Review: A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of a lower class hero, upper class heroine trope in my historical romance, especially when the lady has no evidence of being a snob about it. The author did this one very well and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Raphe and his two sisters grew up on the rough streets of St. Giles. His father was nobility but he killed himself and his mom ran away with another man. Though he was only a child himself, Rafe had to take responsibility for his siblings and raise money to care for them any way that he could. He became a dock worker and made extra cash in fights for the local crime lord. In a stunning turn of events, Raphe finds out many years later that he has become a Duke and he brings his sisters back to town to live the life he could never give them before. [Read more…]

Review: Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes

lady sarahs sinful desiresReviewed by Jen

I had a very hard time connecting with this book. I am never great with a Big Secret story, but in this case, that was compounded by the fact that I was unimpressed by the secret itself. The hero is uninspiring. And the bad guy is nothing short of a cookie cutter villain.

Sarah is not a virgin. That’s the big secret. She lost her virginity to a man who she planned to marry and it didn’t work out. Now her parents are forcing her to marry a vile man named Mr. Dennison, because they say no one else will have her, and the shame of her actions may ruin her sisters’ prospects of marriage. [Read more…]

Review: The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes

danger in tempting an earlReviewed by Jen

I had trouble connecting to this book.  I didn’t find it engaging at all.  Neither the romance nor the larger plot worked for me.

The hero, Lucian, has been in love with Kate since childhood.  Despite the facts that he is the ostensibly attractive and charming older brother of a dear friend –and that they were inseparable in youth– she never even considered that they could one day be a match.  I had trouble right here at the very beginning. [Read more…]