'Evie Dunmore has done it again! A must-read for historical romance lovers' Chanel Cleeton
'Dunmore creates pure magic with this charming, romantic novel' Jennifer Probst
A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution - but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans . . . and her heart.
Lady Lucie and her band of Oxford suffragists are finally prepared for a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis and London's undisputed lord of sin, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price - a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to outmanoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there's truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war . . .
Why readers love Evie Dunmore . . .
'Evie Dunmore is a phenomenon!' Anna Campbell
'Swoonworthy romance' Eva Leigh
'Dazzles and reminds us all why we fell in love with historical romance' Julia London
'Simply superb! Evie Dunmore will wow you' Gaelen Foley
'Evie Dunmore is a marvellous, fresh new voice in romance who is sure to go far' Anna Campbell
'A swoonworthy romance fuelled by electric chemistry' Chanel Cleeton
All the elements that made Bringing Down the Duke such a delight are present in Dunmore's smart, sexy second League of Extraordinary Women romance, but an unwieldy plot puts a slight damper on the fun. After all the reputable newspapers of Victorian England refuse to publish a report on the horrors wrought by the Married Women's Property Act, firebrand Lady Lucie Tedbury buys shares in a publishing house of her own. Unfortunately, her fellow shareholder reveals himself to be Lord Tristan Ballentine, Lucie's childhood nemesis, now a war hero, celebrated poet, and notorious rake. Tristan needs the income of the publishing house to free himself from his abusive father's financial control, so he's not about to let Lucie sink the business with radical reportage. The war left Tristan hardened, but not so much so that Lucie, his childhood infatuation, doesn't stir him. Their enemies-to-lovers dynamic is electric and steers the book through a pileup of romance tropes, half-baked mysteries, and underdeveloped secondary characters (notably including Tristan's Indian manservant and a spurned gay villain). Still, Dunmore's prose sparkles, the sex scenes sizzle, the heroine stands tall, and historical details and literary allusions (including a cute cameo from Oscar Wilde) add charm. It's a bumpy ride, but there are moments of brilliance.