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Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and former general, is back from war and faced with mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an accident and he's determined to learn the truth, starting with Danielle, the beautiful daughter of a baron and his sister's best friend. Danielle is keeping deadly secrets of her own. She has dedic Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and former general, is back from war and faced with mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an accident and he's determined to learn the truth, starting with Danielle, the beautiful daughter of a baron and his sister's best friend. Danielle is keeping deadly secrets of her own. She has dedicated her life to a charity that helps abused women―the same charity Elise was working for the night she died. When Danielle's work puts her life in danger, Marcus comes to her rescue. But Danielle may not need rescuing...


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Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and former general, is back from war and faced with mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an accident and he's determined to learn the truth, starting with Danielle, the beautiful daughter of a baron and his sister's best friend. Danielle is keeping deadly secrets of her own. She has dedic Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and former general, is back from war and faced with mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an accident and he's determined to learn the truth, starting with Danielle, the beautiful daughter of a baron and his sister's best friend. Danielle is keeping deadly secrets of her own. She has dedicated her life to a charity that helps abused women―the same charity Elise was working for the night she died. When Danielle's work puts her life in danger, Marcus comes to her rescue. But Danielle may not need rescuing...

30 review for An Inconvenient Duke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    ONLY TOOK ME 4 HOURS TO READ - AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE! ❤ Usually historical romance is predictable but sweet - there's a long way between the ones that break the mold and surprise me. This book actually did it, it surprised me and entertained me greatly. Great characters, great plot, great heroine - great all around! 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Plot: Most historical romances mainly focus on the romantic plot and then throw in a little half-arsed subplot. Not this book - here the romance was strong but so w ONLY TOOK ME 4 HOURS TO READ - AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE! ❤ Usually historical romance is predictable but sweet - there's a long way between the ones that break the mold and surprise me. This book actually did it, it surprised me and entertained me greatly. Great characters, great plot, great heroine - great all around! 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Plot: Most historical romances mainly focus on the romantic plot and then throw in a little half-arsed subplot. Not this book - here the romance was strong but so was the subplot! It was engaging, surprising and mysterious and it drew me in. Dani: Danielle was such a great, strong female lead who stood up for what she believed was right and didn't need no man saving her! I really sympathised with her and her fight for justice. Women's rights: I absolutely loved that this book focused on women's rights in the Regency era - how women had next to no rights, how they were considered the property of their male relations and how no one intervened, when a husband beat his wife within an inch of her life. In some ways, this is a subject that still needs to be addressed today. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    2.5 stars Considering the blurb mentions the heroine has a charity for abused women, I somehow thought that the plot would involve at least one abused woman the heroine tries to help. Nope! And maybe that's weird to want an abused woman storyline to be depicted in the book, but I thought it was more weird to have a plot featuring an abused women charity but then focus solely on the (not abused!) women who are running the charity. And then there's the ending that made me want to throw things. (vi 2.5 stars Considering the blurb mentions the heroine has a charity for abused women, I somehow thought that the plot would involve at least one abused woman the heroine tries to help. Nope! And maybe that's weird to want an abused woman storyline to be depicted in the book, but I thought it was more weird to have a plot featuring an abused women charity but then focus solely on the (not abused!) women who are running the charity. And then there's the ending that made me want to throw things. (view spoiler)[The hero gets the heroine to abandon her charity to instead just try to lobby politicians to pass laws to protect abused women, which both of them agree probably won't pass anytime soon. But in the meantime she's just going to do nothing for the women currently being abused because the hero is too worried about her safety. No reason is given for why the hero and his band of military men without jobs can't be called upon to do the dangerous work of getting these women away from their abusers, thus keeping the heroine safe. What a terrible way to end that whole plotline. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Lords of the Armory #1 Publication Date: 2/25/20 Number of Pages: 384 Anna Harrington’s first entry into this new series is a lovely sensual romance, and an exciting, breath-holding, fast-paced mystery. The characters are relatable and likable and the writing, as always, is excellent. The Napoleonic wars are over and the soldiers have returned home. The life that awaited them in England wasn’t what they would have thought. The military had no use for them and there were few, if any, jobs ava Series: Lords of the Armory #1 Publication Date: 2/25/20 Number of Pages: 384 Anna Harrington’s first entry into this new series is a lovely sensual romance, and an exciting, breath-holding, fast-paced mystery. The characters are relatable and likable and the writing, as always, is excellent. The Napoleonic wars are over and the soldiers have returned home. The life that awaited them in England wasn’t what they would have thought. The military had no use for them and there were few, if any, jobs available. The war office was slow to pay pensioners and those who remained on the payroll. It was common to see a soldier in his tattered uniform begging on the streets. This treatment of the men who had sacrificed so much for king and country really rankled returning war hero, General Marcus Braddock, newly minted Duke of Hampton. He’d lost so much while he was away at war – and now he felt lost, restless, and unsettled. With the wars over, there is a new, home-grown menace afoot in England. It is growing in power and influence every day – and its name is Scepter. Nobody knew it even existed until, unwittingly, Elise, sister of Marcus Braddock, stepped into their path and was murdered for it. Once Marcus realizes that Elise was murdered rather than being killed in a riding accident, he will stop at nothing to find her murderer and see him punished. Elise was Danielle Williams's best friend – closer than sisters. Danielle was bereft at the loss of her best friend and when she learned she’d been murdered she was riddled with guilt. Marcus is convinced that Danielle (Dani) knows what happened to his sister and he is determined to get the information from her. Danielle has many secrets, but knowing about Elise’s murder isn’t one of them. As she learns more and more, she and Marcus begin to draw closer to each other. Marcus is beside himself when he realizes that Dani is also in danger – because she and Elise were doing similar things. Dani’s passion has been rescuing battered and abused women from the men who have control of them. She’s always very careful and nobody knows that she is involved – or do they? Fasten your seatbelts for this exciting, romantic ride. It is filled with passion and pain and a delightful HEA. The story sets up the premise for the Armory versus Scepter very nicely and leaves us looking forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Farshana S A

    Brilliant if I may say so…not just for the delicious romance but for the strong mystery element interwoven in the story. Historical romances are one of my favorite genres, every time I feel down or suffering the blues and obviously the lockdown is not helping matters, I always read this genre for the much-needed cheer and ‘happily ever after’ What made An Inconvenient Duke extra special was the heroine Danielle. She is strong and believes in her work of helping abused women at whatever price or d Brilliant if I may say so…not just for the delicious romance but for the strong mystery element interwoven in the story. Historical romances are one of my favorite genres, every time I feel down or suffering the blues and obviously the lockdown is not helping matters, I always read this genre for the much-needed cheer and ‘happily ever after’ What made An Inconvenient Duke extra special was the heroine Danielle. She is strong and believes in her work of helping abused women at whatever price or danger she puts herself into. The hero, Marcus Braddock, is war returned and decorated and newly titled as the Duke but instead of feeling happy like all men of arms feels the lack of purpose in life. Searching for the reason of his sister’s death gives him that purpose and also make shim fall head over heels in love with Dani. I loved the engaging story about the lack of rights that women in those times had to suffer but I really wanted a different ending for the charity that Dani runs. It would have been more exciting for an open abuse center rather than closing it down completely. A perfect start to a series and looking forward to stories of Merritt and Pearce and the final reveal of the organization called ‘Scepter’.

  5. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Murder, mystery and loyalty! I really liked the main protagonists, General Marcus Braddock and Danielle Williams. Prior to Marcus' return to England from the continent and the defeat of Napoleon, Danielle had written to him to notify him of his sister Elise's death. The Honorable Danielle Williams, daughter of Baron Mondale, runs the Nightingale pipeline for deserted and battered women, spiriting them away to other parts of the country or the Americas, where abused women are given safe havens. Marcu Murder, mystery and loyalty! I really liked the main protagonists, General Marcus Braddock and Danielle Williams. Prior to Marcus' return to England from the continent and the defeat of Napoleon, Danielle had written to him to notify him of his sister Elise's death. The Honorable Danielle Williams, daughter of Baron Mondale, runs the Nightingale pipeline for deserted and battered women, spiriting them away to other parts of the country or the Americas, where abused women are given safe havens. Marcus, now the Duke of Hampton, has been awarded a dukedom as a reward for his heroic campaigns. Marcus has been trying to talk to Danielle about his sister's death. Dani is avoiding him. She is troubled that he might find out about her secretive enterprise, of which Elise was a part. What Marcus does discover is that Elise was murdered. Dani had "warned Elise to stay away from Scepter.” Now Dani is in a quandary. Had Elise ignored Dani's warnings and tried to help women by herself, taken risks apart from Nightingale, without the proper support? Marcus and Dani join forces to discover Elise's killer. Their inquiries put both of them in danger but when Dani becomes the target Marcus is enraged. Marcus really is the epitome of an inconvenient duke, inconvenient for Dani and for those who murdered Elise. It's the Duke's strategical thinking and loyal friends, along with Dani's shrewd understandings, that turn the tide at the eleventh hour. Although loose ends are left tantalizing us into future developments, particularly about Scepter. And it's in this spirit that the armory is born"—The Armory, Where Evil Fears to Tread." A place for ex soldiers, a sanctuary, where these loyal men will, "band together and use [their] skills to shut down Scepter and to help those in need, wherever they might be, no matter the threat." I found the Inconvenient Duke an enjoyable read despite being is a tad predictable in some instances. I look forward to more in this series. The Duke has some interesting friends! A Sourcebooks Casablanca ARC via NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Retired general Marcus Braddock helped defeat Napoleon, and when he returned to London was named a Duke. While he was away, his sister died, leaving her young child an orphan, so her best friend, Danielle, helped the family until Marcus returned. Upon his arrival, he discovered some documents among Elise’s things that leads him to believe she was murdered. Determined to discover the truth, he turns to Dani, who is avoiding him with every attempt. When they were younger, Danielle was infatuated w Retired general Marcus Braddock helped defeat Napoleon, and when he returned to London was named a Duke. While he was away, his sister died, leaving her young child an orphan, so her best friend, Danielle, helped the family until Marcus returned. Upon his arrival, he discovered some documents among Elise’s things that leads him to believe she was murdered. Determined to discover the truth, he turns to Dani, who is avoiding him with every attempt. When they were younger, Danielle was infatuated with Elise’s older brother, Marcus. Now he’s home and determined to bring up the death of her best friend, something she’d rather move past. But when Marcus comes to Dani with evidence that Elise was participating in something covert and dangerous, she decides to help him discover the truth. An Inconvenient Duke is a delightful historical romance set within a murder mystery. Ms. Harrington’s world centers on a close-knit group of soldiers who haven’t quite figured out how to fit within society now that the war is over. Their leader, Marcus, creates a safe place for himself where he goes to think and work out aggressions, etc., which develops and morphs over the course of this first book, becoming the foundation for the series. Each Lord has his own talents and connections, which helps Marcus and Dani discover the truth of his sister’s death. It also uncovers a seedy organization that will certainly rear its head in the coming books. Dani is a strong, against-era heroine. She’s created an organization that helps women escape their abusive situations. She is determined and refuses to let Marcus run her life. I loved how confident Dani is and how she won’t settle for anything short of what she deserves. Marcus and Dani share an attraction, and Dani’s spirited nature lights a flame in Marcus. Their romance is a fun journey, both sweet and hot and steamy at times. I appreciate that the pair is on equal footing and works to compromise as they investigate the murder. Theirs is a match-well-made, with equal time for banter and passionate love making. An Inconvenient Duke is a great start to the Lords of the Armory series. The story is a wonderful blend of mystery and intrigue with an unflappable duke falling in love. The stage is set for what promises to be an entertaining series. My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot Review copy provided by NetGalley Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Another storyline I can't connect with. The characters and plot have all the earmarks of what I look for, but it's just not pulling me in. D N F

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    General Marcus Braddock, the newly minted Duke of Hampton has finally returned from the war and he wants answers. The main one is what happened to his sister Elise and why did her best friend Danielle Williams lie to him about her death. Danielle “Dani” Williams is avoiding Marcus, she just can’t bear talking to him about Elise, the grief is still to fresh. But when he corners her at a ball for a dance and demands answers, she is stunned – Elise was murdered? She stands by her story and like him General Marcus Braddock, the newly minted Duke of Hampton has finally returned from the war and he wants answers. The main one is what happened to his sister Elise and why did her best friend Danielle Williams lie to him about her death. Danielle “Dani” Williams is avoiding Marcus, she just can’t bear talking to him about Elise, the grief is still to fresh. But when he corners her at a ball for a dance and demands answers, she is stunned – Elise was murdered? She stands by her story and like him, she too wants answers. He tells her of the note he found in Elise’s things and mentions a “vanishing” and someone called the Scepter – Dani is so shocked she stops dancing; she tells him Elise was a good woman who helped others and that he should let it go. He can’t let it go and when his sister Claudia announces she is to marry, he sees an opportunity to spend more time with Dani, as close family friends, he will convince Dani and her aunt to help Claudia plan her wedding and hopefully find out what secrets Dani is keeping about Elise’s death. Dani truly doesn’t know what happened to Elise, but now she has an idea. Dani runs a network called Nightingale to save abused women, like her aunt, women with nowhere to go and no way to run, she helps them leave and start new lives. Elise was a member, but wanted to help prostitutes, but Dani didn’t feel the network could sneak those women away without endangering the members of Nightingale. She now realizes that Elise must have started her own network and decides to seek answers on her own. She is meeting with one of her contacts when out of nowhere Marcus arrives and chases the man off – she is angry, but he is sure the man was going to hurt her. She doesn’t want to believe it, but realizes he is right. She tells him of her work with battered women and that she thinks Elise may have started her own network and it got her killed. They share a kiss and part ways, each reeling from the kiss. Marcus goes to the Armory – a building he purchased and uses as a retreat/gym. While there he meets with two friends and fellow soldiers, Brandon Pearce, the Earl West and Merritt Ripley a lawyer, he tells them what he has learned and tells them that he is going to ask Clayton Elliot, another solider friend and an undersecretary in the Home Office to help him. He also asks them to keep an eye on Danielle, but downplays his interest in her. But he can’t seem to stay away from her and they begin to work together to find the truth about Elise’s death. But when they get too close, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the truth to come out and will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. I thought this story was well written and paced well. I liked Danielle and Marcus and felt the chemistry between them from their first interaction. I liked that they had known each other for years and had harbored feelings for each other. I did find Danielle’s “network” a bit hard to believe and felt the details regarding it a bit vague. But the story was good and has a little bit of everything, secrets, intrigue, great secondary characters, mystery, murder, steamy love scenes, twists, turns and surprises. This book ends with the villain making a revelation that will presumably carry on throughout the series. But it is well done and doesn’t end this story with a cliffhanger. This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to next installment. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cathleen

    The beginning sucked me in but along the way it became easy to put down. I didn't care for the direction of the plot and the characters became irritating. Every time the hero was called Duke I cringed. The heroine has a great humanitarian network going but she didn't seem very capable. And her reactions to 'betrayal' were dramatic. The hero felt dense and like he only had one reaction. So this is a story I won't read again. I read an ARC from Netgalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    4 Stars This was my first book by this author and I really liked the overall writing style and the main characters, but I especially enjoyed the mystery and intrigue. This first book in the Lords of the Armory Series was a complete story with a solid ending, but it did set up the next story(ies) with an overarching mystery and the rallying of a band of retired soldiers who have organized for interpersonal support and to dismantle a dubious and unethical organization. While I enjoyed the overall st 4 Stars This was my first book by this author and I really liked the overall writing style and the main characters, but I especially enjoyed the mystery and intrigue. This first book in the Lords of the Armory Series was a complete story with a solid ending, but it did set up the next story(ies) with an overarching mystery and the rallying of a band of retired soldiers who have organized for interpersonal support and to dismantle a dubious and unethical organization. While I enjoyed the overall story and the main characters, I did struggle with the pacing of the romance. This was the second HR in a row where the romance moved from first meet to declarations of love in a matter days. Well, it might have been a week or so, but it hadn't felt like a natural progression. In spite of the romantic pacing, I enjoyed the overall story, but it's the fantastic mystery and intrigue that had me interested in continuing with the next book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    First in a new series, and my first of Ms. Harrington's... and I loved it. Marcus and Danielle are both strong-willed people. And even if I was feeling frustrated with Dani's unwillingness to bend a little, to stop putting herself in danger... BUT I couldn't help to think how important her works were as well; how many of (view spoiler)[the abused women (hide spoiler)] she helped. I guess it wasn't fair that Marcus could march on because he was a man... though at some way, that's how it's always First in a new series, and my first of Ms. Harrington's... and I loved it. Marcus and Danielle are both strong-willed people. And even if I was feeling frustrated with Dani's unwillingness to bend a little, to stop putting herself in danger... BUT I couldn't help to think how important her works were as well; how many of (view spoiler)[the abused women (hide spoiler)] she helped. I guess it wasn't fair that Marcus could march on because he was a man... though at some way, that's how it's always been. Yes, I enjoyed their argument, and I enjoyed their way to find love with each other. I loved that (view spoiler)[taking down the evil organization (hide spoiler)] would seem to be the full arc of this series. Looking forward to the next book

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Another fantastic book by Anna Harrington. A sexy and thrilling friends to lovers. Marcus comes to back from war to a new title and a different England, even his sister's childhood friend Danielle has changed. Danielle is now a grown woman with secrets she intends to keep but she has loved Marcus since she was a young girl. The murder of Marcus' sister brings them together in a passionate yet thrilling journey to their HEA. Kick ass first book of a new series. Wonderful main character with intri Another fantastic book by Anna Harrington. A sexy and thrilling friends to lovers. Marcus comes to back from war to a new title and a different England, even his sister's childhood friend Danielle has changed. Danielle is now a grown woman with secrets she intends to keep but she has loved Marcus since she was a young girl. The murder of Marcus' sister brings them together in a passionate yet thrilling journey to their HEA. Kick ass first book of a new series. Wonderful main character with intriguing secondary characters I cannot wait to read more about. Mix in a devious enemy that looks to run through the series, sign me up!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. An Inconvenient Duke is the first book in Anna Harrington’s new series Lords of the Armory. General Marcus Braddock has returned from Waterloo and to thank him for his service the crown has made him the Duke of Hampton. While looking through his late sisters effects he discovers that her death was not an accident and that she was murdered. He goes searching for the truth and one person he wants to question is I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. An Inconvenient Duke is the first book in Anna Harrington’s new series Lords of the Armory. General Marcus Braddock has returned from Waterloo and to thank him for his service the crown has made him the Duke of Hampton. While looking through his late sisters effects he discovers that her death was not an accident and that she was murdered. He goes searching for the truth and one person he wants to question is her good friend Danielle Williams but Danielle has secrets of her own and carries a great deal of sadness and guilt over the loss of her friend. Lots of melodrama ensues. I have loved every book I’ve read by Anna Harrington except this one. I disliked the heroine, I thought she alternated between whiney and TSTL. It took too long for her to explain why she was doing what she was doing and I was unable to find that willing suspension of disbelief that you need to enjoy a story that is as convoluted as this one. Medium Steam. Publishing Date February 25, 2020 #NetGalley #AnInconvenientDuke #AnnaHarrington #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram #SourcebooksCasablanca

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa C

    "His unstoppable force had just met her immovable mountain". Marcus Braddock, Duke of Hampton and Danielle Williams, despite a growing attraction, have many secrets to hide from each other. They need to trust and work together. Ms Harrington has given us a treat of intrigue, history and love in this story. Very much looking forward to the continuing series. Highly recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I think Anna Harrington has done a wonderful job of introducing us to the Lords of the Armory with this first book in the series! Taking place in an era when women had no rights, you will meet Danielle who is helping women escape abusive marriages. You will also meet Marcus, a general, who comes home from the war and finds out that his sister did not die from a fall off her horse...she was murdered! Danielle, who was his sisters best friend, ends up he I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I think Anna Harrington has done a wonderful job of introducing us to the Lords of the Armory with this first book in the series! Taking place in an era when women had no rights, you will meet Danielle who is helping women escape abusive marriages. You will also meet Marcus, a general, who comes home from the war and finds out that his sister did not die from a fall off her horse...she was murdered! Danielle, who was his sisters best friend, ends up helping him try to uncover the truth. As one clue leads to another, Danielle and Marcus end up not knowing who to trust anymore and the story is filled with on going action that will leave you not wanting to put the book down! Amidst all the danger, they fall in love and passions run deep but the road to HEA is not an easy one. Well written, filled with action and intrigue, now I look forward to the next books in the series. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    I think this is a new author for me, I dont remember and I looked to see if I had in fact read anything from her and couldn't find, but anyhoo. I liked the storyline I liked how we meet this man who finds out his sister died, but knew it wasn't from a horse, and he is set on finding out the truth and he does that with his sisters best friend, Danielle. While trying to find out the truth and spending time together they fall in love, which we kind of knew would happen. I liked that in this era tha I think this is a new author for me, I dont remember and I looked to see if I had in fact read anything from her and couldn't find, but anyhoo. I liked the storyline I liked how we meet this man who finds out his sister died, but knew it wasn't from a horse, and he is set on finding out the truth and he does that with his sisters best friend, Danielle. While trying to find out the truth and spending time together they fall in love, which we kind of knew would happen. I liked that in this era that people could not really have cared about woman in abusive marriages there are a group of people who do care and intend on getting to the bottom of things. We didn't get a lot of answers because this is the beginning of a new series, I am not sure if I will continue just yet, because I do have a lot of books that I am interested in, so we shall see. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author...(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ghazal

    I received an ARC of An Inconvenient Duke from the fabulous author, Anna Harrington. Intrigue, mystery, romance.....ohhh, this author can do it all. I could vividly see everything she was describing. This story follows the lives of Danielle, and Marcus. I have no words to describe this story as it had me glued page after page. I couldn't stop no matter what. Marcus is a frustrated newly appointed Duke, just returned from war, who still believes in everything being clearly discernible as right or I received an ARC of An Inconvenient Duke from the fabulous author, Anna Harrington. Intrigue, mystery, romance.....ohhh, this author can do it all. I could vividly see everything she was describing. This story follows the lives of Danielle, and Marcus. I have no words to describe this story as it had me glued page after page. I couldn't stop no matter what. Marcus is a frustrated newly appointed Duke, just returned from war, who still believes in everything being clearly discernible as right or wrong. The agony of trying to help the plight of abused women and making them "vanish" is what gives Danielle strength and courage.. a purpose in life. Fabulous first book in an amazing new series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Anna Harrington ushers in her new Lord's of the Armory series with An Inconvenient Duke, delivering a story busting at the seams with intrigue and romance that will keep readers blushing and thinking in their seats! Returning war hero General Marcus Braddock found himself at loose ends when he returned home to deal with his new title of Duke of Hampton and the questions he could not ask regarding his sister's death in his absence. As a hero Marcus presented just the right amount of angst to not Anna Harrington ushers in her new Lord's of the Armory series with An Inconvenient Duke, delivering a story busting at the seams with intrigue and romance that will keep readers blushing and thinking in their seats! Returning war hero General Marcus Braddock found himself at loose ends when he returned home to deal with his new title of Duke of Hampton and the questions he could not ask regarding his sister's death in his absence. As a hero Marcus presented just the right amount of angst to not appear broken and an appealing vigor and confidence to bring on genuine giddy excitement from both his heroine and readers alike. His wit was charming and showcased his natural sexiness. Danielle Williams, his deceased sister's best friend, brought an unexpected interest in a life that had dulled for Marcus. The intelligent and sharp banter between this couple was done exceedingly well by this author and made this work move quickly. Danielle was thoughtfully devised by this writer who was able to not only empower this heroine but also adhere to the social restraints women were held to at the time. Being a heroine is hard enough to carry off but one in a historical romance ups the challenge in staying true to women's roles in history. Anna Harrington bordered on brilliant in creating a portrayal In Danielle who could appeal to reader’s modern sensibilities even while creating an accurate depiction of an upper class woman in Regency England. Espionage interwoven with romance complimented each other in the fast paced plot of this work with expertise. Ms. Harrington excels in her subtle inclusion of history in her stories making her audience's experiences ones that feel authentic to the historic period being shown as she effortlessly blends this information into her story giving her work dimension. With a true understanding of history and human nature this writer presents characters that are based in facts as well as emotionally interesting. She has a remarkable ability to join her leads, emphasizing strengths and weaknesses for perfect matches. In a whirlwind of steamy and clever Anna Harrington managed to create a story in An Inconvenient Duke that was an entertaining page-turner to the very end. *I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. *

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    ARC REVIEW T Lords of the Armory #1, This is a wonderful first book of the series setting up the characters and the ominous big bad, that I have a feeling is going to be the connection of the series. This is a standalone there is a HEA and all question are answered except for who is the big bad. It's a fun read with plenty of humor, sexy time, and a nice bit of realism. Danielle is head of the Nightingale operation, in a time where a husband could be arrested for beating his wife but it wasn't ex ARC REVIEW T Lords of the Armory #1, This is a wonderful first book of the series setting up the characters and the ominous big bad, that I have a feeling is going to be the connection of the series. This is a standalone there is a HEA and all question are answered except for who is the big bad. It's a fun read with plenty of humor, sexy time, and a nice bit of realism. Danielle is head of the Nightingale operation, in a time where a husband could be arrested for beating his wife but it wasn't exactly against the law either and all it did was shine a bad light on the woman. Dani helped those women escape, get new identities and a new life away from their abuser. Dani knew her limits she never messed with the brothels because they were dangerous. Her best friends Elise wanted to help those women and going out on her own she crossed the wrong people and ended up dead. Marcus Braddock had been away at war , his homecoming gave him a heroes welcome and a Dukedom, the newly christened Duke of Hampton. Marcus believed the story he was told about his sister's death but upon his return he discovered it was a lie, she had a secret and the only way to find out what it was is to ask her best friend and the woman who told him the lie, Dani. In the time it has been since he last saw her Dani had grown into a stunning woman and his reason for getting close to her multiply one to find out about his sister and two just to be near her and when he finds out her secret he's determined to protect her too. Tempers flair and passion ignites as Dani and Marcus try to uncover who had Elise killed and save Dani from the same fate. Overall, a great read. I love how it didn't take Marcus long to realize he loved Dani. I liked how the Armory came together. It was a well written, nicely paced story and steamy. I look forward to the rest of the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    I liked this book. I really loved the characters. Danielle and Marcus had the hottest chemistry and I was living for when they would finally hook up. If I didn't have a newborn and a toddler, I would have read this book in a single sitting just for the characters alone. The problem was that I didn't care at all about the whole Scepter thing. I loved that Dani was helping other women. I really freaking loved that she was the Nightingale... But for whatever reason I was just annoyed with Marcus an I liked this book. I really loved the characters. Danielle and Marcus had the hottest chemistry and I was living for when they would finally hook up. If I didn't have a newborn and a toddler, I would have read this book in a single sitting just for the characters alone. The problem was that I didn't care at all about the whole Scepter thing. I loved that Dani was helping other women. I really freaking loved that she was the Nightingale... But for whatever reason I was just annoyed with Marcus and Dani trying to save each other when they should have been working together. And Scepter.. I just wasn't into it.. the secret evil organization. MEH... I will 100% read the next book. I haven't read anything by this author but I plan on going through her backlist because the way she wrote these characters was so fantastic and I hope that it's like that with all her characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    I really enjoy Anna Harrington books, and this book is no exception. This is the story of Marcus and Danielle (Dani). Marcus is a General who comes home from war and becomes a Duke. Danielle was friends with Marcus sister who died. Marcus and Danielle both want to figure out what happened to her. Danielle is a strong, independent women who is helping other women. Marcus wants to help her. This story moved along smoothly, and I do not know where the time went because I could not wait to finish it I really enjoy Anna Harrington books, and this book is no exception. This is the story of Marcus and Danielle (Dani). Marcus is a General who comes home from war and becomes a Duke. Danielle was friends with Marcus sister who died. Marcus and Danielle both want to figure out what happened to her. Danielle is a strong, independent women who is helping other women. Marcus wants to help her. This story moved along smoothly, and I do not know where the time went because I could not wait to finish it. This book is the 1st in the series Lords of the Armory, I can not wait until the balance of the books come out. I received an ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I very much enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced and had lots of adventure and a bit of mystery mixed in with romance. It was one of those books that you can't put down. If you enjoy a strong female and a bit of a brooding male, you will enjoy this book. I found it to be a bit of a fresh take on historical romance. I'm excited to see what comes next in this series. I will definitely be reading! Thank you to NetGalley for the advance reader copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    S.M. LaViolette

    LOVED the first book in this new series. Marcus and Danielle make a lovely couple and the book has mystery layered in nicely with the romance. I received an ARC from the publisher for my unbiased opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    she capitulated too soon not happy with that

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jill Long

    There was a lot that I liked about this book. The ending was a real page turner and I wasn’t expecting so much suspense. I felt that the characters could have been built up more, they were a bit one dimensional. I received an ARC for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I struggled with this book. I am a big fan of this author’s and adored her previous series (the Carlisles), but after reading this book, I’m not sure if this new series is going to be for me. This is a romance with a strong murder mystery element, one that points to a larger, nefarious organization that will be the focus of the series. This book very much felt like it was setting up the larger conspiracy that is to come in future books; the romance was not as central to the plot, or as developed I struggled with this book. I am a big fan of this author’s and adored her previous series (the Carlisles), but after reading this book, I’m not sure if this new series is going to be for me. This is a romance with a strong murder mystery element, one that points to a larger, nefarious organization that will be the focus of the series. This book very much felt like it was setting up the larger conspiracy that is to come in future books; the romance was not as central to the plot, or as developed, as I would have liked. The characters’ relationship felt rushed, and their personalities were also underdeveloped. I don’t feel like I know these characters or what motivates their love for each other all that well. I will definitely read the next book in the series, because I love Anna Harrington and know she is a talented writer. It could be this type of mystery romance just isn’t for me, but would work well for other readers. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carey’s Reviews

    4 Stars!! This was a really great book! It has mystery, murder, a battle hardened Duke(Marcus), a smart and caring heroine(Danielle), and of course-romance!! It’s the first in a new series and I can’t wait to read the next book! I’d definitely recommend this book! *I received this book at no charge from the publisher and I voluntarily left a review.*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula Pergament

    Well written, and a book for romance readers who like short chapters and slow pacing. The historic information about society's treatment of women helps connect contemporary readers with an ongoing issue. However, I could not understand the attraction between the hero and the heroine, and had no idea what the hero looked like.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    An Inconvenient Duke is the first book in Anna Harrington's Lords of the Armory series. Ms. Harrington is a recent new favorite of mine; I get so immersed in her stories that I totally lose track of time! Since the first book of a series often sets the tone for the installments to follow, I was thrilled that this one started out with a bang. I will post a trigger warning here: This story deals with domestic violence. It doesn't happen to our heroine, but there are references to same. Marcus Bradd An Inconvenient Duke is the first book in Anna Harrington's Lords of the Armory series. Ms. Harrington is a recent new favorite of mine; I get so immersed in her stories that I totally lose track of time! Since the first book of a series often sets the tone for the installments to follow, I was thrilled that this one started out with a bang. I will post a trigger warning here: This story deals with domestic violence. It doesn't happen to our heroine, but there are references to same. Marcus Braddock is a former general and the newly minted Duke of Hampton; he was awarded the title due to his bravery in the battles against Napoleon. Not only is Marcus feeling lost in his new role, but he's also mourning the death of his sister Elise. He doesn't believe that his sister's death was an accident. He also thinks that Elise's best friend, Danielle (Dani) Williams, may have information regarding her death, and he's determined to discover that information. Dani is working for a charity, Nightingale, that helps abused women escape. Elise was also working for that same charity the night she died. Marcus saves Dani when he believes her life is in danger, and they begin to work together to find out what happened to Elise. This story had everything that I look for in a historical romance - engaging characters, mystery, excitement, wit and steamy bits. Oh, the steamy bits! Ms. Harrington excelled in writing those! Both Marcus and Dani were wonderful characters. I love a military man, and it was interesting to watch Marcus having trouble adjusting to civilian life, never mind becoming a duke! He was a fierce protector of his family and would give his life to keep those he loved safe. Dani was a strong heroine with a mission to help abused women; she started her charity due to the abuse her beloved Aunt Harriette suffered at the hands of her husband at a time when women had no rights and were considered to be property. Not only did I love the main characters, but I found all of Marcus's friends to be intriguing. I cannot wait to see how their stories all play out! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-19n Marcus Braddock, a career soldier who worked his way up to general, has finally returned home. Due to his exemplary service to the crown, he has been awarded a title and property, and is now the newly minted Duke Hampton. Marcus has no use or desire for the title for himself, but he feels that it will be an advantage for his sister and his orphaned niece. While away at war, Marcus was informed that his sister, Elise, died in an accident. As As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-19n Marcus Braddock, a career soldier who worked his way up to general, has finally returned home. Due to his exemplary service to the crown, he has been awarded a title and property, and is now the newly minted Duke Hampton. Marcus has no use or desire for the title for himself, but he feels that it will be an advantage for his sister and his orphaned niece. While away at war, Marcus was informed that his sister, Elise, died in an accident. As Marcus looks through Elise’s possessions, a task no one else was able to handle, he discovers a letter which indicates that her death may have actually been a murder. And he’s sure her dearest friend, Danielle, is hiding more information than she’s telling. Danielle Williams was devastated when her dearest friend died. There is no way she can face Marcus, the man she’s had a crush on since she was a young girl, as she’s sure her guilt will show. Danielle and Elise were involved with a secret and dangerous organization known as Nightingale. This organization arranges for battered and endangered women, who have no other alternative, to vanish. They’re provided the transportation and means to establish a new identity and life, somewhere distant from their current one. Elise became overly exuberant in her desire to help, and went outside Nightingale’s protocol. Danielle believes that she crossed the wrong person and it cost Elise her life. Marcus did not become a general as a fluke. He’s a skilled planner and counter maneuvers Dani’s every attempt to avoid him. Eventually, Dani reveals what she’s involved with, and her fears about what really happened to Elise. Dani and Marcus agree to investigate together. Dani still feels that pull of attraction for Marcus, now more than ever, and he can’t believe how beautiful and poised she’s become. Even though they are fully involved in seeking justice for Elise, they can’t ignore their growing feelings for each other. There is plenty of steam in their relationship, but also a blossoming emotion that just might be love. Dani is totally dedicated to her cause, and I admire her passion and zeal for it. At the same time, I have to shake my head at the constant risks she took, never believing that she could be in any danger – even after what happened to Elise. Marcus is determined to find Elise’s killer and bring him to justice. He wants to handle this, without putting Dani at any risk. Instead of feeling protected, she feels useless. It seems that their love has come to a screeching halt, as Marcus wants a future with Dani, but not if she insists on continuing with her Nightingale activities. He can’t bear the thought of losing her, and she can’t bear the thought of no longer helping desperate women in need. The romance in AN INCONVENIENT DUKE is steamy and strong, with a satisfying resolution in this story. Marcus is the kind of hero I love – strong, honorable, and protective, yet not afraid to declare his feelings. The mystery, however, still remains unsolved, and will carry over through the next two books in the series, with stories about Marcus’s two friends. I enjoyed this read, and think it will appeal to readers who enjoy danger and suspense in their historical romance.

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