Title: It's Hard Out Here for a Duke
Written by Maya Rodale
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #4
Published by Avon
Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge
In the fourth novel of Maya Rodale’s tantalizing series, a newly minted duke spends one night with his perfect woman...but can he win her for a lifetime
When American-born James Cavendish arrives in London tomorrow, he’ll become the Duke of Durham. Some might be ecstatic at the opportunity. Not James. He’s a simple man, fond of simple pleasures. And right now, nothing could be more pleasurable than spending his last night of freedom with a beautiful stranger.
Are Far Too Good…
One wild night, Meredith Green, companion to the dowager Duchess of Durham, said yes to a man she thought she’d never see again. Suddenly, they’re living under the same roof, where Meredith is expected to teach James how to be a duke—while trying not to surrender to temptation a second time.
To Be Forgotten
For a duke and a commoner, marriage would be pure scandal. Yet nothing has ever felt as right as having Meredith in his arms…and in his bed. Soon he must choose—between a duty he never desired, and a woman he longs for, body and soul…
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Well, it took me a number of months to get into this book. To say that I was disappointed is such an understatement – this book was MEDIOCRE, to say the least!
I was looking forward to this book since I read Lady Bridget’s Diary last year because I liked James. He was written as such a cool and caring brother and the romance hinted at between him and Meredith was a tease that I WANTED to read. Unfortunately, this book failed in both.
Reasons Why It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke Failed
It was disjointed
This book is set concurrently with the other three books in the series and because of this, I felt like the story was very fragmented. Fragmented to the point where if you haven’t read the other books in series, you would feel lost (and I have read the other books in the series and I FELT soooo lost!). Because of this, I was skimming some of the parts.
What happened to the chemistry that was hinted at in the previous books? I felt like part of James and Meredith’s romantic interludes happened in the other books that it was MISSING in their own book!
Sure, I liked how they met and I liked the issues surrounding their relationship AND this trope is one of my favorites, too! But I wanted MORE! I wanted more interactions and more moments showing how James and Meredith fell in love.
I’m not sure what went wrong! Maya Rodale is one of my favorite romance authors but I feel like this series missed the mark, for me at least. Her Bad Boys & Wallflowers series was AWESOME, actually.
This book was also inspired by The Princess Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy and I’m not getting the mash-up at all.
I’m not sure I can recommend this book at all. As much as I LOVED Lady Bridget’s Diary, books 2 and 3 were not my favorites.
This was a HOT MESS, in my opinion, and as much as I love Maya Rodale, she really missed the mark on this one.
What do you think about series that are set concurrently with the other books?