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Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage #1)

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Six Regency heroes—One royal hangover

An infamous night has been lost to memory. The scandalous Dukes of the Royal Entourage must make amends. The first step is a heroic rescue.

One of England’s most disreputable peers, Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, has stumbled upon a perfect opportunity for redemption. Having been exiled to Cornwall by the Prince Regent himself, Barcla
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Avon
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I've been trying to read this book for several months. I'm giving up. I just don't like the characters, the plot, the dialogue, none of it.
Jun 02, 2012 Caroline rated it did not like it
This book is prefaced with an impressive list of acknowledgements, but it's not clear how these informants, editors, publishers, friends, et al. contributed to what reads like a first attempt at self-publishing.

The prologue describes the aftermath of a drunken debauch by 'Prinny', star of stage, screen and hundreds of Regency romances, and his gang of ducal sycophants. Sadly the reader is left as confused about the debauch as its participants. Worried that his latest excess will spark an uprisin
Mar 18, 2012 Lisarenee rated it really liked it
"Look, plans rarely work. Don't you know that by now? Life never goes according to any grand scheme. Don't count on anyone or anything, even me. You of all people should know that by now."

That was an understatement. Roxanne, Countess of Paxton, was literally left hanging on a cliff by her dear husband. Holding on for dear life, several hours after he left, she finally came to the horrible realization--He'd set her up for a fall and had left her to die. Unfortunately for him, but fortunate for
Feb 16, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, is on his way to his country estate to marry an heiress quickly to help squelch the public outrage over a very sordid bachelor party. Unfortunately, none of the men involved in the bachelor party can really remember what happened and as Alex provided the drinks for the party, well, he is first up to feel the wrath of the Prince Regent (who was also at the party and now needs to repair his reputation). As he is gazing at the cliffs a movement catches his eye and ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Claudine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash

The Royal Entourage series: Six Regency heroes — One royal hangover! 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. The very beginning of this book the "Royal Entourage" of Dukes, including the Prince Regent, while celebrating the upcoming wedding of the Duke of Candover get into some major mischief the night
Mar 24, 2012 Cherise rated it really liked it
The story starts off in what felt like a tribute to the movie The Hangover, only set in historical romance England among royalty. It really cracked me up. Instead of waking up in a trashed suite in Vegas after a night of roofies and drinking… they wind up in the Prince Regent’s suite after a long night of swilling Absinthe. This book explores what happened to Alexander Barclay the Duke of Kress, and his consequences after the bachelor party. This looks to be a series and the next book will follo ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical/Regency Romance Lovers
Recommended to Julie by: One Wicked Romance a Week Group
An unexpected "knight in shining armor", Alexander Barclay, the Duke of Kress rescues Roxanne Vanderhaven, Countess of Paxton, while clinging to a cliff-side edge. Alexander who is a new member to the Prince Regent's "Royal Entourage" has been exiled to the country and ordered to choose a wife within the month by the Prince Regent himself. The blame to this harsh sentence can be assigned to the devil-drink, Absinthe, (unfortunately supplied by the Duke of Kress) causing a notorious night of deb ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
A fun, fanciful read that begins the series of novels featuring members of the Prince Regent's inner circle of dukes--bachelors all--with whom he cavorts. Prinny likes to play, but in this case, he and his entourage have managed to scandalize both aristocrat and commoner. In a bid to reclaim some of his people's loyalty, Prinny decrees that all the dukes must marry and do it fast, and the brides are to be chosen from an approved list given to them. All the dukes and the prospective brides gather ...more
Jodi Lamm
Dec 18, 2014 Jodi Lamm marked it as abandoned
I'm taking a class on the romance genre and this is my homework. This is not a genre I typically read (hence the class), so I'm going into this thing relatively green.

Well, I'm going to give up on this one, especially since my reason for reading it has come and gone. Rather than do a typical review, I'll just list the three main reasons I couldn't bring myself to finish the book.

1. The story outside the romance was too thinly dispersed for me. It seemed to surface every fifty-plus pages or so,
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
A “love affair with a book” for me starts with a click, just like between people: it clicks right away or it doesn’t. In the case of Between the Duke and the Blue Sea, it simply didn’t. And it’s so unfortunate, because I believe this novel had a great potential. To give you an idea of the way I felt about this book, imagine to be sitting in front of a beautiful fireplace blazing with fire, but no warmth whatsoever coming out of it. Such a pity…the author introduced such great elements of suspens ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Melanie rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Nely rated it really liked it
Alexander Barclay, the ninth Duke of Kress, has no recollection of what went on last night. After waking up with a splitting headache and coming to the conclusion that all the other Dukes he partied with the night before are in the same predicament that he is, he knows that nothing good must have happened the night before. When their night of debauchery is described in full detail in the paper, he comes to learn that not only has he lost his fortune in a bet that he doesn't even remember, but he ...more
Virginia Campbell
Feb 16, 2012 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing
I adore the writing of Sophia Nash, and I am so excited that she has created a new series, "The Royal Entourage"! "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea" features a half-French and totally charming hero, Alex Barclay. When he rescues lovely and lively Roxanne Vanderhaven from a murder attempt by her own husband, his own life is turned topsy-turvy in a most delightful manner. Banished to the country by the Prince Regent after a fateful night of debauchery, Alex is ordered to restore his own fami ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Rating: A-

This was surprisingly funny for a historical romance. I don't usually expect much humor when reading historicals unless it's the sarcastic, self-deprecating humor usually imparted by the long suffering hero. This time around it's both the hero and heroine who try to out-do each other with their sharp wit. Their bantering reminded me of David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepard) from the show Moonlighting.

After being sent to the wilds of Cornwall to redeem himself by finding a sui
Mar 30, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
I went into this book a bit leery as the blurb made this out to be a farcical romp. I was sooo glad that it wasn't completely. While some of the fringe characters, i.e Prince George or Prinny, were a bit heavy handedly caricature, the main characters had more depth and emotion than I had expected which was a very pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the banter between all the main characters and while it did veer a bit into the nonsensical, it wasn't enough to draw me out of the story.

I won't rei
Apr 19, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic-reads
Well, I was going to give this four stars until the (view spoiler). Actually, that sounds suspiciously similar to my complaint for the next ...more
Kathy Martin
Feb 09, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
This was a refreshing and entertaining story filled with interesting characters and wonderful dialog. Alex Barclay, the new Duke of Kress, is in disgrace and is sent to his crumbling castle to restore it and find a rich, titled and scandal-free bride. On his way home, he rescues Roxanne Vanderhaven from a cliff. Her husband had assisted in her fall and now Roxanne is presumed dead. Alex reluctantly takes her home with him. She isn't exactly scandal-free!

Roxanne is determined to take revenge on h
May 19, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I think maybe it will backfire if someone tries too hard to never do something... Such as include as many cliched phrases as possible. This certainly seemed the case for me while reading this. The beginning left me cold, and the end had me proverbially rolling my eyes. The premise had a cliched gothic novel twist, how the two met. It didn't get better. This wasn't awful, they could have been great, if given the chance. Broadcasting what is about to occur on at least three occasions is an unforgi ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Ariana rated it liked it
To me this book was chaotic and confusing from beginning to end. No one ever finished their sentences or someone was interrupting someone else. There were way to many characters crowding the scenes and entering out of nowhere without any information of who they are. Nothing made much sense. And the ending was a way too neat. The one thing that is a positive throughout the book is the humor (why I gave the book 3 stars). I laughed a lot and I enjoyed the banter between Alex and Roxanne. We will s ...more
Jun 24, 2014 BookMaven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh Out Loud Funny

Alex Barclay, the newly minted Duke of Kress has been banished to his country home by the Prince Regent himself. The Prince is angry over the part Alex played in a bachelor party which brought much criticism to the Prince and his entourage. On his way to his castle, Alex finds a woman barely clinging to the edge of a cliff. Alex immediately rescues this poor woman. She turns out to be Roxanne Vanderhaven, the Countess of Paxton and she says her husband, the Earl of Paxton lef
Mar 18, 2014 Violette rated it it was ok
This book was being promoted as in the style of "The Hangover." Yes. The movie. What?? A bodice-ripper PLUS "The Hangover"? I thought for sure this would be a fun and delightful read. Ultimately, I was rather disappointed.

The one word I would use to describe this book would be flat. It just made me totally not care...and that was completely the fault of the male and female leads. The story itself had so much potential, but Roxanne and Alex just killed it...and not in a good way. At first I reall
Cathy Beckett
Feb 15, 2014 Cathy Beckett rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
I loved the nonstop action in this book. The off-the-wall sense of humor of the author came shining through like beacon in the night. I laughed until I cried.

Alexander Barclay, the Duke of Kress, has been banished from London by the Prince Regent. Alex and the royal entourage have made bad press yet again in the papers. The Prince has decided that his entourage will rusticate in the Cornwall countryside and be introduced to possible candidates for marriage.

Once Alex arrives close to his home he
Dec 17, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
Took me a long time to get through this. Didn't enjoy all of it, bits I didn't like at all.
No pizzazz!

Jan 28, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! The quirky charachters, witty dialog, just all around fantastic book!
Mar 22, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Alexander Barclay, the half-French, half-English, Duke of Kress, has been exiled to St. Michael's Mount his estate in Cornwall by the Prince Regent. He arrives in time to save Roxanne Vanderhaven from falling off a cliff into the ocean.
Roxanne can't figure out why her husband,the Earl of Paxton would leave her hanging off the side of a cliff while he "goes for help - of a piece of rope" and never returns. Because her "body" is never found -- after all she is not dead -- her husband buries the o
Mar 01, 2012 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Some of the other reviews I've seen for this book classify it as a "mistorical", meaning a mistaken historical or that which does not take the historical part of its setting seriously. This can be good or bad in the eyes of the reader. For me, that is not usually too important although there were several elements of this book that did make me roll my eyes with disbelief. Overall I liked the humor and the characters enough that I was able to enjoy the majority of the book.

The book opens with a pr
Mar 09, 2012 SidneyKay rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Apr 11, 2012 Book Binge rated it really liked it
The Prince Regent whose presence gives this historical period its name, is a man who loves to party. He is a man who is far more into "playing" than he is into ruling and were it not for the presence and continued life of his ailing father, he would be king outright. Yet his inner circle knows his penchant for fine wine, beautiful women, and as much loud celebrating the public can tolerate. Well, folks, this series begins the tales of those inveterate players--bachelors all--who made up the inne ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Booklover1335 rated it liked it
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Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea is the first book I’ve read by Sophia Nash and is it also the first book in her new historical romance Royal Entourage series.

The story begins with the heroine, Roxanne Vanderhaven, having fallen off of a cliff and hanging on for dear life, while her husband leaves to seek help....supposedly. But, as long minutes turn into torturous hours she realizes that her husband is not coming back for her; that he has left her to her fate....almost certain death. Just
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Feb 11, 2012 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it it was ok
Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea is the first book in a new series by Sophia Nash. I received an ARC of the book from Amazon Vine.

Alex Barclay, the new 9th Duke of Kress provided the liquor for a bachelor party attended by several dukes and the Prince Regent. All of the attendees had a night to remember except they had so much to drink they could not remember. This is the event that starts the Royal Entourage series and the first book is Alex Barclay’s story.

It seems that the group’s good
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Sophia Nash’s novels have won almost two dozen national awards including the prestigious RITA Award and two spots on the American Library Association's “Top Ten Romances of the Year.” Sophia was born in Switzerland, 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, ...more
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“No, you must let me say it. It's not a simple thing, you see. I loved you even before I met you. I loved the idea of you,'she said quietly. 'And to think you existed all this time. And it only took that horrid moment when everything went wrong for the both of us for our paths to finally cross. I would fall off that cliff again and again for the promise of you.” 3 likes
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