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Publisher Description

Destined for the hangman's noose, love is a dream he cannot afford...

When Blayne MacNeil agrees to be Miss Charlotte Russell's bodyguard, he doesn't expect her to expand the job description to fake fiancé. After twenty years in hiding, announcing his engagement to a viscount's daughter could prove fatal. For if anyone were to recognize him, he'd be charged with murder.

Determined to keep her independence in order to safeguard her writing career, Charlotte must avoid marriage. After all, no respectable gentleman would ever permit his wife to pen outrageous adventure novels. But when her most recent manuscript disappears, the roguish Scotsman posing as her fiancé becomes her closest ally – and the greatest threat to her freedom.

Diamonds in the Rough, volume 7

Pages: aproximately 350

May 25
Sophie Barnes
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

TextinMom ,


An absolute delight! I love the strength of the main heroine and the chemistry she had with the hero. The plot was interesting and the dialogue fun. The story was filled with all the feels! I can’t wait to dive into more of the books in this series.

Thank you to NetGalley, Sophie Barnes, and BookBuzz.net for giving me the chance to read this story and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.

michelle-454 ,

Blayne & Charlotte

Charlotte Russell is the daughter of a Viscount. She also writes books which have been published under another name. She is quite a successful author. She has no desire to marry ever. Blayne MacNeil is Scottish and he has been hiding from his former life for twenty years. Charlotte finds Blayne in a tavern and convinces him to be her paid bodyguard. Charlotte then ends up having him as a fake fiancé. Charlotte and Blayne have a powerful pull towards each other. They both are fighting their growing feelings for each other. Charlotte is in trouble and Blayne wants to help her. Will Blayne be able to save her from herself? Will Blayne be able to prevent the wedding her father has made for her? Can Blayne help her find the person her stole her manuscript? Charlotte is a strong, brave, and passionate character. Blayne is charming, sexy, and protective. Blayne and Charlotte have great chemistry together. They are amazing together. Blayne does not think he is good enough for her. Can Charlotte convince Blayne that he is perfect for her? This is a cute and entertaining read. The story flows well and keeps you interested. This was a great book! I am looking forward to reading more books by Sophie Barnes. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

Peg1951 ,

Interesting Story, Great Characters

This is the story of Charlotte Russell, a society miss who writes scandalous novels, under a pen name, of course, and Blayne MacNeill, the owner of a tavern, and a man with a dark secret. When accosted one night on the way home from her publisher, she hires Blayne to be her bodyguard. This is where their story starts. It is an adventure with twists and turns
There is the theft of Charlotte’s latest manuscript and the danger of Blayne being recognized and tried for a twenty-year-old murder. From London to Scotland and back, they chase the truth about the murder. When they return to London, Avery, Charlotte’s publisher has a shocking bit of information. Can Charlotte and Blayne clear everything up and find their HEA? It will be a rocky road to travel, but the destination is worth it. Interesting story, great characters, great read. I enjoyed it.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.

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