Today I have another historic romance review with Tasty Book Tours. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what others thought and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where two lucky winners will win a digital copy of The Duke Diaries: Royal Entourage # 3 by Sophia Nash.
Returning to Regency England where the Prince was a bit of a hellion, Sophia Nash sets the Once and Future Duchess as the story of Isobel, the fourth book in the series. I haven’t read the earlier books (I will remedy that) but I didn’t find a lack of information that impeded my understanding or enjoyment of this story.
Particularly unusual in that both of these characters are equals: I’m so used to the historic romance that I read be a fight against convention and class standing that a story that brought characters who naturally would have been in contact in a social setting was both unusual and enjoyable.
I liked both Isobel and James, although there were several points that I could have gladly shaken or slapped them in turns. A scandal in which their whole circle, including the Prince, were involved, the mitigation is for the Prince’s inner circle to all find spouses. The scandalous behavior, whether real or imagined is threatening his position and the crown’s reputation.
Isobel is lovely; determined, strong and unafraid to go after what she wants, she wants James, has loved him for years and if only she can just convince him. James was frustrating: decided he wouldn’t marry but now required to, it took him seemingly forever to actually see what was in front of his eyes in Isobel. Men can be so frustrating and James and antiquated promises made in haste years ago are a waste of energy and time.
Nash adds in a bonus with another romance starting to blossom with Amelia and Sussex, and while just glimpses are available, those are delicious teasers and made me want more. Sophia Nash – you have a new reader hooked!
Title: The Once and Future Duchess
Author: Sophia Nash
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours
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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
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.