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The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #1)
     

The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #1)

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by Sophie Barnes
 

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Sometimes happily ever after . . .

Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough, knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over . . . until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory

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Sometimes happily ever after . . .

Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough, knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over . . . until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady.

. . . needs a little bit of help.

Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here, and now, thanks to a gorgeous gown she’s found in the attic, Isabella is living her fairytale fantasy. And she’s waltzing with the Duke of Kingsborough himself! But she must escape before he discovers her secrets . . . for she is not who she pretends to be, and falling in love with Prince Charming is the last thing she can allow herself to do . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this humorous and captivating Regency take on the Cinderella story, carriage worker’s daughter Isabella Smith sneaks into the Kingsborough masquerade ball, hoping to have some fun before becoming engaged to the dull and demanding Timothy Roberts. Isabella, wearing a mask and the beautiful gown that she’s kept hidden in her attic, captures the attention of Anthony, Duke of Kingsborough, and sparks immediately fly. When Isabella hastily exits, Anthony is devastated but knows he must locate her—especially when friends assert that she was wearing the dress in which their kidnapped daughter was last seen. Isabella realizes that her mother, who hates the aristocracy, will never approve of her flirtation with Anthony, yet as her dislike for Mr. Roberts grows, so does her affection for the duke. Before finding love, the two must confront society’s rules, family secrets, and vengeful debutantes. Regency fans will happily devour this tale’s heady passion, comical interludes, and engaging story. (Sept.)
Booklist
“Barnes makes her print debut with a flawless, fairy tale-like romance that will enchant readers with its perfect blend of sharp wit and sizzling sensuality.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“A fun, fast-paced, wish-fulfilling romance that tugs at readers’ hearts.”
USA TODAY Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
“I fell in love after the first page and didn’t want the book to end!”
Library Journal
Deciding that his mother has mourned her husband long enough and needs something to pique her interest, Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough, plans to get serious about securing the succession and finding a wife. He thinks reestablishing the annual masquerade ball is a step in the right direction. Although dutiful Isabella Chilcott knows she is expected to marry boring Mr. Roberts for the sake of her impoverished family, she can't let go of her romantic dreams. When the ball is announced, as a village girl Isabella would never be invited. Yet she attends anyway, hoping no one will recognize—or even notice—her. But the duke is charmed, and others do notice. Then an elderly couple begins asking about the lovely, mysterious dress she is wearing, and Isabella knows it's time to leave. VERDICT Funny, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic, this delightful riff on the Cinderella story is pure fun. Barnes has published a number of e-original Regencies with Avon Impulse (The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda); this title is her print debut. She lives on the East Coast.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062245076
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
At the Kingsborough Ball Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
713,373
Product dimensions:
4.44(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

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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The Trouble With Being a Duke 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Trouble With Being A Duke by Sophie Barnes Book One of the At the Kingsborough Ball series Publisher: Avon Books Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Sometimes happily ever after… Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over…until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady. …needs a little bit of help. Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here and now, thanks to a gorgeous gown she’s found in the attic, Isabella is living her fairytale fantasy. And she’s waltzing with the Duke of Kingsborough himself! But she must escape before he discovers her secrets…for she is not who she pretends to be, and falling in love with Prince Charming is the last thing she can allow herself to do… What I Liked: This book was so adorable yet so striking at the same time! I love the idea of it - it sounds like Cinderella! Anthony is a rich Duke who knows he must get married soon, so he can have an heir. Isabella also knows that she has to get married soon - because her parents have fallen on financial hard times. Isabella has a suitor - Mr. Roberts - but she dreams of fairy tales endings. Isabella decides to sneak away to the Kingsborough Ball, a huge event hosted by the Duke of Kingsborough and his mother. There, she meets the Duke, Anthony, and many other splendid company. But it is the Duke with whom she falls head over heels in love, and it is she with whom Anthony fall heads over heels in love. But Anthony never finds out her name, and when the night is over, he fears he will never see her again. I absolutely LOVE the way this book is set up. The ball happens, they meet, they part ways, he begins the search for her, they meet again, he has to win her AND her parents over... this is such a fun book. Every time Anthony and Isabella meet, I knew that something very funny or very steamy would happen. Throw in stuffy Mr. Roberts here and there, and it couldn't get better! I like how Isabella was stubborn with Anthony - she didn't just run straight into his arms every time she saw him. She kept her distance for propriety's sake, but she still allowed interaction between them. Their relationship grew slowly but steadily, and I'm happy with how the author handled the progression of their relationship. The romance, as I mentioned, was steamy and sweet. Anthony fell completely in love with Isabella when he saw her at his ball, and stopped at nothing to just see her again. I love HIS stubbornness towards her, his determination to see her. The ending of this story is beautiful. I remember thinking, FINALLY! And then wanting to cheer. While the plot of this book wasn't overly complex or intricate, I enjoyed the small twists and turns and the truth of Isabella's lineage.  What I Did Not Like: Okay, Isabella's parents got on my nerves. I understand why Isabella's mother is so touchy about a duke courting her daughter (especially when all is revealed at the end!), but seriously!? They got on my nerves at every turn of the page.  I also which there could have been a little more depth to this book. There is this one plot twist that I totally saw from the very beginning and figured out by one fourth of the book. Otherwise, this book is very straightforward - not a bad thing! I just read wayyyy too many Young Adult books. Would I Recommend It: Yes! This is one of my favorite historical romance novels. I hope you give it a try! Rating: 4 stars. A cute, adorable, sweet, yet steamy romance novel that does not disappoint!
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book was Awesome. It is the type of romantic read that you want to be sitting in your garden with a glass of Sweet Tea while reading. You have the dashing Duke Neville who throws a fancy ball and falls in love with a mysterious young lady and is determined to make her wife regardless of what Society thinks. This is a simple and beautiful story about two people falling in love. This is a must read for the Summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed many books by this author. Unfortunately, she missed the mark on this book. The maturity level of the hero and heroine was like a couple of 5th graders. There was no story development to move the story along. The trouble with the duke is that he was dull. He was more concerned about escorting his mother all over the countryside than pursuing the "love of his life".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lengthy, involved story with oft repeated theme. My main problem was with the loose historical accuracy (who ever heard of retail stores open for business on Sunday in the Regency period?). This has been the best offering I've read thus far from this author. Hopefully her efforts will continue to improve.
audrey1936 More than 1 year ago
Although I liked the plot, it had quite a few typos that made me a bit annoyed. I would suggest that your Nook Books be better edited for publication. Thank you and I hope to see better writing from Harper Collins. P.G. Polack
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read. A Cinderella story for grownups, with a touch of adventure and spice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters were very likeable. I just loved Isabelle and Anthony. I especially loved his mother. What a great mother she was. I couldn't put the book down. I did guess right away who Isabelle was in reality, but what I didn't like in the book was that we never found out who shot a guest at the dance. A woman gets shot and the author never tied up that storyline. I want to know who did it and why. It was left unanswered. However, I liked Sophia Barnes' writing so much that I plan to buy more of her books, especially the Kingsborough series.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE TROUBLE WITH BEING A DUKE: AT THE KINGSBOROUGH BALL by SOPHIE BARNES is an Regency interesting Historical Romance set in 1817 London. First in a new trilogy. Fast paced story of Isabella Chilcott,daughter of a carriage driver and Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough. A Cinderella story,except the Prince Charming is actually a Duke. Anthony, has found his Cinderella, but she escapes quietly from a Ball is family is having,so the search begins.......Isabella, crashes the Kingsborough Ball on a whim and a dare,so the story begins......Very entertaining as well as intriguing. There are a few dark secrets,that come to light, lots of passion and finding the truth of one's past. Things are not as they appear in the Chilcott house. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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I loved the story, I just wished that the second book would have been about Casper story and him founding love and lust... maybe his story can be number four
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This is a fun quick read!
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This was an enjoyable book to read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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A little slow, but a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tour de force of anachronisms and unintentially hilarious wtfery