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The Duke of Her Desire

(Diamonds in the Rough #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  79 reviews
He was only supposed to keep an eye on his friend’s sister . . . now he’s about to lose his heart . . .

When Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry, agrees to steer his friend’s inexperienced younger sister through society, he doesn’t expect the lady in question to be so infernally stubborn. Amelia Matthews seems to have little interest in balls or suitors at all. Instead, sh
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Published December 26th 2017 by Avon
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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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 tr
Stacey is Sassy
Needed a change, and I’m glad I did

Sometimes, a change of genre (well, sub-genre) is all it takes to get me out of a book funk. Maybe book funk is the wrong word, more like book flats. You know where it’s OK but it’s kind of a straight line with no passion to turn the page or desperation to find out what’s next.

I admit, at first I was just humming along, thinking flat thoughts, but then it starts to get a little interesting. I wasn’t sure how I would go considering I had not read the first book
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the older-brother’s-best-friend trope, so I was quite eager to see how this one went.

Amelia and Thomas are both decent MCs. They both have a bit of a scandalous background and together they form a sort of friendship. I was hoping for a lot of feistiness and banter, but that wasn’t really in the story. And while I liked the progression of their relationship, I was sort of let down by their feeble bits of chemistry.

Plot wise, it was...interesting? There was an entire thread about the hous
Debby "Piene Raven"
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: authors-a-b
Enjoyable read but very simplistic. Duke asks friend, who is also a Duke to watch his sisters so that they can have good connections in society in order to make good matches.

Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In this stunning new book I fell in love with this story, and yes its not quite a five star read, but it was so enjoyable and sweet and charming and I honestly think this is some of Barnes best work so far. I feel like her writing improves with each book that she writes. Now I did miss out on read
Barbara Rogers
Series: Diamonds In The Rough #2
Publication Date: 12/26/17

I loved this book. It is one of my favorite books (and series) for 2017! The writing is excellent – as always – the story is well plotted and the characters are well developed. We met most of the characters in the first book, A Most Unlikely Duke. While you get some of the family background from this book, it is well covered in the first book. So, I’ll give you a little detail here. The definitely unlikely duke, Raphe Matthews, was born i
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

Duke of Her Desire is book two of Sophie Barnes' Diamonds in the Rough series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The only thing you need to know for this book that happened in the previous book was what and where they were before Raphe Matthews inherited a title, which can be explained in about a sentence. Rafe and his new wife need some time alone so they arrange it where Coventry will be his sister's escort to all their social functions with the help of Coventry's mother and the girl
Sissy's Romance Book Review
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
❈ Huge thanks to HarperCollins for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review ❈

The formula of The Duke of Her Desire was great: brother’s best friend, a heroine who wants to marry for love, a forbidden aspect, and a nefarious plot. However, the execution left a lot to be imagined. Reading The Duke of Her Desire felt like reading books I’ve already read in the past.

Both the hero and the heroine were underdeveloped. Throughout the story, I tried to get myself attached to them. I wante
Jen Davis
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This second story in Sophie Barnes’ Diamonds in the Rough series marries the fish out of water trope with an older brother’s best friend romance. Amelia is just a few months into her reintroduction to society after spending most of her life in the slums of St Giles. Her older brother, Raphe, is happily married now and wants to take his wife on a wedding trip, so he asks his friend, the Duke of Coventry, to keep an eye on his sisters while he’s away. Of course, he has no idea that Amelia is nursi ...more
Maria Dariotis
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The Duke of Her Desire
by Sophie Barnes

Such a wonderful Romance!

Thomas Heathmore Duke of Coventry is not looking for love or a wife or a liaison, all he wants is to take care of his son and to pass a law in parliament for Peers to acknowledge their illegitimate children. Tasked with escorting his friends sisters to balls, soirées and keeping them out of trouble, particularly one sister- Amelia Mathews. Easy peasy right?
His life as he knows it will for ever be changed.
Amelia Mathews has been sec
Amelia’s brother Raphe inherited the dukedom, and moved he and his sisters from St. Giles and a hardscrabble life into a Mayfair home. After years of supporting the girls, and subsequently trying to hide his own history from the tonne (he was a boxer), he’s found love and a challenge in Gabriella, and the two are off to honeymoon. Knowing that his sisters Amelia and Juliette are still struggling with their newfound positions and the social events that will soon be filing their hours, he’s asked ...more
This is one of the those romances where the "hero" never really redeems himself. Considering the cutting remarks that said "hero" makes towards the heroine, Amelia in the guise of friendship, I expected there to be more of a dissection of those comments. Thomas would often correct Amelia on her behaviour and it really affected her self esteem, which was fragile to begin with. I was hugely disappointed that the author didn't address this fact later on in the novel. Thomas had reasons for his beha ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written HEA. (did they call their bedlinen Duvets?) 4☆
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really a 3.5 star book, but it seems GR won't let me chose that as an option. It wasn't quite as good as Book 1, but still enjoyable.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jennifer Becker
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic book. I love stories about people with crushes turned to love
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical
I really liked the first book in the series, A Most Unlikely Duke , and was looking forward to the sisters'--Amelia and Juliette's--stories. The Duke of Her Desire, Amelia's book, was readable, but it just didn't quite have the zing that Raphe's story did.

I liked the older brother's best friend element of the story, and Amelia's feeling like a fish out of water made her easy to identify with. It felt believable that Amelia would fall for Thomas first, and that he'd take a little bit more effort
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - 4 Stars

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The Duke of Her Desire is a swoon-worthy brother’s best friend trope with strong characters, danger at every turn, and a romance so genuine and true it will leave readers sighing happily.

I do so love an “older brother’s best friend” story and this one had me enchanted right away. I will admit I didn’t read book one, Amelia’s brother Raphe’s journey, so I had a bit of catching up to do. But Sophie Barnes gave enough background on the family a
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

In the past couple of months I have read a lot of Sophie Barnes, and they’ve all been a lot of fun, particularly A Most Unlikely Duke, the first book in her Diamonds in the Rough series. This second book in the series is every bit as much of a romp as the first.

The series features the family of the newly elevated Duke of Huntley, who was discovered to be living in the slums of St. Giles when he inherited his title, along with his two sisters Amelia and Juli
You know that feeling as if you miss something important in a conversation and being left out of the joke? That’s what I feel the whole time I read this book. And it’s more than the fact that “The Duke of Her Desire” is second installment to the “Diamonds in the Rough” series, although it seals the deal that it is NOT recommended to read this book as a standalone.

I’ll be frank and say this is the first Sophie Barnes’s books I read. I’ve been a long historical romance readers though and as such h
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Diamonds in the Rough Series is a lovely read full of action, mystery, witty banter and a beautiful love story. Amelia and Thomas are strong intelligent characters that you will love. Sophie's characters are wonderfully complex. They will stay with you long after you have finished this book.

Amelia is a lovely young woman who has definite ideas about how she is going to live her life. She will only marry for love and will not accept a man who will oppose her dream of opening a schoo
Maria Griffo
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Amelia and Thomas. It has mystery, adventure and love. I love this series and cannot wait fore the next book.
Every since her brother inherited the title and she met the Duke of Coventry she has been in love with Thomas. He always seems to be around when something happens and like falling when trying to return a birds nest to a tree.

Her brother and his new wife Gabriella leave for a few weeks for a honeymoon and Matthews leaves Coventry to look over his sisters while he is away
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

OUR HERO has been tasked by his friend, the newly appointed Duke brother of our heroine to escort and help his sisters to make a good match this season. Unable to say no, he takes the women under his mother's wings and soon his life is about to change. I enjoyed the easy chemistry and conversation he had with Amelia, it was clear they liked
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful feel-good story about a woman from the wrong side of the tracks having to learn to cope with her new status after her brother inherits a 'title' and all that comes with it. She wants to do good with her new-found status and the money available to her and her plan is to open a school for impoverished children. Little does she know that buying the building for that school was going to open a whole can of worms for her. Along with the joy of finally doing something productive, ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the first installment, A Most Unlikely Duke, was an unexpected surprise, and one of my best reads of 2017, I found that the second installment suffers from the typical “second installment syndrome.” And part of it is due to the fact that, while there is a great premise, working with the “best friend’s sister” trope, the execution is largely uninteresting. With clunky pacing and characters that seem bland for most of the book, I had a hard time getting into this one.

That’s not to say tha
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It was my first Sophie Barnes book, for I started with the second in the series, but I like how the author writes, both the style and the story.
And what I appreciated the most was that I read a truly historical romance, not a contemporary disguised into a historical. The characters are behaving properly within the time settings, especially the hero, he is a duke, so is raised into etiquette and manners and self-control around people, while the heroine is learning to be a proper lady
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Denise Prewett
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amelia Matthews didn't grow up in the ton, but when her brother surprisingly became a duke, her and her family's life changed. When Amelia's brother goes on his honeymoon, he asks his friend Thomas Heathmore , the Duke of Coventry, to look after his sisters while away. Thomas is more than happy to help after all how difficult can it be...While Amelia is grateful for her change of circumstance, she wants to do more with her life than attend balls and worry about what to wear. She wants to open a ...more
Dianne Lowe
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story of Amelia and Thomas, Duke of Coventry. Amelia and her family grew up in St Giles until her brother inherits a dukedom. Now Amelia and her sister Juliette have learned the manners and rules of society, and it is time for them to embark on finding a husband. Their brother and his wife leave them in the care of Coventry and his mother and another woman. Amelia has fallen in love with Thomas, but he does not know nor is he interested in marrying. When Amelia decides to buy a house on th ...more
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Born in Denmark, Sophie has 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.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of al

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Diamonds in the Rough (5 books)
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