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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 hYour 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 happy about—until unimaginable occurrences make them view the other in a new, passionate light.RITA Award–winning author Sophia Nash is a master of the historical romance who has created unforgettable, compelling characters with powerful emotions and intense sensuality. Sparkling and smart, The Duke Diaries is a wickedly fun romp that will leave you breathless....

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The Duke Diaries Reviews

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-03-07 21:21

    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 cooked. To make amends he enters into an engagement with her to hold society at bay, but tangles with his growing attraction for this fearless, plucky lady.Verity Fitzroy is one of five plain sisters of the premier duke, Candover. And while she’s always been fascinated by Abshire, she has far too much pride to marry a gentleman against his will. She insists that she will break off the engagement at the end of the season, even if it renders her unmarriagable.Meanwhile, a series of entries from a discovered diary begin appearing in a London paper. These entries detail the most scandalous, most shameful exploits of The Royal Entourage. With the French Revolution so fresh in the minds of the populace, these tales of excess could incite the country to a revolt. Speculation is that Abshire recorded his friends misdeeds, but Verity knows who the real culprit is, and the truth could destroy any hope of happiness she has with the duke. But when a series of mysterious accidents takes place, Abshire and Verity must each make peace with the past to discover a passionate love that will transform them forever. For me to truly enjoy a book, certain things must happen... first and foremost I have to feel a connection to the characters, especially the hero and heroine, and I did. From the start I found Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, and Verity Fitzroy, one of the sisters of Rory’s sworn enemy, to be such wonderful characters. They’re thoughtful, sensible, quirky, passionate, people who I couldn’t help but care for and, as the story progresses, fall in love with.Another must is that the story has to be entertaining and keep me interested in a way that has me turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning because I can’t get enough. And yes, I got that, too. I understand this series is a historical twist on “The Hangover” which I had never heard of before, but whatever – for me, it’s a unique story that had me laughing, sighing, fanning myself, and hoping for an outcome that would work for everyone, most especially Rory and Verity.Secondary characters who don’t feel secondary can be difficult to manage, but Ms. Nash pulled this off with flying colors, and this is yet another 'something' I hope to find in my reading. Let’s face it, the heroes and heroines aren’t often the only people on the pages. They need a strong supporting cast of friends and family, otherwise the story can feel a bit… thin. But toss in characters whose presence enhances the story – makes it richer – and I’m going to be happy, if not downright giddy!And lastly, but most importantly, I need a love story I can believe in. Rory and Verity had to work for their happy ending, and I mean work hard. Through their trials and their triumphs, they earned it, they deserve it, and I know they treasure their future together.I'm happy to tell you that The Duke Diaries gave me everything I crave, everything I hope for, and then some.From a historical standpoint, the inclusion of “Prinny” and his demand that the men of his ‘royal entourage’ make restitution for their scandalous behavior – however hypocritical he might be – brought another entertaining layer to the story and had me Googling The Prince Regent to see just how excessive his excesses were. Other authors have used Prinny as a side character in their novels, but the way Ms. Nash brought him into the story… as I’m sitting here writing about it, I’m grinning yet again. I quite enjoyed his meddling and hope to see much more of him in Ms. Nash's future stories.Just a quick note for those who might be wondering; because the author did such a fantastic job of setting up this story, I had absolutely no problem reading it out of order. That said, the series premise is so fun, so entertaining, that I’ll most certainly be going back and reading the previous books, Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea and The Art of Duke Hunting, as well as all the books to come.The bottom line: The Duke Diaries is a well told story of unwavering devotion. It's about faith and trust, honor and integrity, and falling in love despite the odds. It's about letting go of the past and looking forward to a future filled with joy, adventure, and that once in a lifetime happily ever after.Many, many thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of The Duke Diaries in exchange for an honest review. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it’s been!The Duke Diaries goes on sale February 26th. For more information on this story, please visit Avon Books: http://www.avonromance.com/book/sophi...

  • Inshirah Kamal
    2019-03-24 01:12

    “My dear V, everyone lives lies of some sort. Until the day someone devises a way for others to see another’s true thoughts, we will all of us only see truth in the privacy of our own minds.”

  • Lesley
    2019-03-01 01:15

    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 real explanation. The whole end scene with Prinny was the same for me.Which leads to my feelings for the series overall. I love the premise of this series - 6 Dukes recovering from a night of trouble. However, my trouble with the series is with the timing. I wish the author started chapters with when events are taking place since it seems all the books in the series are taking place simultaneously. So, it was confusing to me to be reading in this book about how miserable Esme is and keeping secrets from Norwich when all of that was resolved in the previous book. Given the time that had elapsed in this book, I had thought we were at a point they were already happy. I also went back to re-read parts of the first book in the series trying to remember what had transpired already between Verity and Sussex.Overall, I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series (hoping it's Sussex and Amelia's story), but I think maybe this is one series that would best be read when all the books are finished and you can read them all together and keep up with the various storylines.

  • ♥ℳelody
    2019-03-25 00:18

    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). These two have known each other for years and Verity has secretly 'loved' Rory from afar since her girlhood and he pretty much ignored her until one drunken night of debauchery he ends up in bed with her. There was zero build up and aside from being friends all flowery words Rory poured on her came off so forced and not genuine. I did not get the lovers, soulmates etc.. vibe from them at all. I had the hardest time believing he fell in love with her since the sexual tension and connection was severely lacking. I felt nothing from these two other than friendship. And please dear authors: Can we stop with the ‘she knew he could never love her as deeply as she loved him’ bit? I’m sick of it. It’s a tired excuse I have never been a fan of. How do you know the man you love could never love you back when you never gave him a chance to begin with? It’s selling him short. 2. For a sensible practical heroine, Verity was a martyr of the highest order. The whole silly nonsense surrounding her missing diaries and willing to leave her life behind to 'save' her loved ones I found utterly ridiculous and so melodramatic. She blames herself for everything under the sun, her mother's death, falling in love with a scheming seducer, putting Rory and her family's reputation in danger etc. etc...She is literally convinced the printed excerpts from her stolen diaries would cause an upheaval and a revolution--yes a revolution-- because her brother's gang of friends happen to be the Prince Regent's 'royal entourage' and her nattering diary entries spying on their drunken revelry will somehow cause riots. -__- Riots? Give me a break. I just found the whole thing overblown and histrionic. And I'm still scratching my head trying to understand exactly who the culprit is who sneaked into the Prince's house and stole her diaries. The explanation/reveal of who the Diary bandit was was so unbelievably jumbled and poorly handled in the end. Nash tried to be coy and build it up for dramatic effect with the 'who dunnit' mystery angle but the scene where Verity 'discovers' the truth made absolutely NO sense. That last chapter was one big ambiguous confusing mess.3. There were countless plot holes in this, the size of craters. The conveniently missing diaries (this was one of many excuses why Verity could never marry Rory) are used as a source of tension for the couple throughout the book with a whole bunch of misleading secrets and guilt being passed back and forth between the two. It made my head spin. I honestly felt the author teased a handful of false 'secrets' that were never explained or revealed just to create more manufactured angst between the two. It just made for a shallow read IMO. For one, I'm still trying to figure out what the hell the panic over finding Verity's stolen diaries had anything to do with her abigail Miss Amelia Primrose? Verity kept mentioning and fretting over an affair coming out and Amelia's situation being dire and her reputation on the line if the diaries weren't found (Amelia is a lady's companion and former governess I didn't think her reputation was in such peril like this girl made it sound). Nothing came of it of course. It was a thin plot device used just to have Rory chase Verity around the country while she was on her 'important errand' saving her friend. Another secret that was half approached was Verity's past with a gentleman who took her innocence, she admitted to not telling Rory the full truth about what happened. Well??...what was the rest of it?! The author never revealed that and left readers hanging. And third, there was a clear indication that Rory and Prinny shared some kind of past besides the war, the Prince clearly is in debt to Rory that much was alluded to more than once. But the back story to that was left untold and I felt it was used to make the hero come off more darker and mysterious. I just found it contrived. Also the plot and pacing of this story was very sloppy, the scene breaks & POV shifts were so disjointed and lacked continuity. One minute you have Rory and Verity having a genial conversation and the next chapter you have Verity running away in near tears which didn't make sense. I got whiplash with the abrupt changes.4. The most distracting thing about this was the awkward clumsy dialogue. I thought Nash’s choice of phrasing things to be very odd and superfluous:“For the life of him he couldn’t remember any of the events leading to this splendidly awful state of postinebriation, but he knew the only recourse was to remain like a petrified oak until his former military batman, now valet, made an appearance, carrying a crystal snifter filled with the hair of the mongrel that had bitten his arse to the bone last eve.”“There were a few times in Verity’s life in which she would have liked to disappear into thin air. Usually those periods had been while her ear had been pressed against an abominably thick door, behind which her brother and his friends communed on the altar of bachelorhood. This was one of those times that thin air appeared very breathable.”Communed on the altar of bachelorhood?? <_<And just plain confusing:“Cheever bowed and left one hell of a lot more amused than he had ever been in service to the last duke.” “A marriage with him, and a future filled with myriad similar moments, was one of the minor reasons she would never agree to this proposed match made in a spinsterish ape leader’s hell.” And phrases like 'shock and surprise paid a call,' 'she took her decision in a rush' and 'wading into this quagmire' were cringe worthy at best. It just didn’t read right and I got the feeling Nash tried in vain to insert big clunky words to make her characters come off sophisticated and charming. It wasn’t necessary and it didn’t work here. It just made for some purple prose as some like to call it. Nash also had the annoying tendency of having her characters use redundant phrases like 'by the by' and using French phrases that I had no idea what they meant. And the endless ‘1, 2, 3, and 4’ lists the characters kept making became very redundant and read confusing. Those lists fucking irritated me the most because you aren't sure whether all the events listed actually happened or just one of them did and the rest are hypothetical scenarios. Made no sense. Be clearer. And 5. I find the whole premise/theme behind this series obnoxious and shallow. The ‘royal hangover’ bit used in every book as a plot device (and tagline) makes the heroes sound like jackasses. Sorry I just don’t find it attractive when a group of guys are shackled with ladies they don’t want all because they spent one night getting hammered/piss drunk and end up paying the consequences. And to top it off Prinny wants to make sure each Duke is married off. It just comes across as juvenile rather than funny, especially when it’s the driving force behind every book in this series. I'm not even sure if every book starts off following the same night or separate events but even so...do these guys make a habit of going on drinking binges to the point they don't remember shit and the whole town knows about it? And all because they happen to be the Prince Regent’s entourage? Seriously?? How...charming. -__- Sorry it just comes off pretentious.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-26 05:34

    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 love her, even if it is her childhood crush. Rory has a strong sense of duty and sets about to prove to Verity that they must marry and in the process, finds himself losing his heart. Will he be able to convince her of his true feelings?While this is book three in this series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. It was such a fun, flirty, sexy romp and I really enjoyed it. I really liked Verity as she is outspoken, honest, practical and amusing with a stubborn streak. She thinks Rory is all wit and charm but she knows underneath that facade he is so much more. The banter between them was a delight to read and watching them both fall truly in love with each other was sweet. When Verity realizes her private diaries are being published in the local newspaper and they hold all her thoughts on the wild bachelor party, she worries what Rory will think when he finds out who the real author is. I thought the resolution to this area was very sweet and showed the true nature of Rory to the best advantage. Rory and Verity both have issues in their past that they must overcome to move forward and they strive to do so. Sophia Nash also wove in some future characters with just enough tidbits to have me anxious for them now! Recommended for fans of fun, sexy romances who like to laugh and sigh with happiness.eARC provided by Avon Books via edelweiss

  • Tin
    2019-03-07 01:28

    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 characteristics and even compared them to animals in the wild. One of the members of the royal entourage continues to elude Verity's keen eye: Rory Lennox, the first Duke of Abshire and her brother's former best friend.Rory is a mystery: What happened to his friendship with James Fitzroy? How exactly did he gain the title of duke? What does he do in the Royal Entourage? When Rory wakes up in Verity's room: in her bed. With Verity in his arms. After one of the most infamous, notorious, controversial nights in the history of the Royal Entourage, Rory and the rest of the entourage goes into damage control. For Rory, all he needs to do is to marry Verity.Except Verity doesn't want to marry him.To prevent further scandal, the Prince orders his Royal Entourage to leave London and gave them all a month to fix the situation. Verity was also packed off by her brother, James, to quash any rumors of her involvement. So Rory and Verity find themselves back in Derbyshire where an undying devotion first started and where a lifelong friendship ended.The royal entourage's (and the Prince's) problem escalates when a newspaper starts printing incendiary opinions about them and the flames are fanned even more when excerpts from a diary, chronicling the escapades of the dukes of the realm are published -- and guess whose diaries are being referenced?I really like Verity. She has a very interesting family and she happens to be the least interesting one -- her sisters are all gifted in Math but Verity doesn't possess an ounce of her sisters' genius or their mother's knowledge of and interest in nature. Instead of moping, or feeling sorry for herself, she finds her own niche and flourishes in it. She discovers that she has a natural gift for writing. While her work isn't world-changing, it is life-changing for her. Her writing gives her confidence and a better understanding of the glittery world she lives in.It also gives Verity the upper hand when it comes to Rory. She understands the narrative of love and marriage in the ton: the first is rare, the latter is convenient. And, while she's loved Rory all her life, she views the opportunity she is given now with suspicion. She doesn't want to trap Rory into marriage; she wants Rory to want the marriage. From not-quite friends, to friends, to lovers, Sophia Nash has set a very interesting rhythm to Verity and Rory's story: while their story begins in a bed, the author decides not to rush our hero and heroine into a whirlwind marriage. Although, if Rory had his way, he'd probably would've wanted to solve the problem quickly and expediently, but Rory isn't the one in control -- it's Verity who is setting the pace for their courtship, and she isn't content with quick, painless and convenient when it comes to love."...I had hoped to save myself the trouble. But if you persist in this determination to ruin yours and your family's name, then I can be counted on to reconsider the other option." He paused. "Enough of this, V. Name the day.""Of course. The seventeenth of July."She almost laughed when she saw the odd combination of relief and fear mingling on his features."In the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and nine," she added.- p. 112So the story proceeds with Verity and Rory gradually peeling back the layers of their lives, developing their relationship more convincingly. In the end, when they both profess their love for one another, we know where it is coming from and we believe it.There is a lot of bridges that needed mending in this story: 1. Rory and James' friendship2. Verity's friendship with Esme, her cousin (and heroine of The Art of Duke Hunting)3. Rory and Verity's relationship4. The Prince's relationship with his Royal EntourageThere has been a lot of humor and laugh-out-loud moments in Nash's series but the lives of her characters have always been shadowed with a hint of sadness and wistfulness, which underpins each of their stories -- and it shows through very clearly in The Duke Diaries. There seems to be a lot of things that need forgiving, but these are all essential to Rory and Verity's stories. Rory still lives with the guilt of a mistake made so many years ago (one of the mysteries of Rory. Read: ) -- he lives his entire life doing penance, seeking absolution for it.Love is the key. Rory never thought he would be worthy of anyone's love and the irony is, love is exactly what he needed to save himself. It is the same for Verity as well. She had long trained herself not to depend on anyone, to rely solely on her own abilities and intellect to get things done. She is central to the tangle that the Royal Entourage find themselves in and she is willing to sacrifice herself if it would mean saving her brother and everyone else's reputation. Verity never considered that she had a partner who wasn't only ready and willing -- but very able to help her handle the situation. All she needed to do was to take a leap of faith and let Rory love her and take care of her."I could utter a dozen hideously romantic words to you, or patiently explain everything I will do to make all your worries disappear." He slowly pulled her into his arms, and she did not resist. He settled her in the cradle of his lap. "But what I really want to do is hold you, comfort you, do a few wild wicked things with you, and then afterward I will promise you a few things that will ease your heart and your mind. Will you allow me to do this?"- p. 291This is an amazing story: layered, nuanced, subtle, complex and infinitely pleasing. The characters are well-rounded, relatable and genuine -- I especially love the camaraderie that exists between the members of the entourage and the comfortable companionship that exists between our hero and heroine.

  • paperysoul
    2019-03-10 02:20

    5 starsWhat 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 heartbreaking man to read about at first. He was a different kind of man compared to others in royal entourage. If previous dukes noticed their duchesses what beauty they were firsthand, this one took some time or I must say he didn't look closer or blinded by resemblance of an old flame. That got me really sad for Verity, furious with Rory.Verity and Rory had a bunch of overwhelming chemistry. It was a shown more on Verity's of how much she cared the man. Even though she didn't have him then, I could feel somehow, someday the two would be together. So, when they got together, no matter the awkward was between them, they were just meant to be together. Their conversations were intriguing. I enjoyed the most of it.The second characters were amazing too. There was Catharine, Amelia, Mary, Amelia, the vicar, Phoebe, previously in second book Norwich and his wife, Esme, the kids, Candover, and of course Prinny. I liked Candover best. I felt bad for him. I bet he would be one of the tortured souls after what had happened. It was killing me to read his sad eyes, who sometimes lost in his daze world the moment he saw someone who lookalike to someone who was very dear to him. What a wrenching moment but still, brilliant.I liked the gossip column. Very much. It felt like Gossip Girl but in regency time. Oh how I missed the TV show. By the way, Catharine reminded of Serena van der Woodsen in the sense of being so breathtakingly beautiful, reckless and broke a lot of men's heart.It looks like Prinny is serious with his intention to want all of his men in royal entourage to marry. And from what I read, it happened quiet fast, also at the same time with three dukes are now indulge in their happily ever afters and quiet content with the newfound love in their lives with their respective duchesses. I hope Candover would find his happy ending too. He deserves it after all.Dear author, this time please do write faster. I can't wait to pine for the next in Royal Entourage. I hope it will be something good to read just as this one and previous books!Recommended.

  • Christyn
    2019-03-05 22:18

    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 spinster, comfortable in her circumstances - she's practical, sensible, honest, straight-forward, and stubborn with a fierce sense of doing the right thing. (view spoiler)[ I enjoyed her more at the start of the book, because towards the end she had this frustrating stubborn determination to become a martyr rather than trust in someone else to help her. Though I'm glad she accepted that someone else fixed her mistake - of course, she had no choice as it was already done.(hide spoiler)] Rory was a great character - an honorable, sensible male lead that actually listened. Don't get me wrong both had their flaws and moments when I wanted to smack them, but they also amused and charmed me that I didn't mind. The side characters - were their distinct individuals without being overwhelming, some I wouldn't mind reading about in the future. I really loved that this book focused on the two main characters, their backstories and relationship. Most of the first half of the book was a lot of back and forth between Verity and Rory with him proposing and her rejecting him (to be fair she made clear her position from the beginning - and held it for the majority of the book). I enjoyed it - getting to see them interact and get to know each other as adults. There was both internal and external conflict - the internal one dealing with the issues Verity and Rory each had in their pasts. The outside conflict regarding the Diaries was subtly woven through the story. The ending wasn't entirely unexpected but there were some surprises. There were times the pacing felt a little stilted, not so smooth (like when some of their pasts were revealed) but overall not bad. I enjoyed this - it left me smiling and happy with hearts in my eyes (which in this case - is how I wanted it to leave me).

  • The Window Seat
    2019-03-17 04:27

    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 of their debauched night on the town celebrating of the Duke of Cardon’s upcoming wedding. For Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, his morning starts like any good rakehell's should; lying in bed with his arms around a beautiful woman. Unfortunately for Rory the woman he’s in bed with isn’t a willing widow or a mistress, but rather the younger sister of Lord Cardon. When they are discovered together, Rory does what any gentleman would and proposes marriage, yet Verity Fitzroy isn’t interested in marriage and tells him no.For the full review, please go to http://www.thewindowseat13.com/2013/0...

  • Christine (AR)
    2019-02-24 22:26

    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 up after a disastrous stag party in compromising positions and each book extricates them from same through true love, royal decrees, minor espionage, etc. The cool part is that they all take place concurrently, each book starting the morning after the disastrous party, which must have taken some planning as the characters weave in and out. I knew going into this that it was the third book, so I can't really quibble about my occasional confusion, but even so - there were a few too many unfired guns by the end of the third act for me to give it five stars. I'll probably come back and change it after I've read them all. In the meantime, I'll send Sophia Nash a thank you note.

  • Carolynn Carey
    2019-03-16 05:17

    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 force myself to keep reading. I ended by skimming the latter part of the book, not really caring what happened. This was my first Sophia Nash novel and will certainly be my last.

  • Cara
    2019-03-05 23:19

    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!

  • Marguerite Butler
    2019-03-01 05:29

    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.

  • Ai
    2019-03-07 22:24

    I wanted to write this review as a numbered list since the author seems to love them, but I see from other reviews that many people got the same idea lol.I'm surprised I finished this book given how much I disliked Verity and felt indifferent to Rory. I'm not sure if we're meant to be sympathetic to Verity at the beginning of the book. From the start, the two of them are caught in bed with each other and Verity's older brother, James, the Duke of Candover, demands that they get married. Rory is like, "yeah, okay, whatever". Doesn't bat an eyelash at the thought while Verity resists and resists. Rory even chases her back to Derbyshire where she's been sent to hide until the scandal is resolved. Each time he proposes, Verity declines and does it quite rudely while muttering on the other side of her mouth "you could try wooing me a little harder." I get that Verity wants to marry for love. She doesn't have to be rude about it though. Their secrets are revealed midway through the book so we get a better understanding of why they behave the way they do, but Verity still resists even after they've shared their darkest secrets. She stops being rude about it, but other issues arise in London regarding her missing diaries. She developed a martyr complex and runs on trying to take the blame for everything to save face for her loved ones. If only she had trusted Rory to help her fix the problem. The characters just don't have chemistry. I was confused why Rory kept pursuing Verity despite the way she behaved toward him. I don't know how he suddenly fell in love with her. A lot of storylines seemed to have no point. What was Verity saving Amelia for? What happened to Esme? What's going on with Mary? What about Verity's past love? What happened to him? The book focuses on odd things. It glosses over important plot points but pays a lot of attention to inconsequential details like everyone's riding habits.

  • Kristina
    2019-03-12 05:17

    I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this story. I have never read her series (will have to now) and I thought it would cheese-ball romance, but there was actually a story that went with it that consumed the characters more than just falling in love. Although that was a huge part as well. Rory, a rake duke, has somehow ended up in the bed with Lady Verity, and now he has to make amends-per British aristocracy rules. Her brother James, another duke, demands it but she gives them the bird and says, nah I'm good. (Oh, and of course she has loved Rory since she was 13, but what does that matter when freedom is being taken?) Rory loves a challenge, what guy doesn't?, and so he sets out to woo her to say yes (cause reputations are at risk here). Side story: Verity has penned diaries cataloguing the actions of dukes for a decade cause she saw everything first hand. It was just for her pleasure to write, but someone stole them one night and started publishing the entries to Verity's dismay. Now she has to get those diaries back and save the reputations of those she loves. Let herself be damned. Rory follows her to this end and saves her of course and her reputation but how is sweet and charming. I liked the Verity character; she was no-nonsense and super blunt. And the sarcasm was nice too. Finished this one fast. Ready to see how her friends and brother pan out in this game of love.

  • Gail
    2019-03-07 05:15

    #3 in series- library copy

  • Phoenix77
    2019-02-23 22:33

    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 of their debauched night on the town celebrating of the Duke of Cardon’s upcoming wedding. For Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, his morning starts like any good rakehell should; lying in bed with his arms around a beautiful woman. Unfortunately for Rory the woman he’s in bed with isn’t a willing widow or a mistress, but rather the younger sister of Lord Cardon. When they are discovered together, Rory does what any gentleman would and proposes marriage, yet Verity Fitzroy isn’t interested in marriage and tells him no.For Verity, the threat of a scandal to her name isn’t a compelling enough reason for marrying the man who ruined her. Adding insult to her injury is that years ago Verity had harbored a teenage crush on Rory until she discovered him behaving in a rather un-gentlemanly way. With her young heart broken, Verity found an outlet for her emotions through her personal diaries where she recorded the foibles of her brother and his friends as they cut a scandalous path through London. In the intervening years those diaries have piled up but Verity’s determination to never fall in love has never wavered. In terms of story, I was sure that once the set-up was established and we as readers understood that Rory was going to be in pursuit of Verity for the majority of the book, that this was when it would start getting funny. There was great potential for comedy in watching all of Rory’s early attempts at seduction blow up in his face as Verity keeps herself aloof to not only protect her heart but her own secrets from him. However, while the tone was kept on the lighter side it was never quite as amusing as I wanted it to be. Any attempts at humor were on the desert-dry side or were too subtle to register as a joke. Putting it right on the front cover that the story was inspired by one of the funnier adult comedies released, to miss the mark on the laugh-out-loud moments seems to be a poor choice by the author.There was also a lack of chemistry between Verity and Rory that made the first 100-pages of the story seem very dull on top of the already missing humor. I was continually frustrated by Verity’s pragmatic approach to her relationship with Rory. At first she pushes him away to protect her own heart and then she pushes him away in an attempt to protect his. Several characters comment that Verity is the most emotional of the Fitzroy family, but for the majority of the book she seems to hide from any budding feeling she has for Rory. She makes a point of discussing with Rory the nature of love, yet later she seems to think that love means martyring oneself to protect the other person without giving them a chance to object. I’m not saying Rory was flawless in his own journey into love with Verity, yet his mistakes seemed more along the lines of a typical male who has never truly experienced the emotion. I guess I could forgive that easier than a woman who wants Love but fights even her own heart when she finds it.Readers who have experienced books one and two of the Royal Entourage series will probably be more forgiving to this story as they’ve already invested in the ultimate outcome for all the dukes involved in that scandalous night. For a new reader like me, there wasn’t enough in this story to capture my attention for the future installments. I think I need a strong cup of coffee to shake off this book hangover.

  • StephanieG
    2019-03-13 21:33

    London, EnglandThe 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 bunch from the night before and found them in all the wrong places. It was the misfortune of one Rory Lennox, First Duke of Abshire, to be found in the bed of one of Candover’s five sisters.Verity Fitzroy was a very sound sleeper and she never knew anyone was there, but that didn’t stop her brother, James, from yelling the roof down at Rory. Rather than duel for her honor, James decided that Rory was to marry Verity, which she refused immediately after James woke her with a vase of water, and was sent home to her country estate. Actually they were both banished to their respective estates bordering the other. Rory was more than ready to settle down and the more time he spent with Verity, the more he liked her and they had always been sort of friends, until he and her brother broke up their friendship over a woman. A woman they were both thought they were in love with. Verity told him she would become engaged to him but she knew in her heart she could never marry anyone, let alone her beloved Rory whom she had loved since she was thirteen.Sophia Nash has written an entrancing amusing historical love story that will capture the reader’s attention immediately and they will not want to put it down until it is finished. She has woven a story that uses the characters to the best advantage, the main characters being Rory and Verity. The dukes and the Prince Regent are mentioned only when necessary.I enjoyed this book very much and didn’t want to put it down. The story of Rory and Verity was true to the end. It’s one of the better written, better told stories I’ve read in a while. Rory and Verity are truly in love, but Verity holds a secret close to her heart that she fears will destroy everyone she loves, if the secret is revealed before she can make it right. Rory thinks he knows Verity. What do you think, will he discover her secret in time to save his wedding with her? The Duke Diaries were written in jest of the Prince Regent and his Dukes. They were written by a young woman with nothing but time on her hands and mischief in her mind. They chronicled the outings of the Dukes, their wagers, their womanizing (at the time they were all bachelors), and other outrageous extravagances.- Diane

  • Phoenix Malfoy
    2019-03-20 23:33

    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 nemesis in the bed of his third and "favorite" sister, Verity Fitzroy. Thinking he ought to do something good amidst all the depraved things he's done and to dodge the bullet that he'll be receiving from an enraged James, agreed to marry Verity. But Verity, even with the threat of a brewing scandal, still refuses Rory's proposal of marriage. On top of all the wooing and falling in love, a set of diaries detailing the atrocious activities of some of the members of the ton is published in the Fashionable Column of the newspaper. This book is really a fun and enjoyable read. I would have to agree though, that the premise of the entire series is very much like the Hangover which was really interesting.C and V offered something new to the table. While other books presented a pair wherein one is a degenerate and the other, complete perfection, this book doesn't give us that. Both of them had their own share of secrets and their own mark of flaws. They both had to work for their happy ending, too. With the addition of equally quirky side characters and sub love lines, I got really invested in the two previous books in this installment. Ducks? Huh! This book, story and characters wise, was almost perfect. Almost. While the plot is immensely good and the events leading to the climax delivered a thrilling ride, the resolution of the problem just falls short of what I was expecting. If things could be resolved the easy way, why the heavy build-up? I also had just a teeny little bit of qualm with the writer's style. It was fast paced. Don't get me wrong, I love fast paced writing. This time, however, there were sudden shifts in construction that I had to reread a few sentences to understand who or what the pronouns were referring to. Anyway, I see a very great potential for the other books in this series. And while this tome is not utter perfection (who could achieve such anyways?), it is still a book worthy of recommendation. Enjoyable, romantic and fun.

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-03-26 01:22

    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 resolution (revolving around the titular diaries) of the story, which I won't share for fear of spoilers. Suffice it to say that I was shaking my head at the utter ludicrousness and I know that I'm very gullible so if even I had difficulty swallowing the scenes, there will definitely be others who scoff at it.But the plot is not the main reason to read. No, the main reason to read is for delightful characters and their quippy conversations. Our hero and heroine in this story have a history, being neighbors: Rory, Duke of Abshire and Lady Verity, sister to another duke. Their past is very complicated and that creates additional complications on their way to true love and happily ever after. As I mentioned, this is technically part of a series. I feel like some of the characters I should have known already from book one and I know some of the characters played a role in book two after reading the summaries so it was personally frustrating that my memory was failing me on how exactly they all fit together. I can't believe I'm saying this but maybe there were too many dukes! (How can there be too many dukes? I know but kind of felt that way.)Overall: A pleasant afternoon diversion-I do recommend reading the series in order if you can just because the characters do pop up in each other's stories but can also be read as a standalone if you want to check out Nash's style in this series.

  • Pam
    2019-03-18 02:36

    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 with Prinny, The Prince Regent.The most recent chaos the Royal Entourage caused was making headlines all over England. The evening before Verity's brother, James; the Duke of Candover was to marry Lady Margaret, the group started drinking Absinthe and the entourage got a little crazy. The wedding party was so out of control that the citizens of London have called it outrageous and are not taking it well. So Prinny has called them all together to start damage control, he has told the Dukes they must find brides and gain respectability and has already sent one away.The morning of “the wedding of the century”, Rory, the Duke of Abshire wakes up to pounding on the door and his former friend James yelling at him because it seems Rory is in bed with his sister, Verity. Rory does not remember last night much less going to her room and the fact that James is pounding on the door and not at his own wedding is a troubling sign. Lady Margaret, her family and half of London waited at St George’s for ninety minutes before the Spencer’s whisked her away; there is no hope for making amends.James is furious and expects Rory to ask for Verity’s hand in marriage; however Verity has a mind of her own...Complete review: Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind

  • Diana
    2019-02-27 02:37

    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. It was a quite enjoyable romance story, the characters were all very pleasant. I liked Verity and Rory, both as individuals and as a couple, although I didn’t see the progression from friends to lovers to in love. The ending to this story was more happy for now that showed the promise for happily ever after which made for a nice change. Having said all that, I feel like I’m killing this book with kindness. I don’t mean for it to sound like I’m throwing platitudes out and about. This story wasn’t spectacular but it wasn’t awful either. All the parts came together like a puzzle. I didn’t feel the author wasted any word or page in telling this story.I don’t normally like to read titles in a particular series out of order, but time constraints kept me from reading the first two books Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea and The Art of Duke Hunting. It wasn’t difficult to understand what was going on with the present characters, however it was difficult not completely knowing what exactly had gone on to cause such a furor. At least reading Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea before starting this one might add to your understanding The Duke Diaries*review copy provided by publisher for honest review

  • Joyce
    2019-03-23 21:29

    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. There were a few times in the book when it seemed that events were glossed over and not explained well enough, especially the scene toward the end with Prinny. I wish this had been explained more fully. There were some other things that I did not understand, most notably the mysterious situation that Verity had to handle for Amelia, and the situation with Esme. This was never explained. I later realized that this book was #3 in the series, so perhaps it is explained in one of the other books. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of the bookOverall, this was a delightful read, and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

  • Jessi
    2019-02-28 23:21

    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 party and now has woken up beside her childhood crush,Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire. There are some issues here with the fact that he and her brother once competed for the love of a girl who (of course) didn't deserve either of them. But now Verity has been banished to the country and Rory is courting her. And not all that reluctantly, to both their surprise.Of course, there are several BIG SECRETS (view spoiler)[Verity is the authoress of a series of diaries that do NOT paint the royal entourage in a flattering light, also, she's not a virgin(hide spoiler)] but none of the secrets create a big enough issue to frustrate the reader ("Why didn't she just ask" sort of thing.)

  • Marcy
    2019-03-05 00:13

    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 Verity.Verity has had feelings for Rory (who grew up on the estate next door to her) since she was a teenager, but when he is forced to propose, she refuses him. He has to work hard to finally get her agreement to become engaged, but she has no plans to marry anyone.The book started out slowly but ended up being a great story with likable characters who are straight talking and have a lot of chemistry together. Both of them had past issues they had to overcome to find their HEA. I especially liked how spunky Verity was.

  • Melissa J. Katano
    2019-02-23 21:26

    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 friends-turned-barely-tolerated-enemies. There are some of the usual complications and hijinks ensue, but all in all, a fun read.As with most romance series, you don't *have* to read the previous books, but there are enough allusions that you might want to (however, events in book 2 don't seem to match up with events in this book--nothing major, just little continuity issues that frustrated me when I went back and re-read book 2)

  • BookMaven
    2019-03-05 02:11

    Witty, Scandalous and FunRory 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 witty, fun romance with a light mystery, and delightful characters. There are many moments that made me smile. This is the third book in the series called The Royal Entourage. The book advances the series perfectly, and leaves us wanting more. The book is filled with zany antics, steamy sex, and a complex plot. It is definitely recommended.

  • Ariana
    2019-03-22 23:17

    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 what? You're right. You're awful I don't want to marry you at all." And while I didn't have any real problem with the hero, there was no chemistry between the two for his character to elevate in any satisfying way that would induce me to care or realty feel invested in him or them as a couple. I didn't really see the falling in love. This series has been a huge diappointment.

  • Alexis
    2019-03-04 00:13

    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 in the series, or remnants of past stories, but it was absolute overkill. Which is a shame, because normally side characters and conflicts are a prerequisite for me. The only positive is that the two main characters fell in love gradually; the rest was a mess.

  • Cherie
    2019-02-23 22:37

    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 heroine has loved the hero from a young age and the hero is a rake not totally believable. It is not that Verity is not loveable, she is. But the only reason he took notice of her was because the Prince Regent pressed it. Lucky gal.