Dare to Be a Duchess by Sapna Bhog

Dare to Be a Duchess

Published:February 8th 2021 by

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)

Length: 254 Pages

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…

Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can’t stand, keeps the gossips at bay.

The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in—and he’s quite certain doing so is her favorite pastime. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he’s had enough scandal and issues a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months or one will be chosen for her.

Unfortunately, no one in the ton appeals to her. Except, perhaps, the duke himself. The battle of wills has only just begun, and when Lara kisses him, their fate is sealed.

Sometimes even the most proper duke needs to break the rules to win the heart of the woman he loves…

My Review:

This book follows the typical historical romance pattern. The hero and heroine have known each other for years and have an adversarial relationship but one moment changes everything the only difference is our heroine is of mixed heritage. Her father met her mother while stationed in India and married her despite his family’s objections. This book does not shy away from the racial issues that would certainly have been huge barriers at the time, in fact they are central to the difficulties our main characters face.

This book feels like a cookie cutter historical romance, it follows the well known formula but it is well-written, the characters are entertaining and I can’t wait to follow the secondary characters in their own novels. If you’re looking for something slightly different but still has all the elements that are central to historical romance then this is a book for you.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.

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