Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Release Week Blitz: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes (Review + Giveaway)


This first novel in a new Regency series from USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is a spinoff of her highly popular Windham series.


The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.

No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.


“The hero of THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES reminds me of Mary Balogh's charming men, and the heroine brings to mind Sarah MacLean's intelligent, fiery women... This is a wonderfully funny, moving romance, not to be missed!” —Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author of My American Duchess

“Grace Burrowes writes from the heart--with warmth, humor, and a generous dash of sensuality, her stories are unputdownable! If you're not reading Grace Burrowes you're missing the very best in today's Regency Romance!” —Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

“Sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, enchanting love stories...Grace Burrowes's romances have them all.” —Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

“THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES has everything Grace Burrowes's many fans have come to adore: a swoonworthy hero, a strong heroine, humor, and passion. Her characters not only know their own hearts, but share them with fearless joy. Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure.” —Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author

“THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES is captivating! It has everything I love in a book--a sexy Scotsman, a charming heroine, witty banter, plenty of humor, and lots of heart.” —Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

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About the Author:

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.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

The Trouble with Dukes, the first book in Grace Burrowes' Windham Brides series was an entertaining historical romance novel and a great series starter. The main couple, Megan and Hamish, were likable characters that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about and the plot was well-developed with a romance that was 100% satisfying. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, light-hearted read and once I started reading it in earnest after putting it on hold for a few weeks I was able to read the majority of the book in one sitting because I just didn't want to put it down because I needed to know more about these character and was anxious to see how they would resolve the problems preventing their HEA. 

The one thing that threw me off about this book however was how many characters there were to keep track off without adequate description about who everyone was and how they were related. I get that this book is a spin-off of another series that this author has written, but I still feel like the author should have spent a little more time identifying who everyone was to make it less confusing for new readers because that confusion is what caused me to set aside this book for all those weeks before finishing it. 

That aside, this book really was wonderful! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the other books in this series as they are released as well as going back to read other books by this author since this is only the first one I have read by Grace Burrowes. 

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