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October 17, 2013


It all started with a kiss.

At the Kingsborough Ball
Book 1
Sophie Barnes

The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball, #1)
Published August 27th 2013 by Avon

(from Goodreads)

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…


The setting is  in London, 1817.  This is Book 1 of a trilogy.  The book is fast paced but you don't get bogged down and lose where you are.  Just the right amount of tempo. The story surrounds Isabella Chilcott, the daughter of a carriage driver and the Duke of Kingsborough, Anthony Hurst.  There was going to be a ball at Kingsborough  hosted by the the family.This is the first ball in 5 years so everyone is attending. Isabella decides to slip into the , uninvited, and hopefully not be noticed.  She was dared and she so wanted to go. The Duke does notice her and feels that she is the one.  Hence, the story begins.  The book has mystery, it's fun, entertaining, passionate, romantic, adventurous and a little sad at times.   As we all know,  each and everyone of us has a little dark secret hidden in back of minds. The truth somehow always appears, sometimes at the most inconvenient times. The truth has been hidden from Isabelle for many years and now the Chilcott household is being afraid it will come to light. Some of the characters will be in the following books. The author described the ball so eloquently that I could see the beautiful gowns and the chandeliers, the men in their finest attire.  I can just visualize how beautiful it was.Then Isabelle leaves the ball unnoticed.  The Duke knew he had to find this woman he met at the ball.  The dress that Isabelle wore to the ball was recognized and the Duke was out to find how Isabelle got that dress. The book is a lovely romance with conflicts that most romances have.  Ms. Barnes did a beautiful job of putting you right there.  To me the pages couldn't turn fast enough. I was a little sad when I finished.  I just wanted more of the Duke and Isabelle.  I can't wait until I can read the second book in the series.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE TROUBLE WITH BEING A DUKE by Sophie Barnes from Night Owl Reviews for my honest opinion.

I would give this book 4 stars.

Born in Denmark, Sophie has 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.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

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. She currently lives on the East Coast.


1 comment:

Sophie Barnes said...

Hi Gayle - thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed reading about Anthony & Isabella :)