Unmasked Heart, an inspirational regency romance. Riley has given life to her characters and the book is well written and interesting, All of her life, young Gaia has felt that she was different from her siblings and that she did not have her father’s love. Her skin is of a darker hue and she was told it was from her Spanish ancestor on her mother’s side. It was not until she was grown that she was told that her mother had an affair with an African musician. She has taken care of her small brother, who has a learning disability and her father wants her to remain unmarried and care for his heir. She meets the near neighbor the Duke of Cheshire. He is in need of help from someone like Gaia–someone who will be kind and patient with his mute daughter. He’s not looking for love. He was hurt badly from the adulterous affair of his wife who is now deceased. He finds himself being drawn to the shy, nearsighted Gaia. An unlikely love story with many twists and turns for a beautiful ending.