The Once and Future Duchess

The Once and Future Duchess

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by Sophia Nash
     
 

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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

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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.

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Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
As a result of a bit too much scandal, the Prince Regent has demanded that James Fitzroy, the world-weary, marriage-averse Duke of Candover, give up his wild ways and finally tie the knot. With two disastrous engagements in his wake, though, James is not about to comply. Isabelle Tremont, the young Duchess of March, has been ordered to wed, as well, and her friend James—and her secret love since childhood—is the perfect choice. However, whatever her hopes, owing to the differences in their age and experience, Isabelle fears he won't agree. When her bold proposal nets a refusal, she is prepared and pulls out her list of other "eligible parties" under consideration—and sets the stage for a most interesting Little Season. VERDICT Once again, Nash's impeccable Regency roots shine as she pens another exquisitely detailed, deliciously sensual, and sometimes outrageous escapade that sees all lovers properly aligned, beautifully wrapping up this engaging series. RITA Award-winning Nash (The Duke Diaries) lives in Potomac, MD.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062273635
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
Royal Entourage
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
914,729
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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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The Once and Future Duchess 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Fulfilling one’s duty should never outweigh fulfilling the desires of one’s heart. Someone forgot to tell James that. Or maybe he chose to ignore it. The man was stubborn to a fault, nearly missing his chance at happiness because of his damned sense of duty. *snort* Oh, don’t get me wrong. It was admirable that he was honoring a dead man’s request. It was admirable that he tried to maintain a safe emotional distance from Isabelle. But it was stupid. It didn’t bring an ounce of satisfaction, just heartache. While James struggled to come to terms with these new feelings, Isabelle gave up on what she felt for him. She couldn’t sit around and wait anymore, didn’t want to long for someone who refused to let her in. She took steps to try to move forward only to realize, like James, she would never be free of the love they shared but hadn’t admitted to yet. I love friends to lovers romances because it’s a story about a love that already exists between two people who just need to see it, feel it, experience it, and admit it. It was like that for James with Isabelle. She knew she loved him, but he needed to see her with other men to know exactly how he felt for her went further than friendship. This is a lovely tale that focuses on James and Isabelle. There aren’t any pirates, kidnappings, journeys to Gretna, or fleeing to the Continent. There are secrets to be told, grudges to be buried, ways of thinking to be broken, and love to be acknowledged. The bumps and mishaps along the way are reminders that happily ever after doesn’t come easily to some couples. But you know? It does happen. James and Isabelle are proof of that. ***Received from Tasty Book Tours via Edelweiss for an honest review***
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ending was a little fast and it took the hero a longgg time to figure out his feelings. Other than that, it was well written, funny-especially the golfing, and romantic. It was a continuation of a series- Royal entourage or bachelor entourage ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read The ending was a little fast
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