I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3) by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Published by Avon on June 27th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
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 The Day of the Duchess.
The Day of the Duchess is the third book in her most latest series, but I will admit its been awhile since I have managed to pick her up. This is the first of the series I have read, and I am so intrigued by these five sisters. They are robust, entertaining, unique and quite fun to read. I loved their banter and how loyal they are to each other and the different ways they look out for each other. The Day of the Duchess features Seraphina. And my what a most beautiful and unique name right. Well our story starts off with Seraphina requesting a divorce to be issued through parliament, and what a scandal that would be for a woman to ask in this time. But really, there is only one man that could give this to her, the man she wants a divorce with. A man she hasn’t seen in years, the man she left and abandoned years previous. Seraphina and Malcolm were married out of convenience, and Seraphina and Malcolm hurt and betrayed each other after falling deeply in love with each other. They kept secrets from each other until it was too late. Then when Seraphina learned she couldn’t have any more children after a painful miscarriage, she left for America. Malcolm has never been able to forget his wife, he has searched everywhere for her for years. But when she returns to England, he refuses to give her a divorce….he means to make her fall in love with him again no matter what.
Our lovely Duke is pretty deceptive in some ways but he does have a good heart with earnest intentions to prove to his duchess to take a risk and a chance on him and on the love they once shared. But Seraphina has suffered quite a bit of pain and doesn’t trust Malcolm. So there is quite a bit of mistrust and pain that is between them. It was so entertaining this book….and I was swept away by their lively bantering, the machinations of Seraphina’s sisters and the charming and fiesty cat. And then we also have a side built up story of Cam (The American) and Sesily which leads to a future book—according to the author. Our hero hatches up a plan, have his duchess choose his next wife to be (a woman he never plans to marry since he plans on keeping Seraphina) but Serpahina doesn’t know that yet but she knows he has something up his life. But Seraphina wants to be free, to fully own a tavern in Convent Gardens and to be the sparrow the sings and charms the crowd.
Sarah Maclean did a fantastic job with this book, and I have fallen in love with her writing again. I really adored seeing this book pull me write in from the beginning. Although I will say the middle of the book felt a bit flat for me at times, and I had a hard time concentrating on the story. But the beginning the latter half of the book were so fantastic. I was charmed by this second chance romance, seeing this couple reconnect and fight and share some powerful kisses that are more than swoonworthy. I honestly didn’t expect this book to turn out the way it did so MacLean definitely gave it a nice twist you don’t expect to happen. And man I want to mention the emotion of this book. ALL THE FEELS Folks!!! Especially the ending here, simply left me so happy and smiling.
You are perfect.” She closed her eyes at the sting of the words. “I am deeply flawed.” He stayed still and silent until she opened them again. “Your flaws are perfect. A map of where we have been.” She caught her breath at that we. At how much she wanted it to be true. He went on, “I have dreamed of you here. Look up. Look at us. Look at how beautiful you are. Watch how I worship you.”
Overall The Day of the Duchess is a fantastic work from this author that captures your attention, makes you laugh and smile, and gives the reader a belly full satsifying romance!!
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