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…
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.
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