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Product Details

  • Series: Royal Entourage
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062022334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062022332
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Six Regency heroes — One royal hangover

Last night was a blur.

This morning is a shock.

Tonight will be a secret. . .

The Duke of Norwich has two rules: never marry and never go to sea. So on the morning after the most extravagant royal bachelor party of the century, he is stunned to find himself aboard a storm-tossed ship and locked in the arms of a proper lady.

The Countess of Derby has two rules as well: never give away your heart and never let anyone get in the way of your life's deepest passions. But Esme cannot resist Roman when all seems lost at sea. Yet when their ship returns to London, everything will be forgotten . . . as long as they can keep their secret from the Prince Regent. For if the future king commands them to marry, all their fondest dreams will be ruined. But where love is concerned, some rules are made to be broken . . .

About 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."

Customer Reviews

I've read both books in the series and look forward to more.
H.Sue
Also, the ending could of been better it was almost like someone told her that the book was boring so she needed to put some twist and turns in it.
ash
I loved this read immensely for its writing, pace, plot and awesome dialogue.
bookworm2bookworm

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on March 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Roman, seventeenth Duke of Norwich, has two rules by which he guides his life--never marry and end the dreaded Norwich curse as he is the final heir to the dukedom and to never to go sea as he is certain as this is how he is going to die. When he wakes up on a ship in the middle of a storm after one disastrous bachelor party, he naturally flies into a panic. Esme, Countess of Derby, sees a man who looks like he is about to fall overboard, she gathers her wits and rescues the man and she quickly sees the blind terror he is suffering and sets about trying to soothe him. What they share is just for the moment but the resulting actions from the bachelor party force these to into an unwanted marriage. However, Esme is the perfect balm to Roman's fear of never letting himself fall in love but she is holding a secret that could jeopardize their new found happiness and when yet another secret from Roman's past comes to light, it is with love and joy that Roman and Esme are able to finally find peace together.

I really enjoyed this book. It is not overly serious, but just warm, light, silly and sexy fun! I loved the instant attraction between Roman and Esme and how Esme insists that they call each other by their last names (to help protect her secret). So Esme is known as 'March' and Roman is know as 'Montagu'. It always brings a smile to my face when couple give each other nicknames that are just perfect for each other. I also liked how Esme was not a great beauty and she was aware of this and was happy to just go about her life as a widow, never planning of falling in love with someone who could truly love her back. She is warm, witty and enjoys her independence but ends up finding life as a duchess something she can bear.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Wesley on April 14, 2012
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Esme March, the widowed Countess of Derby, is aboard The Drake on her way to Italy to pursue her dreams of becoming a great painter. Just out of port, she finds herself in a cabin with the dashing Roman Montagu, the seventeenth Duke of Norwich, known as Seventeen to his cohorts. His cohorts are the Royal Entourage, a group of dissipate dukes who party hardy with the Prince Regent. The night before, said cohorts got rip-roaringly drunk on absinthe and put Roman aboard The Drake as a joke. You see, in the time-honored way of immature drunken men everywhere, the entourage thought it would be hilarious to send Roman to sea, knowing that he had a deadly fear of the water due to an old family curse that had led to the premature deaths of the sixteen previous Dukes of Norwich. It all has to do with ducks, in a rather ridiculous way.

Esme and Roman find themselves stranded on the Isle of Wright, and with Roman's fear of the sea, he is reluctant to sail even the short distance back to London. They linger before finally returning home, only to discover that word of their encounter has reached the Regent. Not only that, the public is outraged by the wanton behavior of the entourage, and the Regent finds that his popularity, never very high, is plummeting. His solution: make all the drunken dukes marry immediately, including Roman and Esme.

Esme never thought to marry again; her first marriage had been arranged, and though her husband was kind, he drank himself to death. All Esme wants is to be independent, to travel, and to paint. She can't help being a bit in love with her new husband, but she knows that he will never love her. She's tall, rather plain, and never caught on after several Seasons.

For himself, Roman has pledged never to marry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookworm2bookworm on June 27, 2012
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This is the second story of Royal Entourage series by Sophia Nash, and I have only one question: Was this written by the same author as the first installment?! Don't answer it as it's only a rhetorical question. I'm sure it is, but I can honestly say where the first book just went on giving me the headache, this one was just brilliant.

From the first page to the last the story kept my interest and the author made me love everyone in it, especially the hero.

I just love it when authors give perfect hero's shades of gray. They seem more human to me and this duke was to die for.

Roman Montague, the seventeenth (pay attention to the number) Duke of Norwich will take your breath away! He certainly took Esme's (and mine as well)! Ms. Nash did an outstanding job this time around in balancing humor, wit and truly remarkable and grown-up romance between Roman, a very flawed and unique hero, and Esme, who was strong, independent and very talented woman.

What starts out as a bet and a joke, puts Roman on a course of true love, but with it come many sacrifices and it was great watching this man deal with the changes.

As for Esme, what starts out as a trip of a lifetime, turns out to be destiny she never foresaw nor wanted for herself.

I loved this read immensely for its writing, pace, plot and awesome dialogue. Hero and heroine were likable and the romance was H.O.T. You don't need to read the first at all to get with this one as the author brings you up to date with all the previous goings-on. I am just amazed at how much more I like this book then the previous one! Highly recommend it!!!

Mel

*Copy provided by AVON publisher through Edelweiss*
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More About the Author

Sophia Nash's first three Regency romances won eight national awards, including a RITA award, Romantic Times Award for Best Regency Romance, and a spot on the American Library Association's Top Ten Romances of the Year. Her first single title Historical from Avon/Harper Collins hits the shelves June 2007. Raised in America and France, Sophia began her writing career as a television producer for CBS, and also held stints as a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO before pursuing her long-held dream of writing fiction. Readers may may enter contests and learn more about her national award-winning novels via her website: www.sophianash.com.


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