The Once and Future Duchess is the fourth book in the Royal Entourage series. Though it can be read as a stand alone I would recommend reading the first three in the series to get the full enjoyment of the story. I really enjoyed reading this book, and found the interaction between the main and secondary characters believable and fun. Ms. Nash has built a believable story and world around these books and the characters are the type that you want to keep coming back to visit over and over. I especially loved the way she wove the Prince Regent into the story as a likable if slightly manipulative fairy godfather. I can’t wait to see what is next from Sophia Nash.
Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is about to take on the battle of her life. She’s been in love with the Duke of Candover for most her life. However, Candover has become jaded and developed a deep aversion to marriage. Who could blame him after two botched engagements? Isabelle has no idea how entrenched in his bachelorhood Candover is until she suggests an arrangement between them. As she comes to realize how averse he is to marriage, Isabelle must make a choice of either pursuing her love for him or settling for someone else and a marriage of convenience.
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 to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.
Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she's loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she's too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there's no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.