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Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned sure to save his father’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown-winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Miss Dina Campbell wants a soulmate, and hell will freeze over before she'd marry a horse-mad man who loves horses more than a woman. However, with her father aging quickly and her Indian heri Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned sure to save his father’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown-winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Miss Dina Campbell wants a soulmate, and hell will freeze over before she'd marry a horse-mad man who loves horses more than a woman. However, with her father aging quickly and her Indian heritage drawing interest in town, she may not get the say in her future that she’d hoped. Those prize horses belonging to her father are drawing attention from suitors, and time may be over for her to find a love match. When the two are contracted for an arranged marriage, sparks fly. Only way to settle? A game of challenges where winner gets it all. If only their fiery wills stop clashing and sizzling kisses don't get in the way.


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Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned sure to save his father’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown-winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Miss Dina Campbell wants a soulmate, and hell will freeze over before she'd marry a horse-mad man who loves horses more than a woman. However, with her father aging quickly and her Indian heri Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned sure to save his father’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown-winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Miss Dina Campbell wants a soulmate, and hell will freeze over before she'd marry a horse-mad man who loves horses more than a woman. However, with her father aging quickly and her Indian heritage drawing interest in town, she may not get the say in her future that she’d hoped. Those prize horses belonging to her father are drawing attention from suitors, and time may be over for her to find a love match. When the two are contracted for an arranged marriage, sparks fly. Only way to settle? A game of challenges where winner gets it all. If only their fiery wills stop clashing and sizzling kisses don't get in the way.

30 review for Betting on a Duke’s Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Betting on a Duke’s Heart Royaline Sing https://www.facebook.com/Royaline-Sin... Release Date 04/19/2021 Publisher Entangled : Amara ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YXCWZP6/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned if he won't save the man’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Certainly he can win her heart without losing his own… Hell will freeze ove Betting on a Duke’s Heart Royaline Sing https://www.facebook.com/Royaline-Sin... Release Date 04/19/2021 Publisher Entangled : Amara ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YXCWZP6/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned if he won't save the man’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Certainly he can win her heart without losing his own… Hell will freeze over before Miss Dina Campbell agrees to marry a horse-mad man who wants her dowry of a prize stallion, no matter what her father wants. The duke may be handsome, but he’ll have to prove he is a suitable match for her before she’ll even consider the offer. And there’s no way this love-averse man will ever succeed with the wager that she has planned… 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will he let his nightmares come to fruition by his inertia ... I confess I had a bad start with this book and if I had not received it as an advance copy, I might have stopped my reading after the first chapters, gratefully I did not or I would have missed a good debut novel. So what nearly prompted me to give up on this book, it is me, as I suppose other readers do not mind as authors continue to reproduced this pattern, but there is nothing more I dislike than a heroine who turns in a puddle of drool at the mere sight of a nice face and broad shoulders. Dina is supposed to be strong and determined, with a purpose to aim for; yet the moment she sees the hero, her wits leak from her ears. She can’t put two words together and it does not improve upon their second encounter. And then there is the hero, quickly he decides she is to be tamed like a pet, trained to be obedient and willing. He can be a Duke or king of the world, this is rubbish. So I began my reading a bit off kilter, not knowing if I would reconcile with the knee-weak heroine and the alpha trainer Duke. Thankfully there is more to them than my first impression, they have dreams and goals and a past that shaped them. And while they show they are more complex and layered then I first thought. I was still at time in the beginning upset by her inability to fight back and by his ⒶⓁⓅⒽⒶⓈⓈⒽⓄⓁⒺⓃⒺⓈⓈ! Fortunately things change upon half mark, as they get to see past each one’s reservation. In fact they share the same fear but react opposite to it. By being frightened to be left behind, Aetius keeps everyone at arm’s length when Dina afraid to never be enough, blend in the crowd, hiding her true self and dreams. So their game to win the other, bring them closer, offering time to put behind their wrong assumptions by trying to embrace their true self, giving closure to past pain and opening to the other. Yet both still hold back, and while Dina is more forward, Aetius struggles to share his pains and feelings. So when past fears are reawakened and doubts enter the scene, will it stir his flame or threaten their fragile truce. Outside my reservations from the beginning, Aetius is a kind and fair fellow, not one to take advantage and his story is heartbreaking and explains much of his behavior. He is like a wounded beast, biting because he is scared and hurt. Dina has her own burden, her birth origins explains why she must be prudent and why she hides her true self, then her parents history adds an understandable light to her actions. Aetius’ friends are people who bring fun to this story, then the later threat and last part twist add tension to an already on-edge narrative. The book is also full of details on the way of life and culinary traditions from the heroine’s birth place, fascinating and captivating. So much I would have loved pictures to illustrate all the outfits, spices and dishes. 4.25 stars for this debut novel as the author redeemed her characters along the pages and schemed an awesome groveling scene. 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen lovemaking scenes. I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Entangled, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Aetius and Dina are a nice couple considering their own predilections in this debut novel. This is a rather long and rambling story. It is maybe too long in that there are too many chapters. I would have preferred a shorter version of this book. Royaline Sing did a remarkable job with her debut novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MC

    I really enjoyed this book but it was not the can’t-put-it-down read I expected. The story was a bit like a venn diagram. Not quite one, not quite two but overlapping somewhere in the middle. The beginning was all romance, somewhere in the middle we get the sense that maybe there will be a mystery blackmail situation, and the end was sort of about that (but then also about wrapping up the romance tacked onto the end). Because of that it ended up feeling loooonnggg. BUT some of the details were s I really enjoyed this book but it was not the can’t-put-it-down read I expected. The story was a bit like a venn diagram. Not quite one, not quite two but overlapping somewhere in the middle. The beginning was all romance, somewhere in the middle we get the sense that maybe there will be a mystery blackmail situation, and the end was sort of about that (but then also about wrapping up the romance tacked onto the end). Because of that it ended up feeling loooonnggg. BUT some of the details were so worth it. I loved all the Indian culture and stories that were embedded into the story and really part of the heroine’s character. But the main issues of this story are (mis)communication—that is of course typical of the genre but it gets tedious after a while. These two miscommunicated all over this book! I did like the hero and the heroine’s characters in spite of their misunderstandings. It was a sweet story, perhaps a bit heavy in the instalust, but with strong characters who are likable and interesting enough to keep any reader involved. I also can’t explain this comment but for some reason not at all related to his actual physical description (black hair black eyes) he felt like a blonde. My brain would not shut up about this. I have no idea why he was exuding blonde energy but he just was. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I cannot explain it. (This comment did not contribute to my rating this book, I’m simply sharing it so when I look back at this for a refresher ever, I will see ah yes this is the blonde one 😂).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    This was such a wonderful historical romance. I loved Dina - her strength, intelligence, and passion - and how Sing integrated both sides of her heritage into the story. She was the perfect foil for Aetius. I also really enjoyed the unique time period with the first automobiles and the Ferris Wheel. Highly recommend if you're looking for a fiercely independent heroine and a different kind of setting! This was such a wonderful historical romance. I loved Dina - her strength, intelligence, and passion - and how Sing integrated both sides of her heritage into the story. She was the perfect foil for Aetius. I also really enjoyed the unique time period with the first automobiles and the Ferris Wheel. Highly recommend if you're looking for a fiercely independent heroine and a different kind of setting!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Determined to restore his family name and ensure his place in the equestrian world, Aetius White wants nothing more than to win the Triple Crown, even if it means marrying his neighbor’s daughter to get her prize-winning horse. The only problem is Dina Campbell has no intention of marrying a horseman who is only after her dowry. She wants to marry for love, and not even Aetius’s intriguing competition will change that. However, never one to back down from a challenge, Dina agrees to the competit Determined to restore his family name and ensure his place in the equestrian world, Aetius White wants nothing more than to win the Triple Crown, even if it means marrying his neighbor’s daughter to get her prize-winning horse. The only problem is Dina Campbell has no intention of marrying a horseman who is only after her dowry. She wants to marry for love, and not even Aetius’s intriguing competition will change that. However, never one to back down from a challenge, Dina agrees to the competition, and the games begin. However, the competition slowly becomes less about winning and more about proving their love for each other. Goal-oriented and resolute, Aetius feels much shame over his father’s demise. He also fears rejection. In his eyes, everyone he has ever cared for has left him, and though Aelius is interested in marriage, he is resistant to falling in love. He fears abandonment and chooses to isolate himself and shut his heart to everyone. Respectability is important to him. He slowly comes to see things from other perspectives. It doesn’t change the past, but it does offer him hope and an opportunity for growth. He has to learn to open up to and trust others. This proves difficult, but as he grows closer to Dina, he changes. Dina is so different from Aetius, which is why they butt heads throughout the story. Dina is tender-hearted, empathetic, and vivacious. She is also outspoken and often bends the rules. Her passion lies in translating, and she fears that marriage will squelch her ability to continue translating, especially since her career is taking off. If she marries Aetius, will he prohibit her from traveling? Will she be able to continue her career in writing? Will he ever grow to love her? The focus of the story is on the passionate, opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers romance between Aetius and Dina. Aetius and Dina want different things in their marriage. Dina wants love, and Aetius wants more of a partnership or alliance. This angst-filled couple struggles to trust each other, Aetius because of his past and Dina because of the nature of the engagement. However, as they spend time together, they both start to understand each other, and their feelings grow. They have amazing chemistry, and their interactions are filled with sexual tension. Each chapter of the book starts with a brief passage from the story Dina is translating. I love this, as well as the other parts of the story that highlight Dina’s heritage and culture. An intriguing mystery that puts Dina and Aetius in danger is another interesting addition to the story. I also like the secondary characters, especially Dina’s closest friends. They are fiercely protective of Dina and extremely loyal, and they prove that you don’t have to be related by blood to be a family. Another aspect of the story that I enjoyed was the historical references. Political news, new inventions, social changes, and historically significant cultural allusions are fascinating. I loved learning about the popular inventions during this time and how people felt about the major societal progressions and happenings. The changing times and their effects, both positive and negative, resonate with the characters and add depth to the story and setting. I enjoyed Betting on a Duke’s Heart. It is a well-paced and developed story with interesting characters and a sexy romance. The story also examines complicated family relationships. Miscommunication, lies, and feelings of betrayal are juxtaposed with tenderness and love, showing how complex families, and life, can be. It also has a great love story that historical romance fans will love. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and Royaline Sing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Morgan & Many Books

    3 Super Debut Stars! So this was chalk full of surprises, many of which were genuinely delightful. For one thing, I really enjoyed both Dina and Aeitus individually as main characters. I liked that in amidst their outer confidence and well matched wits were squishy nuanced inner shells. While they both really, desperately, want to be loved they go about avoiding it out of fear in two entirely different ways; and while their childhood traumas manifested similarly, the way that formative damage is 3 Super Debut Stars! So this was chalk full of surprises, many of which were genuinely delightful. For one thing, I really enjoyed both Dina and Aeitus individually as main characters. I liked that in amidst their outer confidence and well matched wits were squishy nuanced inner shells. While they both really, desperately, want to be loved they go about avoiding it out of fear in two entirely different ways; and while their childhood traumas manifested similarly, the way that formative damage is expressed is also completely different. It made their interactions dynamic and the subtext of their behavior really intriguing to follow as they stumbled around in love. They were both independently solid, well-characterized protagonists that I wanted to root for. I liked the instant, albeit confused, connection they shared and the various hoops they each had to jump through over the course of their relationship. So suffice it to say, the general intention and execution of this story was prime stuff and I wholeheartedly intend to return to Royaline Sing to see what she has to offer next. I think one thing that particularly stood out was the expression of Indian culture. This is often done as a sort of pastiche that borders on offensive (this, coming from the white Canadian woman so I mean.... how do south Asians feel?) and this never felt that way. We need more representation like this, in characters and in writers. But this alone isn’t the only thing that makes me curious about her future work, it’s the the fact that she seems to be a planner in her writing, and it all bodes well. The gripes I had were not overly numerous, though my GoodReads updates certainly attests to the greatest issue I had—which was that it took me forever to get into. Forever. Days. And that never happens. I would say I waffle on 1 in 20 books... To be objective I look to my last few weeks and it could be that I was in an intensive Russian language course, writing a 60-page prospectus for my PhD and working on articles and all the deadlines landed near each other. But even then, I think there were elements of the first 20% of Betting on a Duke’s Heart that were a little disconnected from the intended arc of the story. There were moments where I wasn’t sure quite what Dine and the Duke were talking about, or what their motivations were and this was exacerbated by Sing’s otherwise wonderful entertaining fast-paced prose (sort of in the style of Mia Vincy or Tessa Dare). But, then, once things started to amp up at the 30% mark I was blasting through the pages. Until I hit around the 70% mark and it lost it’s momentum, and I will admit I was a little disappointed with the choices made by Atticus and Dina. They felt a little divergent from the character descriptions and the trajectory of their love story in the second third of the book. But then, it all comes to a very nice conclusion and there were little hints throughout setting up future series (maybe? Or is that just me being hopeful?). And I am super hopeful! I think that Sing shows a lot of promise with a unique perspective, fun stories, and.... thank the Historical Romance Gods.... NOT taking place during the Regency Period. Can’t ask for much more, ya know? Highly recommend giving this fresh writer a go if you like yourself a bi-racial oppositional, unique heroine, a broody, emotionally damaged duke, horses, and angst! Thanks to Entangled Publishing LLC via NetGalley for this ARC. I read and reviewed this of my own volition and all opinions are honest and my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sanjana

    Ok so a biracial Indian protagonist, a Duke, Indian mythology, and fun romance novel bets between protagonists (BY A SOUTH ASIAN AUTHOR!)! I’ve been waiting for a book like this for ages, but I’m afraid this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. 2.5/5 stars. Let’s start with the good: the integration of the character’s culture, heritage, and twin identities as a British and Indian woman. I felt like this was thoughtful and not as cumbersome as a lot of own voices books with south asian protago Ok so a biracial Indian protagonist, a Duke, Indian mythology, and fun romance novel bets between protagonists (BY A SOUTH ASIAN AUTHOR!)! I’ve been waiting for a book like this for ages, but I’m afraid this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. 2.5/5 stars. Let’s start with the good: the integration of the character’s culture, heritage, and twin identities as a British and Indian woman. I felt like this was thoughtful and not as cumbersome as a lot of own voices books with south asian protagonists can be (in my experience as a South Asian woman), and I was thrilled with how much richer it made the heroine’s characterization. The mythology alongside the narrative was such a sweet touch. I also thought the inclusion of certain historical details was interesting/engaging. Lots of cute moments between the hero and heroine too! Now the stuff that absolutely did not work for me: I need to bring up the horses. Oh my God, the horses. I’ve never cared less about horses in my entire life. Paragraph after paragraph of description of horse training and breeding. Paragraphs of discussion of how liberating being on horseback was. Aetius please, I beg of you, find one (1) other real hobby. I can’t take it. Not to mention the insane chapter *mild spoiler* in which horse breeding is described in entirely too much detail (which is to say, any detail) and used as the backdrop for romance, which almost stopped me from finishing the book altogether. It went beyond being a useful plot point and, coupled with my general frustration with the writing style—which was a chore to understand on its own at multiple points— really dominated the novel. I wanted this to be neater, tidier, with clearer character motivations and less winding internal monologues and dialogue I had to work overtime to follow. Also the tie in of the Indian Independence movement at the end was so abrupt and honestly sloppy. I’m hoping future books in the series will be more thoughtful about that plot point. I could also add stuff about Aetius’ characterization that didn’t add up for me, but I’ll spare the essay. I hope this doesn’t come across as too harsh— there are so many things the book tried to do right and I don’t want this to disincentivize people from reading, writing, and publishing more diverse historical romance. I will be keeping an eye out for the author’s future work too! I want badly for the next book to right some of the issues with this one, because I feel like there’s real potential here. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ally Machala

    3.5 Stars Betting on a Duke's heart felt like an homage to older historical romances, in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. (I wouldn't go so far as to say it was reminiscent of old skool romance, though at one point I did put in my notes "Fuck him. He doesn't deserve a happily ever after," because he was being a giant, ducal ASSHOLE. Which is, generally, how I feel about old skool heroes.) I really liked Dina; she was fiercely loyal to her friends, had an amazing vocation sh 3.5 Stars Betting on a Duke's heart felt like an homage to older historical romances, in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. (I wouldn't go so far as to say it was reminiscent of old skool romance, though at one point I did put in my notes "Fuck him. He doesn't deserve a happily ever after," because he was being a giant, ducal ASSHOLE. Which is, generally, how I feel about old skool heroes.) I really liked Dina; she was fiercely loyal to her friends, had an amazing vocation she was passionate about, and she never once questioned her own worth. I loved that she embraced both sides of her heritage so wholly, both Indian and English, and never tried to drown out one or the other. Dina was proud of who she was and where she'd come from, and I love that we get to see more of that representation, written by a South Asian woman, in a time and place that has been painted all too white by history. I liked Aetius too, when he wasn't be an emotionally stunted a-hole. The truth is, Aeitus wanted love and companionship too much, but is terrified of getting hurt and doesn't handle it well. Half the time I wanted to hug him and the other half I wanted to slap him. The banter between Dina and Aetius was very entertaining (though there were a few times I got a little lost over who was saying what) and there were definitely a few intimate moments that were...surprising. In a very good way. 😏 I think in the end, the biggest issue was that the story tried to do too much. So much of the main conflict is internal--Aetius has serious abandonment issues and Dina keeps secrets from him because she thinks he won't accept her if he knows them. Then there's an external conflict thrown in there about half way, and it really wasn't necessary. It didn't do anything for the story. There were also aspects of each character that got a bit repetitive, as if the same interactions and conversations were happening over and over again. Overall, I think another round with an editor would have made a world of difference and helped in places where the story felt a little plot-heavy or disjointed. Despite these negatives, by about 70% of the way through, I was completely invested in discovering how Aetius was going get out of the hole he'd dug himself into and provide Dina with the happily ever after she deserved. The ending was very satisfying, and yes, I forgave Aetius for being a complete and utter tool. Overall, Betting on a Duke's Heart is an impressive debut, and I look forward to seeing more from Royaline! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Betting on a Duke’s Heart intrigued me, as I was excited to see yet another book with an Indian heroine, although that excitement was also tempered with a healthy dose of apprehension, due to the uproar over a similar (delayed) title, also featuring an Indian woman and a duke. And while I can’t speak to the rep in this case, just as I couldn’t in the other, I found this book interesting I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Betting on a Duke’s Heart intrigued me, as I was excited to see yet another book with an Indian heroine, although that excitement was also tempered with a healthy dose of apprehension, due to the uproar over a similar (delayed) title, also featuring an Indian woman and a duke. And while I can’t speak to the rep in this case, just as I couldn’t in the other, I found this book interesting and refreshing…with caveats. I loved the prominent placement of Indian culture and mythology. As the romance proceeds, each chapter is headed with an epigraph relating a tale from the Mahabharata, “The Love Saga of Nala and Damayanti,” and over time, you can see how it parallels the romance between Dina and Aetius. And generally, I could feel like Royaline Sing was coming from a really authentic place and embedding her own cultural experience in the story, in addition to acknowledging the largely ignored (in historical romance novels, anyway) South Asian population in England by this time. I really liked how Sing addressed the power dynamic, in terms of gender. As she noted in her author’s note, a marriage act amendment meant women were no longer the property of their husbands, allowing Dina more agency when she married Aetius. While him being a Duke still presents some unmentioned, but implied problems, given her background, I found that their romance was more balanced as a result, and fairly sweet and fairly easy to root for. Dina is strong willed, and Aetius respects that. But at the same time, a few things bogged the story down. One was the large role horses played. Horse racing, breeding, the feeling of being on horseback. Some of that is understandable…Aetius is called “the Bareback Duke,” after all. I love when heroes actually have particular hobbies that aren’t drinking and whoring, especially if it serves as a bonding point for him with the heroine. But it got really repetitive, and even though it did help them bond, it also ended up distracting me more than anything else. I also struggled with the character motivations at times, especially towards the end, when the Black Moment happened. Aside from echoing the myth, I had no idea what happened with them, and why. This is a sweet romance, and even with these major caveats, I did enjoy it enough to keep an eye on what Royaline Sing writes next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Lynn

    Why can’t all historical romances be like this? Strong heroines, real diversity, non-asshole heroes, push and pull of love, and the pining. All of these goodies wrapped in one book. It’s shocking for me to believe that this was Royaline Sing’s debut book (FYI I’m going to need about a dozen more from her). Let’s just get into this. I love Dina. Her spirit, her drive, her culture. I especially loved all the details about Indian culture and life, and I know I probably missed even more than I caught Why can’t all historical romances be like this? Strong heroines, real diversity, non-asshole heroes, push and pull of love, and the pining. All of these goodies wrapped in one book. It’s shocking for me to believe that this was Royaline Sing’s debut book (FYI I’m going to need about a dozen more from her). Let’s just get into this. I love Dina. Her spirit, her drive, her culture. I especially loved all the details about Indian culture and life, and I know I probably missed even more than I caught. They were so beautifully wrapped into the book. One of my favorite parts is the story being told at the beginning of every chapter. And Dina is so determined as well, she’s spunky and fierce but not in the obnoxious way that happens so often. She’s a fully (and well) developed character!! I loved Dina’s secret occupation as well. I thought that it was incredibly cool. And I totally get her reasoning for keeping her secret. I just got so excited every time she talked about it! Do I wish that this hadn’t been as secret, yes, but I really enjoyed it. Aetius’ growth. I loved watching this man slowly find himself and fall in love with Dina. It was a long process. I mean real long. But it was also incredibly heartwarming. The way that Aetius interacted with his friends, tenants, and others became so sweet. Love this man. The enemies-to-lovers aspect was also really good. I understood the why behind it and the conflict wasn’t created based off of one poorly communicated interaction. The who falls first was also refreshing. My biggest grievance with the book is Aetius. I mean I like the man immensely, however I wanted to slam him against a brick wall many times over because the man was insane. You know that whole do the same thing again and again and expect different results situation? Well hello there Aetius… You are that person. I just wish that there had been some movement beyond that. Also, Dina’s whole devotion to her father was a little over the top. Long story short, do I recommend this book? Yes! If you love historical romance, OwnVoice novels, fun stories, turn of the century setting, and a good time then yes! I loved reading this book. It was the breath of fresh air I needed in historical romance, because I’ve been getting annoyed with that subgenre lately. So, thank you Royaline Sing for making me love the genre again and writing such a fabulous novel! (Also, I wish there was more of a sliding scale of rating because this honestly falls between a 4.25/4.5 for me!) Thank you Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for the e-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. All Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, has wanted was to own a Triple-Crown winning horse, and restore some honour to the family name. When the stallion which is tipped to win this year is offered as dowry for Miss Dina Campbell, Aetius can't believe his luck. Miss Campbell is a neighbour, and her father will obviously accept his suit, because who wouldn't want their daughter to become a Duchess I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. All Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, has wanted was to own a Triple-Crown winning horse, and restore some honour to the family name. When the stallion which is tipped to win this year is offered as dowry for Miss Dina Campbell, Aetius can't believe his luck. Miss Campbell is a neighbour, and her father will obviously accept his suit, because who wouldn't want their daughter to become a Duchess? Well, he's never met Dina, and she has no intention of marrying a horse mad man, no matter what. She wants to marry for love, and also be free to complete her translations, and being a duchess would put too many restrictions upon herself. Will Aetius be able to convince her to marry, or will he have his work cut out for him? This book was okay, but not one I would ever be in a hurry to re-read. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, but I wasn't hooked by the plot, nor the characters. Dina was the daughter of a British nobleman, and an Indian woman, and had spent most of her childhood in Kolkata. She was brought to England later in life, and shocked many of the ton with her different ways. She has tried to mould herself into a perfect English rose, lest she draw more attention to herself, or scandal, but the stallion she was given has brought the fervour back around. All she wants is to travel, and return to India to find more traditional tales in need of translating. Aetius, on the other hand, is very stuck in his ways, and definitely horse mad. He's known as the Bareback Duke, as he rode a horse in the derby when he first inherited and he shirt was ripped from his back. His father died in scandal, and in debt, and Aetius managed to restore both the wealth and honour of the duchy in one action. Even with all this, I wasn't invested in their romance, or in each other really. I kept reading on to find out if I would become more interested, but never really was. I liked the originality of it, and the references to India and Indian society, but all in all, it was just okay.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This historical romance starts with a horse. On the verge of winning the Triple Crown, Rochko is a part of Miss Dina Campbell's dowry. The lady in question receives many greedy suitors who truly seek her champion racer. The worst of the lot seems to be Duke Saxton, an equestrian of some renown who informs her of their engagement rather than, you know, asking her. Commence a battle of wits. Both competitive, they set one another a series of challenges to determine whether Dina will accept the pro This historical romance starts with a horse. On the verge of winning the Triple Crown, Rochko is a part of Miss Dina Campbell's dowry. The lady in question receives many greedy suitors who truly seek her champion racer. The worst of the lot seems to be Duke Saxton, an equestrian of some renown who informs her of their engagement rather than, you know, asking her. Commence a battle of wits. Both competitive, they set one another a series of challenges to determine whether Dina will accept the proposal or find herself set free. The story had a lot of amusing quips and sentimental moments. Dina, in particular, was a strong character. Her passion for translating myths, her enthusiasm for travel, and the way she strives to honor both sides of her cultural heritage (Indian/English) make her a dynamic protagonist. Her at-times tempestuous personality and strong sense of loyalty combined to make a fierce advocate and devoted friend. Our hero, Aetius, held less sparkle for me. It was often his emotional immaturity that held the romance back throughout. On the other hand, the author said to imagine he looks like Hrithik Roshan, and honestly, I can work with that alone. What I loved best about the story is that it wasn't rushed. We get thoughtful details about our characters' lives, relationships, and histories outside the love story. What drives them? What makes them well-rounded people? It was very well done and at just rhe pace I like. I want to know about side characters and read the back-and-forth of conversations to settle the idealistic romance into the trappings of reality in a comforting way. I also enjoyed the snippets from the myth Dina is translating from Sanskrit. This is a promising #ownvoices historical romance debut, and I so look forward to finding out what futures lie in wait for the other characters in this world. Thank you to Entangled Amara and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It hits shelves next month on 4/19!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Izzylovesbooks

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received this book from Netgalley. That being said, I’m only partway through it and I love it. This is one of those few books that have POC representation - Indian representation. I feel seen people! The story follows a typical historical regency romance line. Titled peer meets dashing heroine. Titled peer wants to marry heroine for business, but heroine wants to marry for love. Ensue shenanigans! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received this book from Netgalley. That being said, I’m only partway through it and I love it. This is one of those few books that have POC representation - Indian representation. I feel seen people! The story follows a typical historical regency romance line. Titled peer meets dashing heroine. Titled peer wants to marry heroine for business, but heroine wants to marry for love. Ensue shenanigans! XD The story: Set in 1890s, the backdrop of this historical romance is a refreshing change from Victorian England. You can feel the excitement of the characters to all the new (at that time!) innovations the Duke and his would be duchess espouse in the book. The story itself is more traditional romance like I mentioned before, but also interweaves snippets from a story in Mahabharat. The author does a wonderful job of incorporating Indian values/culture/food into the story without it feeling too on the nose. It feels more natural than something forced on. The characters: The Duke is dashing, Dina is headstrong. The 2 protagonists complement each other well in this book. It’s very interesting to read how the Duke goes from ‘I want to marry for business!’ to ‘I want to marry coz I love her!’. Dina’s feminist tendencies create a perfect foil for our upstanding Duke who also understands what it means to support others. The challenges they set each other to ensure compatibility and understanding are awesome and hilarious, and seem very on point for even this day and age. Personally speaking, I’m looking forward to more books from Ms Sing, I really enjoyed reading this one and recommend to people who enjoy their historical romances filled with heroines who think for themselves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Everett

    Royaline Sing’s debut novel, Betting on the Duke’s Heart is one big joyful ode to traditional regency romances. This isn’t immediately obvious as the book is set in 1895. The eponymous duke owns one of the first automobiles (which requires a footman running in front with a flag to warn oncoming carriages), at one point they take a ride on England’s first Ferris Wheel, and our heroine has had more freedom than traditional regency misses to travel. In another departure from tradition, our heroine, Royaline Sing’s debut novel, Betting on the Duke’s Heart is one big joyful ode to traditional regency romances. This isn’t immediately obvious as the book is set in 1895. The eponymous duke owns one of the first automobiles (which requires a footman running in front with a flag to warn oncoming carriages), at one point they take a ride on England’s first Ferris Wheel, and our heroine has had more freedom than traditional regency misses to travel. In another departure from tradition, our heroine, Dina, is half-Indian and embraces that part of her heritage. Dina and her Indian servants have taught her English cook the ways of making food (and the descriptions of dishes such as paneer masala and shrikhand made my mouth water), in one scene she performs special Hindu prayers called Aarati, and most importantly, she is deeply committed to translating the epic love sagas of Hindu mythology. However, Sing places us firmly in traditional regency territory with an alpha duke, Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, who refuses to let himself fall in love with the enchanting heroine because of trust issues and pairs him nicely with a heroine who values her freedom too much to agree to marriage without the promise of love. The plot is traditional as well, with plenty of miscommunications, a nasty villain, and a cinematic-worthy ending – but Sing has penned it with a wink and a nod and her own twists. Betting on the Duke conveys so much exuberance and joy, I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading. Royaline Sing delivers a traditional historical romance plot in a unique manner with a decidedly nontraditional heroine – hitting familiar notes with an infectious zeal that is all her own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    There were many things going for this book that I wanted to really enjoy it. Sadly, it didn’t work for me and I had a hard time getting through it. Things I was excited for: South Asian author writing a biracial heroine (half English & half Indian) in a historical romance. Lots of Indian culture and Hindu mythology blended in to the story. What didn’t work: the romance is extremely lacking, you get dropped into the story without any background to either the hero or heroine. But the hero just int There were many things going for this book that I wanted to really enjoy it. Sadly, it didn’t work for me and I had a hard time getting through it. Things I was excited for: South Asian author writing a biracial heroine (half English & half Indian) in a historical romance. Lots of Indian culture and Hindu mythology blended in to the story. What didn’t work: the romance is extremely lacking, you get dropped into the story without any background to either the hero or heroine. But the hero just introduces himself as the heroine’s new fiancé and it’s not in a fun, romcom way that brings any chemistry or banter. Their betrothal just kind of happens and it is all for a horse. I thought I liked horses involved in historical romances, but this one made me second guess that. The hero is a horse racer and the heroine (along with her father) are horse breeders. There is A LOT of horse talk in this, if you want to read more about horses and less on romance maybe this’ll work for you. But when there is a detailed steamy scene between the two horses before any chemistry with the hero and heroine, I think is about the time I was ready to check out. I’m all for a slow burn romance but this just wasn’t really a romance ever and I was so confused with things happening in the story. Thank you to the publisher (Entangled) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Aetius is a duke in search of a bride and a champion racehorse in this Victorian England romance. If he can get both at once, all the better. Dina’s dowry includes such a horse, but she’s not inclined to marry. Instead, she wants to focus on her true passion, translating ancient tales from Sanskrit and publishing them. She’s tempted by the duke, but will he accept a wife with her own ideas? The more Aetius gets to know Dina, the more he realizes he has to have her on any terms. This was an inter Aetius is a duke in search of a bride and a champion racehorse in this Victorian England romance. If he can get both at once, all the better. Dina’s dowry includes such a horse, but she’s not inclined to marry. Instead, she wants to focus on her true passion, translating ancient tales from Sanskrit and publishing them. She’s tempted by the duke, but will he accept a wife with her own ideas? The more Aetius gets to know Dina, the more he realizes he has to have her on any terms. This was an interesting premise, but the characters were flat and the plot was meandering. The whole book should’ve been about 25% shorter, which would’ve eliminated some of the many, many misunderstandings between the central couple. I kept yelling “just TALK to each other!!” every time one overheard a conversation and came to the wrong conclusion. Story lines kept appearing and disappearing without real resolution. At one point, Dina makes a big deal that the duke doesn’t even know her first name. Later he uses it in conversation, but neither of them acknowledges that this should’ve been a significant moment. Also, in a novel where Dina’s Indian heritage is such an important part of her identity, the author should’ve known better than to have her heroine publicly perform an “Arabian” dance in an attempt to scandalize the hero. Way to other a whole culture. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Ash

    Historical romances were the thing keeping me afloat the past year, and Betting on a Duke's Heart is one I'll never forget! There was so much to love in this book. The time period, late Victorian, offered a unique backdrop to the romance: the marriage act amendments, the first cars, a ferris wheel. I loved that this book started in an unconventional way--with a race horse named Rochko that has won 2 out of 3 races of the Triple Crown. The horse belongs to the half-Indian heroine, Dina Campbell (h Historical romances were the thing keeping me afloat the past year, and Betting on a Duke's Heart is one I'll never forget! There was so much to love in this book. The time period, late Victorian, offered a unique backdrop to the romance: the marriage act amendments, the first cars, a ferris wheel. I loved that this book started in an unconventional way--with a race horse named Rochko that has won 2 out of 3 races of the Triple Crown. The horse belongs to the half-Indian heroine, Dina Campbell (her dowry), which meant many horse-mad suitors had vied for her hand and failed. Enter Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, who intends on marrying Dina and securing Rochko. What follows is a brilliantly paced romance full of challenges, laughter, and moments so heartbreaking I had to keep reading to see what happened next. As someone who grew up around horses, I appreciated that unique aspect of the plot. I also loved that each chapter began with lines of "The Love Saga of Nala and Damayanti" and how Sing was able to include details of Dina's Indian heritage, like recipes, clothes, and mythology. I really enjoyed how determined Dina was to be in control of her own life, and how she refused to marry a duke at the cost of her dreams. I cannot wait to see what Royaline Sing writes next!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Front let me just say that I read this book while I was sick. So did my illness affect my enjoyment of this historical? Did it add to my confusion at times that I would have to read and re-read some areas as I couldn’t understand them? I really don’t know. All I can say is I struggled to read this. It seemed to me that both parties were attracted to each other but it was like each wante I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Front let me just say that I read this book while I was sick. So did my illness affect my enjoyment of this historical? Did it add to my confusion at times that I would have to read and re-read some areas as I couldn’t understand them? I really don’t know. All I can say is I struggled to read this. It seemed to me that both parties were attracted to each other but it was like each wanted to get or make over the other person. I even had to set this aside and read other books and kept coming back to it as I rarely never finish reading a book. There is always something that will make a book change the direction and make the struggle at times worth it. It will make me really see the struggle that the author put the characters through. This story is told in a dual POV format. That normally helps me to fully understand the characters but not in this case. I was confused at several points. Once Dina said that she enjoyed the outdoors and her mother taught her how to fly on the banyan tree roots. Then she says that her mother ignored her and only looked forward to her father’s return. Again while I struggled with this book in confusion and not connecting to the characters, that may have been me being ill, not the author’s work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, plans to acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even if it's through marriage. Miss Dina Campbell wants nothing to do with another suitor who's only after her prize stallion dowry. She'd much rather work on translations than become a duchess, and she needs Aetius to prove that he cares about her - not her horse. I was drawn to the striking cover and the plot description that sounded a little different than everything else I'd been reading. For me, this Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, plans to acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even if it's through marriage. Miss Dina Campbell wants nothing to do with another suitor who's only after her prize stallion dowry. She'd much rather work on translations than become a duchess, and she needs Aetius to prove that he cares about her - not her horse. I was drawn to the striking cover and the plot description that sounded a little different than everything else I'd been reading. For me, this story was a little like trying to find the right water temperature...every time I thought it was just about right, it would go cold. The horse plot that I was initially intrigued by, went beyond being a useful side story and completely took over. I wanted to become engaged with Dina's background and culture, but even that wasn't enough to draw me in to these characters. This is the debut novel for Royaline Sing, and with that I give the book some leeway. I felt like the author was trying to include too much and that took away from romance building. I would try another book in the future. 2.5 stars. Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Cultural Differences * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #BettingOnADukesHeart #NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    3.75 Stars Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned if he won't save the man’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Hell will freeze over before Miss Dina Campbell agrees to marry a horse-mad man who wants her dowry of a prize stallion, no matter what her father wants. I believe this is the author's debut novel & I found it to be a well written book with 3.75 Stars Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned if he won't save the man’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Hell will freeze over before Miss Dina Campbell agrees to marry a horse-mad man who wants her dowry of a prize stallion, no matter what her father wants. I believe this is the author's debut novel & I found it to be a well written book with misunderstandings, miscommunications & a delightful couple. I enjoyed that it was set in the late Victorian period so there was one of the first automobiles complete with the flag waving servant walking / running in front. I thoroughly enjoyed Aetius & Dinas’ road to a HEA but I would have loved if there hadn't been so much about horses! I must admit I did get bogged down in all the horsey bits & found myself skimming through sometimes pages. I did love the strong willed Dina & the gorgeous Aetius, the chemistry between the pair slowly came to a boil. I also loved their verbal bantering. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mae Bruce

    There is nothing I love more than an enemies-to-lovers romance. I love the battles of wits, the tension, and the chemistry and slow burn as the couple finally realizes that despite all their efforts, they’re perfect together. Betting on a Duke’s Heart had all the best elements of a great enemies-to-lovers historical romance. Right away, I connected with Dina, who was smart, witty, and relatable. Aetius took me a bit longer to warm up to, which makes perfect sense in a story like this! The heroin There is nothing I love more than an enemies-to-lovers romance. I love the battles of wits, the tension, and the chemistry and slow burn as the couple finally realizes that despite all their efforts, they’re perfect together. Betting on a Duke’s Heart had all the best elements of a great enemies-to-lovers historical romance. Right away, I connected with Dina, who was smart, witty, and relatable. Aetius took me a bit longer to warm up to, which makes perfect sense in a story like this! The heroine needs to have a reason to hate him until she (and we) slowly peel away his layers and see him for the kind, ultimately good, but damaged person that he is. In this case, Aetius was totally horse-obsessed and sometimes couldn’t see beyond that. But his reasons for being so, stemming from his troubling past, all made perfect sense. It was so much fun to ride along with Dina and Aetius on this journey of discovering themselves and each other. The side characters were great fun, and Dina’s secret occupation and Aetius’s horses added interesting, fresh new elements to the story. Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Candy Briggs

    I enjoyed the book. It is the first time I have read any of her work and look forward to reading more. Dina Campbell was born in India. Her mother r was Indian and her father was English. She was gifted with the freedom to marry and to who or so she thought. Duke of Saxton, Aetius White, was a kind of bully. He comes to her home spends three minutes telling her she is engaged and does not even give her a chance to say anything. He is obsessed with horses. He spends a lot of time with them. She re I enjoyed the book. It is the first time I have read any of her work and look forward to reading more. Dina Campbell was born in India. Her mother r was Indian and her father was English. She was gifted with the freedom to marry and to who or so she thought. Duke of Saxton, Aetius White, was a kind of bully. He comes to her home spends three minutes telling her she is engaged and does not even give her a chance to say anything. He is obsessed with horses. He spends a lot of time with them. She refuses to marry anyone who only thinks of horses and puts her second. From a friend, she is given a horse named Rochko. Her father has included the horse as part of her dowry. Not a happy lady. Dina starts out doing everything she can to get him to change his mind. He only sees the horse. It is a cute story and what they go thru with each other. She is almost as crazy about horses but not like him. I do recommend this book. I received this ARC from Ney Galley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    This historical romance uses a few tried and true concepts that, combined, should have made for a fun book: Dina's father has settled a winning racehorse on her as a dowry. When Dina turns him down, the horse-mad nobleman who takes the bait agrees to court her through the means of "challenges" - if he wins, he can announce their engagement; if she wins, he withdraws his proposal. We were also intrigued by Dina's mixed-race background: her mother was Indian, while her father is of the British gen This historical romance uses a few tried and true concepts that, combined, should have made for a fun book: Dina's father has settled a winning racehorse on her as a dowry. When Dina turns him down, the horse-mad nobleman who takes the bait agrees to court her through the means of "challenges" - if he wins, he can announce their engagement; if she wins, he withdraws his proposal. We were also intrigued by Dina's mixed-race background: her mother was Indian, while her father is of the British gentry. Instead of a fun and frothy novel, however, Betting on a Duke's Heart leans in to the angst. The challenges/courtship are only half of the book, while the second half includes blackmail, sabotage, missed connections and refusal to communicate. If you really like the time period (late Victorian), horses, and are interested in the South Asian connection, you might be interested in this one. Unfortunately it was not our cup of tea. This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the novel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    gabreadsbooks

    A delightful enemies to lovers tale, with horses! Dina and Aetius had a fun push and pull dynamic. The will they won't they element was certainly strong with this one! I think what I enjoyed the most was the Indian mythology and British/Indian culture throughout the book. I don't think there are enough historical romances that include these things and this scored major points with me. I liked the snippets of the "The Loves Saga of Nala and Damayanti" at the beginning of every chapter. I think it A delightful enemies to lovers tale, with horses! Dina and Aetius had a fun push and pull dynamic. The will they won't they element was certainly strong with this one! I think what I enjoyed the most was the Indian mythology and British/Indian culture throughout the book. I don't think there are enough historical romances that include these things and this scored major points with me. I liked the snippets of the "The Loves Saga of Nala and Damayanti" at the beginning of every chapter. I think it gave the book a little something extra and helped build up the romance between Dina and Aetius. However, I do think the book may have focused a little too much on the horses (training, breeding, etc.) than was necessary. I think if these parts were trimmed done a bit I would have enjoyed that plot point more. Thank you Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for the arc. This in no way effected my opinions or review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andreajanel_reads

    A huge thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read an ARC of this debut novel in exchange for an honest review. This was a wonderful debut historical romance. I loved the representation, and Dina and Aetius were the perfect match. While I enjoyed the unique backgrounds of the characters and their slow burn development of their relationship, there were several reasons I couldn't quite give the book 4 stars. 1. The dialogue was a bit clunky at times - especially during t A huge thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read an ARC of this debut novel in exchange for an honest review. This was a wonderful debut historical romance. I loved the representation, and Dina and Aetius were the perfect match. While I enjoyed the unique backgrounds of the characters and their slow burn development of their relationship, there were several reasons I couldn't quite give the book 4 stars. 1. The dialogue was a bit clunky at times - especially during the intimate scenes. 2. The heroine capitulated too quickly - I would have loved to have seen more encounters between them before she realized her feelings were more than lust. 3. The scene in the hayloft was awkward to me. 4. I found myself skimming over a lot of the descriptions, and sometimes the sentences were just too long. These observations aside, it was still a lovely debut and I look forward to reading more by this author. 3.5 Stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Pearce

    For the most part I enjoyed Betting on a Dukes heart. Sinq is able to create a regency romance that feels familiar and packed with our favourite tropes while at the same time feels fresh. Why can’t all books have this kind of diversity? The heroine Dina is part Indian and her heritage is embraced and explored fully in this novel, through the food and her love of Hindu mythology. She is wonderfully independent while loyal to the people that matter most. Aetius plays the perfect damaged hero with a For the most part I enjoyed Betting on a Dukes heart. Sinq is able to create a regency romance that feels familiar and packed with our favourite tropes while at the same time feels fresh. Why can’t all books have this kind of diversity? The heroine Dina is part Indian and her heritage is embraced and explored fully in this novel, through the food and her love of Hindu mythology. She is wonderfully independent while loyal to the people that matter most. Aetius plays the perfect damaged hero with a good heart, I enjoyed seeing the enemies to lovers push and pull, his layers slowly peeled back as Dina steals his heart. Some of the dialogue fell short for me, I found myself re reading paragraphs because I couldn’t grasp where parts were going. And the damn horses, I usually love a novel which explores a hobby, especially one I am not familiar with, but the horses in this felt a little too much. Thanks NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Bharwani

    This is my first time reading from Royaline Sing, I can tell you one thing it will be my last time, this was the most boring historical romance novel I have read. It takes forever to get to one phase - to the next. If you are a horse lover you might enjoy this book it's more descriptive about the horse then the romance. A lot of the things just don't make sense, the author didn't do her research on the timings, motor cars were in England? During the Regency era? Where did Dina get the henna arti This is my first time reading from Royaline Sing, I can tell you one thing it will be my last time, this was the most boring historical romance novel I have read. It takes forever to get to one phase - to the next. If you are a horse lover you might enjoy this book it's more descriptive about the horse then the romance. A lot of the things just don't make sense, the author didn't do her research on the timings, motor cars were in England? During the Regency era? Where did Dina get the henna artists, the rest of the Indian staff? Nothing made sense, and Duke is Saxton romance your wife for heaven's sake not the horse. A huge disappointment, if I could rate it a zero I would! I'm not trying to be harsh, I read so many regency romances and I love British history, so at least be a bit accurate. I was given this book for free from Netgalley, and all my opinions are of my own,

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alison Cochrun

    One of the things I love most about Betting on a Duke's Heart is how it is both rooted in the tropes and genre conventions of historical romance in a way that feels comfortable and familiar, like a warm blanket, while also bringing its own twists. I don't think I've ever read a historical romance that takes place in this time period before (1890s), which makes the book feel fresh and allows it to explore territory not often seen in Regency romances. I also love the way Royaline Sing weaves in Di One of the things I love most about Betting on a Duke's Heart is how it is both rooted in the tropes and genre conventions of historical romance in a way that feels comfortable and familiar, like a warm blanket, while also bringing its own twists. I don't think I've ever read a historical romance that takes place in this time period before (1890s), which makes the book feel fresh and allows it to explore territory not often seen in Regency romances. I also love the way Royaline Sing weaves in Dina's translations of "The Love Saga of Nala and Damayanti" and the Hindu mythology through the book, as well as the feminist sensibilities of Dina. I hope we continue to see more diverse representation in historical romance, and I cannot wait to see what Sing writes next! I recommend this book for anyone who loves historical romances, stormy heroes, bold heroines, and lots of tension!

  29. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    This was a slow burning book, it took until almost half way in for the book to really get going and pick up speed. It was a good first novel, but was too long and some chapters with their backstories/hobbies could have easilly been edited out without harming the story. Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, is hell bent on acquiring Triple Crown–winning horse to fulfill this father's dream. He doesn't care that means marriage to Miss Dina Campbell. The problem is she doesn't want to marry except love. This was a slow burning book, it took until almost half way in for the book to really get going and pick up speed. It was a good first novel, but was too long and some chapters with their backstories/hobbies could have easilly been edited out without harming the story. Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, is hell bent on acquiring Triple Crown–winning horse to fulfill this father's dream. He doesn't care that means marriage to Miss Dina Campbell. The problem is she doesn't want to marry except love. Even then she can't become a duchess due to everything that would be required would stop her from her translating business. She resents him for just wanting the horse and making her feel unwanted. But she will accept him if he wins her competition. But as the competition heats up, it becomes more about being near each other and less about winning.

  30. 4 out of 5

    gwendalyn _books_

    Betting on a Duke’s Heart by by Royaline Sing A wonderful debut by a South Asian author writing a biracial heroine (half English & half Indian) in a historical romance. The book is peppered with Indian culture along with Hindu mythology blended within the story. We have opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers romance between the two main characters, Aetius and Dina. The storyline is reminiscent of older historical romances, that use a subject, as an anchor for plot line. In this book it’s all about Betting on a Duke’s Heart by by Royaline Sing A wonderful debut by a South Asian author writing a biracial heroine (half English & half Indian) in a historical romance. The book is peppered with Indian culture along with Hindu mythology blended within the story. We have opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers romance between the two main characters, Aetius and Dina. The storyline is reminiscent of older historical romances, that use a subject, as an anchor for plot line. In this book it’s all about horses, which I found quite fascinating. The heroine gives the reader a brief translated passage at the beginning of each chapter. Which gives this book some really inventive dynamics. I loved the wonderful added culture and heritage that adds depth to story. It’s a slow burn romance with lots angst, and chemistry.

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