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The Trouble with Dukes

Book 1, Windham Brides

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 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.

Customer Reviews

A duke without social graces?!

I received an advance copy from the publisher in a drawing and I'm so glad! Poor Duke of Murder has a bad rep thanks to another officer who came home all spit and polish from the back of the lines. He never expected to inherit and suddenly he's managing about as well as any of us would if suddenly shoved onto one of those Real Housewives glamor shows. Add a duke's daughter who ran afoul of getting herself into her century's version of sexting and you get great lines like, "They exchanged That Look, the one that said he'd Done It Again, though nobody ever bothered to tell a man what IT might be."

The author could have turned this into a farce or a romp. Because she played it straight and you feel the impact on her characters' lives and live it with them, it's simply AWESOME. Pages into it, I locked the door, turned off my phone and indulged in a marathon of reading, surfacing only for bathroom breaks and snatched munchies.

No wild action or breathless chase scenes. This writer paints the sort of self-centered, thoroughly entitled villains that any of us could meet or date today while keeping them true to their time and culture. The characters are both relatable and addictive. We all know veterans with hearts of gold and PTSD who would need more than a change of clothes to fit onto the society circuit.

I wish I could leave a review as glowing as this author's words. She makes you FEEL the people of her stories. Don't start her book on a weeknight unless you have time off coming to you. This book starts so quietly and you think, "I'll just read a chapter" and suddenly it's tomorrow and you're late for everything.


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.

A symphony in words

How wonderful that Grace Burrowes has found another wing of the Windham family to entertain us. This first in the four Windham Brides stories is full of delightful wordplay and unconventional heroes and heroines. Megan is not like any young woman I’ve read about previously, bless her heart. I won’t give any spoilers but I loved how Megan and Murdoch handled the villain. Grace Burrowes writes magnificent symphonies with words.

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The Trouble with Dukes
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Dec 20, 2016
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Windham Brides
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