Monday, June 26, 2017

Blog Tour of The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean

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...

Chapter 1
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.

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'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.

Title: The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel (Book 3)
Format: Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (June 27, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0062379437
ISBN-13: 978-0062379436
Author's Website:
Notes:  I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating. Please note that as I read an ARC, any quotes listed are subject to change, they will need to be checked and verified against the final version.
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Once upon a time a girl fell in love with a man she thought beyond her reach, and so she did the unthinkable--She caught him via a marriage trap never thinking of the consequences. Things did not go well and she eventually fled. Now years later, she's returned and is demanding a divorce declaring, very publicly in front of the house of lords, that the marriage should be dissolved.  The Day of the Duchess has come and she is seeking her due...
This is a story that I would never ever in a million years have thought Ms. MacLean would wish to tackle, but tackle it she did. We were first introduced to the Duke and Duchess of Haven in 'The Rogue Not Taken'. In that book, Malcolm had a tryst with another woman at a garden party and was caught by his sister-in-law, Sophie, who promptly pushed the adulterer into an indoor fishpond. I loved Sophie at that moment and knew that my sister would have done the same for me if she had ever been presented with such a situation. Thus, my hatred of Malcolm began and Ms. MacLean, after a couple of years of letting me hate the man, turned around and made me like him.

Now, as you can imagine, this was a very emotionally charged read. For these two to have any chance of  having a successful relationship there was a lot of emotional baggage on both sides that needed to be sifted through and dealt with. They had to get to the root of what caused it, and each had to be sincere in their wish to continue in a relationship. The thing that finally won me over was the grand gesture that happened at the very end. Until then, I was on the fence about this relationship.  

The song that kept playing in my head as I read the first half of this book was Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep':

'There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch, and it's bringing me out the dark
Finally, I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out, and I'll lay your ship bare
See how I'll leave with every piece of you
Don't underestimate the things that I will do
There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch, and it's bringing me out the dark

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can't help feeling

We could have had it all...'

I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. It was a book that surprised me because I never expected to love it. When I realized whom the couple was to be for this story I was hesitant about continuing. Ms. MacLean, however, worked her magic, did her homework, and created a wonderful story that tugged at my heartstrings and makes one believe love can overcome anything. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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