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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
Do you want your romances to be a little bit steamy? Or are you fine with it on the milder side?