It's Hard Out Here for a Duke: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes

It's Hard Out Here for a Duke: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes

by Maya Rodale

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In the fourth novel of Maya Rodale’s tantalizing series, a newly minted duke spends one night with his perfect woman...but can he win her for a lifetime

Some Mistakes…

When American-born James Cavendish arrives in London tomorrow, he’ll become the Duke of Durham. Some might be ecstatic at the opportunity. Not James. He’s a simple man, fond of simple pleasures. And right now, nothing could be more pleasurable than spending his last night of freedom with a beautiful stranger.

Are Far Too Good…

One wild night, Meredith Green, companion to the dowager Duchess of Durham, said yes to a man she thought she’d never see again. Suddenly, they’re living under the same roof, where Meredith is expected to teach James how to be a duke—while trying not to surrender to temptation a second time.

To Be Forgotten

For a duke and a commoner, marriage would be pure scandal. Yet nothing has ever felt as right as having Meredith in his arms…and in his bed. Soon he must choose—between a duty he never desired, and a woman he longs for, body and soul…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386816
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes Series , #4
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 495,143
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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It's Hard Out Here for a Duke: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Now, I finally have the last book of the series I have been reading for what seems like a year. But in reality its was more captivating to have it given out in section. I very much enjoyed watching each of the Cavendish sisters fall in love and find their matches. I have very much enjoyed how each story overlapped in its own way. I loved seeing the little glimpses behind the scenes of each various book when you were in the other. I loved having James to be the last of the stories presented because his was the glue for his sisters. James had something many of the nobility of the ton did not. He had a very loving, stick-by-your side family. The had the 'Three Musketeer's" mentality. One for all and all for one. The Duchess was getting a hang of it by the time all was said and done. James learned just why his father was willing to give it all up and how he never turned back. James' growth during this series brings him a bit of heartache along the way because the one woman he wants. He can't truly have. He finds that being a duke affords him great privilege and responsibility. He can't always have what he wants. and he wants Meredith more than any thing else. This for me was a traditional or classic read from Maya Rodale. She makes her stories fun, sweet, entertaining, family strong, and gives you a bit of contemporary times right along with her historical delight. I for one don't listen to tall the crap that one makes about a book because of their stance. I for one loved this entire series. It gave a bit of something that a lot of books miss out on.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, this series! Ms. Rodale has been torturing us with the heated glances between James (aka The Duke) and Meredith (his aunt's companion) for three books now, and finally, finally we get their story! For the most part, James and Meredith's book was all that I hoped for and more--though to be honest, there was a tiny little voice in my head screaming, "but you're the duke!" (because, hello, he's the duke. Isn't doing what you want supposed to go along with that???) throughout a good 50% of the book--still, all the angst and longing associated with forbidden love vs love of family and duty is absolutely there. Plus, we see all three of the Cavendish sisters through their loving but exasperated brother's eyes, which is a whole lot of fun...and did I mention tons of angst and longing between James and Meredith? Yes? ;) This entire series takes place concurrently, with each book dealing with a different sibling and allowing us to see the events through their eyes this time--as such, each would work either as a standalone or as good a place to start the series as any. Spoiler alert, though--the whole series is fantastic, and it really is impossible to read just one. I dare you to not need to "keep up with the Cavendishes" once you get started! (But...why are there no more siblings? WHY???) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
junkboxny More than 1 year ago
Normally, I am a huge fan of Ms. Rodale's work. However, this one was just something of a let down. James is fresh off the boat in England (literally) when he spies Meredith across a crowded bar. I am told (repeatedly) in the story that he falls hard for her, they share a passionate night, she disappears the next morning, never having shared her name. This, despite that every description of her in the book, says that she would never do that. He leaves, only to find out that his mystery lady, is really his newly discovered Aunt's companion, an living in his home. Lucky, that. They suffer through the next 100 something pages. Long gazes are shared, some forbidden kisses, more long gazes, and sighs, and all those other things that are supposed to make me believe that one hot encounter at a tavern has led to love for these two. More longing gazes, and tortured sighing, and serious honorable denying of their feelings follows for basically the entire middle of the book. I was told what their feelings were, repeatedly, but I never felt them. Which is strange, because Rodale's other books have had me alternately laughing, crying, and sometimes so frustrated on the character's behalf. Then, poof they decide to be together, every one shrugs, goes, ok and they live happily ever after. What ? After 200 pages of torture and self denial the ending seemed really rushed and over simplified.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Southampton England - 1824 James Cavendish is an American from Maryland. He has recently discovered that he is the Duke of Durham. Enroute to London, he is traveling with his 3 sisters Claire, Bridget, and Amelia. They are staying at an Inn overnight. Miss Meredith Green is at the same Inn as James when they lock eyes across the room. While she lacks a title, she has been raised to be a lady. She has a job as a lady’s companion and is now returning to London having spent some time with her ailing mother. Knowing it is wrong to speak with a man she doesn’t know, Meredith and James strike up a conversation which later turns into a night of passion. They never even learned one another’s names. London - 1824 Now that they have arrived at Durham House, James must take on his responsibility. But who does he see but the woman from the other night of passion. After meeting the Dowager Duchess of Durham and the staff, James is finally introduced to Meredith, the Duchess’s companion. James still wants Meredith but she tells him she needs her job and their night together needs to be kept in the past and never talked about. It is difficult for both James and Meredith to be around one another as they are so in love and try their best to hide it. When the Duchess tells James how important it is for him to visit his estate, Durham Park, he does so and immediately falls in love with the land and his tenants. The Duchess instructs them as to how they will all need to change and improve their manners so they will fit in with the haute ton. James and his sisters try their best to learn to dance, and also learn proper manners and forms of dress. The Duchess introduces James to a very eligible lady with whom he enjoys talking as they both share a love of horses. Her family immediately thinks that he will soon propose to her. Meredith and James know there is no future for them as she is just a commoner and cannot marry a blue blood. Or is she? This is a delightful book that truly pulls at the reader’s heart strings. I loved the characters and the plot. The storyline is broken into rules that Dukes must follow to do their job and position properly. Don’t miss this one. It’s terrific! Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.