Blog Tour: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Welcome to the The Day of the Duchess blog tour post! This is the third book in Sarah MacLean‘s lovely series Scandal & Scoundrel and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

My review of Book 1: The Rogue Not Taken & Book 2: A Scot in the Dark

Blog Tour: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLeanThe Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3) by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Published by Avon on June 27th 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars

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.

Review:

Yay resolution!

The Day of the Duchess was easily one of the most grand and dramatic of second chance romances I’ve read in a while. When we first met Malcolm, Duke of Haven in The Rogue Not Taken, he was not very Hero material at all so I was definitely curious to see how he planned on winning back Seraphina, his duchess in exile. Especially a duchess who’s determine to get a divorce (scandalous!).

The story is seen in switching timelines; the past when Sera and Mal first met, fell in love, and broke each other’s heart, and present time as Sera ends up helping Mal find a new duchess so she can get her divorce while Mal secretly-not-so-secretly tries to win over Sera. This did make the story seem a little slow but it also helped layer in those emotional foundations. There was also a lot of angst and drama between Sera and Mal as they both have a lot of baggage and stubborn but thankfully there was a ton of granter banter and sass all around to help. Nothing is worse than not being able to see why a couple are meant for each despite the drama, so I was glad that you could always feel that underlying devotion that Sera and Mal had for each other.

I love how bold and resilient Sera is. She was shunned and ridiculed by “polite” society but that didn’t stop her trying to get her freedom and happiness. And Mal, seeing him go from an arrogant and somewhat selfish man to a hero that can think of another person’s happiness was so satisfying. There was always this tension between Sera and Mal that was pretty captivating. They always seemed to be fighting their attraction but it was an interesting road to a happily ever after that I didn’t mind tagging along for.

I was glad we got to see more of the Soiled S’s (Sera’s sisters), especially Sesily, who also had quite the sass but really amp it up a notch in this one. I’m definitely excited for her story!

Overall, this was a lovely second chance romance filled with drama, love and a grand gesture that grinning ear to ear. Despite the few things that didn’t quite work for me (the slightly draggy start, and holy moly miscommunication/angst, Batman!) that this was a lovely addition to the series.

“No one is forever until they are.”

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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*GIVEAWAY

Win Print copies of THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN and A SCOT IN THE DARK (Books 1 & 2 in the Scandal and Scoundrel Series) (US Only)

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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.


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Excerpt; 

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.

four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

9 Replies to “Blog Tour: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Looks like a very compelling read. Thanks for sharing about it, Cyn!

  2. I totally wanna try this one 🙂

  3. Tasty Book Tours says: Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely review!!

  4. I am glad you enjoyed this Cyn. I adored it and think it is a personal favorite.

  5. I love a good second chance romance. This one sounds so good. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Ahh I’m so glad you loved this! I LOVED Mal’s redemption arc, and I think MacLean did a fabulous job in writing his character out and letting readers feel his sorrow and regret. I also adored Sera’s character: her resilience, her strength, and her tenacity. I really admired her strength especially after leaving Mal. 😀

  7. Oh she’s very good. One of my favorite tropes, too! I need to get caught up on them 🙂

  8. This is on my Kindle, waiting to be read! I loved The Rogue Not Taken but haven’t read book 2 yet, so I should probably read them in order. 🙂

  9. oh I had such a fun time with this book too!!! The characters were fantastic and I loved seeing them reconnect again.

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