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    Pleasant story

    I liked this book. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, A Most Unlikely Duke, so I was really excited to read more of the series. I didn't love it and I don't think I will remember much about it long term but it was a nice enough story. I thought that this was a pleasant read and am glad that I read it. Thomas, the Duke of Coventry, agrees to watch over his friend's sisters while he is away. Amelia and Juliette are still trying to fit into society after living in poverty most of their lives. Amelia has other dreams and hopes to open a school for children where she used to live. Of course, she starts this process while her brother is away and Coventry jumps into to help. She is still keeping social commitments and considering potential husbands at the same time. This was a really tame historical romance. I actually don't remember ever reading one quite this innocent. I don't need a lot of heat in this kind of story to find it enjoyable but I found it rather surprising. I really didn't feel a whole lot of chemistry between this pair and I do wonder if part of that could be because most of the book was rather chaste until the story got closer to the end. I don't think that you need sex in a story to have chemistry but it just seems that something was missing between this pair. I did find both Amelia and Thomas to be interesting characters. Thomas has quite the story which I was very eager to learn more about as the story progressed. Amelia's quest to run a school was ambitious and really showed what kind of person she was. I was probably most entertained by everything that went wrong with the preparations for the school. I liked that they both seemed really committed to the cause. This was a book that I liked in the end. It was a nice enough read and a nice way to spend a bit of time. It wasn't my favorite in the series but it was an acceptable installment. I am actually not sure if I will be picking up the next book in the series or not at this point but I would like to read more from Sophie Barnes in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
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    Loved it!

    The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes is book Two in the "Diamonds in the Rough" series. This is the story of Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry and Amelia Matthews. I have read the previous book (and loved it) but feel you can easily make this a standalone book. Amelia and her sister Juliette along with their brother Raphe once lived in the slums of St. Giles. But a few months ago her brother, Raphe Matthews, became 'The Duke of Huntley'. This has lead them into a higher station in life along with feeling not up to the towns standards. Thomas is good friends with Raphe and has tried to help him along with his sisters have a easier time being accepted by the town. So when Raphe ask him to watch his sisters while Raphe takes his wife Gabriella on a wedding trip, Thomas of course agrees. Amelia and her sister will have their eccentric Aunt as a chaperone but Raphe feels they need more guidance that her. So Thomas agrees to ask his mother the Dowager Duchess of Coventry to help him. But Amelia now that her brother is gone thinks to put into motion her part to help the less fortunate children. Amelia has always taken to helping other along with animals. Amelia had help to take care of her siblings when they were on the streets of St. Giles. So Thomas finds he is in for more than just helping her to be seen as a lady. Thomas has issues too from his past that has caused him to change greatly...is Amelia what he needs to get back to who he used to be. I am so in love with this series! Can't wait for more stories!
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    Marvelous writing. The sparks and struggles from both Amelia and Thomas, trying to ignore the growing attraction between both of them. I can really feel the frustration but all ends well. So happy that both get the happily ever after ending.
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    A Huge, Dynamite 5 Stars for The Duke of Her Desir

    A Huge, Dynamite 5 Stars for The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes. What a sweet, loving, yet deeply passionate tale! I fell in love with Thomas and Amelia immediately! Their chemistry will ignite the pages ablaze with passion and a deep love. However, it takes some time for Thomas to give in to his desires and Amelia's stubbornness is so distracting, yet also draws him in. He's been asked to help his best friend's sister through society in order to wow the ton and find a husband. However, he doesn't bargain on falling for the young miss himself. Will Amelia give into her growing love for Thomas? Will Thomas see past her feisty stubbornness and embrace her in his arms forever? Barnes' writing is absolutely stunning in this tale. Such detail to characterization, plot, and she weaves such a scenery of words that rivals any master painter! Truly a remarkable author and one you will want to keep your eye out for! I highly recommend this book, it will make a great addition to any booklovers library!

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