Title: The Trouble With Being A Duke: At the Kingsbourgh Ball
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sophie Barnes
Publisher: Avon, Aug. 2013
Source: Free for Review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from amazon.com:
Sometimes happily ever after . . .
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 . . .
Definitely based on the Cinderella story we find Anthony, Duke of Kingsborough falling in love at first sight at his sponsored ball with Isabella. Isabella is masked and beats a hasty retreat while the Duke is otherwise occupied. Isabella is falling for him too but her parents expect her to marry boring Mr. Roberts.
This is a sweet and delightful confection of a love story. Anthony pursues relentlessly, far longer than anyone could reasonably expect. Isabella continues her rejection of him far longer than she or we want. The mystery of her gown is very predictable and perhaps a bit too obvious. The sex is steamy but not too over the top. I recommend this to all Sophie Barnes fans and of course to all of us Historical Romance lovers.