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cover art for Sophia Nash's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
cover art for Sophia Nash's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Avon

Regency Romance book

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Sophia Nash's Regency Romance, Between the Duke and The Deep Blue Sea begins after a night of debauchery. One of many in the retinue of the Prince of Wales, Alexander Barclay, the Duke of Kress takes the Prince Regent’s wrath when scandal erupts all over England due to their exploits. Not that either Alex or the Prince have any memory of what happened that night. Doesn’t matter. The Prince charges Alex and his friends to find respectable marriages and settle down—as soon as inhumanly possible.

A survivor of the Reign of Terror, and of prison time during the Pennisular War, Alex would rather just be left alone.

Lady Roxanne Vanderhaven has a predicament. Married to a lord who couldn’t care a whit about her mining fortune, he’s left her to dangle off the side of a cliff. She’s lucky to have Alex happen by and as he saves her she convinces him to take her home with him—and say nothing to her husband of her survival. She concocts an alias and settles into his home. And all the while the two work together to bring the wayward Lord to shame.

Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea is a different kind of Regency Romance than you may be used to. A witty, prince and pauper-type love story full of charming characters. I, for one, fell in love with Roxanne as much as I did Alex—not to mention Alex’s aunt and several of their friends. It is the first in Sophia Nash’s Royal Entourage series. If you'd like to check it out, the book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Synopsis:

The morning after the most scandalous bachelor party of the century, the dukes of the royal entourage must face all of London’s fury . . . when not one of them can remember a thing.

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?

**I give this 4 1/2 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Avon/Harper Collins for an honest review.