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He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…

Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can’t stand, keeps the gossips at b
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published February 8th 2021 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)
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Trisha Tomy
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is more 3.5 stars than 3.

I really really wanted to love this.

The main problem I had with this was the overload of sex thoughts. That's it mostly, these characters seem to think of nothing but sex most of the time. Why, I have no idea.

Its like, why isn't there more to their relationship than sex? where is the attraction, the emotion, the c
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Natasja | natasjalovesbooks
1.5 stars
First of all, love love love that the heroine was part Indian! I've never seen that before in historical romance, and it's been sorely needed. But aside from the heroine's heritage, I've seen all of this a hundred times before.

Lara is the embodiment of the feisty woman cliché. Unafraid to speak out, passionate in both love and war (we know this because she throws stuff AND has multiple orgasms!), heedless of society's rules and disdainful of the ton, obviously has a healing touch (that
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Ruby Jo
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ruby Jo by: Samantha || Fictionally Sam
For more visit my blog Bookishly Ruby

My journey into historical romance continues with Dare To Be A Duchess by Sapna Bhog. I have to credit Sam @ Fictionally Sam for telling me about this book, and I happily fell off of my self imposed ARC ban wagon for it. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up, except for a great time. And I got that so I win. And so do you, because I’m here to share all my thoughts and feelings.

Lara is fantastic. She is the kind of character that thr
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Becky
Overall: 2.5 rounded to ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖 3 books
Romance: 💞💞 2 hearts
Feels: 🦋🦋 2 butterflies
Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥 3 fires
Emotional Depth: 💔💔 2 broken hearts
Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡ 3 lightnings
Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 3 peaches
Number of Sex Scenes: 🍆🍆🍆 🍆 4 eggplants
(These all follow personal opinion 1-5, except the eggplants, which follows The Ton and the Tartans eggplant chart on facebook)

Lara is an orphan and is used to the people of the ton judging her unfairly. Her darker skin and raven hair
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Shae
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 star rating

This own voices (for the Indian representation) was thoroughly entertaining while you read it. With that said, this book did fall a little flat for me.

I felt like the characters didn't give us more than a surface glace at themselves or what was going on. I think this book had a great premise, and I love the slightly taboo element to it.

I just wanted to know more about the characters than what we got. This book had plenty of room for our characters to have some amazing insights to
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Julie - One Book More
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dare to Be a Duchess is a wonderful historical romance that follows Lara and Wolf as they find love under the most unlikely circumstances. Lara and Wolf have known each other for years, but they never got along until an impromptu kiss at a masquerade ball. Suddenly, they see each other in a different light. Lara and Wolf can’t deny their attraction to each other, but with so many obstacles standing in their way, including her heritage, his familial obligations, the whispers and judgment of their ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I have to start by saying that I didn't love the book, but I didn't hate it either... I just wasn't blown away.

I am a big fan of asshole heroes and I can usually explain away their mildly shitty behavior, but I had a really big problem with it this time. Wolf, the hero is, supposedly, a stick in the mud, virtuous dude, but he kisses the heroine in ch 3 or so and then he kind of insults her. They kiss again and again he acts like an idiot. They start spending time together and when he sees he's
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ABookNook
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully crafted and sinfully sensual, this book stole my heart from the first page. I loved this book more than I can describe. I am always on the hunt for books with Indian heroines, but so many of them tend to disappoint. This was not the case with this book in the slightest. I loved Lara and her story as a half Indian woman in the ton.

This book is full of my favorite tropes: feisty heroine, grump hero whose world gets turned upside down by the heroine, enemies to lovers, publicly spurnin
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☾Sabrina♡༄
I received this advanced copy from Entangled Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The book is set in 1823 and features a mixed-race Indian heroine, a first for me in all my years of reading historical romances. In fact when we first met her, Lara Ramsay was at a masquerade wearing an Indian saree, embracing her Indian heritage. Lara and her friends have been attending these social events that are outside of the usual boundaries because her best friend Anna was interested in a soc
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Janet
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…
Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he’s had enough scandal and issues a
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ChasingLeslie
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Orphan Lara Ramsay lives as the ward of Robert Wentworth, uncle to Tristan Wentworth, Duke of Wolverton. Lara and Wolf have aggravated each other for years, until they share an unexpected kiss at a masquerade.

I'm a sucker for stories that begin with a masquerade! I like that the attraction is established early and the characters spend a good amount of the book in close proximity. These characters have baggage. Wolf has "daddy issues" and believes he has to find a proper match because of his fath
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Kennedy Parrish
This book suffered from a major case of "don't just tell me, show me." ...more
Brinley
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fast paced read, and even though it wasn't particularly surprising, it was a fun read.

First off, this cover is gorgeous! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to read this book, regardless of what it was about. And I wasn't disappointed at all.

Tristan and Lara had the sweetest relationship. I loved how protective he was of her, and how it wasn't a stifling kind of protective. He let her be herself, but was there when she needed a shoulder to cry on. I loved
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L.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Dare to Be a Duchess is the story of a young, half Indian woman, Lara Ramsay, who struggles to find acceptance within the biased community of the ton. As she searches for acceptance and a man who will love her for who she is, she finds herself falling for the one man she's always been at odds with, her childhood friend's brother, Wolf.

First things first, I'm really surprised this was categorized as a historical romance given all the modern language. Strip away the brief descriptions of the outf
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Lina
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and in no way influenced by the publisher, author, or any third party.

Lately, I’ve been deeply enjoying period-themed pieces, especially those set in the 19th century England. When I saw a book that, at first glance, seemed to combine all my favourite tropes (regency era setting, enemies-to-lovers trope and promise of a good scandal combined with Indian represe
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Sophie
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Since her parents died, and she was brought to England in the care of a family friend, Miss Lara Ramsay has always known that her heritage, and her skin colour, sets her apart from the rest of the ton. Only her friends Anne and Camille, as well as Anne's brother, Tristan, Duke of Wolverton, and his friends, are there to support her from the hatred of the rest of the ton. When Lara and Anne head
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Sofie Sehested
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and Lara Ramsey is such a strong and fierce heroine who has to cross so many obstacles to become happy and feel like she belongs in the English ton.
She is ostracized because she is of mixed blood and has a darker skin color. Her mother was Indian and her father was a colonel in the English army stationed in India. They were so in love and had a love marriage but they died when Lara was fifteen and she was brought to England by her ward Sir Robert Ramsey who is the uncle
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Karla BookAddict2
Do you prefer Historical romance or contemporary?

Author: Sapna Bhog
Genre: Historical Romance
Netgalley ARC
Publishing date:Febrary 8th 2021
Rating:5/5

If you are a Julia Queen fan or you watched Bridgerton on Netflix and loved it, this book is for you.

Lara is an orphan. The daughter of a noble English man and an Indian woman. She becomes the ward of her father's best friend and is under the protection of his nephew the Duke of Wolverton.

The book kicks off with and extremely inappropriate and sexy pa
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Jewels Tate
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was given to me as an arc from netgalley in return for a honest review.

3.5 stars

Trope: Enemies to lovers/interacial couple

I really liked the main characters Tristan and Lara. Having Anne, Cammie, Leo, Hawk was also a plus.

I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fun read filled with lots of emotional pulls. The banther between Tristan and Lara is really cute and sexy. I loved the first kiss they shared especially because they don't like eachother nor get a long. It was sudden and she
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Sydney (sydneysshelves) West
He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…

Dare to Be a Duchess by Sopna Bhog is a historical romance with own voices Indian representation. It came out on February 8th 2021. I received a copy for free from entangled publishing via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However my opinions are my own.

Characters – I gave the characters 4/5 I loved that this was own voices for the Indian rep. Bhog identifies as I
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ABookNook
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully crafted and sinfully sensual, this book stole my heart from the first page. I loved this book more than I can describe. I am always on the hunt for books with Indian heroines, but so many of them tend to disappoint. This was not the case with this book in the slightest. I loved Lara and her story as a half Indian woman in the ton.

This book is full of my favorite tropes: feisty heroine, grump hero whose world gets turned upside down by the heroine, enemies to lovers, publicly spurnin
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Aarti Raman
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lara and Wolf were a fierce couple of opposites attract! I loved the diversity incorporated into the story that enhanced it and made it its own! Sapna's characters always are hot for each other and this one delivered on that end too! All in all, a welcome addition to the historical romance genre by a lovely writer. ...more
Lina
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and in no way influenced by the publisher, author, or any third party.

Lately, I’ve been deeply enjoying period-themed pieces, especially those set in the 19th century England. When I saw a book that, at first glance, seemed to combine all my favourite tropes (regency era setting, enemies-to-lovers trope and promise of a good scandal combined with Indian represe
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Brit Andrews
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Right from the start I can see how unfairly Lara is treated. Because of course everything is her fault and Anne has no mind and can’t possibly be the ringleader when she was the one who wanted to go to the party. And I get that If was a different time but Wolf treated two 24 year olds like they were 12 year olds... and it seems that of Lara, Anne and their friend Camille that Lara is the only one of them with any sense.

So Lara is a young woman orphaned as a child and raised in an proper aristocr
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Maria
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
I was provided an e-ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanna start out by saying how much I adore the cover, it's just so stunning?

This story follows Lara Ramsay, who is just a delight to read about. She is fiercely loyal, to herself and her friends, and has an admirable level of self-respect. Existing in the english ton is a never-ending uphill battle for her as she is followed by harsh remarks about her Indian mother and only gets a sliver of respect because
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Anne Morgan
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I loved the idea of a half-Indian heroine and the racism and problems she faces in the ton. And the trope of going from enemies to lovers is always a fun one. But i wasn’t as impressed by this book as I hoped to be. The language throughout the book kept pulling me out of the historical mood with far too modern style (“whatever” with head tossing?). There was a lot of talk (and lots of repetition) but not much showing or feeling. Lara and her friends think and act like rebellious teens more than ...more
Viper Spaulding
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Explosive chemistry blows their friendship to pieces!

Known as Wolf, Tristan Wentworth, the Duke of Wolverton has his hands full keeping tabs on his secretive sister and her two best friends, one of whom, Lara, is never afraid to stand up to him and set him straight about just what is and isn't his business. Lara's parentage is full of secrets as well, but since she came to England as a teen she's been living with her guardian, who is also Wolf's uncle. Throughout their years-long interaction - m
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Ioana
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
So lovely!

This is the story of Lara, a girl of Indian heritage, as she navigates the London society (after her parents died) and as she finds love very close. The duke, her friend's brother, also, takes some time to realize that all the banter and heated talks they had from teenage years were all signs of romantic feelings he had for her.

This was a lovely written story, there was nothing unlikeable about the characters, the atmosphere, the action. It was pretty faced paced for historical romance
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Monika
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, historical
This arc was given in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Scandal through NetGalley.

This book was wow! I have been a huge fan of romance books for a long time and I have to say Regency/Historical romances are some of my favorite. I especially love that more and more books in the genre have a more feministic take to them as well as including certain realistic issues that have been glossed over or omitted entirely.

Dare To Be A Duchess was a 4.5/5 star read for me. This was a pretty light
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SH
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. In the hallways frequented by the ton, she is whispered about an even the protection of the Tristan Wentworth, the Duke of Wolverton (Wolf) is not enough to quell the gossip. Yet when Lara shares a passion kiss with Tristan, he forces her with a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months or one will be chosen for her. Soon after, Tristan and Lara, find themselves, tormented ...more
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