6 November 2017

It's Hard Out Here for a Duke - Review

It's Hard Out Here for a Duke
by Maya Rodale

What they say: 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…


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I do love a historical romance. There's something charming about seeing the daring ladies who end up breaking the strict rules of society.

As the fourth book in Maya Rodale's Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, It's Hard Out Here for a Duke picks up with James Cavendish as he leaves his life in America behind. He finds himself trapped in the unexpected role of Duke of Durham. His new title comes with money, privilege and a lot of expectations. The main expectation is to find a suitable wife of breeding and produce heirs.

Meredith always follows the rules and is fully prepared for a life hiding in the background. So when she meets a handsome stranger she allows herself to be charmed. For one night only she's going to break all the rules, then move on without ever seeing him again. Fate has other ideas... 

James has a particularly modern attitude to social class. He finds it difficult to understand why Meredith is considered any less important than him. 

Meredith is sweet, charmingly humble and really funny. Her transformation throughout the story is remarkable. Her confidence grows and grows to the point where she starts to consider whether James may have been right to challenge convention.

The ending is a little quick and I would have liked a little more development in the conflict resolution but I liked this charming story.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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