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    A Most Unlikely Romance

    Well, hello there new to me author, Sophie Barnes! I am absolutely delighted by A Most Unlikely Duke! Plus, I love reading about rags to riches stories! Raphe, who worked on the docks and as a prize fighter, suddenly finds out that he is now a Duke! He has been living in St. Giles with his two sisters and decides to accept his new role to give a better life for his sisters. Our girl, Gabriela is the neighbor! This book had me laughing out loud at certain parts and also emotionally touched because of the feels. I mean, THE FEELS! Raphe and Gabriella are perfect for each other! I liked their love/hate relationship! And the initial slow burn during the first half of the book! All the characters are well developed. I am was also intrigued by the Raphe’s two sisters! I want their stories now! This book is basically My Fair Lady in reverse since Gabriella is the one giving lessons to the Duke’s two sisters. Raphe is also being taught by his valet and butler and I wish I could have seen more of the “training” part. This book is emotional and very refreshing. Sophie Barnes writes masterfully and I am just amazed that I haven’t read her before! The only beef I have is that it lacks steam for me. Another thing is that I just recently read a historical romance where the hero and heroine lived next to each other, so I had a hard time separating the two. haha
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    Love and Happiness

    A most unlikely Duke, Sophie tells a wonderful tale of two people Gabriella and Raphe and how they work around obstacles put in their way and gives hope that good things can really happen for those deserving of love and happiness.
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    Such a fun start to a new series!

    Sometimes the right book shows up at just the right time. I didn't even realize that I was in the mood for a historical romance until I started reading this book and I couldn't put it down. I have never read anything by Sophie Barnes before picking up this book but since this was the start of a new series, I decided to take a chance. I am so glad that I did because this story was a lot of fun. The characters in this book were wonderful. Raphe was my favorite character in the book. I always seem to like characters that are a bit of an outsider which definitely describes Raphe. When he learns that he has been named a Duke, he is shocked since he has spent the past 15 years supporting his sisters as a dockworker and boxer. When he shows up to take on the role, he doesn't quite fit the mold. Gabriella spends her days trying to make her parents happy. They are pushing her to marry someone that they think is respectable and are hoping for a match that will benefit the family. They don't bother to ask her what she wants in life. Gabriella loves studying insects and is herself often considered an outsider. I really liked Raphe and Gabriella as a couple. They really seemed to understand each other and worked hard to help each other through several situations. There was a lot of respect shown between the pair and I really liked their chemistry. This wasn't a really steamy romance but I didn't miss the heat. It was fun to watch this pair fall in love and fight to be with each other. I would highly recommend this book to others. There was always something exciting happening in the story plot-wise and all of the characters were very well done. I am very much looking forward to seeing some of the secondary characters again when the next book in the series is released. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
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    Great Fun

    Dock worker and bare knuckle fighter Raphe Matthews suddenly finds himself the Duke of Huntley. He and his sisters have lived in the slums of St. Giles in London since their father's suicide. The huge change in circumstances doesn't come without problems. The snobs of the "ton" will never accept them if they find out where they grew up. Lady Gabriella Radcliffe has to be extra careful in her behavior since the scandal her older sister caused. Her parents have chosen a very suitable man for her to marry. The fact that they have absolutely nothing in common , and he only wants her money doesn't seem to matter. The new neighbours will cause a distraction. This is lots if fun. Our hero has carried a lot of responsibility on his very broad shoulders and trying to do his best for everyone. Our heroine has been trying to fit into a role that is just not right for her. Will she do as she's told or what she wants??? This is part of a series, but is easily read as a stand alone. It does give us a little teaser at the end for the next book. I will definitely want to read that as well.
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    Loved it!

    'A Most Unlikely Duke ' by Sophie Barnes is Book One in the "Diamonds in the Rough" series. This is the story of Raphe and Lady Gabriella. I am so excited for this series! I fell in love with Raphe, his sisters and Gabriella's Aunt Caroline. I can't wait for more stories in this series. Gabriella's sister caused a scandal when she broke her engagement and married another. Now Gabriella's mother seemed to be making sure that Gabriella has the perfect match so that they can put the scandal behind them. Raphe and his sister have nothing but hardship after the death of their parents. Raphe has been trying to keep them housed and feed the best way he can....which meant boxing. But now he has been handed the Title of Duke of Huntley, which was his Great Grandfather's title. Raphe and his sister move next door to Gabriella and her parents. When Gabriella first sees the Raphe and his sister she thinks they might be the hired help. But when Gabriella, her mother and Aunt go next door to introduce themselves they quickly learn who the new Duke is. Gabriella has soft spot for this sisters and secretly helps them to try and learn to be proper ladies. Which puts her in a closeness with Raphe. Can Raphe and Gabriella make a match? How will her mother feel about this possible new scandal? This was another of Ms. Barnes books that I could not put down! Ms. Barnes books are such a treat to read! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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