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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Maya Rodale
Released: November 28th 2017
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #4
Published by Avon
” It’s been a series that I have enjoyed, although this book is perhaps not my favourite.”
~ Under the Covers
We are on to the last of the Cavendish siblings; The Duke himself. Although he doesn’t really feel like a The Duke. He still feels like James the horse breeder from America. However, he is determined to try for the sake of his beloved yet vexing sisters. But, before he becomes The Duke, he is going to have a night still being Just James and that’s when he meets the girl and shares a night with her, only to find her disappeared in the morning, never to be seen again…or so he thought. The next time he sees the girl, she’s next to the dowager Duchess and is the proper and ladylike Miss Green.
Now that the last of the Cavendish siblings have been married off, I assume that It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke is the last in the series. It’s been a series that I have enjoyed, although this book is perhaps not my favourite. Each of the Cavendish siblings were unruly in different ways, and for James, the one with perhaps the largest responsibilities, he finds the mantle of Duke a difficult fit, especially when it means that the class differences keep him away from the woman he seems to be falling in love with.
I believe the reason I didn’t like this book very much was because we once again go right back to the very beginning of the timeline of this series, which is required so we can see what is happening from James POV. However, we’ve done this three times already for the previous books so it feels very repetitive, especially because not much new information was added. It was just a lot of description of longing glances and inner monologues about how they could never be together. In some ways, it would have been better to plant some of James POV into the other books in preparation for his. That way you don’t get basically the a cycle of…heartfelt looks…whinging about how they can never be together…announcing they can never be together to one another as they stare lovingly into each others eyes…repeat for 300 pages.
It was a nice end to the series though and I especially enjoyed the epilogue showing the whole family a number of years later, it left the series on a heart warming note. If you’ve read the series to this point, then I do recommend that you read this one, however, for me it wasn’t the best – Lady Bridget’s Diary is my favourite – but Keeping up with the Cavendishes is a perfect if you are after funny and lighthearted historical romance series to start.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?