Friday, September 2, 2022

Book Review: Much Ado About Dukes

Has school started where you are? It started for my kids yesterday, and it went well for all of them, thankfully. I am trying to get myself into a new routine, which is harder than I thought it would be. Let's just say both today and yesterday involved naps that were longer than they should have been. Yikes. 

Much Ado About Dukes - Eva Devon

As far as William Easton―the Duke of Blackheath―is concerned, love can go to the devil. Why would a man need passion when he has wealth, a stately home, and work to occupy his mind? But no one warned the duke that a fiery and frustratingly strong-willed activist like Lady Beatrice Haven can also be a stunning, dark-haired siren who tempts a man’s mind, body, and soul.

Lady Beatrice is determined to never marry. Ever. She would much rather fight for the rights of women and provoke the darkly handsome Duke of Blackheath, even if he does claim to be forward-thinking. After all, dukes―even gorgeous ones―are the enemy. So why does she feel such enjoyment from their heated exchanges?

But everything changes when Beatrice finds herself suddenly without fortune, a husband, or even a home. Now her future depends on the very man who sets her blood boiling. Because in order to protect his esteemed rival, the Duke of Blackheath has asked for Beatrice’s hand, inviting his once-enemy into his home...and his bed.
I am kind of on a historical romance kick lately, and I'm not hating it. I have a bunch more spread out over the next couple of months, and it is a pretty good lineup. Let's talk about this one today though. 

If you are a fan of feminism and really head strong heroines, who are also incredibly vocal about it every step of the way... you will love Beatrice. For me though, it was a bit much, just on the edge of too much. If you are a fan of a man who is emotionally closed off, stunted almost, and mildly depressed/depressive, but at least honest about it, you're going to be a fan of William. Immediately this doesn't seem like a great pairing, it would be a "who wears the pants?" kind of thing, but oddly it kind of works at the end. Their communication is really terrible and it never really gets better, if this was a real life couple, we would all be telling them they need marriage counseling immediately because this could end real bad, real quick. 

I just had a hard time really liking Beatrice, she never seemed to really understand how she comes off to others and how that is maybe why people seem the way they do to her, does that make sense? My favorite parts of the book were things that Will does to help Beatrice and then I felt bad because it was like she never really thought about it beyond how a man should automatically want women's rights, and when they actively agree/support it, there should be no applause, they didn't do anything special. Which, I do get that but ugh, it just felt like too much real world came into the book and I always struggle with that. I read mostly to get away from all of that, take a break so to speak, so to then have it almost be the main piece of the book was frustrating. 

Overall, I liked the author's writing, I thought it was well organized and clear, I never had any moments where I rolled my eyes, if you know what I mean. I will definitely read more from Eva Devon because I like how she lays a story out and builds characters, she makes it easy to keep up with the story and I always appreciate that. 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Entangled Publishing for having me on this tour and sending me a copy for review. 

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