The Duke of Her Desire: Diamonds in the Rough

The Duke of Her Desire: Diamonds in the Rough

by Sophie Barnes

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ISBN-13: 9780062566829
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Series: Diamonds in the Rough Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 390,249
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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 Duke of Her Desire: Diamonds in the Rough 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
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 his friend Thomas, Duke of Coventry to chaperone and guide them through the maze that is appropriate and acceptable social interactions. Raphe’s desire is to find Amelia a match that pleases her, and he doesn’t wish for either of his sisters to feel slighted by rough edges, so Thomas is the perfect choice to soften those and provide entrée into the drawing rooms that matter. Amelia has always had a crush on Thomas – as he and her brother are good friends of long standing. But she’s also bored with the ‘usual’ pastimes thought appropriate for women of her standing in society. She’s not fighting the endless rounds of lessons and corrections, but the whole thing feels rather limited and pointless – and if she doesn’t find something that challenges and excites her, she’s in danger of just digging in her heels and refusing to play the games necessary. And then there is Thomas – gone is the friendly banter she is familiar with – instead he is haughty and almost cold in his reactions, praise is hard to come by and the banter and friendliness she so wants, mixed lightly with what she felt was appreciation, is missing. Thomas isn’t going to test his friendship with Raphe by reacting in the way he would like when Amelia is around. He’s worried that he may steer her wrong from a match, or that he’ll be tempted and her reputation may suffer. His frustration with the situation makes him standoffish and rather cold, and those moments don’t feel comfortable to him. Of course, Amelia is reacting and confused by the change in their relationship, but he just can’t help reaching out to touch her. Oh these two were sweet and cute together – and Thomas was hard not to like with his determination to be proper and right, giving his best friend’s sister the best instruction and care he can provide without overreaching or stretching propriety. The two of them didn’t have the banter and push-pull of many of Barnes’ couples – I think it worked well here though as both felt constrained. Thomas from a big secret and his promise to Raphe, where the utter boredom and mind-numbing repetition that neither challenged nor excited Amelia have her feeling trapped and confused about Thomas’ reactions. Of course, time, proximity and the rightness of their connection and explosive moments when they first kissed are huge players in their relationship as it progresses to an end that is not unexpected but wholly satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent and fast read. Enjoyed the main characters.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Amelia Matthews has been infatuated with Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry, for quite some time. When she learns that her brother has asked Coventry to watch over Amelia and her sister while he is away, she panics. How can she act normal around him? She grew up in the slums of St. Giles until her brother inherited a title. Although he is now a duke, Amelia knows she is not good enough for a duke. The more Coventry is around Amelia, the more he wants her. He has said he would never marry but now rethinks his words. I thought it was a cute love story,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good! Good series, can't wait for the third to come out later this month.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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 trying to fit into society after living in poverty most of their lives. Amelia has other dreams and hopes to open a school for children where she used to live. Of course, she starts this process while her brother is away and Coventry jumps into to help. She is still keeping social commitments and considering potential husbands at the same time. This was a really tame historical romance. I actually don't remember ever reading one quite this innocent. I don't need a lot of heat in this kind of story to find it enjoyable but I found it rather surprising. I really didn't feel a whole lot of chemistry between this pair and I do wonder if part of that could be because most of the book was rather chaste until the story got closer to the end. I don't think that you need sex in a story to have chemistry but it just seems that something was missing between this pair. I did find both Amelia and Thomas to be interesting characters. Thomas has quite the story which I was very eager to learn more about as the story progressed. Amelia's quest to run a school was ambitious and really showed what kind of person she was. I was probably most entertained by everything that went wrong with the preparations for the school. I liked that they both seemed really committed to the cause. This was a book that I liked in the end. It was a nice enough read and a nice way to spend a bit of time. It wasn't my favorite in the series but it was an acceptable installment. I am actually not sure if I will be picking up the next book in the series or not at this point but I would like to read more from Sophie Barnes in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seems as if it drags on forever the hero of the story can never make up his mind what he wants to do and she is very insecure when it comes to her place in society
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
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 to bring around. Their chemistry was decent, but not off-the-charts amazing. I did like that once again Ms. Barnes had the two wait to finally sleep together--a refreshing change! The suspense part of the plot, tied to the charitable endeavor Amelia is working on, felt a bit tacked on at times--and wasn't really resolved entirely satisfactorily in the end. I suspect that individual might play a part in Juliette's book, maybe? Overall, I liked this book, but didn't love it--you can still sign me up for book three, though ( The Illegitimate Duke ) because I do want to see what's in store for the youngest sibling. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Cakt1991 More than 1 year ago
2,5 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 that there aren’t good points. While the reveal as to Thomas’s motivations with Jeremy is fairly predictable prior to the Big Reveal, it is easy to feel a sense of respect for him in that regard, even if in other respects, he seems like your standard duke, with no real defining traits that set him apart. And while much of what we see with Amelia we saw before with her brother in the first book, the added layer of her wanting to give back to the less fortunate makes her admirable, and a good match for Thomas. But I felt the most interest in some of the secondary characters. I’m curious as to where things will go in the next book with Juliette and Doctor Florian. And I had an immediate soft spot for Jeremy. And for once, I love that we have a duke that doesn’t have mommy/daddy issues, with his mother being an absolute delight, along with Lady Everly of course.
LacyLiteracy More than 1 year ago
❈ 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 wanted to like them. Of course, wanting to like them wasn’t enough. Thomas and Amelia failed to have that “spark” that makes me invested in two characters’ love story. Often, I found myself more interested in the side characters like Amelia’s sister, Juliette. Even during the “heightened” moments of drama when Amelia was in danger, I was easily pulled out of the story. It lacked the “couldn’t put it down” factor that I always look for in Romance. Overall, The Duke of Her Desire isn’t a bad story; It just failed to enchant me.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
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 with feeling not up to the towns standards. Thomas is good friends with Raphe and has tried to help him along with his sisters have a easier time being accepted by the town. So when Raphe ask him to watch his sisters while Raphe takes his wife Gabriella on a wedding trip, Thomas of course agrees. Amelia and her sister will have their eccentric Aunt as a chaperone but Raphe feels they need more guidance that her. So Thomas agrees to ask his mother the Dowager Duchess of Coventry to help him. But Amelia now that her brother is gone thinks to put into motion her part to help the less fortunate children. Amelia has always taken to helping other along with animals. Amelia had help to take care of her siblings when they were on the streets of St. Giles. So Thomas finds he is in for more than just helping her to be seen as a lady. Thomas has issues too from his past that has caused him to change Amelia what he needs to get back to who he used to be. I am so in love with this series! Can't wait for more stories!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 house and unseemly men that felt unnecessary, but I get that conflict was needed. However, the resolution was quite unsatisfying. Overall, I did like the story, yet there was something keeping me from loving it. I’m mildly curious about Juliette’s story, but I’m not sure if I’ll read it. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1818 Thomas Augustus Heathmore, the 3rd Duke of Coventry, has come to visit his friend, Raphe Matthews, the Duke of Huntley, at Huntley House. Raphe and his sisters, Amelia and Juliette, had grown up in the slums of St. Giles. Raphe has inherited the title of the Duke of Huntley and they live in Mayfair. Now, learning the social graces is key for them. Raphe has recently married Gabriella and wants to take her on a wedding trip so he asks Thomas to chaperone Amelia and Juliette for a few weeks while they are gone. Raphe’s aunt, Lady Everly, will be with the girls but the woman’s gauche actions almost require someone to watch over her! Raphe also wants Thomas to try and find a husband for Amelia. So, he agrees and says he will enlist his own mother, the Dowager Duchess of Coventry, to help as well. It will do her good as she needs a distraction from her melancholy at the loss of her daughter, Melanie. Thomas is very faithful to his promise to look after the sisters. He especially enjoys being with Amelia and soon finds himself very attracted to her. She shares with him her plan of starting a school for the poor in St. Giles and he agrees to help. He admires her dedication to her plan for the school. Thomas has another responsibility that he feels will ensure that he never marries. Is there a chance for he and Amelia to be together? I am a huge fan of Sophie Barnes and have read many of her books. I enjoyed the first book in the St. Giles series, but for some reason, this book just did not grab me. I felt like the relationship between Thomas and Amelia was vanilla-bland with no spark. I honestly did not like Thomas. His anger issues and needing to use his fists to work it off was simply scary. I liked Amelia a bit more and admired her caring attitude. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been the best book of the series so far! I LOVED the first book but this book surpasses my expectations! I loved the plot of the story. It was NOT predictable at all. I LOVED the characters and their convictions. I thought it was wonderful to see both Thomas and Amelia's thoughts, feelings, and reasonings. I loved the overall story of Thomas and Amelia and the trials and tribulations they had to go through to get to their own happy ending! Love LOVE LOVED IT!