Review: The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean

June 26, 2017 Review 0

Review: The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean

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.

Title: The Day of the Duchess
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrel #2)
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: June 27, 2017
Genres: Regency Romance
Pages: 400
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames
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I couldn’t fathom how Sarah MacLean was going to redeem her most unredeemable hero. In fact, he may be the most unredeemable Regency hero I’ve ever read. I mean…the guy publicly cheated on his wife. He humiliated her and her family.

In the other Scandal and Scoundrel stories, I hated Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. When I saw that this story was to be his and Seraphina’s…well, I was skeptical. Romances had to end in a happily-ever-after, and how could it be possible that MacLean could make me – the reader who grew to despise this hero – believe that he could ever be forgiven? Forget Seraphina. I needed to fall in love with someone who had committed the worst sin in a marriage.

Phew. Hold on to your hats, folks, because you are in for a wild ride.

Seraphina is amazing. Awesome, wonderful, strong, soft, kind, and unforgiving. She not only admits her own mistakes, she owns them. And she has the common sense to realize that no matter what she does – divorce her high-ranking husband, or remain in hiding – she’s damned in the eyes of London society. But she’s gotten to a place where she is indifferent to the opinions of those that do not matter. Her bond with her sisters is strong, and their family love is so devoted…well, it gave me all the feels.

Malcolm is…ugh. Arrogant, high-handed, rude. But he’s also ben searching for his wife for three years. And not searching for her so that he can get her to sign divorce papers; no, he’s searching for her so he can apologize and make amends.

Okay, I think. I’ll buy into that for now.

As the story progresses, Seraphina and Malcolm begin to reconnect through Malcolm’s constant need to prove that he’s a changed man. Everything he does is done with the intent of winning Seraphina back.  He knows she doesn’t love him anymore, and he knows that she has no desire for his title or money, so he has to be a lot more creative in his ways of wooing her than he’s ever had to do. And the things he does…I can’t spoil it. I can’t. It’s just so subtly and wonderfully done that I’d be robbing you of the experience, seeing it for yourself.

This might just be MacLean’s best work yet. And she’s one of the best out there already. Five stars.

 

 

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