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The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage #3)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  544 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Your heart will be set afire with The Duke Diaries, the third book in Sophia Nash’s Royal Entourage series set in Regency England.

After a wild, scandalous night, Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, finds himself in the bed of his sworn enemy’s wholesome sister, Verity Fitzroy. To protect her honor and keep the peace, he agrees to marriage, but it’s an engagement neither is h
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

The Duke Diaries is the third book in Sophia Nash’s Regency period Royal Entourage series. It’s light, it’s romantic, it’s sexy – an absolutely a wonderful story!
About the book:

The latest duke to be undone by drink in Sophia Nash’s Royal Entourage series is also the newest, titled for services rendered to the Crown. Caught in bed with his archenemy’s still-innocent sister the morning after the most outrageous bachelor party of the century, Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, knows his goose is c
I won a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads First Read giveaway. As a stand alone book, this book started out slow, but picked up 150 pages in and was easier to finish. The story of Rory and Verity is sweet, but in some ways I feel it was glossed over. I felt like I needed to read between the lines to understand some things and because of that I didn't enjoy it as much. For example, lots of talk about a former boyfriend of Verity's, but then one sentence sort of ended that storyline with no ...more
When Rory Lennox, first Duke of Abshire, wakes up holding a warm hand he does not realize his entire life is about to change as the hand he is holding is the sister of his former best friend...and he has no clue how he got into her bed. It doesn't help matters that her brother is glaring at them and demanding a marriage and then satisfaction in the field. Verity Fitzroy wakes up to mass confusion and refuses to marry Rory. She knows nothing happened and she will not marry someone who does not lo ...more
The Duke Diaries was absolutely wonderful! It was exactly what I was looking for - light historical romance with strong characters and a believable romance. I didn't realize it was part of a series when I first started it and felt like it can be read comfortably as a standalone.

I enjoyed the main characters Verity and Rory a great deal - with Verity there was an immediate "click", Rory it took me a while to fully warm up to him but I ended up adoring him even more. Verity is this very likable
Christine (AR)
Ha! I had no idea such a thing existed! A well-written, funny, just-graphic-enough Regency romance without one feather-headed female character in sight. You won't have to check your feminism at the door for this one; Verity is an intelligent, self-confident, independent heroine and Rory is complicated as well as swoon-worthy.

The over-arching premise of the whole series is 'The Hangover'. A bunch of rakish ''Dukes" (which seems unlikely, but whatever - I'm no expert on the British peerage) wake u
The Window Seat
I took a chance on selecting The Duke Diaries for review; I have not read the previous two books of the series and I wasn’t a big fan of the movie that inspired the premise of these books. However, I am a huge fan of comedy in my romance books and I hoped that this story would follow closely to the over-the-top humor found in The Hangover. Perhaps I was hoping for too much.

The book opens in a similar fashion to the movie, with the members of Prinny’s Royal Entorage waking up to the consequences
Carolynn Carey
I tried to like this book but kept getting distracted by the fact that the author hasn't bothered to learn that females with courtesy titles (like the heroine) are not addressed by "Lady Surname." If that were the case, then if the heroine and her four unmarried sisters were in a room together, there would be five identical "Lady Surnames." A bit confusing I would imagine. But this wasn't the only reason I didn't care for the book. I never connected with either the heroine or the hero and had to ...more
Phoenix Malfoy
A night of classic debauchery and a glass of Absinthe too much has rendered the Prince Regent and his royal entourage of reprobate Dukes; Candover, Sussex, Abshire, Norwich, Barry and Kress, unable to attend the wedding which the bachelor party was actually intended for.

So James Fitzroy, as the premier duke of Candover is tasked to round up all of the Dukes mentioned. As he was doing so, he found Rory Lennox, first Duke of Abshire, previous Earl of Rutledge and once-bestfriend-turned-arch nemes
I was a little disappointed with this book. I absolutely LOVED the first two books in this series, but I just couldn't get that excited about Verity or Rory. It was all just a little flat for me. Honestely, I was more into the side plot with Amelia (which we never did learn anything about) that in the two of them. I just couldn't care that Verity wrote the diaries. It wasn't that big of a deal to me. But the story was well-written, and I can't wait for the next book!
Just one big mess. Too many people. Too many things going on at once, which none of it is properly explained. The heroine is unbearably annoying with her constant "I'm so sorry," "it is all my fault," "I must protect everyone," and "he can never love me like I love him." It was especially annoying how she was so judgmental towards the hero. She claimed she loved him but she always saw and thought the worst of him. She was so immature. I got to the point that I wanted the hero to say, "you know w ...more
Melissa J. Katano
Another fun Regency-esque romance.

Members of the Royal Entourage (all Dukes) are in big trouble. After a night of revelry to celebrate the impending nuptials of one of the Dukes goes horribly awry (to the point that the Bridegroom doesn't even show for his wedding!), the Prince-Regent sets about to redeem their reputations--by marrying them all off.

This time it's Rory Lennox, first Duke of Abshire, being paired up with Verity Fitzroy, sister of the missing bridegroom, and one of Rory's former fr
Marguerite Butler
Parts of this book were quite charming and parts were...strangely disjointed. On the whole I was just meh about the characters. The storyline was so contrived that it overshadowed the players. I like this author, but not especially this book.
Witty, Scandalous and Fun

Rory Lennox, the newly minted Duke of Abshire, woke up in bed with Miss Verity Fitzroy. His head was splitting, and he had no idea how he got there. He vaguely remembered celebrating at the bachelor party of James, the Duke of Candover. While he was mulling over these foggy memories, The Duke of Candover kicked the door in. Candover is Verity's brother and he is fuming! Candover intends to kill Rory right after Rory marries his sister!

Sophia Nash has turned out another w
Rory is the third Duke in this series to be leg shackled. Verity is the sister of a duke whose story is in the future. Again, the hero and heroine are flawless. Meaning they have flaws. I love a story in which the characters work through their flaws and find love. Ms. Nash writes great heroes and heroines. People I like who don’t do stupid things just to add pages to a story. Thank you. I anxiously await the next installment out in late May. My only restraint is I find a story in which the heroi ...more
This was utterly, totally was all over the place. The writing was uneven; there were times when I couldn’t even follow the dialogue. The heroine was continually described as practical, and yet she insisted on marrying for love – which, from what I understand, is about as impractical as you can get in this time period. There were all sorts of loose ends that were left hanging. And there were so many side characters, most of which were unlikeable; I don’t know if they were seeds for future stories ...more
Paranormal Haven
London, England

The Prince Regent “Prinnie” as he was known to his close friends had thrown the Duke of Candover a bachelor party the night before his wedding. However, no one made it to the wedding but the bride and the bride’s family, who waited at the church for forty-five minutes before leaving London in hysterical shame. Everyone in the Prince Regent’s party had overslept until 2:00 in the afternoon, two hours after the time of the wedding. The Duke of Candover began rounding up the rowdy bu
Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As I mentioned in my review of first book Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (I seemed to have missed book two), these books seem to be much more focused on comedy than on accurately capturing its purported time period. As someone who adores lighthearted stories, this isn't really a problem a for me although it bothered me more here than it did in the first book.

The biggest problem was the ultimate climax and resol
There were some parts of this story that felt incomplete, but it didn't ruin the overall flavor of the book for me. Ms. Nash does a fantastic job of blending this book with the other, concurrent books in this series which, drat her, just makes me want to go back and read those books again.
Lady Verity Fitzroy has a lot going on her life. Well, not normally. She's the one average-intelligence sibling in a flock of mathematicians (or so it seems) but just lately, she's drunk absinthe at a royal par
Lady Verity Fitzroy began writing about life in her journals at thirteen; she would write about her thoughts and what was going on around her. The day she started The Duke Diaries was the day she witnessed the one man she loved, Rory, the Earl of Rutledge with another neighbor girl. Over the next few years she became very good at eavesdropping and writing down some telling tales, especially after her brother's circle of friends became known as the Royal Entourage and caused havoc around London w ...more
The morning after a drunken and debauched bachelor party, Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, finds himself in bed with Verity Fitzroy, sister of his ex-friend, the Duke of Candover. Though it's clear nothing happened, Candover orders his sister to their family estate in the hopes that this scandal won't come out. He also expects Abshire to propose to his sister. What does come out in the press are excerpts from a stolen diary that detail the excesses of the royal entourage, secretly written by Ve ...more
♥ Melody
I don't know what happened but this was a far faaar cry from A Dangerous Beauty. I read that 3 years ago so maybe my tastes have changed or Sophia Nash did a major overhaul in her writing.

Since the characters had an obsession with listing everything in this story I'll write my review in the same format.

1. There was absolutely ZERO chemistry between our hero Rory and heroine Verity, one with the atrocious hats and an absolute hate for green peas (something the author made sure we never forgot).
5 stars

What a sweet, wonderful story this book had! It was definitely a worth read, truly a worth wait and I loved it! Duke Diaries will be my favourite in this series.

I read about Verity in previous book but it was a brief moment and I think I didn't know that she was this awesome lady. What I meant was the moment I started this book, her rambling thoughts made me laughed. To Verity, those thoughts are annoying but to me, they're funny! Even Rory found them refreshing and funny too.

Rory was a h
Despite the enthusiasm of the blurb, this story wasn’t filled with page after page of wicked entertainment. It was more like a slow burning fire that flared bright once and then settled back into a steady glow. Which is not a bad thing; some romances tend to start off with impact and then fizzle into nothing and others start off terrible and only get better several pages before the end. This was a nice romance that had a wonderful build up to a great moment and then steadied back nice and steady ...more
May 12, 2013 Tin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Verity Fitzroy is an unconventional young lady who happens to belong to a very unconventional family. As the middle child, she often gets lost and overlooked -- and that's fine for Verity, whose one great gift is writing. Being the sister of the Duke of Candover gives Verity the chance to eavesdrop and write about very interesting things -- and, over the years, she has kept her observations in volumes of diaries. She's figured out her brother and the rest of the royal entourage, has pegged their ...more
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Read giveaway.
This is the story of aspiring spinster Lady Verity Fitzroy and handsome rake Rory, Duke of Abshire. Rory and Verity are caught in a compromising position by Verity’s brother, who is Rory’s enemy. Verity’s brother insists they marry, but Verity refuses, and is banished to the country. Rory follows in an attempt to convince her to accept.
I enjoyed this Regency romance immensely. The heroine was strong and intelligent, and a bit quirky. The
Mary Sperry
Really not a good book. The plot was mediocre and her period detail was just awful. How can a Regency author NOT know that Prinny is Your Highness, not Your Majesty. And to not know that the third daughter of a duke would be Lady first name, not Lady surname. I think Ms. Nash is off my list of authors to read.
Kathy Mcconnell
The Duke Diaries
by Sophia Nash
Story starts slowly but all too soon you’ve finished the story & look for more. There are some unique twists to the story, some confusing spots & several questions/problems that are left unsolved. But the story line is great, the characters are all interesting & the romance is very sweet & delicate. Lady Verity Fitzroy is not the usual simpering, helpless female. Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire is not the usual smoldering, tragic hero. So you know t
Not necessarily bad, but the ending got murky as the characters held back certain pieces of information that would have been nice to know, if only so it were easier to follow what was going on.
I think it might have been my mood or maybe I need to read the other books in this series first, but I had trouble getting into this book and following what was going on.
Sophia Nash’s Royal Entourage series has been described as “one part The Hangover, one part Entourage.” The Duke Diaries is the third book in the series, and the relationship between Rory, Duke of Abshire, and Lady Verity Fitzgerald, one of the five sisters of James, the Duke of Candover, is the kind that I enjoy most. The two begin with a history, but the relationship develops gradually. The reader sees Rory move by stages to a love for Verity so huge that it would have been unfathomable to him ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 12, 2015 09:39AM  
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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 Art of Duke Hunting (Royal Entourage, #2)
  • The Once and Future Duchess (Royal Entourage, #4)

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