This Book SLAYED Me! The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean Book Review + Giveaway

Posted June 30, 2017 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews | 1 Comment

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This Book SLAYED Me! The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean Book Review + Giveaway


I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

This Book SLAYED Me! The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean Book Review + Giveaway
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
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-flames


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 » 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

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 3.5

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About Sarah MacLean

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.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
  • 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
  • 2017 Review Challenge

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