Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Day of the Duchess - Scandal & Scoundrel #3 - By: Sarah MacLean

The Story

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...


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Chapter 1
DESERTED DUKE DISAVOWED!
August 19, 1836
House of Lords, Parliament

She’d left him two years, seven months ago, exactly.
Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven looked to the tiny wooden calendar wheels inlaid into the blotter on his desk in his private office above the House of Lords.
August the nineteenth, 1836. The last day of the parliamentary session, filled with pomp and idle. And lingering memory. He spun the wheel with the six embossed upon it. Five. Four. He took a deep breath.
Get out. He heard his own words, cold and angry with betrayal, echoing with quiet menace. Don’t ever return.
He touched the wheel again. August became July. May. March.
January the nineteenth, 1834. The day she left.
His fingers moved without thought, finding comfort in the familiar click of the wheels.
April the seventeenth, 1833.
The way I feel about you . . . Her words now—soft and full of temptation. I’ve never felt anything like this.
He hadn’t, either. As though light and breath and hope had flooded the room, filling all the dark spaces. Filling his lungs and heart. And all because of her.
Until he’d discovered the truth. The truth, which had mattered so much until it hadn’t mattered at all.
Where had she gone?
The clock in the corner of the room ticked and tocked, counting the seconds until Haven was due in his seat in the hallowed main chamber of the House of Lords, where men of higher purpose and passion had sat before him for generations. His fingers played the little calendar like a virtuoso, as though they’d done this dance a hundred times before. A thousand.
And they had.
March the first, 1833. The day they met.
So, they let simply anyone become a duke, do they? No deference. Teasing and charm and pure, unadulterated beauty.
If you think dukes are bad, imagine what they accept from duchesses?
That smile. As though she’d never met another man. As though she’d never wanted to. He’d been hers the moment he’d seen that smile. Before that. Imagine, indeed.
And then it had fallen apart. He’d lost everything, and then lost her. Or perhaps it had been the reverse. Or perhaps it was all the same.
Would there ever be a time when he stopped thinking of her? Ever a date that did not remind him of her? Of the time that had stretched like an eternity since she’d left?
Where had she gone?
The clock struck eleven, heavy chimes sounding in the room, echoed by a dozen others sounding down the long, oaken corridor beyond, summoning men of longstanding name to the duty that had been theirs before they drew breath.
Haven spun the calendar wheels with force, leaving them as they lay. November the thirty-seventh, 3842. A fine date—one on which he had absolutely no chance of thinking of her.

Addicted 2 Romance Review:


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This is the story of Sera and her Duke husband Malcolm/Mal. We were first first introduced to them in the 1st book  in this series " The Rogue Not Taken" and Sophie and her future husband meet on the night she defends her sister Sera from her cheating husband, Malcolm and that she (Sera) was pregnant at the time.

I beyond LOVED the 1st book in this series and I would suggest you read that book before this one. I have not read the 2nd book in the series but I think I would have been very lost had I not read book 1. The 1st book was really fun and light reading and I beyond loved it. This book starts out very intense. And alot of it is extremely intense but the sisters are back and yes we see ALOT of Sophie and well they inject a lot of fun and humor into this story so its not heavily weighed by the intensity.

The book starts off when Sera appears on the last day before parliment breaks and she comes to ask for a divorce from her husband Malcolm and fellow member of parliment. Unknownest to her Mal has been searching for her for years. He is thankful to finally find her and the last thing he wants is a divorce. Instead he asks her to find her replacement and then he will agree to asking for a divorce.

Sera has been off finding a life and to continue she must have a divorce so she agrees but she brings her sisters and their pets - well to torture Malcom and I loved that aspect of the story. Sera then devises tests for the bride candidates and this was a really fun part of the story. Think The Bachelor but in the 1800's.

Does Sera get her divorce? Does Mal win his wife? All these answers are in the story. At times I felt that things were never going to work out and then Mal really surprises me and I ended up with a few tears in my eyes at this ending. Kudos to the author for an extremely well written book that I loved.

About the Author

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 Jezebel.com'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.

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  1. Thank you for hosting your review today!
    Happy 4th of July
    Allisia
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