Review: Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

A love that neither can deny…

Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

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…

New York Times, Washington Post & USA
bestseller Sarah MacLean is the
author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than
wenty 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.




4 and half stars

Going into the book, I already hate Malcom based on his appearances in previous books. Sarah MacLean’s whole audience already hates him. And we don’t hate him by mistake. We hate him because he deserves it. He treats Seraphina like dirt – he cheats on her. WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT. This second-chance romance isn’t just about Malcolm earning Sera’s forgiveness – he has to earn the entire audience’s forgiveness.

Looking at it that way, Sarah MacLean basically set herself up for failure. Nevertheless, she persisted. And crushed it.

Before I started reading, I knew Sera deserved her Happily Ever After, but I think Mal deserved to be a part of that. By the end, I was rooting for them. I was crying and laughing and swooning.


This book is emotional and angsty and sexy and almost perfect. My one complaint and what took it from a 5 star read to a 4.5 star read is a spoiler, so it’s behind the cut.  Continue reading


A secret princess. A confirmed bachelor. A hasty wedding.
Title: Eloping with the Princess
Author: Robyn DeHart
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 5th June 2017
Series: The Brotherhood of the Sword #3 (standalone series)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Scandalous
Cover Designer: Erin Dameron-Hill
Editor: Alethea Spiridon
“Robyn DeHart’s vibrant characters sweep the reader into a clever and sensual romp that is not to be missed.” – Julia London, NYT Bestselling Author 
When a fellow member of the Brotherhood of the Sword drops off a mysterious lady in need of protection at the house of Viscount Jason Ellis, he agrees to keep her safe not fully knowing what that will entail. Once Isabel Crisp learns the truth of her identity, that she’s the last remaining member of the royal family from the island nation of Saldania, her world is tipped upside down.
A plot to usurp the throne from Victoria after a marriage comes to light. Isabel realizes rather quickly that if she were already married the men would not succeed with their plan. Jason reluctantly agrees to marry her, but in name only as he’s bound to learn the title to his brother’s son, the rightful heir. But keeping his hands off his tempting and willing wife proves too difficult and the passion between them ignites.
“I could have already cut you on more than one occasion,” Jason said. Ever since their first lesson in fencing, Jason had wanted to spar with her again. Today he’d been unable to wait any longer.
“Your skills are more refined than mine,” she said.
“True, but I do not believe that is the problem. You are distracted. We do not have to continue. Perhaps you’d prefer additional lessons from my mother on how better to fit in with ladies of the ton.”
Her eyes flared with anger, and he suppressed the urge to smile. “I don’t think that will be necessary.” She jabbed him with her foil, her steps more precise and strong. “I believe I managed the situation, and I sincerely doubt those particular women will visit again.”
He lifted a brow. “It was only a suggestion, considering how this first visit went. I suspect you’ll receive more visitors and likely some invitations to attend tea with other ladies in town.”
“They were mocking me,” she said, again jabbing at him, her anger evident in every move. “I believe it might be the last time.”
And just like that, she was in a furious battle where their foils clanged against each other. She met every lunge, every strike.
“You’ve been practicing,” he said.
“Perhaps a little,” she admitted.
“But you have some moves that I haven’t taught you yet,” he said after a particularly crafty placement of her foil.
She tilted her head, and her brows rose. “I might have found a book on fencing in the library.”
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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers.
Twitter: @RobynDeHart

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FRI Historical Sale Blitz & Interview – Historical Romance Love

Historical Sale Blitz

The first books in these series are on sale for just a couple more days!

To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! Today they share the love for the historical romance genre.

What do you love write (and read) historical romance?

Ally Broadfield (author of the How To series): I’m dating myself here, but by the time I turned twelve during the 1980s, I had read all of the children/teen books, all the mysteries, and all the gothic novels at our local library, so the librarian showed me the historical romance section and I never looked back. There’s nothing like historical romance to help you forget about the pressures and problems in your life and experience life and love in a different time and place.

Harmony Williams (author of The Ladies of Passion series): I love lighthearted, funny books. I’m also a sucker for friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, and fake engagement/relationship plots! Especially if they involve a wallflower, spinster, or governess.

Robyn DeHart (Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series): I love the atmosphere and the social rules and the clothes and British guys are hot!

What historical romance books or authors would you recommend to readers new to the genre?

Ally: Jane Austen (Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice), Julia Quinn (The Duke and I, Ten Things I Love About You), Amanda Quick (Mistress, Ravished, Scandal), Sherry Thomas (Private Arrangements, Not Quite a Husband), Lisa Kleypas (The Wallflowers series), Jude Deveraux (A Knight in Shining Armor), and many, many more!

Harmony: Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee, One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes, anything by Julia Quinn, Sally Mackenzie, Julie Anne Long, or Tessa Dare (especially When a Scot Ties the Knot).

Robyn: Suzanne Enoch is my go-to girl for historicals.

What about you? What’s your go-to recommendation for historical romance? 

Start the How To series, by Ally Broadfield, with How to Beguile a Duke.

Start the Ladies of Passion series, by Harmony Williams, with How to Play the Game of Love. 

Start the Brotherhood of the Sword series by Robyn DeHart, with Undercover with the Earl. 

Historical Sale Blitz & Interview – The Toughest Scene to Write

Historical Sale Blitz

I’m so excited about this series sale!

To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! Today they’re sharing with us the toughest scene they’ve written.

What has been your toughest scene to write?

Ally Broadfield (author of the How To series): The black moment of every book is the hardest to write for me. You spend all that time following two people, watching them slowly fall in love, and then something bad happens, or one or both of them does something monumentally stupid, then they undo all the hard work you did getting them together. With every book, I’m always afraid they won’t be able to find their way back together.

Harmony Williams (author of The Ladies of Passion series): The end of the book. Pick one and I can assure you that I’ve rewritten it at least once. All the unfinished manuscripts on my hard drive can attest that I have a lot more practice with beginnings than I do with endings. It may take a few tries but eventually I get it right!

Robyn DeHart (Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series): I had to study up on fencing for a couple of scenes in Eloping With the Princess, those were pretty tough.

Start the How To series, by Ally Broadfield, with How to Beguile a Duke.

Start the Ladies of Passion series, by Harmony Williams, with How to Play the Game of Love. 

Start the Brotherhood of the Sword series by Robyn DeHart, with Undercover with the Earl.