Hi everyone! I have a stop on The Once and Future Duchess blog tour today. There is a review of the book and a giveaway for you all.
The Once and Future Duchess
Royal Entourage Series Book Four
By: Sophia Nash
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.
Isabelle is the Duchess of March and is told she must marry. She isn't against that she has to but there really is only one man she wants. The problem is he does not want to settle down and pushes her away. Candover has tried to get married before and it never happened. Even with Prinny saying he must marry he still refuses to. He thinks a lot of Isabelle but doesn't want to see her tied to him. He also doesn't want her with anyone else. He will have to look deep inside to see what he really wants before Isabelle is gone for good.
Isabelle is a strong independent woman who is doing a great job being a duchess. She wants kids and doesn't want to marry just anyone. She does her best to get James to see she is the one for her. She is also a great person who would put aside her happiness to ensure her friends are happy. James keeps to himself and tries to stay out of things. He has enough secrets and doesn't want more. He is attracted to Isabelle but is afraid to let love have any part of him. He is also very loyal and caring even when he seems gruff.
I really enjoyed getting to know Isabelle and James in this book. From the start you can see they clearly belong together. Isabelle is a great character as she isn't like the normal ones. She knows she has to marry and she is loyal to the crown but she also does things her way. She may be young but she uses her head and is doing ok on her own. James will sometime make you want to shake him and say open your eyes man. He sometimes doesn't put out the best signals and really it takes a very young person to get him to open his eyes. this was a delight to read and I liked getting to know all the characters and figuring out everyone's family secrets. there is plenty of love in this book and I will say even I worried sometimes how it would turn out. If you enjoy historical romances be sure to pick this one up.
4 out of 5 Stars
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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