The Illegitimate Duke: Diamonds in the Rough

The Illegitimate Duke: Diamonds in the Rough

by Sophie Barnes

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ISBN-13: 9780062849731
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Diamonds in the Rough , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 17,821
File size: 2 MB

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 Illegitimate Duke: Diamonds in the Rough 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
You don’t need to have read the earlier titles in the series to jump into Juliette and Florian’s story, but once you put this one down you’ll be wanting to see how things came about. Juliette is the sister of a newly-minted Duke, although their early years as children were spent in poverty and scrabbling for survival. Now elevated to the tonne and recipients of the ‘best’ invitations even as whispers and finger points follow her near everywhere, Juliette isn’t desperate to marry simply because it is the next step: she wants to find love (like her brother and sister have) and to have a partnership in her marriage – something rare and not ‘usual’ in her social circle. A sickly child, Juliette spent more of her childhood reading and learning, young Raphe being careful to keep the girls safe and well-stocked with reading material, even if it was only two books at a time. Intelligent, curious, exceedingly kindhearted and determined to ‘make her own sort of difference’, Juliette seems unaware of her beauty and desirability, particularly when confronted with the snotty and often clique-y behavior of other unmarried girls at the balls. Juliette is instantly engaging and solidly her own woman, and truly hard not to like with her combination of brains, curiosity, problem-solving and softly managed determination. Florian is the second son, with a nod from the King and his ailing uncle to inherit a Dukedom. A physician by trade, he went into medicine and delved into his studies to ‘offset’ his own perceived weakness as he determined to be the best and most helpful and honorable man possible. Not wanting the title from his Uncle, he’s also taken pains to care for him in the last stages of cancer, nearly the only time his well-practiced remove in separating emotions and personal feelings from his work. A control freak, Florian isn’t one who likes to allow his emotions freedom: he’s entirely too much in his own head, spiraling into a sort of depression and anxiety surrounding his big secret, and the struggles to maintain a distance and appearance of ‘together’ when in truth, he feels anything but worthy or respectable. Add to that – he’s a GINGER! A rarity in romance – we see redheaded women often enough – it’s rare that a man would be. But his hair is just one thing that sets him apart from others. He’s spent years traveling and learning, adopting different procedures and techniques and gaining valuable experience that he has brought back to London and a hospital that he manages with the able help of a Dowager Duchess, long removed from society. These two are adorable together, Juliette is drawn to Florian for his reserve, the slight tinge of sadness in his eyes, and his apparent inability to accept her compliments, even when they are more than well-deserved. Juliette is not a ‘flatterer’ or a flirt, she’s going to speak kindly, but never gild the lily when she feels a compliment is deserved. And, having a man, in her recent experience, that isn’t chasing her for the connection to her brother and actually engage in conversations with her about ‘real’ things is a rarity. It doesn’t hurt that the two are stunning to look at, and the sparks fly. Florian, for his part, is constantly talking himself out of thoughts about Juliette, afraid of her reaction to his secret, and convinced that staying alone and removed is the best way to keep her both safe and on the right track. It’s just that circumstances, Juliette’s determination
TobiForgetHousework 10 months ago
Let me just say Florian can sweep me off my feet any day. I love that when he says IF he settles down he wants someone who is interested in his medical work not someone who gets squiggy about it. Juliette in the previous books was made out to be such a fragile woman when in truth, she's the strongest of them all. She wants to learn all she can so she can help at the hospital after she donates her allowance for a year to the institution. The two are like two magnets, though both try to deny their attraction. With a series of battle of wills, a bit of suspense and sorrow this story is a perfect mix for an amazing historical romance!
julieford More than 1 year ago
The Illegitimate Duke is the third in the Diamonds in the Rough series but can easily be read as a stand alone novel. This is a story of helping those less fortunate, never forgetting where you can from and lies can have a devastating effect on those around you. Florian is a second son, a physician, who learned that he is the illegitimate son of a criminal and now his uncle's heir for a dukedom. Juliette grew up in St. Giles until her brother was elevated to the status of Duke of Huntley. She was sickly as a child, so she read constantly and now is putting her knowledge and new found wealth to helping those less fortunate. As she and Florian work together, feelings of attraction grow but he is fighting them because he doesn't feel worthy and is fearful of the danger surrounding him and those he cares about. This is a great story filled with danger, intrigue, love and many other emotions to keep the reader entertained until the end.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Florian Lowell is a dedicated physician who was recently named the heir of the Duke of Redding. Now he is the most eligible bachelor and at a ball, all the eager mothers try to get him to dance with their daughters but he has eyes only for Lady Juliette Matthews. His eyes meet hers and he hurries to her. Florian’s biological father is the notorious criminal Bartholomew who was thought to have been hanged but Florian sees him at the ball. He is disguised and posing as an American investor. Bartholomew is angry at Florian for ruining his business and determined to destroy him by killing Juliette. But Florian has powerful allies who are determined that Bartholomew will not succeed.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
There just something about Sophie Barnes and the way she write romance. She brings you in to the realm of what was and melds it a bit with the current place and time. The Illegitimate Duke was sweet and warm. I loved Juliette a lot. It took me some time to get use to Florian's name. I was not prepared for his name. Barnes brought the danger, some suspense, beautiful romance, and a set of two that makes you want to turn the page and see more of what comes of Juliette and Florian. This was my first book in the Diamonds in the Rough series. I found it alluring enough to have me want to go backwards and see more. This family of new comers to the money scene and society. Juliette is a sweet, endearing honest soul. Florian had much to hide but at the same time he was an open and honest man. There are a host of characters her. Not all were welcome to know and others had you wanting to know more about them. I enjoyed this read but still had questions when the read was over with. I anticipate the next release and will return to the beginning of the series to read the others.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
The Diamonds in the Rough series continues! (And it will go on, even though Julie is the last Matthews sibling--Florian's brother's story is next! Yay!) The Illegitimate Duke is another slow burn romance, much like the two series books that came before it. Juliette isn't at all sure she even likes Florian, though she has a lot of respect for his capabilities as a doctor and his dedication to his patients. Since she was sickly as a child (and especially after their youngest sibling died from illness) she's always been very conscious of the help that those less fortunate need, especially medically. A bout with the measles and her desire to make a difference throw her right into Florian's path, and at first neither of them is too sure they appreciate the encounter. (Which of course made them that much more fun!) But Florian has his own secrets--and the biggest is related to the suspense plot from the previous book ( The Duke of Her Desire ; yep, he's back)--which again felt a bit extra. I don't know that we needed to see the scenes from the villain's POV--it really didn't make him feel like a more fleshed out character; he still seemed to be of the mustache-twirling variety--honestly there was enough going on with the typhus outbreak and all, the danger to London as a whole and Julie's best friend in particular. But still...I enjoyed seeing who Julie ended up with and how, what was going on with the first two books' characters, and the sneak peak into the next book. The Illegitimate Duke is the third book in the series, though other than not knowing the relationships going in (who Julie's siblings are and whom they're married to, mostly--they do get explained early on) you should do just fine if you pick this one up first. I can't guarantee you won't want more details about how a destitute eight-year-old responsible for the welfare of his three younger sisters came to be a duke later in life, though--be ready for your TBR pile to grow! Rating: 4 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Juliette Matthews is attending a ball at Hawthorne House. She is so thankful that her life is so much better than it was when she lived in the slums of St. Giles just one year ago. While she enjoys dancing and chatting with men, Juliette likes it when men and women can just be friends without it going any further than that. Juliette sees Florian Lowell, a physician who treated her for measles last year, attending the ball as well. She is quite taken with his manners and his handsome looks. Florian’s uncle, the Duke of Redding, is quite ill and he is petitioning the crown to allow him to make Florian his heir. Florian is not really happy about it because he loves being a doctor. Juliette is quite interested in the medical procedures that Florian performs and enjoys discussing them with him. Sometimes, Florian battles bouts of depression and anger. His real father is a man named Bartholomew who was supposed to have been hanged for his crimes but managed to escape. He has reinvented himself as William Mortedge and is back wanting to make Florian’s life miserable. Thus, he has some low self-esteem issues. Juliette realizes how terrible things are in St. Giles and has just learned that there has been an outbreak of typhus there. She now wants to use some of her money to help the people there. But her brother, Raphe, who raised her and her sisters, does not want her to get involved for fear of her becoming ill. He has always been very protective of her. However, she learns that with her large donation, she can secure a seat on the board of the local hospital to see that the funds go where they are most needed. Juliette is very interested in the medical field which results in some great discussions between she and Florian. He is impressed at the knowledge she is gaining and appreciates her caring about people. But when typhus hits close to home, things get very intense. I think that readers might wish to read the author’s novel, “A Most Unlikely Duke," as background to understand the change in circumstances for the Matthews family. I had to refer to my review of the book to refresh my memory about Juliette. I enjoyed the book but wish that more background of both Juliette and Florian had been introduced at the beginning of the story. Not having that information available, can tend to turn readers away. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.