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Monday, June 9, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash

The Once and Future Duchess (Royal Entourage, #4)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062273639
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series: Royal Entourage-1,2,3
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Summary:

A duchess in time saves a noble line …

In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it's Candover's turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.

Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she's loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she's too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there's no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.

My Review:

Intro Babble: Sophia Nash is a favorite of mine. Her books always bring a smile to my face because they are the perfect sweet sort of romance that provides a nice break from the angst I usually read. I am just so happy that I found a great book to break me out of my reading slump before my birthday on the 14th. My birthday is usually a readathon day and slumping is not good. 
Characters
Heroine: Isabelle-She was a pretty awesome heroine. She had a strength about her that I really appreciated. She wasn't willing to just accept and follow along. She was independent and intelligent and it just made me love her more. I very rarely make a strong connection to heroines but I did with Isabelle.
Hero: James-He had putzy tendencies. He did. He was as stubborn as a brick wall. He was just so immovable that I began to get frustrated with him. I really really wanted to give him a good wallop upside the head. His intentions were honorable but still just so very stubborn.
Chemistry: Usually when I say that I wanted to wallop a character upside the head, it's sort of a bad thing. That a character frustrated me so terribly that I wanted to chuck the book or Kobo across the room in a fit of rage. But not in this case. I loved both Isabelle and James in spite of their (mostly James') faults. They were perfect together. James putzy tendencies led to a bit of angst which I love.
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Ending Babble: I loved this book so much. Isabelle was just such a shining star of a heroine that I think even if I didn't like the storyline, Isabelle would have stood out for me anyway. But I did love the storyline. The slight angst balanced with the sweetness that Sophia Nash usually brings into her novels was just perfect. This is my favorite in the series by far. 
About Sophia Nash:

Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave. Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children. Sophia's novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist's "Top Ten Romances of the Year." 

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