Sarah MacLean

Scandal & Scoundrel: The Day of the Duchess (Hardcover)

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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



Age Range
12 - 24 Months
Series Title
Scandal & Scoundrel
Book Format
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Sarah MacLean
The Day of the Duchess
Publication Date
June, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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Positively charming. I...

Positively charming. I am on a beach vacation, and this book was a perfect choice. Listening to this while gazing out at the hypnotic beauty of Lake Michigan was truly healing. Extra points for a beautiful portrait of the sister relationship which is indivisible, no matter how bad one or the other might mess up. Were there unbelievable elements? Hell yes. Was there a convenient failure to communicate? Yep. Still it was just what I wanted and it left me smiling. These days I will take my HEAs wherever I can get them.

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Second chance romances...

Second chance romances can be a hit or a miss with me. I had not read the previous installments of this series so I had no previous emotions one way or the other on the demise of the relationship for these two characters. Note that I said previous, after reading this book I have all sorts of emotions regarding this story now. I can say that this is absolutely one of my favorite second chance romances ever! The Day of the Duchess is a tale surrounding the marital demise of Seraphina, Duchess of Haven and Malcom Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. The Author does a wonderful job of relating the story with transitions from past to present. The story follows both characters from the point of their separation almost three years prior, at the request of Haven. Their past is one of passion, yearning, betrayal and bitterness. Haven realized shortly after Sera had vanished that he screwed up royally. Honestly if his character had not had years of anguish for his mistakes I would not have liked him so much. He truly understood the gravity of his transgressions and had searched all over the world to find his wife. To beg her forgiveness, to ask her to come home. He had never given up, even when the day came where she stormed into parliament and demanded a divorce of him. At that moment, he knew that he would never give her the divorce. He was going to do whatever he could to win her back. Sera and her sisters have spent the bulk of their lives not being good enough for high society. Their father had gained his title by profit not by lineage and they had never been accepted. That had not bothered Sera before but once starting a relationship with Haven she became insecure and that allowed doubt to cloud her judgment to which she made a grave error. An error that sealed her doom with Haven. She would have done anything to make it right but eventually she realized that it could never be. At her lowest moment she decided that she would run and never look back. It took almost three years but Sera did come back to gain her independence and to be done with Haven forever. This is such a charming story. These characters had both loved deeply and were wounded by that love. Learning their stories, seeing their hurt, and watching their rebirth was just utterly marvelous! It was an emotional roller coaster that I did not want to get off. The first half of the book is the hashing out of the history but the second half of the book is where the healing starts to take place and Haven has to put everything on the line. This novel is filled with many grand romantic gestures. These gestures are not the kind that would be made for wooing a woman, but the kind that are made to show the deepest regret and vulnerability that one has to offer. It was as if he literally put his heart on a platter for her as an offering. This book had me in tears by the end. The epilogue is the kind that made those tears just stream down my face. This was such an amazing read! Beyond the relationship building and romance there was also endearing sibling relationships, humor, and a hint of maybe what is to come next for one of the sisters. I may have never before read a story from this author but that will never happen again. I adore her writing style and I am looking forward to the next novel in this series. This is such a romantic read and I highly recommend this story! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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This is the third book...

This is the third book in Scandal & Scoundrel series and this one definitely lives up to the series' name. If you haven't read the previous two, I'd recommend you read at least the first one, The Rogue Not Taken, because in it we meet Seraphina and her no good, cheating husband. I know that I'm not alone in this when I say that redeeming a character such as the hero in this story wasn't going to be easy. As a matter a fact, if I was an author, I'd probably kill him off and give Sera a man worthy of her. I mean, why put yourself through all the angst Ms. MacLean?! Why be in the head of this man?! Don't answer that question. It's a rhetorical one and after I finished this book, you've answered it in full. What you did is show me why I am a reader and you the author. You've created a character so complex and flawed that his humanity just jumped off the pages. By the end of the book, you left me no choice but to accept him for what he was and is. Through your prose, I felt this man's remorse and forgave him his transgressions. The emotional baggage these two came with in this story was heartbreaking and the reason their relationships survived is testament to what real love is. It's not black or white, it's messy and painful at times, but it is worth fighting for it. One of the best second chance at love tropes I've read and I highly recommend it. Melanie for b2b Gift copy provided by the publisher for an honest review

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OH MY GOSH, THE ANGST.   Seriously, I don't think I've read this much delicious romantic angst since The Scarlet Pimpernel...except, every scene between Sera and Mal is like the one where Percy kisses everywhere that Marguerite's hand touched after she left him outside their home. So much love, buried under so many layers and years of hurting each other and being hurt...   GAH.   Though here we've got the lot of the Soiled Ss to keep things interesting, and a batch of suitesses (LOL, even when they're thinking they need a new name for them, they're still using the label) and a fluffy, bad-tempered, shedding like a fiend, Sarah MacLean's writing. So. Good. Even when I'm aggravated beyond reason with Sera for her stubborn insistence that they have no future together, I couldn't get angry with the story, because did I mention, it's so good?   Warning: once I'd started this book, I was good for absolutely nothing until I saw Sera and Mal to their long deserved HEA! (And can I just say--HA! I knew that what happens in the epilogue was going to happen!)   Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A   I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Malcolm Bevinstoke, Du...

Malcolm Bevinstoke, Duke of Haven, was prepared for one last boring day in Parliament before he starts his search for his missing wife when she suddenly appears there to ask for a divorce. Seraphina left him almost three years ago, or he told her to get out, but he's never stopped loving her. In order to foil her divorce request, he convinces her it's her duty to find his new wife for him as he needs an heir. The story is told with a great many flashbacks that explain why they are in this current mess. I read the previous book and I knew the Dangerous Daughters from that, but for some reason, I missed the first book in the series (I just purchased it because I need to know more about Sophie and King). Still, I don't think I missed much. Ms. MacLean establishes that Mal is the villain right at the beginning, so I was prepared to properly hate him. His redemption arc is so lovely that I read the book from start to end in one sitting. Sera also has some atonement and growing up to do. They are a wonderful couple, and the writing here is superb and lyrical. There are some funny moments too; a highlight is Sesily thrusting her cat at the Duke of Haven and then throwing up on his boots after a long coach ride. I always enjoy Ms. MacLean's books and this one is one of my favorites. The best description I can come up with is poignant because this book will tear your heart out.

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