An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Summer An Best Romance of July An iBooks Best Romance of June The one woman he will never forgetMalcolm 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 summers end There is only one problem he already has one.The one man she will never forgiveAfter 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 replacementwhich requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.A love neither can denyThe duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every dayTHE DAY OF THE DUCHESS...
|Title||:||The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Avon Auflage Reissue 27 Juni 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||206 Pages|
|File Size||:||567 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III Reviews
this is by far the best mrs maclean has ever written. i could not put it aside and i could not stop my eyes from growing wet several times. thank you for this jewel!
I want to like this author's books...but sometimes it’s hard. I have a hard time with her writing style - I understand not everyone will think it a big deal, obviously or she wouldn’t be so successful. For this book, I think the story itself is good but the way we get there is a challenge.Her style is very contemporary for a historical romance so if you are a stickler for the proper use of a word for the time period, you will be frustrated. I don’t consider myself a complete purist, but I do notice, the more historicals I read, when “ass” is used instead of “arse” but it doesn’t deter me from reading. In this book there is more than that. Maclean’s use of the term “full stop” had me rolling my eyes each time I read it as it’s pervasively used throughout all her books, and really, overused. I believe I counted it used six times in this book. Granted, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if it were used once to emphasize with great feeling how strongly someone felt, but to be used so much, just got annoying.Also, while this might be fine to another reader, I found the sisters to be distracting and obstructive to the story. I did not find them likeable. I loved the Rogue Not Taken, Sophie and King’s story, so she was fine, but the other sisters are just crass and rude. I love sarcasm, but they were rude, full stop. (see what I did there)I loved how Haven redeemed himself and finally came to realize the error of his ways. Sera was all over the map and when she doubted Haven again and again, even though he provided her with more than enough opportunities for her to believe in him, I was again frustrated.The last frustration I had with the book was the back and forth through time periods. It was confusing as I couldn’t read the book all in one sitting. It took me several days to read where I needed to stop and start and I’d have to recall where it was we were in the story because there was no clear pattern.There was something I liked - I loved the debutantes who were a part of Haven’s plot to win Sera back. They were awesome and I loved when they went against their momma’s censure. It’d be great to see stories developed from these characters.Bottom line, this one was a miss for me. I feel like that’s the thing with Maclean’s books these days - they are either hit or miss. I say this in all my reviews of Maclean’s books that I’ve read and reviewed, I loved Nine Rules to Break When Seducing a Rake. This was her debut and her best. I wish all of her books mimicked the style she used in that book and didn’t slide into contemporary-isms like her other books. I would probably enjoy them if that were the case.
I am a fan of Sarah McLean; however, I did not enjoy this book. I had difficulty empathizing with the hero and heroine. The sisters who I really liked in Sophie's story are annoying and superfluous in this story. The secondary characters detract from the story. The story is convoluted. I would recommend her other novels but not this one!
This book was really only ok. I understand what the author was trying to do, redeeming lost love can be so beautiful and romantic. Unfortunately, this book didn't come anywhere close.So before reading this book I knew that Malcolm cheated on seraphina.... like big time cheated. Like she walked in on them and he really didn't care-cheated. So i hoped that this book would resolve that - explain his infidelity in a satisfying way..... but nope. He just got pissed and had sex with some random woman. Seraphina isn't an awesome character either. She's just this pitiful, wishy washy wannabe. She says she loves him, but can't be with him...... only to spend a whole lot of time being with him. And the indecision between these characters is numbing. My interest waned.... and by the end of the book I really didn't care if they ended up together or not.
First, I would like to say that if Sara MacLean's name is on a book as the author, I always buy it! Secondly,I'm confused! The book would have been much better, for me, if it had been written in chronological order! I had a very hard time moving from one date to another date three years earlier! Third, I do not understand how these two people could NOT solve their problems before their awful marriage! (But then, we would not have this story!). Fourth, the Talbot sisters (dangerous daughters) and the four candidates added much needed humor to the book. Finally, I did finish the book, but it was a struggle! The story lacked something to make me want to keep reading, as I have done with her other books.
Sarah MacLean has outdone herself again. Every book is her best one, and this one is the most absolutely lovely, heartbreaking, devastating, reedeming, hopefull, and joy full love story of them all. I did not think that the Duke of Heaven was in any way redeemable. I could not forgive that he broke Sera's heart, that he dismissed her love with such callousness, and his unfaithfulness was horrible, it was monstrous. I could not fantom how a 30 year old man could have such a tantrum, that he would have destroyed so much beauty. Thank you Mrs. McLean for helping me see not only through Sera's heart, but also through Mal's. What makes this book so beautiful is that you feel each moment like it was yours. From the beginning you feel his pain at the loss of his love, and the weight of his mistakes, you also feel the rush of hope and joy he feels at her return. As the story progress you learn how they fell in love with each other, how they hurt each other, and how not in spite, but because of their mistakes their love is made real, stronger and perfect in their own flawed way. Thank you for making Sera such a strong woman, ohh how I enjoyed each and one of their dialogs, how she not only puts him in his place, but also recognizes her self with all her rights and wrongs. I'm thrilled that they both get to open up not only with words that were missing since the beginning of their relationship, but also with actions. They get to show each other how they've struggle, and how they've grown and matured, this makes the reedeming, and the forgiving of each other so much real. Thanks for touching such painful topics, so much loss, with compassion, and for having them find solace, and a promise of a future happiness within each other . Thanks for the breaks in between the chapters, some so emotional intense you squeezed my heart in angst, and then some filled with laughter, hope, love, and passion that you made me smiled lighthearted with joy. I'm happy that after all the tears, some from sorrow, and even anger, you've managed to give me a beautiful happy ever after.