This book is truely brilliant. The second book in Sophia Nash's Royal Entourage collection, it follows the missing Roman Montagu who wakes up after a night of complete excess to find that he has fallen into his worst nightmare and is on a boat in a storm. The seventeeth duke of Norwich lives under a curse, a curse that has already killed 16 previous dukes, and Roman knows that he will be the first duke to die by drowning. On the ship, blinded by fear he is rescued by Esme, a Countess who is finally taking a trip of a life time to explore europes art museums.
This book was extremly funny, and I found my self laughing out more times than I can remember. The characters, both Roman and Esme, as well as the long cast of supporting characters, were all well thought out complex characters who, almost without expection, you will grow to love. The plot was intresting and alos refreshing, it was not a retelling of a plot used many times before, it was a new fresh plot and was a real joy to read.
This book can be read on its own, but by reading the first book in the series, Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea, you get a better idea of what happened in London, and why Pinny seems to be acting so pecularly... Also Kress and Roxanne (the protagonists from the first book) are featured at the end of this book, which is really nice to meet them again.