The third book in Sarah MacLean's witty and romantic Scandal & Scoundrel series featuring a ravishing heroine and the man, desperately in love, who now has to make amends.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sarah MacLean's third Scandal and Scoundrel novel is heavy on conflict and angst, which only makes this tale of reconciliation sweeter. After tragedy and lies turn their love match bitter, Seraphina Talbot flees her marriage to Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. Now she's back to demand a divorce, while Malcolm is determined to win her back. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreaking, The Day of the Duchess is an emotionally deep and supremely satisfying read.
MacLean's clever explanation of the scandal at the heart of her previous Regency romance, The Rogue Not Taken, will impress readers who found Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, entirely insufferable in the earlier book. Malcolm plans to woo back his wife, Seraphina, whom he sent away shortly after their wedding because she had deceived him. Instead, to his shock, she returns and announces she wants a divorce. In order to buy some time to change her mind, Malcolm agrees to the divorce but asks her to live with him for six weeks and help him find another wife. Seraphina wants her freedom so she can circumvent the British law that a woman's property belongs to her husband, but living with Malcolm soon reminds her what first attracted her to him. Passion is reignited, but she fears that they can't overcome their past, which results in wishy-washy behavior. The chase grows tiring, but readers will empathize with the redeemed Malcolm. Seraphina's sisters keep things lively, and new characters are just as spirited. The saucy setup for another love match will have readers eager for the next in the series.
Pulling @ Heart Strings!
This is my first book by this author, and I am so happy to have discovered her with such an amazing novel!
I have a great admiration for how this book was written - the flash backs helped me understand the characters so much, and I could literally feel my heart breaking for them in many scenes.
I love romance novels, but it’s always a given that the characters will end up together. I was happily surprised to find that this book — and how hellbent Sera was for her freedom — made me doubt that there would be a happily ever after, after all.
For most of the book, I was so enthralled that I was convinced I would give it 5 stars (never happens…), but the wrap up of the book (though not so unbelievable), was too quick. I wished for a couple of extra chapters that delved a bit more into how the characters — Sera in particular — finally decided to stay together after a full book of being convinced that letting love go was the only acceptable course of action.
Nevertheless, I will be reading this book again, as well as the rest of the series.
Day of the duchess
Did not like it . Jumped around. Quit reading . Others by this author are better .
Devastating and beautiful
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