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The Once and Future Duchess

(Royal Entourage #4)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  674 ratings  ·  88 reviews
A duchess in time saves a noble line...

In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it's Candover's turn
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Avon
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Inshirah Kamal
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
“You are wrong, James,” she said quietly.
“Passion is not just about suffering.
I think it’s a gift,
whether it’s a passion for something or someone.
It’s to be embraced—experienced.
To be explored.
To be cherished.
Sometimes frustrating,
sometimes even sad, yes,
but still it’s too rare to squander.
Life is not meant to be lived in muddy grays.
Passion in life brings color and vibrancy.”
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is a series I'm invested in and I love every book that has come out so far. It was a long wait for this book, Isabel's book, and I had intended to read it slowly -- to savor it and prolong my enjoyment of it. But Isabel's story demanded a faster pace from me: she is being pressured by the Prince Regent to marry, and marry soon, and she has also been tasked by His Royal Highness to oversee the reform and marriage of the rest of the Royal Entourage: the Duke of Candover, the Duke of Sussex, a ...more
Miranda Davis
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: J. Quinn, T. Dare fans
This was a fun read, part of series involving a boatload of dukes, and one duchess (featured here).

The plotline reminds me of G. Heyer's Bath Tangle with three couples mismatched but able to sort themselves out to be with their true loves in the end. Here, the obstacles arise from promises made, feelings ignored, bad timing and black-out, WTF did I do-style inebriation. The heroine is a duchess in her own right, only 18 but in the cross hairs of a meddling Prince Regent/fairy Godfather who is fo
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, sweet romance, The Once and Future Duchess was a lovely read. It wasn't perfect, but it was a good read and I liked it.

Isabelle was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and independent and not afraid to go after what she wanted. And, she wasn't going to let anyone try to rule her, even the duke she loved. I thought she was a lovely, likable character.

Candover was frustrating for me. On one hand, he was sweet when he wanted to be, fiercely loyal to those he cared about, and his troub
Coucher de soleil
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
Marilyn Rondeau
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
James, the Duke of Candover is the Premier duke of the realm; also one of the wealthiest; handsomest; and it must be said the biggest stick in the mud ever! Duty, duty, duty! At the deathbed of his beloved god-father, more father to him than his own, he was asked to make sure his god-father’s beloved only daughter, now a Duchess in her own right would be seen to and protected. To be sure, she should marry appropriately - a man no more than a few years older than she, so that she would never have ...more
Connie Fischer
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, lost her parents some years before leaving no other heir but her. While only 18-years-old, she is a very intelligent and self-assured young woman with every capability to run her estate.

James is the Duke of Candover is a handsome, wealthy and extremely confident man running his estate with utter perfection. At age 31, he is not interested in getting married. He was engaged twice, both with disastrous results.

The Prince Regent has decided that it is time
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
RD: May. 27, 2014.

I didn't enjoy the book unlike I did with previous books. What had happened? *cricket cricket* Anyway, I read the first chapter. Is the writing style always like so or I just noticed? Coz I found I didn't like it. I skimmed most of it because it was boring. Only stopped at some scenes that worth the attention. Lastly, settled on the i-love-yous and there... a HEA. I'm glad. Read on your own peril.
Isabelle and Candover were okay... I'm not really into the self loathing hero who wines about how old he is, but the promise trope & generation xerox helped combat that.

I really liked Essex and Amelia. I wish there was a book with them at the center... Also, that scene at the end was good. Bonus points for the title of the book.
Aly is so frigging bored
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
The people who needed to talk to each each other don’t—usually it’s just one or two couples but here it’s multiple couples. The “hero” has very little to like about him, other than the heroine has been in love with him forever (as she’s now at the ripe old age of 18—granted, for the time a ‘necessary’ marrying age for the gentry, but really...). The only person with any real sense is a 14 year-old girl with the unfortunate name of Calliope Little. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind f ...more
Kate  Maxwell
I didn't read the other three books prior to this one; however this one seemed as a stand-alone. You wanted to shake the Duke of Candover several times. I envision that scene where someone is being slapped with "pull yourself together" being chanted. There were a few plot twists, but nothing that came from left field. It was a quick read.
Quirky Omega
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so so cute! And strangely, the dukedom passes to a woman. No a male relative. The daughter. She is a Duchess by both, not by marriage. Unbelievable! But I am very glad to read that. If only for the fantasy of it.
The story itself is pretty cute.
Donna Foster
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story!

This was beautifully done I loved all the characters almost afraid it wasn't going to come out right heat level a 4! Very happy with this but I like this softer now I have to go back and read the other three
Janet Russell
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok ok it was heartwarming g

Story took the long route it’s secrets adults with unloved souls and love hurdles galore. In the end in the glory of arms Robinson and the last ditch interruption of a marriage a love match is made
Would have been four stars if not for the ending, which I obviously won't spoil. I also hope there's a book in the works for the wonderful and worldly Calliope Little!
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing was a little clunky. There were too many characters to keep track of.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
For Pride and Prejudice fans, this is a nice regency summer read.
Kathleen Crowell
I enjoyed this. It was funny and the consequences of a bachelor party gone wrong was different.
Deborah Sullivan
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked this quite a lot in spite of the overabundance of dukes and a lack of understanding of the laws of primogeniture. The characters drew me in and I cared very much how the story resolved.
Emily S.
Reread in 2017.

On a second read, I found things I really didn't care for, and a LOT of inconsistencies throughout the series. It would seem that the author never wrote down the ages of her characters, because in the first book, Wright was said to be the youngest duke at age 27...but in this book, Barry is 23. Hmmm. Also, Isabelle is 18, right? I didn't note any significant passage of time, but by the end, Candover says that it's good to marry Barry because he's only three years older than her. U
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
dragged 4th of series
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it

Original Post 6/25/2014

Print copy of book sent by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

In this story story, the British, are ticked off at Prinny, the Prince Regent — the future George IV. He was extravagant and a bit wild. So what better way to convince your subjects that you and your court are serious than making all the young bloods &am
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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When I started my blog back in 2012, I read a Sophia Nash book and absolutely loved the story. We jump ahead to 2014, I got a chance to review another of Sophia's books. I saw the title which intrigued me. To be honest I didn't really read the blurb on the book all I read focused on was the title and the author. I know that's terrible of me, but it's how I roll sometimes.

Anyway, I enjoyed Once and Future Duchess, because one it can be read as a standalone. Which is goo
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bur-2014
Isabelle Tremont, Duchess of March, is a Duchess in her own right due to the death of her father not having had any male heirs. She is eighteen and has taken on the many responsibilities of the fifth largest duchy in the country with intelligence, courage, determination and a strong sense of duty. For someone so young she has many things about the world figured out; the biggest that passion is a rare gift that takes courage to embrace, it completes your life and everyone deserves it! She always ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Royal Entourage series and although I have enjoyed each book in the so far, this one is my favorite. I love the relationship the hero and heroine have and enjoyed the romance.

Isabelle Tremont, Duchess of March, is a rare woman of rank; her father died three years ago and left her the duchy as there are no other heirs. She is part of the honorary Royal Entourage, a group of royal dukes that recently got into all types of trouble, on the Duke of Candover’s wedding ev
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
So much potential and yet so disappointing.

Isabelle Tremont is carrying the weight of a 300-year-old duchy on her shoulders. As the only living heir of her father, the Duke of March, she has taken on the responsibility and prestige of the title at the tender years of 18. At her extreme relief, the love of her life- James, Duke of Candor- had sworn an oath to his godfather (her father) that he would keep watch and guide her. Of course he made another promise to- to see Isabelle wed to a man her
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the Best Sex Scenes Ever

Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, and James Fitzroy, the Duke of Candover, are members of the Royal Entourage. This group attends the Prince Regent in his reveling and debauchery, but one night is so scandalous that it incites public outrage. The Prince intends to repair the damage to his reputation by decreeing that his fellow cronies get married at once. This is just fine with Isabelle, because she is the last of her line, so she knows she has a duty to her
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 24, 2015 03:12PM  
  • The Rogue's Proposal (House of Trent, #2)
  • Say Yes to the Duke (House of Brady, #3)
  • The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes With Love, #4)
  • The Greatest Lover Ever (The Westruthers, #2)
  • Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper
  • A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin (The Debutante Files, #1)
  • The Governess Club: Sara (The Governess Club, #3)
  • Moonlight On My Mind (Second Sons, #3)
  • Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet, #3)
  • Redemption of the Duke (Brides of Redemption, #3)
  • The Fairest of Them All (Marrying the Duke, #2)
  • Deck the Halls With Love (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #2.5)
  • What a Reckless Rogue Needs (The Sinful Scoundrels, #2)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Wild (Brothers & Sisters, #3)
  • Return to Clan Sinclair (Clan Sinclair, #3.5)
  • And Then Comes Marriage (Worthington, #2)
  • Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers, #2)
  • Bought For The Marriage Bed
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

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 Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)