Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tasty Virtual Book Tour Review + Promo + Giveaway: The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash

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.

My Thoughts:

When I started my blog back in 2012, I read a Sophia Nash book and absolutely loved the story. We jump ahead to 2014, I got a chance to review another of Sophia's books. I saw the title which intrigued me. To be honest I didn't really read the blurb on the book all I read focused on was the title and the author. I know that's terrible of me, but it's how I roll sometimes.

Anyway, I enjoyed Once and Future Duchess, because one it can be read as a standalone. Which is good since I have the propensity to start books in the middle of a series. Yes, I would probably get more out of a series if I read from book one, but whats the fun it that (kidding). Back to my thoughts since I'm seriously veering off subject.

When I started Once and Future Duchess, I was a little worry, because I just wasn't diving to the story. Eek. However, I finally found myself captivated by the story and by the time I hit the middle I was worry about James (Duke of Candover) and Isabelle getting together. I know that they were going to eventually get together, if they didn't that would be a terrible romance. Sorry.

James so fixated on duty and trying to keep the promise he made to Isabelle's father. However, Isabelle has been in love with James forever and tries to get him to see things her way. Isabelle goes after James and gets shot down. I know sad. You have to give Isabelle credit, I mean she doesn't give up and hopes James sees her more than a duty. James character flaw is that he's so set on doing the right thing that he almost miss his chance of happiness.

I liked the story. I love that Isabelle loves James even though she's 12 years his junior. I adore the characters in the story and how they try to get James to see what he's missing out on, especially Isabelle's little cousin Calliope Little. She's probably one of wisest characters in the story for her age. Overall, an entertaining read that I'm glad I got a chance to read. I guess the best way to describe there's always something going on, maybe a little chaotic at times, but enjoyable.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss

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Author Info
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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  1. How have I never read a Sophia Nash book? I will have to fix that problem. :-)

    I love escaping into the past and not having to physically deal with the uncomfortable parts of it like no plumbing and heated water. :-)

  2. I love the escape to another time and place, along with the larger-than-life heroes.