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Bringing Down the Duke
Author: Evie Dunmore


   Bringing Down the Duke

   “Evie Dunmore’s debut is a marvel. Set against the backdrop of the British suffrage movement, Bringing Down the Duke is a witty, richly detailed, historically significant, and achingly romantic celebration of the power of love and the passionate fight for women’s rights. A stunning blend of history and romance that will enchant readers.”

   —Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of When We Left Cuba

   “Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke dazzles and reminds us all why we fell in love with historical romance.”

   —Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Seduced by a Scot

   “Simply superb! Evie Dunmore will wow you.”

   —Gaelen Foley, New York Times bestselling author of Duke of Shadows

   “Bringing Down the Duke is the best historical romance I’ve read all year. I was spellbound by this story of forbidden love between a spirited, clever suffragette heroine and her straitlaced duke, a man who proves that fire burns hottest when it’s under ice. Evie Dunmore is a marvelous, fresh new voice in romance who is sure to go far. Don’t miss her brilliant debut!”

   —Anna Campbell, bestselling author of the Dashing Widows series

   “Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke delivers the best of two worlds—a steamy romance coupled with the heft of a meticulously researched historical novel. The story of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain is every bit as compelling as the chemistry between Annabelle and Sebastian. Readers will be entranced watching Annabelle, a woman ahead of her time, bring the sexy duke to his knees.”

   —Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer

   “I have read the future of historical romance, and it’s Evie Dunmore.”

   —Eva Leigh, author of Counting on the Countess



          A JOVE BOOK

   Published by Berkley

   An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

   1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019


   Copyright © 2019 by Evie Dunmore

   Readers Guide copyright © 2019 by Evie Dunmore

   Excerpt copyright © 2019 by Evie Dunmore

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   Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

   Names: Dunmore, Evie, author.

   Title: Bringing down the duke / Evie Dunmore.

   Description: First edition. | New York : Jove, 2019.

   Identifiers: LCCN 2018060569 | ISBN 9781984805683 (pbk.) | ISBN 9781984805690 (ebook)

   Classification: LCC PR9110.9.D86 B75 2019 | DDC 823/.92—dc23

   LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018060569

   First Edition: September 2019

   Cover design and illustration by Farjana Yasmin

   Cover background references courtesy of Shutterstock

   This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.






             Praise for Bringing Down the Duke

             Title Page



        Chapter 1

        Chapter 2

        Chapter 3

        Chapter 4

        Chapter 5

        Chapter 6

        Chapter 7

        Chapter 8

        Chapter 9

        Chapter 10

        Chapter 11

        Chapter 12

        Chapter 13

        Chapter 14

        Chapter 15

        Chapter 16

        Chapter 17

        Chapter 18

        Chapter 19

        Chapter 20

        Chapter 21

        Chapter 22

        Chapter 23

        Chapter 24

        Chapter 25

        Chapter 26

        Chapter 27

        Chapter 28

        Chapter 29

        Chapter 30

        Chapter 31

        Chapter 32

        Chapter 33

             Author’s Note


             Readers Guide


             About the Author



For Opa,

   who taught me I could take on anything, but don’t have to put up with everything.



Chapter 1



Kent, August 1879

   Absolutely not. What an utterly harebrained idea, Annabelle.”

   Gilbert’s eyes had the rolling look of a hare that knew the hounds were upon him.

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