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

It's Hard Out Here for a Duke (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4)It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale
Tracy’s rating: 3/3.5 of 5 stars

Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4

Release Date: November 28, 2017

While I liked this book, I didn’t love it and I was a bit disappointed.

Anyone who has read the previous books has for all intents and purposes, read 75% of this book. I knew before I started this book that James and Meredith had a past and that there was a strong attraction between them. And after the antics of his sisters, I fully expected James to have an equally entertaining book, but that is not how this story played out.

James and Meredith love each other, but are convinced they cannot be together because he is a Duke and she is a commoner. The entire book is them wavering between love and duty. I understood the difficulties they would have if they married, I understood the social ramifications and even the need to protect his sisters by not causing a scandal, but that was the entire book – they are attracted to each other, but he must choose duty over love.

There is a a lot of rehashing the events from the previous books, a lot of longing, some steamy-ish love scenes, a lot of heartache, a little bit of a surprise at the end and finally a HEA. I also found it a bit ironic that while pounding into James head the necessity of knowing formal address – the examples they used were wrong and used incorrect formal address – now to be fair, this was an uncorrected ACR and that may be corrected by publication (fingers crossed). Overall the writing was good, but I felt like this story was already told in the previous books and nothing really new or exciting happened in this story.

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an UNCORRECTED eARC provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher*

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