Monday, July 23, 2012


Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: February 28th, 2012
ISBN 9780062022325
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

A bachelor party turns into something not even the Duke of Kress, Alexander Barclay anticipated. Now in disgrace and ordered to find a bride, Alex is trying to figure out how to do that in the wilds of the country when he literally stumbles across lovely Roxanne Vanderhaven hanging from a cliff. It seems Roxanne’s husband thought to get rid of her by having her fall off a cliff and it is only the timely arrival of Alex that saves her. Now Alex and Roxanne will have to figure out why her husband wanted to kill her and try not to fall in love. Piece of cake, right?

I love the introduction to ‘Dukes of the Royal Entourage’ series in BETWEEN THE DUKE AND DEEP BLUE SEA. It takes the movie Hangover, gives it a fresh twist and delivers a fun time for the reader. Ms. Nash is a talented author who kept me highly entertained while I read the first book in the series and I fell for Alex completely. He is half-French and a total rascal but with a heart of gold that I adored. He is the perfect counterpart to Roxanne who has done her duty, married well and is completely confused by why her husband wants her dead. These two had sparks fly the minute they stepped into the room together. I loved how Roxanne was determined to get back at her despicable husband yet couldn’t help but fall for Alex’s charm as she sees the man beneath the rogue mask he wears. There is humor, simmering sexual tension between Alex and Roxanne and a bit of a mystery surrounding Roxanne’s husband’s desire to get rid of her. The characters are well written, multi-dimensional and very enjoyable, even the secondary ones. The author does a great job in creating unique distinct personalities for all the Dukes in the inner circle and I am quite curious about them all after meeting them here. The writing is tight, action packed and the story flows nicely. Ms. Nash definitely knows how to hook her readers within a chapter. I was eager to see what would happen next in between laughter over the antics of Alex and the other Dukes to glaring at Roxanne’s husband.

Sophia Nash’s BETWEEN THE DUKE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is a fun, entertaining story that delivers lots of wonderful fun for the reader to enjoy. Each page is like a moving picture as lush setting delivers you to Cornwall and the characters deliver some wonderful scenes that had me chuckling at times. I cannot wait to see who is next in the series to find a bride. If you are looking for a story that has humor, romance and more then Sophia Nash’s ‘Dukes of the Royal Entourage’ Series is one you need to pick up today.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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