Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: The Day Of The Duchess by Sarah MacLean

A love that neither can deny…

Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

The one woman he will never forget…

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day...

Malcolm and Seraphina Bevingstoke, the Duke and Duchess of Haven are no ordinary couple and don’t have an ordinary marriage.  Married over 3 years, the Duke has been trying to find his missing wife for the best part of those until the day she shows up back in London requesting a divorce.
As Malcolm wants her forgiveness and a chance to start over, he’ll have to devise a plan that will give him the opportunity to woo her before Parliament is back in session to vote on their divorce.  Unfortunately for him, Sera will come to him with reinforcements and prepared to be shielded from his charms while working hard to get the freedom she feels lost.
I hadn’t read a book by Ms. MacLean in a while, but this story made me remember why I enjoyed them so much.  It’s a story full of love, guilt and regret.  The story of a couple who fell in love and made mistakes which they both allowed to become unsurmountable obstacles between them and, when brought back together, don’t know how to talk or work things out for the best.  They’re completely blinded by their passion for each other and only when things are about to end, will they understand what they really want.
I loved the characters.  Malcolm and Sera are both strong, smart and perfect for each other even when they are fighting and have a love for the ages.  Her sisters are amazing women who make some parts completely hysterical and the guests to his house party were a great addition to the mix.

I really enjoyed this story and honestly recommend to any lover of the genre.

4.5 Book Corner Stars

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.