On this day in 1816, Rossini's opera THE BARBER OF SEVILLE premiered in Roma. In 1877, Tchaikovshy's ballet SWAN LAKE premiered in Moscow. On this day in Blogger Land, we celebrate another story of destined lovers - Sophia Nash's THE DUKE DIARIES, Book 3 in her Royal Entourage series:
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.
I am giving away a print copy of THE DUKE DIARIES to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about the opera, ballet, or diaries.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, February 23, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 24.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Sophia and her books, check out her website at sophianash.com and Avon Romance at this link.