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The Trouble with Dukes
     

The Trouble with Dukes

4.5 15
by Grace Burrowes
 

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"Smart, sexy, and oh-so romantic."
—Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author


THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER...
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

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"Smart, sexy, and oh-so romantic."
—Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author


THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER...
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.

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Publishers Weekly
10/17/2016
This droll, delightful Regency-era romance kicks off the Windham Brides, spun off of Burrowes’s Windham Sister series (Lady Eve’s Christmas Portrait, etc.). Hamish MacHugh, a Scotsman who’s just become a duke, feels like a fish out of water in London, and he’s dismayed that the socialites have picked up his wartime nickname, the Duke of Murder. Only bespectacled Miss Megan Windham understands his brand of wit—their banter as she teaches him proper etiquette is great fun—and inspires his lust. The feeling is mutual, but Megan isn’t free to encourage Hamish’s pursuit, as villainous Sir Fletcher Pilkington is using proof of Megan’s youthful indiscretions to blackmail her into matrimony. Burrowes never loses sight of the central couple, even with plenty of meddling added by the strong personalities in Megan’s extended family, which includes a duke and duchess, her parents, and various cousins and siblings. Unfortunately, the book’s light tone often gets lost in the final third, when Sir Fletcher steps up his nefarious efforts. (Dec.)
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"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"

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"

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

"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"

Exquisite writing, outstanding characters, a gorgeous romance, and a nailbiter of an ending. THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES is the definition of a perfect historical romance!"—Fresh Fiction"

Spot-on sibling and cousinly interactions keep the pace lively and the mood funny and upbeat in this engaging, sensual romance. Gorgeously written and thoroughly delightful, this is a wonderful start to a new (but in some ways, continuing) series."—Library Journal"

Intrigue and suspense keep the pages turning, as does the romance.... Many scenes will delight Burrowes' fans, as the extended Windham family is as nosy, matchmaking, and protective as always. Readers who enjoy Tessa Dare will embrace the realistic problems and humor Burrowes presents throughout this affecting and clever tale."—Booklist"

Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing in unexpected and delightful directions."—Publishers Weekly"

Burrowes' savvy knowledge of history, language, clothing and customs, paired with her graceful writing and witty dialogue raise the bar for period romance. The Windham women are a fierce and feisty group, and Megan is an especially appealing character."—BookPage

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2016
Annoyed that he has inherited an English dukedom and feeling like a fish out of water when he brings his two sisters to London, Hamish MacHugh, newly minted Duke of Murdoch and Scottish warrior to the core, is more than ready to head back home. But his sisters deserve a Season, so he'll do his best to oblige. When he rescues Megan Windham's spectacles from disaster in a bookstore, he discovers a reason of his own to remain. Spot-on sibling and cousinly interactions keep the pace lively and the mood funny and upbeat in this engaging, sensual romance. An honorable, rule-flouting hero with a violent military reputation and an intuitive heroine who sees the real man are drawn to each other and foil a cruel, avaricious villain in the process. VERDICT Gorgeously written and thoroughly delightful, this is a wonderful start to a new (but in some ways, continuing) series and a must-buy for most romance collections. Burrowes (Will's True Wish) lives in rural Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455569960
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/20/2016
Series:
Windham Brides Series , #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
24,228
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet 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, graceburrowes.com.

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The Trouble with Dukes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I always enjoy Grace Burrowes.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Can't wait for the next sister's story.
Cynthia181 6 months ago
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways for a honest review. This was a wonderful story about a young woman who was being blackmailed by letters she wrote to a solider that she met but then got the cold shoulder from when he got back but now he needs her dowry. Him being a 3rd son he didn't want to work to support himself. Along comes a very handsome Scottish Duke, who just received his title and tries to help her. But he's afraid to fall for her because he isn't sure if he feels normal. What we now call PTSD in soldiers returning from war this is what a lot of these men suffered when coming back from fighting Nepolean. But with a lot of twist and turns these two have a lot of things to overcome to find love. I love this story and can't wait to find out what happens with the rest of the sisters in this story line.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved it .
sportochick 7 months ago
Great introduction to a new series and written in an uncommon way. I loved my first book by Grace Burrows, in fact she in on my authors to watch list. This story had a lot of characters from other books to the Windham series and it was highly entertaining to see where these relationships stood and how the siblings and family members protected each other. Additionally the Author does a phenomenal job of giving the reader a taste of other books to the series and draws them into wanting to read their stories. This story is chock-full with robust detail and scenery descriptions that draws the reader into not only this story but the stories of the other characters. I will admit that I was somewhat confused by all the characters in this story but the author saved the day with her beautifully done family trees. Megan, I love love love her! She is so real including the fact that she wore glasses. Her characters rich detailing will endure the reader and instantly create a bound of wanting her to have everything she desires. Gifted with compassion and the ability to see below the covering of Hamish to who he really was , she won my heart. Hamish, poor Hamish. I mean really such an interesting man portrayed or thought of as a barbarian. This is where the author excelled in opening up his character slowly like peeling an onion. Slowly as the layers disappeared the reader is treated to an amazing misunderstood man. Well done! I really look forward to the next book to this series and hope that you will give this book a read..... I give this 4 STARS for being delight and written in an uncommon way. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
BuckeyeAngel 7 months ago
Hamish MacHugh just became the new Duke of Murdoch, very much against his will. While he really just wants return to Scotland, things keep forcing him to stay in London. The latest being Megan Windham. I really liked this story. The plot was definitely different from those I’ve read before. I loved how Hamish and Megan interacted with each other and were able to overcome everything together. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Lashea677 7 months ago
No risk, no gain. I am so glad that I took a chance on Hamish and Megan. Neither are what they seem. Each carries a heavy load of baggage that they need to sift through. However if they can weather the storm, the best is yet to come. The Trouble With Dukes is that once one captures heart, it's forever. Grace Burrowes spirited characters and emotional story made for an enticing journey.
Anonymous 7 months ago
etoile1996 8 months ago
megan windham belongs to a large complicated family who have something like 10 books between them, and this one happens to be the first i've read. and while it is possible to read it as a standalone, since technically megan belongs to the original duke of moreland's brother's side of the family and this is supposed to be the kick-off to a new spin-off series. it's the kind of thing where having the background knowledge might make this book more satisfying or at least less confusing. i have never read a grace burrowes book before, so i was incredibly at sea when the windham brothers were in a room together. i couldn't keep any one of them straight. and while clearly they were behaving in character, the novel presumed a familiarity with their habits that i did not share, so i was less amused about spending time with these characters and more interested in spending time with megan and hamish, the titular troublesome duke of the trouble with dukes. granted one could argue that moreland was also troublesome, but it's pretty clear from the start that hamish machugh is the one causing trouble. he's recently arrived from the peninsular wars, and rumors abound about his insubordination, his ruthlessness in battle, his abandonment of his troops, and on top of all that he is a scot. society dubs him the duke of murder a play (on his actual title that was murdoch). (actually when murdoch and moreland were in a scene together with other characters or were being discussed by other characters i had to think really hard about who was who. the names are pretty similar.) here's the thing, megan and hamish fall in love from the start. like there's no bickering, there's no drama about their feelings for each other. megan is being blackmailed and she trusts hamish to handle it. and he does. and when the blackguard who is blackmailing her threatens to derail their happiness at several turns he figures out a way to put him in his place, while megan finally stands up to her bully, who is actually the worst. if you have read the windham novels from before, it's probably really delightful to be back in this world. this is a big nosy family where the male characters behave like interfering old ladies and the women are the rational masterminds behind it all. megan's sisters are likely to be the subjects of the next novels in the series, and our introduction to each of these is well-done, though i am hoping that youngest sister arwen is next, as she was my favorite. i wonder if her entanglement with colin machugh will be explored or if her story will go in another direction, since her sister landed his brother. but those two characters had some interesting chemistry and it would be a shame if they couldn't be together. **the trouble with dukes will publish on december 20, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.
Janet_Reads 8 months ago
I love a Duke who is not interested in being a Duke and Hamish MacHugh is really NOT interested in being the Duke of Murdoch. Hamish is a Scot, a soldier and has no idea how to navigate London society and be a Duke. London has even started calling him the Duke of Murder due to his reputation of being a ruthless killer on the battlefield. He’d forget London and the Dukedom and return home to Scotland if he could, but he cannot deny his two younger sisters time to enjoy the city and their newfound titled status. Hopefully, he won’t embarrass them with his rustic ways and lack of knowledge of how to behave in a dukely fashion. He meets the enigmatic Megan Windham who befriends the entire MacHugh family and helps ease their way into the Ton. She’s a part of the large Windham clan and knows how to navigate the society, and Hamish intrigues her. She offers to help him learn to become a Duke. She’s also attracted to him and being seen with him will also assist her in thwarting an unwanted suitor’s machinations to blackmail her into marrying him. Both Megan and Hamish are delightful and likable characters. I loved watching their steady courtship, and Hamish really stepped up to assist Megan deal with the unsavory chap trying to make her his wife. Hamish was so sweet to her but still a strong alpha hero; he really is the true definition of a romance hero. He and Megan fell in love at a realistic pace, but the story never lagged or was boring. My only quibble with the book is Hamish called Megan by the nickname “Miss Meggie” a lot, and it is so cutesy that it got on my nerves. It was also a very Hamish-like thing do to, so it was believable that he would use it frequently like an endearment. Quite a few of the Wyndham series characters make appearances in the story and that can be confusing to the reader if you have not read all the books in the series or cannot remember who is who if you have. Fortunately, Ms. Burrowes includes a family tree at the beginning of the book; therefore, you can familiarize yourself with the characters if you need to. The Trouble with Dukes can best be described as simply a very lovely story that readers will truly enjoy. ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own.
PegGlover 8 months ago
The Trouble with Dukes is an engaging and entertaining historical fiction romance. Megan felt bullied by Sir Fletcher. He was blackmailing her, saying that there would be consequences if she refused to marry him. He was just about to drop and break her eye glasses, when Colonel MacHugh, the new Duke of Murdoch, came to her rescue. Hamish MacHugh wasn’t looking forward to his newly acquired responsibilities as the Duke of Murdoch. He was especially agonizing over the duty of escorting his sisters to the balls during the London Season. Hamish didn’t have the slightest idea of what the proper rules of etiquette in polite society were. Megan Windham, however, saved him from embarrassment. She agreed to teach him the fine art of small talk, and how to waltz. The more time Megan spent with Hamish, the more attractive, she found him. She was aware of his troubled past and his ruthless acts in war. Megan knew that people referred to him as the Duke of Murder, a barbarian with a violent and unstable temper. But, to her, the Duke was an honest and true gentleman, and Megan was quickly falling in love with him. Hamish was homesick for Scotland but didn’t want to leave London, without the woman he loved. He would do anything for Megan, even murder. The author immerses the reader deep into the world of aristocrats, Dukes, Earls, Lords, and their wives. The Trouble with Dukes is a well-written and captivating story. Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover 8 months ago
The Trouble with Dukes is an engaging and entertaining historical fiction romance. Megan felt bullied by Sir Fletcher. He was blackmailing her, saying that there would be consequences if she refused to marry him. He was just about to drop and break her eye glasses, when Colonel MacHugh, the new Duke of Murdoch, came to her rescue. Hamish MacHugh wasn’t looking forward to his newly acquired responsibilities as the Duke of Murdoch. He was especially agonizing over the duty of escorting his sisters to the balls during the London Season. Hamish didn’t have the slightest idea of what the proper rules of etiquette in polite society were. Megan Windham, however, saved him from embarrassment. She agreed to teach him the fine art of small talk, and how to waltz. The more time Megan spent with Hamish, the more attractive, she found him. She was aware of his troubled past and his ruthless acts in war. Megan knew that people referred to him as the Duke of Murder, a barbarian with a violent and unstable temper. But, to her, the Duke was an honest and true gentleman, and Megan was quickly falling in love with him. Hamish was homesick for Scotland but didn’t want to leave London, without the woman he loved. He would do anything for Megan, even murder. The author immerses the reader deep into the world of aristocrats, Dukes, Earls, Lords, and their wives. The Trouble with Dukes is a well-written and captivating story. Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Hfowler 8 months ago
Book 1 in a new series by Grace Burrowes was enjoyable. I enjoyed seeing all of the Windhams again, though it has been so many years since I read their books that I found it difficult to remember the ins and outs of their stories and characters. I kind of wish I reread their books before jumping into this next chapter. Some of the scenes seemed glanced over or not drawn out in detail as they should have been. The plot was a bit slow at times and the characters were a bit flat at times. Hugh Murdoch was the most well-drawn character with enough detail to paint a strong character. The villain was a bit weak for my taste. I need more from the villain. The conclusion was beautiful and romantic. I loved how Megan put the villain in his place. The last scene at the ball was perfectly well written. It had very fairy-tale-Esq qualities that made me smile through the whole scene. Overall, it was a good story, but not my favorite. It didn't come up to par with Burrowes' Virtuoso, Soldier, and Heir. That still stands as my favorite series.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Such a smart, beautifully written book with great characters.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great story and I loved seeing the Windham men their brothers-in-law and the Duke of Moreland again. I enjoyed Megan's spunk and Hamish was a wonderful hero. Another lovely story by Grace Burrowes.