Book Review

‘The Day of the Duchess’ by Sarah MacLean

tdotd smlSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: This is the third book in Scandal & Scoundrel series and this one definitely lives up to the series’ name. If you haven’t read the previous two, I’d recommend you read at least the first one, The Rogue Not Taken, because in it we meet Seraphina and her no good, cheating husband.

I know that I’m not alone in this when I say that redeeming a character such as the hero in this story wasn’t going to be easy. As a matter a fact, if I was an author, I’d probably kill him off and give Sera a man worthy of her. I mean, why put yourself through all the angst Ms. MacLean?! Why be in the head of this man?!

Don’t answer that question. It’s a rhetorical one and after I finished this book, you’ve answered it in full. What you did is show me why I am a reader and you the author. You’ve created a character so complex and flawed that his humanity just jumped off the pages. By the end of the book, you left me no choice but to accept him for what he was and is. Through your prose, I felt this man’s remorse and forgave him his transgressions.

The emotional baggage these two came with in this story was heartbreaking and the reason their relationships survived is testament to what real love is. It’s not black or white, it’s messy and painful at times, but it is worth fighting for it.

One of the best second chance at love tropes I’ve read and I highly recommend it.

Melanie for b2b

Gift copy provided by the publisher for an honest review


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