THE DUKE DIARIES
Fans of the Royal Entourage series will devour this installment, in which they will uncover the reasons for the animosity between the Dukes of Candover and Abshire. Nash delivers a delightful romance with engaging characters whose witty dialogue is just what readers expect from her rapier pen. Certain to lift spirits and touch hearts, this one’s a real charmer.
Verity Fitzroy, the Duke of Candover’s favorite sister, has kept a diary and been fascinated by Rory Lennox, Duke of Abshire, since girlhood. Rory was once her brother’s best friend, but they are now bitter enemies. After a night of debauchery, Verity wakes up next to Rory with her brother pounding on her door, and there is nothing to do but banish herself to the country before there is a scandal and a duel. However, Rory wants to atone for what he doesn’t remember and follows Verity. She does her best to keep Rory at bay, since she refuses to marry without love, but she agrees to an engagement that will end when the season is over. The sudden publication of her diaries throws everything into turmoil — including their realization that there is a simmering passion between them. (AVON, Mar., 380 pp., $7.99)