiscovered qualities in him as well. I love, too, that Hamish could pinpoint the qualities Meg had as a result of her not being able to sometimes see well and that he appreciated them. Aside from Meg and Hamish being wonderful characters, I loved the rest of the cast in this book, particularly Hamish’s brother Colin and their brotherly banter. It was fun to see them together, and it was clear Hamish not only took his familial responsibilities seriously, but he adored his brother and sisters. Even if they did drive him a little batty at times. Being inside Hamish’s head was interesting – as a former soldier, he saw everything in terms of battle, and it made for a very unique POV. I also loved that while, as a new duke, he was trying to fit in with polite society, it wasn’t at the cost of who he was. (Or the fact that he liked to sport a kilt!)
While this story wasn’t quite as dark as I was expecting, it was an enjoyable read. This is a spin-off of some of Burrowes’ other books, and while I didn’t find the story hard to follow with the other Windams gracing the pages, it was clear they had stories of their own. My only concern with this story was the number of points of view that appeared. I think there were too many, and at times, I think it pulled the focus off the main characters and felt like a nod to long-time readers. I like when an author gives that nod, but I prefer the appearances to feel essential as opposed to gratuitous.
Overall, I thought The Trouble with Dukes was a very nice story, and not only will I be on the lookout for the next book in the series – I’ll be going back to read the books for the other characters that appeared in this one.
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Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master’s degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.
Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers’ conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website or her social channels.