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). Read more