Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash

Title: Between The Duke And The Deep Blue Sea

Author: Sophia Nash

Publication:  Avon

Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012

Series: The Royal Entourage Bk 1

Source: www.curledup.com

Roxanne Vanderhaven always believed herself the perfect wife. But when her husband, the Earl of Paxton, leaves her clinging to the edge of a cliff, she’s forced to face the truth: she married a murderous blackguard. Her eventual rescuer, Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, is one of England’s most disreputable peers—a member of the notorious royal entourage, no less–and certainly the last man she can count on. Indeed, the Prince Regent himself exiled Barclay to Cornwall, and now, by decree, the dashing duke must seek a royal bride to regain favor and help quell the public’s fury against the excesses of the crown.
Roxanne desperately wants a new life—after she’s uncovered the cause of her husband’s despicable actions—and she finds herself drawn, most surprisingly, to her unlikely champion. The Duke of Kress may not be quite the scoundrel he appears…but if she gives him her heart, will Roxanne be making the same mistake twice?

                  My Review

          To tell you the truth, I was skeptical about reading Nash’s latest entitled Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea mainly because of the title.  I absolutely loved the cover, but the title had me second guessing how good the book was going to be, and I was basically, kind of right.
                The plot was hard to digest.  We have the heroine clinging to the side of a cliff, and at the last second we have the hero coming to save her with the aid of her loyal, if ugly companion which is a dog.  That part is alright with me, the reason the heroine who is Roxanne is clinging to the side of the cliff is what gets me.  Apparently, her husband wants some land that she has.  Not for the money, but for the plants growing on said land.  What ensues after the hero rescues her is somewhat funny.  I was intrigued by the hero’s past, namely what got him banished to the country and in need of a rich wife, which in turn has me waiting to read the next book in the series.  The ending was entirely predictable from the get go with Roxanne’s husband dying from a less than thought out death and Barclay and Roxanne marrying.
                Sophia Nash was a new author for me and I found her writing to be fresh and lively.  Her characters were endearing and memorable and the dialogue was never lacking.  But I found the plot to be somewhat…less than thought out.  I’m endeavoring to read more of Sophia Nash’s work hoping that she redeems herself-plot wise-in my eyes.



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