Book Review

‘Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea’ by Sophia Nash

STORY: Roxanne Vanderhaven always believed herself the perfect wife. But when her husband, the Earl of Paxton, leaves her clinging to the edge of a cliff, she’s forced to face the truth: she married a murderous blackguard. Her eventual rescuer, Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, is one of England’s most disreputable peers—a member of the notorious royal entourage, no less–and certainly the last man she can count on. Indeed, the Prince Regent himself exiled Barclay to Cornwall, and now, by decree, the dashing duke must seek a royal bride to regain favor and help quell the public’s fury against the excesses of the crown.

Roxanne desperately wants a new life—after she’s uncovered the cause of her husband’s despicable actions—and she finds herself drawn, most surprisingly, to her unlikely champion. The Duke of Kress may not be quite the scoundrel he appears…but if she gives him her heart, will Roxanne be making the same mistake twice?

REVIEW: Ms. Nash’s new series The Royal Entourage starts off with a premise that six bachelor dukes of the royal entourage spent one night celebrating the upcoming nuptials of one of them, got so wasted that none could remember the scandal they created for not just themselves, but for their Prince Regent as well. Well, said Prince Regent has just about had enough of their debauchery [and never you mind that he himself was present at the time] and to punish one wouldn’t do, so he decides he would punish all six.

First up is Duke of Kress who is now under royal orders to go back to his dilapidated Cornwall castle, try to make it livable and find a bride, post-haste.

In his wildest dreams, Alex could not have dreamt that his future bride would be one Roxanne, who he rescues from the certain death as she hangs from the side of a sea cliff determined to find out why would the man she’s married to try to murder her.

This story wasn’t bad, but then again I hadn’t enjoyed it fully either. The reason for the lack of my enjoyment was too much slapstick and not enough reality. This had a lot of potential, but the author relied too much on giving us situations and characters that rang too false and unbelievable. It all felt forced and silly, from the situation to situation, and character to character. The plot in itself is too confusing and not even a little plausible.

If I was comparing it to movies, this would go way of romantic comedies with a twist of predictable mystery. If you’re Sophia Nash’s fan, you will enjoy it, but this is my first read from her and I wasn’t enjoying it that much. I’m hoping that the next one in the series will be rid of confusion and INFUSION of too many characters with not much to do but hang about and confuse me.

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3 thoughts on “‘Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea’ by Sophia Nash”

  1. A comedy romance huh? Can’t say there are too many of those, but partly because comedy is tricky to write.
    A nicely put together review.

  2. I had the same problems with this book. There were so many characters introduced that it was hard to keep track of them all. As you stated, Roxanne’s husband was written as a cartoon character. While he had some humorous moments, none of his actions felt real. Also, no valid reason was ever given as to why he wanted out of the marriage.

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