Calling all lords and ladies! This enemies-to-lovers tale is one part cheeky, one part scandalous, and one part sweet.
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Author, A Rogue of One's Own
Before I started writing romance, I consumed a few hundred romance novels a year. Harper St. George was one of the first authors I ever put on auto-buy after I had stumbled across her debut Viking romance and promptly fell in love with her voice. For those reasons I was delighted when Book of the Month asked whether I would tell their readers about The Heiress Gets a Duke.
The novel is set during America’s Gilded Age, when so-called dollar princesses flocked from the States to London every season in the hope of marrying a titled man. August Crenshaw is one such heiress, but she is a free spirit keen on a role in her father’s business empire rather than acquiring a ring on her finger. Only when her unwilling sister is put on the line does she put herself forward. But perhaps marrying the Duke of Rothschild, who happens to be the very opposite of a fusty aristocrat, isn’t the sacrifice she first thinks it is…
Harper has a way with words that never fails to capture me. I was hooked on this book from the rather harrowing opening lines and was carried along by the effortlessly flowing prose until I found myself turning the last page with a huge smile on my face. Both August and Rothschild are compelling characters, individually as well as a couple, and Harper negotiated the potential pitfalls of their semi-arranged marriage brilliantly. The sparks between August and her duke were red-hot from the moment she first sees him in a boxing ring. A duke who boxes—yes please, sign me up!
American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August's outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitible for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage.
Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He's recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can't walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn't the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants.
But August won't go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she's no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.
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I love a good slowly fall in love storyline. August is such a strong character and her growth throughout was incredible. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next in the series to come out in Sep! ❤️❤️
Grand Forks, ND
I loved this book! Such an interesting time in history, and August’s and Evan’s chemistry is delicious. I love that August can hold her own at a time when women were supposed to be demure. A must read
August doesn’t need Evan to stand on her own and she fights him at every moment to prove that. But their chemistry can’t be ignored and that’s one thing I definitely loved about this book. Read it!
Beatrice , NE
I’m a sucker for a historical fiction romance! I loved it August was not your average main character in a romance novel. I appreciate the infusion of feminism, two main characters that broke the mold.
Fort Worth, TX
Much like Evie Dunmore’s writing, St. George paints a beautiful picture of late 1800s aristocratic society with female choice and empowerment driving the characters and the story. A great, quick read!
Windsor , IL
This book will capture your attention from the first page! August is fierce, smart, and beautiful with no plans to go easy on Evan. This couple will leave you smiling and rooting for them￼ to the end.
Who doesn’t love a awesome love story…. Beautiful dresses and the era of living with such dignity. Loved the two main characters and loved how they went back and forth. Love the horse and carriage r
A swoony romance! I couldn’t put this book down. I love a story where the man works to earn a woman’s respect + both characters have a lot of personal growth. Modern in its sensibilities but so fun!
West Chestet, PA
I’m a slow reader and I finished this in three days because I couldn’t put it down! Reminds me of the League of Extraordinary Women novels by Evie Dunmore because it is feminist historical romance.
Historical romance novels are my jam and this one was a fun and entertaining read a la the Bridgerton series. The heroine was sharp and witty, and the Duke was ever so dashing! This bodice ripper: 5/5
Beautiful historical romance, with a vulnerable, sweet hero, and a strong heroine. I loved how their bantering grows into meaningful conversations and how their antagonism slowly progresses into love.
Chicago , IL
Very sweet book that makes you believe in love after all the hardships. I would recommend this to friends. The british phrases could be improved, speaking as someone who is married to a british guy.
Strattanville , PA
Very cute story! I love a historic romance where both characters are reluctant to be with the other. The added aspect of underground boxing was intriguing too! I’m looking forward to the next book.
I absolutely love Historical romances and this one delivers on every level. The chemistry and the love story is amazing. I love the similarities to Bridgerton but this books definitely stands up to it
So it was a tad, okay a lot, predictable. But I loved this sweeping romance between August and Evan. I loved the role reversal of rich American female and poor English Duke. Overall a very fun read
I thoroughly enjoyed the female lead, August, who is a strong, smart, capable woman who learns to embrace her sensual side. If you like historical romance, this book will certainly satiate your need.
Just what I wanted from this kind of book- a strong heroine, a hero I can get behind, and enough of a realistic plot that I don't roll my eyes every other page. Well done, looking forward to the rest!
An American heiress meets her match as she encounters the dashing Duke of Rothschild who secretly moonlights as a boxer during her trip to London. Fun historical romance read with swoon-worthy scenes!
I love an enemies-to-lovers romance but it has to be believable and this book really achieved that!! I love the main couple of August and Evan and she is such a good example of a well-rounded heroine!
I love Evie Dunmore's books, so her recommendation on The Heiress Gets a Duke was all I need! This novel is steamy, but I also love that August is a smart, ambitious woman and Evan respects her for it