What a Disappointing Series Ender! It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale [ARC Review]

Posted December 1, 2017 by Zeee in Reviews4 Comments

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I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What a Disappointing Series Ender! It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale [ARC Review]It's Hard Out Here for a Duke written by Maya Rodale
Publisher Avon
Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #4
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062386794
Rating: One StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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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

Some Mistakes…

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.

Chemistry lost

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.

Final thoughts

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 Diarybooks 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.

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Overall: 2


What do you think about series that are set concurrently with the other books?


About Maya Rodale

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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4 responses to “What a Disappointing Series Ender! It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale [ARC Review]

  1. I’m sorry this book didn’t work for you, I wasn’t familiar but I’ve seen it promoted a lot. I’ve never heard of a series taking place concurrently, that’s interesting…

    • I can’t remember what series, but I think there are a few. It’s not that common, though. Series standalones can do this I think (if this makes sense)

  2. I agree about this here. I definitely agree that this series has missed the spot for sure which is odd because her other previous books I have really liked so I don’t know why these books just didn’t do it for me, although I still need to read book one. And not sure I will be reading this one, maybe I will do it on audio through my library.

    Thanks for the honest review.
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    • I really enjoyed Lady Bridget’s Diary but the other 2 books in the series were also disjointed! I just… meeehhh I think it’s just the romcoms that she picked really didn’t speak to me, you know?