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A Most Unlikely Duke (Diamonds In The Rough) by Sophie Barnes. Historical Romance, ARC review & Giveaway

He never thought he’d become a duke, 
or that the secrets of his past will cost him his greatest love...

Diamonds in the Rough #1
Sophie Barnes
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

Raphe Matthews hasn’t stepped foot in polite circles since a tragedy left his once-noble family impoverished and in debt. The bare-knuckle boxer has spent the last fifteen years eking out an existence for himself and his two sisters. But when a stunning reversal of fortunes lands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he’s determined to make a go of becoming a proper lord, but he’ll need a little help and his captivating neighbor might be just the woman for the job…

After her sister’s scandalous match, Lady Gabriella knows the ton’s eyes are on her. Agreeing to tutor the brutish new duke can only lead to ruin. Although she tries to control her irresistible attraction to Raphe, every day she spends with him only deepens her realization that this may be the one man she cannot do without. And as scandal threatens to envelope them both, she must decide if she can risk everything for love with a most unlikely duke.


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. 


Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses. 

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.


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