Book Review: Disrupting the Duke by Alexa Aston

About the Book:

Author: Alexa Aston

Series: Disrupting the Duke

Page Length: 258

Publication Date: Sept. 23, 2021

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing

Synopsis: Accused of something they never did. Five boys banished from their homes in disgrace, to the place where they find the brothers of their heart—and build new family ties that will last a lifetime.

A brash army major who surprisingly becomes a duke. A lady who has no interest in ever wedding. An attraction that leads to passion… and love…

Cool, moody, and irresistible Donovan Martin finds himself the new Duke of Haverhill after his father and brother drown in a carriage accident. The womanizing Donovan decides to work his way through the numerous beauty of the ton because he has no intention of settling down. Until he encounters a most unusual woman—who informs him she never plans to wed.

Wynter Day wants to maintain her independence and never become subservient to any man. Besides, no man has ever sparked her interest romantically. Then the new Duke of Haverhill crashes into her life, causing Wynter to reconsider her stance on marriage.

A sprained ankle brings the pair closer together, with Wynter spending the Christmas holidays with Donovan and his friends. Sparks ignite and Donovan sees a future with Wynter. Then tragedy strikes, separating the couple, perhaps for good.

Will their stubbornness keep them apart—or will Donovan and Wynter let go of the ghosts of the past and take a chance on love?

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My Review:

In Alexa Aston’s Disrupting the Duke, Donovan Martin becomes the new Duke of Haverhill after the death of his father and older brother. Wynter Day is Donovan’s neighbor and was a close friend of Donovan’s brother. An independent woman with no desire to marry, she has never had feelings for a man until she meets Donovan. When Wynter is injured and becomes Donovan’s holiday house guest, both must face their growing feelings for each other. Will Wynter give up her independence? Will Donovan change his roguish ways?

Wynter and Donovan feel a connection from the moment they meet, and they both fight their feelings for each other. Neither is looking for a relationship, but their chemistry is undeniable. Donovan is the first person to ever pique Wynter’s interest romantically, which is the total opposite of Donovan, who thoroughly enjoys his time with women. This is the first time he has ever had to woo a woman, and he seems to enjoy the challenge. I like that this couple challenges each other and changes each other’s perspectives on life, love, and happiness.

Donovan’s backstory, like all of the Turner Terrors’ backstories, is tragic and painful, and the way he was treated by his father is despicable. However, Donovan found a wonderful family in the other boys at Turner Academy, where he was banished after the death of his mother. The teachers and administrators at Turner Academy are amazing as well, and the way they took these abandoned boys in and provided them a safe place is so admirable. I really enjoyed this found family aspect of the story and all of the glimpses we get into Donovan and the other terror’s pasts.

Though this is the third book in the Dukes Done Wrong series, it can be read as a standalone. However, the couples from the first two books do have roles in this book. Both couples from the first two books are fantastic, and I enjoyed seeing how their relationships have progressed and developed. I also liked seeing how the women fit in with the Turner Terrors. They are such a close-knit group of men, and I adore the brotherly bond they share and the way they welcome the wives into their fold.

I think readers who enjoy historical romance with dynamically developed characters and a chemistry-filled love story will enjoy this read and this series, and I’m eager to see which Terror will be the focus of the next book! Thanks so much to Dragonblade Publishing, NetGalley, and Alexa Aston for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Rating:

Favorite Parts:

  • The romance!
  • The Turner Terrors.

Favorite Lines:

Once again, he realized his life was changing rapidly. Like a team of wild horses, he wasn’t sure if he could stop it.

He had always been a lover of women. Now, he only wanted to love one woman.

Recommendations:

Want to learn more about the series? Check out my reviews of the first two books:

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