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The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2017
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"MacLean's tale of redemption and second chances features an all-time great groveling scene." -(Entertainment Weekly, a Best Book of the Summer)
From the Back Cover
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 FORGET . . .
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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Her style is very contemporary for a historical romance so if you are a stickler for the proper use of a word for the time period, you will be frustrated. I don’t consider myself a complete purist, but I do notice, the more historicals I read, when “ass” is used instead of “arse” but it doesn’t deter me from reading. In this book there is more than that. Maclean’s use of the term “full stop” had me rolling my eyes each time I read it as it’s pervasively used throughout all her books, and really, overused. I believe I counted it used six times in this book. Granted, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if it were used once to emphasize with great feeling how strongly someone felt, but to be used so much, just got annoying.
Also, while this might be fine to another reader, I found the sisters to be distracting and obstructive to the story. I did not find them likeable. I loved the Rogue Not Taken, Sophie and King’s story, so she was fine, but the other sisters are just crass and rude. I love sarcasm, but they were rude, full stop. (see what I did there)
I loved how Haven redeemed himself and finally came to realize the error of his ways. Sera was all over the map and when she doubted Haven again and again, even though he provided her with more than enough opportunities for her to believe in him, I was again frustrated.
The last frustration I had with the book was the back and forth through time periods. It was confusing as I couldn’t read the book all in one sitting. It took me several days to read where I needed to stop and start and I’d have to recall where it was we were in the story because there was no clear pattern.
There was something I liked - I loved the debutantes who were a part of Haven’s plot to win Sera back. They were awesome and I loved when they went against their momma’s censure. It’d be great to see stories developed from these characters.
Bottom line, this one was a miss for me. I feel like that’s the thing with Maclean’s books these days - they are either hit or miss. I say this in all my reviews of Maclean’s books that I’ve read and reviewed, I loved Nine Rules to Break When Seducing a Rake. This was her debut and her best. I wish all of her books mimicked the style she used in that book and didn’t slide into contemporary-isms like her other books. I would probably enjoy them if that were the case.
So before reading this book I knew that Malcolm cheated on seraphina.... like big time cheated. Like she walked in on them and he really didn't care-cheated. So i hoped that this book would resolve that - explain his infidelity in a satisfying way..... but nope. He just got pissed and had sex with some random woman.
Seraphina isn't an awesome character either. She's just this pitiful, wishy washy wannabe. She says she loves him, but can't be with him...... only to spend a whole lot of time being with him. And the indecision between these characters is numbing. My interest waned.... and by the end of the book I really didn't care if they ended up together or not.