Title: The Day of the Duchess
Written by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Published by Avon
Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
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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.
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The Day of the Duchess is such an emotional read. This is perhaps the very first book that I read where I didn’t know if the hero and heroine would end up back together! I mean, THE thing that broke them apart in the first place was so damn devastating that I didn’t know if both of them could even heal enough to forgive each other.
To say that I enjoyed The Day of the Duchess is an understatement. I’m not saying that this is Sarah MacLean’s best work yet but this is one of the most refreshing ones that she has written (possibly after Don’t Judge a Lady by Her Cover).
As you all know, I am a sucker for second chance romance. In fact, it is one of my favorite tropes and The Day of the Duchess is an amazing second chance romance that will really tear your heartstrings.
Lady Seraphina is back in London after a few years away, barges into the House of Lords, during a session and demands for a DIVORCE! GASP! Divorce was taboo during that day and only the bravest of souls could weather the scandal.
The story revolves around Sera and her husband Malcolm, the Duke of Haven. Sera wants a divorce so she can own her own pub and be free while Malcolm refuses to let her go and devices a plan to get her back.
Now, this is where it gets tricky. Malcolm convinces Sera to help him find his replacement Duchess (the suitesses – this is genius, by the way). Sera agrees with the understanding that Malcolm will grant her the divorce. Unfortunately, this is the part where I absolutely did not care for. I know I may be the minority here, but the days spent with the suitesses felt that they dragged too long. Basically, I was done with them. There were a couple that I can see starring in their own spin-off series, but still! I actually discussed this with a few reader groups and as expected, the majority of them disagreed with me, claiming that this was when Sera gave up on their relationship.
In all honesty, I wanted more Sera and Malcolm interaction. When they were actually talking to each other and discussing their current problems and facing the hurt, THEY WERE EXPLOSIVE! I mean, I could feel their chemistry sizzling right off the page! So yeah, I WISH there was more.
The suitesses bit practically had only a few Malcolm appearances! YIKES! And I was understandably peeved.
Again, I am the minority here, so I doubt that the situation would dampen your reading of The Day of the Duchess.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book so much. The hurt and struggles were real and I felt like this situation could indeed happen in real life.
The best part that I DID NOT EXPECT at all was when View Spoiler »Malcolm finally gave Sera up and granted her the divorce. It was so dramatic, too! I loved that he bribed half of the Lords to grant him his divorce, with him being the last one to make a decision. His decision to grant Sera the divorce actually won me over! « Hide Spoiler The scene was perfect in every way and I loved that it made Sera really think and evaluate her life, and of course embrace love.
If you haven’t read any Sarah MacLean book, this is the perfect time to start! Definitely, a MUST read!
I finally found the step back image! I’m not sure if I like the pose since Malcolm here looks like he is sniffing something from the crotch area and I can’t help but laugh each time I see it! tee hee
Do you love second chance romance? Which ones are your favorite?
How do you feel about divorcing and then marrying the same person again?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
- 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
- 2017 Review Challenge