Friday, July 7, 2017

Virtual Tour & Review ~ The Day of the Duchess - Scandal & Scoundrel: Book III 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...

I rate this 4 stars. The story starts off well and we're drawn back into the past where Seraphina and Malcolm, The Duke of Haven have lost their child. His mother, the Dowager is very much against the match between her son and Sera (known to her friends) and she persuades Sera to leave and never look back. Later we come to the present and Sera has interrupted a Parliament session; where she proclaims to all (including her husband) that she wants a divorce. Malcolm is in shock and brings her into his office where they discuss the divorce and their lives as a married couple. Then the story again weaves back and forth between the present and the past. Malcolm asks Sera to help him chose a Duchess during a summer house party; I found this element of the story very out of place and not historically accurate. I felt this drug the story down and created a blandness throughout. Also, Sera's character did not grow throughout the story, her arc was rather weak. Malcolm's character did grow throughout and I grew to really like him.

I give this 4 stars only due to some weakness in character development, plot development and minor writing craft errors. Other than that, MacLean's writing is impeccable. The other books in this series are fantastic; however, this story just fell somewhat flat. I do recommend this book if you enjoy flashbacks and a historical with more modern elements thrown in.

New York Times, Washington Post & USA
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


  1. thank you for hosting today! ~gaele for Tasty Book Tours