I purchased this book after reading the excerpt. It made me laugh and I looked forward to reading more. So here is the sugar before the spice.
This book was charming. I liked the plot and I did like the characters (although I wanted them fleshed out a bit more). This was a story the author could have run away with and kept the reader enthralled for hours. However, I found myself scanning pages, looking for key words until I got to the meat of the story. I'm sorry Ms. Michaels, I really am. Chasing Boru through the story wasn't believable. Elizabeth (Betsy) showed great command over the behaviour of her dog at the beginning of the story, and then Boru proceeded to run amuck for the remainder. A few of the scenes where Boru gallumped throughout London, I'd lose track of who was where, and what was happening. I couldn't get a visual in my mind. While Boru's misbehaviour was integral to your plot, sometimes less is more.
My second complaint (and that's all it is because if these issues had been addressed, I would have given a 5 star) was POV switches. Sometimes as many as three or four per page. One paragraph would have the villains POV, the next paragraph would be our hero, then a side thought from the hero's brother, and finally our heroine. At one point I didn't know who was thinking what and had to read the sequence again. This occurred more than once throughout the book. Anything that throws your reader out of the story is not good.
As bad as the above sounds, the 'Dukes Downfall' had redeeming qualities. Ms. Michaels created characters I liked, and wanted to see more of. I wanted the romance between our heroine and hero to be more indepth, because I liked the way they interacted. Teddy is dear to my heart - when he grows up, I hope he gets his own story.