The Illegitimate Duke (Diamonds in the Rough Series #3)

The Illegitimate Duke (Diamonds in the Rough Series #3)

by Sophie Barnes

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United in a common cause…

Lady Juliette Matthews longs to be much more than just another pretty ornament in society. But using her recently acquired fortune to do some good is more complicated than she anticipated. Young ladies are not expected to risk their safety in helping the less fortunate. And the one gentleman who could help in her mission is stubborn, infernally handsome—and far too honorable to act on their mutual attraction.

And in a desire impossible to deny…

Florian Lowell has suddenly been made heir to the Duke of Redding—a far cry from his status as a dedicated physician. Yet even with his new role as the country’s most eligible bachelor, the beautiful, fearless Juliette is utterly beyond his reach. The scandalous circumstances of his birth would destroy both their reputations if they became known. But when a more urgent danger threatens Juliette’s life, Florian must gamble everything…including the heart only one woman can tame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062849724
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Diamonds in the Rough Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 222,799
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author 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 Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year 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.
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.