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The Art of Duke Hunting (Royal Entourage #2)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  670 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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.

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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Avon
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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 ...more
Lady Wesley
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 ...more
WTF is up with this "bad gateway" you've been throwing up Goodreads?? I wrote a killer review and your 501 error just ate it.

So, in short, I liked the book. I think the Royal Entourage series has a great set-up stemming from one crazy night of overindulgence. I, unfortunately started with the wrong book in the series, and by the time I realized I had book 2, not book 1, I was too far to stop. I believe there will be six in this series eventually.

Roman and Esme's romance is both sweet (how they b
Carrie Olguin
Funny! A Dukedom with a Duck curse!

Sixteen dead Dukes all killed by duck (feathers, food, flocks, hunting and even a pet) all because of a non-romantic wedding betrothal between the first Duke and a witch - whom he burned at the stake because of her refusal and she cursed him and his line while as she burned.

The premise is so unique, I won't forget this story, hence the five stars.

The hero (the Seventeenth Duke, in his late thirties) knows he will also die by duck (by his fortieth birthday). He
4 stars

I liked this more than I liked the previous one because... it's a married couple. Yes, I suck for marriage of convenience/inconvenience love story. Guilty as charge. Apart from that, chemistry between Roman Montagu and Esme March was so intense! It was, in my opinion, torturous to read when these two were actually liked or loved each other but pride and fear got them first.

A loving, giving, and caring person like Esme is really hard to find. I was definitely enjoying the warmth Esme was g
Book 2 in this series is a funny and entertaining historical romance that, for once, actually has the Prince Regent as a viable and contributing character. In fact, the main characters in this series are dukes who form his inner circle and with whom he cavorts as he whiles away his days "playing" instead of ruling England. Now his entourage have offended the sensibilities of aristocrat and commoner alike, and Prinny is determined to reclaim the loyalty of his people. Here the Duke of Norwich is ...more
I was extremely disappointed with this second book in the series of Regency heroes by Sophia Nash. The Art of Duke Hunting started off well enough, but it soon became apparent it lacked the laugh out loud humor and witty banter that had me so enthralled with the first book. The story itself was interesting, but soon I became bored with the hero, The Duke of Norwich as well as with the heroine, The Countess of Derby. What kept me enthralled in the pages of the first book was the variety of charac ...more
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.

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Where is the Trademark Humor?

Roman, 17th Duke of Norwich, has just realized he is aboard a ship named, "The Drake". He does not know why or how he got there. All he knows is that ducks have played a role in the death of the 16 Dukes who have preceded him, so the name of the ship makes him very uneasy. The storm lashing about the ship at sea makes him positively panicky. Esme March, the widowed Countess of Derbyshire sees the distraught Roman on deck and proceeds to force him into her cabin. She
Wow. I haven't finished Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea, but if it's as fun as this book, I may have found a new author to add to my "automatic reads."
The Duke of Norwich (apparently known as "Seventeen" to his friends, but that's not really covered here, one of my very few disappointments with this book) has a family curse that he's trying to avoid. It seems that the titled men in his family have unfortunate issues when it comes to ducks. Yep, ducks. I love it. But, after a night of comp
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This second novel in the "Royal Entourage" series features characters who are a part of the close inner circle of the Prince Regent of England, a man who lived "high on the hog" and whose excesses are the stuff of historic legend. Unlike many historical romance novels, "Prinny" as he was called is an active character. His close friends have really screwed up this time--a bachelor party for one of the highest ranking dukes was so out of bounds and actually destructive that the unwashed masses in ...more

The Art of Duke Hunting from the Royal Entourage series by Sophia Nash

Roman Montagu has been haunted by his brother’s drowning, and by the family curse. 200 years ago, the first duke had offered marriage (along with some recently killed ducks as a wedding gift) to a young lady who promptly refused him. Offended, he accused her of witchcraft, and each of the next sixteen dukes died in a fowl manner (usually duck-related). Roman avoids water and lives a high life as part of Prinny’s Royal Entoura
Roman Montagu, the Duke of Norwich, is also known as the Duck Duke because of a curse on his family involving ducks (in all forms) causing death. He plans never to marry (to break the curse) and to stay away from water after his brother, the last Duke, died at sea. But after a debauched bachelor party with the 'Royal Entourage' of Dukes, and too much absinthe, he awakens to find himself trapped on the deck of a ship during a raging storm. His worst nightmare.

He's dragged out of the storm and int
I loved Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea, but I think The Art of Duke Hunting is even better. Many of my favorite romance novels combine humor with poignancy, and Nash does so here with skill and emotional power. Roman is a multi-faceted character and a terrific hero, despite all the duck jokes. By the time I read Esme’s description of his “intelligent regal face full of angles,” I was half in love with him. His affection for his friends among the Entourage made him more attractive and I f ...more
This story was at best annoying and at worst frustrating, yet it was sprinkled periodically with poignant scenes. How does an author make this work? She doesn't; it just turns out to be a rather average tale. It's a strange chemistry. Esme and Roman worked, but why do their best parts always have to be at the end? What didn't work for me was the overused curse plot that surrounds Roman's family. And this story was built entirely around this curse. It colored everything Roman did and felt and bel ...more
I loved the first book in this series about the "Royal Entourage" and this book was just as good.
Poor Roman, the Duke of Norwich, faces a generations old curse on the male heirs in his family. After an ill fated night out with his fellow wild Dukes.. he ends up on a boat.. in a storm.. with the widow, Esme, Countess of Derby. She helps Roman get through a horrendous night on the boat.. and their futures are entwined from there on in. Little does Roman know that Esme is also entwined with his fa
Petra Grayson
I had a really hard time getting into this book. Partly because it's the second in the series and I hadn't read the first book yet. But the story itself just felt rather sad. There was witty dialogue and I like Ms. Nash's writing style, but most of the time Roman and Esme didn't seem all that happy. Roman's afraid of boats. Esme's afraid of people drinking. Neither of them are happy when they're forced to marry. There are injuries and panicking too. Both characters grew and were able to overcome ...more
I read this after reading number 3, so I already met Esme, and was very curious about her marriage. I liked that she was a 34 year old widow and her backstory really helped understand her reluctance to marry. The Duke of Norwich, called the Duck Duke, was cursed and the previous Dukes met early and unlikely deaths caused by ducks. He is determined not to marry and have children to end the curse. But life gets in the way and he and 5 other Duke's cause a scandal, and Prinny's solution to end the ...more
My first Sophia Nash. Quite amusing. A bit tongue-in-cheek. I liked the older heroine. Her self-image was incredibly well dealt with, she knew her worth which I appreciated despite her occasional rueful grimace at the mirror. She was also delightfully pragmatic and seemed a friend you could have in "real" life. I was almost jealous of her talent. Things sort of fell apart a bit in the final chapters but enjoyable overall, even with its rather zany elements.
Another good story in this series. Roman and Esme, who call each other Montegu and March, are a great couple. I liked that the tension in their relationship is not dependent on misunderstanding(s). That seems to be a consistent hallmark of Sophia Nash and it endears me to her as an author. There's less silliness to this story than the last but it has its own dose of humor which also endears me to this author. I enjoyed every page.
Roman, the Duke of Norwich, is known as Seventeen - the 17th Duke of Norwich. The family goes through them rapidly, thanks to a curse laid upon the 1st duke.
After the Duke of Candover's infamous bachelor party, Roman finds himself somewhere he'd wanted to be - onboard a ship. Saved by Esme, the Countess of Derby, the two bond during a storm, but do not want to connect after their return to England. However, the Prince Regent has other plans.
This book crept up on me. I wasn't sure if I really l
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3.5 This book was much better than the first in the series. I felt much more engaged in the story as well with the characters. It was far and away less frustrating as well. But really there isn't much I can say about this book. It was a nice read. Nothing exciting, kind of forgettable. So sure, give it a try.
Jun 20, 2012 steph rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have read the others in the series
3 stars. Because at times this book worked for me and at other times, it didn't. Esme and Roman best parts weren't really until the end but at that point, I was kind of upset at them and their shady, iffy, -had-moments-of-weakness-and-had-moments-of-real-sweetness storyline that I was over them by that point and was just simply glad they ended up happy. Also, it's been two months since I've book 1 and I had trouble keeping all the different dukes straight in my head. Though I must admit, two pot ...more
All I can say for myself is that I have discovered the e-books section of the local library. They seems to have no shortage of historical romance books and so I am reading my fill for fun and for free!!!
2.5 stars.

This was a very humorous book. Some great dialogue and funny moments. The plot is your basic marriage of convenience where the H/h have a high regard for each other but individual reasons for not wanting to fall in love.

I found the romantic tension to be sorely lacking, though. Maybe it was because of the sudden way they first find themselves in each others arms. There was no build-up and, afterwards, they seemed fairly unaffected. Each subsequent kiss or sex scene seemed anticlimati
Sophia Nash is new on my list of "to read" authors. Her stories have a great pace, flow, and while the premises are sometimes outlandish, she keeps everything in perspective by having her characters react in a realistic manner. I also like how the story is couched in the social issues of the time. The dukes are being manipulated because the prince is losing public favor. Basically, the characters were in a position to put their lives on hold for the better of England, and it turned out for the b ...more
I really liked this "beach" read - one day in my chair- and even laughed out loud.
"Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea" was so cheesy it was fun. "The Art of Duke Hunting" was so cheesy it was boring. The story stars two introverts, who spend the entire novel THINKING about telling each other things about their lives, but never actually DO it. This leads to hurt "sensibilities" and lots of boring scenes where one character or the other is sitting alone, rehashing their life. There were some good scenes, but the book in general was very forgettable. Not the best incentive t ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 12, 2015 09:58AM  
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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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Other Books in the Series

Royal Entourage (4 books)
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1)
  • The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)
  • The Once and Future Duchess (Royal Entourage, #4)
Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1) A Dangerous Beauty (Widows Club, #1) The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3) The Kiss (Widows Club, #2) Love with the Perfect Scoundrel (Widows Club, #3)

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