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A Most Unlikely Duke

 

A Most Unlikely Duke is a historical romance novel written by Sophie Barnes. It is the first book in her Regency-era Diamonds in the Rough series. I have a few books by Barnes in my to-read queue, but I have not had the pleasure of reading any of them before this.

Raphe and his sisters come from a relatively noble family, but circumstances have forced them into poverty. Raphe has been supporting his sisters since he was a boy, and he earns most of his money as a bare-knuckle boxer in the London slums. Needless to say, he is absolutely astounded when he receives a letter saying that he has inherited the title of Duke of Huntley. He is whisked off to one of the poshest areas of the City, and thrown into a crash course in how to be an aristocrat.

Lady Gabriella is the girl next door to the Duke of Huntley’s London townhouse. She is all set to marry a typical aristocrat; he’s handsome, but bland. None of that matters to Gabriella because she knows that she needs to make a proper match in order to make up for her sister’s scandal (that occurred before this book begins). Continue reading

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To the Duke With Love by Amelia Grey

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To the Duke With Love is a historical romance novel written by Amelia Grey. It is the second book in her Regency-era The Rakes of St. James series. I have not read any of Grey’s other books, but I was excited about the opportunity to try a new author.

Sloane Knox is the Duke of Hawksthorne. Hawk, as he prefers to be called, is hoping to arrange a match for his sister before her Season. He is afraid of her becoming embroiled in a scandalous prank as retaliation for a scandalous prank he was involved with a couple of years ago. Hawk has settled upon the rather bland and inoffensive Mr. Quick, who is the nephew of an earl and due to inherit the title one day.

There’s just one problem- Mr. Quick’s sister Loretta is against the idea. She refused to marry the man her uncle chose for her, and as punishment, she was banished to a remote hunting lodge. This is the very same lodge where Hawk arrives unexpectedly with his proposal. Continue reading

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The Duke Knows Best by Jane Ashford

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The Duke Knows Best is a historical romance novel written by Jane Ashford. It is the fifth book in her The Duke’s Sons Regency-era historical romance series. I’ve read a couple of Ashford’s books before, so I was excited about the opportunity to read this one.

Lord Randolph Gresham played a secondary role in his brother Robert’s book, Nothing Like a Duke. I was intrigued by the idea of a vicar as the hero, and initially, I was a little disappointed that Randolph had left his parish for London because it would have been interesting to see him balance his work with his quest for a wife.

Randolph clashes immediately with Miss Verity Sinclair, who dismisses him as a simple country parson. Her father is also in the church, and she is looking for more to life than that. She can scarcely believe her outburst, and is chagrined that she would behave so rudely to a stranger. Continue reading