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READ PDF â The Once and Future Duchess ô A Duchess In Time Saves A Noble LineIn 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 ChallengeIsabelle 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 4.5 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. 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, and the Duke of Barry.She thought to hit two birds with one stone by proposing marriage to the Duke of Candover, a long time friend of her late father and her de facto adviser Isabel also happens to be in love with the James, which makes the whole marriage easier for her to swallow, but James rejects her proposal and she searches elsewhere Using a very useful list that the Prince Regent has prepared for her, but the Duke of Candover cannot help but feel irritated with the turn of events He cares for Isabel, but a promise to her late father to see her married to a man much closer to her age makes him ineligible for her hand To entertain the thought of marrying her would mean betraying the promises he made to her father However, the thought of anyone else with Isabel is just as unacceptable to him.This is a book that made me go wow in the early chapters There is great chemistry between James and Isabel it s something that s just there between the two of them Isabel hasn t really expressed her feelings explicitly, but James has an idea of her esteem James feels it, but never shows it to Isabel It s so polite He looked down at her now bowed head She loosened the ribbons of her elegant bonnet and allowed it to fall down her back at the end of its tied ribbons The shiny brown coils of her luxurious hair gleamed in the rays of sunlight Without thinking, James silently removed one glove and reached toward the crown of her head His fingers, a hairbreadth away from her sleek head, stopped He could feel warmth radiating from her so close yet so far.And in that moment he imagined the beauty of the life he would have if he had been allowed to close the distance between them He willed her to glance up at him, but she did not.The shadow of a raven passed overhead and cawed its displeasure.He returned his hand to its proper place by his side loc 508James has a reputation for being too serious, too stoic, too formal he never show emotions and is a stickler for protocol He s also had a dead fianc , and another one that he jilted at the altar, so marriage is the last thing on James s mind.Isabel is very young, but she has an old soul She s a duchess in her own right and manages her duchy very well I love the idea of her being in the Royal Entourage, this lady who wields the same power as the rest of the gentlemen She has wisdom, experience and insight beyond her years, but, while she has the highest title in the land and can afford anything she wants, the one man she desperately wants has refused her She has a list of names from her secret pen pal the Prince , and it reveals a really charming side to Isabel she is innocent in the ways of the world, but she is also incredibly astute and observant This is not a story about two characters falling in love They are already in love it s a matter of acting on the feeling But, there s love, and there s also honour and duty and one has to make a choice which one supersedes the rest In the case of dukes and duchesses, so much and so many depend on them to make the right decisions James has chosen duty, and Isabel has chosen love I was so excited whenever Isabel and James were in the same room place I loved how they talked to each other, I loved how they argued with each other There is just so, so much pent up passion between the two and I kept waiting for it to break out to the surface.Just once she wished just once she wanted him to kiss her She did not want to kiss Lord Whiskers or Mr Cocksure She wanted to look into the depths of this man s mysterious brown eyes and share something wicked and intimate And she wanted desperately for him to know her As a woman, and not as the child he thought she still was loc 948 She had the most expressive eyes They were a pale golden colour Highly unusual and not unlike a lioness And her mass of shiny, lovely brown hair Not as dark as his own, but a beautiful lighter shade like maple that shone in the Lord, since when had he attempted poetry And at this moment Across from a demented tonsured religious The madhouse was in his future loc 2168Nash also introduces Isabel s younger cousin, Calliope Little, who steals a lot of the scenes in this novel and has the best lines, I think I really, really hope Nash writes about her even a small novella or a full length novel I really just want to read of her I will not wait another moment, Calliope said sharply There are four reasons One she held up her index finger 00 it s been twenty seven minutes well beyond protocol Two up went a second digit she s not supposed to be alone with any man unless they are engaged Even then it s not allowed, although many companions just look the other way I m not one of those She took a breath and help up the third finger Three, I want to know what s going on I d wager it s no good And lastly, no one should be made to sit in a chamber without a single thing to do or see She stared daggers at the butler I told you I preferred a room with curiosities loc 605One duke in a story is amazing Two interacting in the same story is awesome, but three is a bit mindblowing As this is the last book in the series and I wish it wasn t Nash also resolves the story of the Duke of Sussex and hints at the Duke of Barry s happy ending I was very satisfied with how Nash was able to unite these three storylines into a cohesive story But it leads me to wishing, wanting to read about them Nash has enchanted me and reeled me into this dizzyingly fun world and I have fallen in love with her dukes and duchess and Prince and her wonderful way of mixing humour with insight And I m afraid to let go of that and of them I really don t want this series to end The only silver lining is that, it means Sophia Nash will be writing something new hopefully soon Disclosure I received this ARC via Edelweiss Thank you to Sophia Nash, and Avon for the opportunity Yes, this is an honest review. 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 forcing the ducal entourage of this series to sober up and settle down before the masses get so disgusted they revolt to overthrow the monarchy as in France There s also a ridiculously precocious 14 year bookworm cousin set up as the duchess companion, which clanked false to me, but she served as the bracing, omniscient brat in the plot and had some of the best lines throughout.It was a fun read for an evening, with a lot going on at all times and a big cast of characters suffering unrequited or misdirected love And this first taste definitely gave me a hankering for the other dukes stories The writing was spritely and zipped right along, too I enjoyed J Quinn and T Dare in this style of story far but it s great to add another author to my TBR list, yeah That said, I found Mr or Ms Malaprop s mediocre editing distracting For instance, the remote, unemotional duke is letting go and really kissing the forbidden duchess his eyes were stark against his bronzed face and filled with palatable need Tasty Wrong but very funny.His yearning would ve been touching, if it had been palpable A lot of near misses in language like that threw me or made me laugh at the wrong times Those things should have been corrected in the professional publishing process SN deserves better editing.