Review: Illegal Contact by Santino HassellIllegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Published by Intermix August 15, 2017
Genres: M/M Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…

This was my first Hasell novel. Honestly, he wasn’t even on my radar until this year’s RT Convention when *someone* practically begged me for an ARC copy of this book that happened to be in a goody bag I received. I’m a nice girl and I gave up that copy. Only later to regret it when I started hearing such great things. But thankfully, I was still able to snag a galley and I now I don’t have to hate that *someone* for tricking me out of my book! 😉

Illegal Contact starts out with a pretty rough character, Gavin. A pro football player who’s found himself on house arrest for a season. He’s not very likeable to start. Unless, you like the cold and bossy type. I do. Noah is a complete contrast to Gavin and when he shows up to interview for Gavin’s PA position, I immediately liked the balance between the two. They both push each other’s buttons but always seem to learn something about themselves in the process.

While there is an immediate attraction between the two, the romantic relationship is slow to start. For many reasons. Noah doesn’t know Gavin is a bisexual. The public sure as Hell doesn’t know that Gavin is bisexual. Then, there is that whole boss/employee thing. When it does take a turn though…damn, man. It’s hot as fuck but also so freaking sweet. Seeing a big, strong personality completely softened by a man who just plain makes him better is something you can’t help but swoon over.

After about the first 25% (which was maybe just a tad slow for me) of this book, it became so hard to put down. I really enjoyed both of these characters and even their side kicks. I’m definitely looking for my next Hassell read, his combination of steam, emotion and life complexities hit the spot!

 

About Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.


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Review: Nevernight by Jay KristoffNevernight by Jay Kristoff
Published by St. Martin's Griffin Genres: Fantasy, Dark
Pages: 448
Format: eBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

Nevernight is far from a romance but nevertheless I felt myself completely romanticizing the fantasy, relentless bloodlust, and intricate characters!  The depth to each and every character was so dimensional I could have fell in love with the book for that single reason alone!
 
Sentence after sentence felt like a love letter of sorts, one that I never wanted to end. And in a way it hasn’t, this is only book one and two more installments are still to come.  
 
 
A little forewarning however, if you do not like dark reads and are squeamish with the occasional throat slashing, this is not for you. But if you do… THEN READ THIS BOOK! I promise you will fall deep into the dark and in love with this story and all things Mia. 
 
Mia Corvere is a 16 year old assassin who just paid her tithe to be accepted in The Red Church. Basically if there were an Ivy League school for killers without a doubt The Red Church is it.  She is set out on a clear path to become a Blade and a devout killer Blessed under the Mother to kill the men who left her and so many others orphaned.  Sounds simple enough right, you would think, but simple isn’t even an afterthought in this case. 
 
 
 
Newly in a house of killers she is finding that everything is much more than what it seems, and becoming a Blade is more than just about her own revenge. Mia begins questioning how much of herself she is willing to compromise not that she has the highest morals to begin with to be honest (and that’s just a singular reason of why I love her so much gentlefriends).  I have a hard time with heroines at one time or another in any and every book but for what seems like the first time in awhile I loved MIA CORVERE through every damn chapter!  Sure she will have respiratory problems by the time she is 21 from all the smoking she does but hey you can’t win them all.  Summed up I would have to say she is like a mixture of Juno (just not pregnant), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and of course an essence that is all her own complete with a forever present crudeness.  
 
 
I know I said this isn’t a romance and I stand by that but there is an unspoken connection Mia shares with another character and their entanglements make for a hot scandal!  Although, I loved the relationship she had with just about every character where it was friendly or not. 
 
Alliances are made with deviant intentions, crimes are committed with out right brutality, and at the end of it all everything seems justified in the most unlikely of ways.  And I promise you by the end all you will NEED is the second book! 
 
Lastly I have to say this book was so well written and thoughtful, the follow through of not only the current happenings but the back story were so sophisticated.  Jay Kristoff made everything so easy to visualize and the foot notes added a flare that I am not used to, but as you can guess, I LOVED IT.  In the mean time till book two is out I plan on binging on this authors back log like my life depends on it!  
 
 
 

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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.


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Review: Second Chance Season by Liora BlakeSecond Chance Season Published by Simon & Schuster June 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Copy for Honest Review

Return to Liora Blake's Grand Valley series with Second Chance Season, in which an avowed country boy meets an ambitious city girl who reminds him why dreaming big and taking a chance is worth the risk.

Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past--even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn't worth the heartache of losing everything. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who's hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he's sure that good enough is just that.

Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her long time boyfriend, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance writer--all she has to do is prove she's got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to country as she's ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard...and discovering that the perfect story, as it turns out, is a love story. And it's theirs.

This is my second title by Liora Blake and I can definitely say she has become one of my all time favorite authors!

I read First Step Forward the first standalone in the Grand Valley Series last year in November and it fast became one of my top reads of, well ever.  Loaded words I know…  But trust me it was that good, I am about to go on and on, so let me stop here and focus on Second Chance Season the second standalone in the Grand Valley Series.

Garrett and Cara have the best chemistry!  Not the kind where they touch and there’s this spark and you roll your eyes, cause really that doesn’t happen unless your sweater just came out of the dryer causing static.  But these two had smart dialogue as well as witty retorts.  I found myself enjoying simple situations they were in because they honestly meshed so well and I could not get enough.

Garrett moves back to Hotchkiss his hometown with a few credits shy of a degree after tragedy occurs and he has to sell his family’s plot of land.  And after all of that is said and done he does not continue on with his degree or anything more that requires him to abandon the comfort zone that he has placed himself in.  While he seems content working at the co-op living his life day to day Cara enters his life and unknowingly reminds him that it is okay to want for more than just what you have.  That can be a very scary realization, and for Garrett that’s exactly what it was.

Cara on the other hand was living a mundane life with a boyfriend who felt more like a glorified friend than a partner.  She quits her job opting for a freelance writing life that brings her to the little-big agricultural town that is Hotchkiss.  On assignment she is learning the ways of life for all ranching and farming type owners.  What she didn’t expect was to fit in as best as she did as a city transplant could in a little town.  Garrett becomes her mentor of sorts and helps to introduce her to a lot of people who offer their story to her and give her a first hand experience in their craft.

As you can guess things escalate from their very first run in with one another and they come to agree on 3 months together, that’s as long as Cara will be working on her story and well they both are more than eager to devote that time to on another.

While there were obvious differences between them it didn’t matter…

Cara is rich with a trust and Garrett has a small savings.

Garrett knows who he is and Cara is searching for her true self.

The list could go on and on but what does it matter when they are together everything seems so right?! So where is the conflict, when do things get rocky… the three months are up and sadly thats when things do get rocky, and you know what, it was so damn hard to read.

It was sad because while Cara and Garrett felt something so real they were able to continue on with their lives without one another.  Yeah they could have holed up and practically died but reading about them going on with their habitual routines was some how more depressing.  Like yeah I practically loved you but I still have to live, SAD RIGHT?!

Fast forward to the end and… sike! I’m not telling you, because SPOILER ALERT! Lol.  As you may have guessed this is one of my FAVE reads of the year and I have not been able to stop talking about it since I read it.  It’s that story that you instantly want to re-read because you don’t want to spend a second missing them but instead want to be fully immersed in their world.

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Chat Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

Chat Review: Trust by Kylie ScottTrust by Kylie Scott
July 18, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Twist
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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers. While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

When Ali started reading Trust, she gushed over it a little bit and that got Tiffany’s attention. This is Tiffany’s first Kylie Scott book, but we get the feeling she’ll be back for more! (Somethings never change, I’ll stalk Ali for LIFE. -Tiffany)

 

Three words to describe Trust?

Ali: Honest. Brave. Mature.

Tiffany: Real. Funny. And I’m going to have to go with mature also. 

Ali: Right? It doesn’t have that all too familiar whiny teenage feel to it. Both Edie and John were pretty down to Earth and reasonable.

Tiffany: Is it too soon to want to re-read?! I could use some more John and Edie in my life.

Ali: Not at all, I’m ready too!

Do you think you would have handled the robbery like John or like Edie or completely different?

Tiffany: I’m not sure to be honest. I would like to think I would be a John, especially if I had my kids with me or even without, he did what he could and that’s definitely more than most.  Actually you know what I’m pretty sure I’d be a John and then when all is said and done, I would be an Edie.  

Ali: I’d also like to think I’d be like John, all level headed. But, I think that would only happen if there were people I loved with me. Otherwise…I’d freak the fuck out.

Tiffany: Fuck that was an intense beginning…

What was the one thing you loved most about Edie?

Ali: For me, I think her self awareness. She’s not a shallow girl. Even though she’d love for a boy to like her, she’s not overly insecure about it. She still has that vein of vulnerability that all us women do, but she’s still very honest about it all. She was one strong chic and liked how she took strides to to live her life on her own terms.

Tiffany: I always agree with you Ali! Lol.  But really though I love how she was apologetically herself without also being pretentious.  Without spoiling much I adored the way she went about a certain relationship with her friend.  She displayed that you don’t always have to forgive someone because of who they have been to you and more so once you do decide to forgive them DOES NOT mean you have to allow them back in your life.  That, I liked, A LOT. 

Ali: Yep! It wasn’t only the way she dealt with that relationship though, that same assuredness showed in a couple spots with John.

Did you like the way the relationship between Edie and John evolved?

Tiffany: YES! I know we talked about this when you were sort of in my hood a few weeks ago but that is something I loved MOST.  I love YA but sometimes I get turned off by how unrealistic it could be… Let’s be honest there’s more pining and wanting then there is actually having in HS and then all of a sudden like the sex is explosive, like come on I’m an adult and don’t know some of the tricks that are happening in YA books.  

They became friends first and then shit got awkward, they way IT REALLY DOES.  I’m just really remembering how much I love John right now and I am now having a hard time focusing. >.< Back to their evolution, right, it was perfect and true to their age and due to what happened to them they both began changing and I was happy they had one another through that. 

Ali: Yes, yes, yes! I always think that authors who aren’t actively involved in a teenager’s life, should not write teenagers. I don’t know if Scott has teens, but she definitely wrote them as if she does. I think it’s easy to forget that a lot of teens are really quite grown up, more so than some adults, and are completely able to navigate a relationship the same as adults.

This goes back to that overall feeling of maturity in Trust. I think this book will not only resonate with a new, younger fanbase for Scott but will also do well with her current readers who love her adult work so much.

Overall thoughts about Trust?

Tiffany: I LOVED IT.  The beginning started strong and I was a little worried with what might follow. But that’s what I get for jumping to conclusions. The time line followed through with perfection. Chapter after chapter, I fell further and further in love. I honestly feel repetitive because I seriously want to do nothing but fawn over this book and I have said how much I love it like a million times already. Overall it was an amazing story about a REAL relationship, REAL evolving characters, REAL situations, all of it just felt entirely REAL. As previously stated this may have been my first Kylie Scott book but it is no where near my last.  

OH MY GOSH WAIT.

We have not talked about have much I loved one of the car scenes… John, oy vay JOHN!!! Ali I know you know which part I’m talking about, ugh it would totally be worth missing curfew for!!!

Ali: Hahaha, I’m surprised it took until the end of the review for you to bring that up! And yeah…broken curfew…restrictions galore…ALL WORTH IT.

I basically agree with all you just said to sum up this book. So, I’m going to finish this up and maybe head right back in for a re-read!

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.


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Review: The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Review: The Red by Tiffany ReiszThe Red July 11, 2017
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy
Pages: 248
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting...but surely her mother didn't mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red...

If anyone is going to make smut whimsical and poignant, it will be none other than the QUEEN OF ALL THINGS Tiffany Reisz.

I am wholly convinced that she is other worldly, her words own me with a wicked possession.  Her characters make you crave their existence and wish they were figures in reality.

In all honestly I lagged a little to start The Red because I had received it from Net Galley so early and then before I knew it release day and I’m sure of regardless of whenever I would have read it the effect would still be mind blowing.  My body literally is a pressure cooker of frazzled nerves, this book is SEXY & ADVENTUROUS.  And while sex takes place in just about every chapter and it is far from typical raunchy insta-love. ( <- I don’t mean that negatively, I love insta-love from time to time too.  ) But this… this was so much more, this was the exploration of the combination of two (sometimes more  😛 ) bodies testing their limits and of Mona giving over her body to Malcolm with complete carte blanche. Even with the plot mainly composed of just sex the story was so GOOD and suddenly I fell down the rabbit hole!! I felt grief and so many more emotions.  I was blissful with Mona, sad with her, happy with her, and when she thought she was halfway to crazy I felt that too.

Before I knew it that rabbit hole led to an almost mystical world and I didn’t expect it but the bridge from what seemed to be reality with a whole lot of erotica turned into a fantasy with still a whole lot of erotica but with beings that cannot be explained.  I literally cannot explain them, well I guess I could but it may be a bit of a spoiler.  All you must know is that if Malcolm really is the devil I would sell not only my soul but every organ in my body for a chance to be his.  Maybe not my heart because that belongs to Søren and not even the devil himself would dare cross that man. 

In all fairness the one thing that bothered me was merely an after thought after getting passed it.  Mona stood up and put on heels and then when she walked out of her office she was in ballet flats.  Mind you this is in the first chapter.  Within that same chapter I forgot that I even cared, it became moot.  Like even mentioning it now makes me roll my eyes at myself.  MOVING ON… 

I had no clue what time era this was in until the last chapter, I knew it was some what modern but I loved the mystery of not knowing.  Seriously majority of the book took place in Mona’s inherited back room of her art gallery The Red and with every chapter it transformed into a scene recreated by Malcolm.  This man, this unashamed no bared man, I was so taken aback with him.  From the way he was so familiar with himself and what he wanted.  

In a nutshell Mona is going to lose her art gallery and its more of a matter of when then will, in comes Malcolm and offers her a way to save it… Albeit it is anything but conventional but she takes him up on his offer and in time when their arrangement is to end her feelings have evolved into love and the last thing she could fathom is losing him.  

But was he really hers to begin with? 

She doesn’t know anything more than his first name and the intense absence she feels without him. 

By the time everything finds its end I finished with my mouth hanging open, it was nothing short of amazing.  I just know that every Tiffany Reisz book I have read leaves me reeling, it sets the standard of perfection.  She weaves stories and worlds that nothing could compare to, EVER.  

If you love erotica and are willing to venture into the unknown with Malcolm then this is for you, definitely give this one a try!~ 

 


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Review: Train Wreck by T. Gephart

Review: Train Wreck by T. GephartTrain Wreck Series: Standalone
July 10, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 361
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Back to You, Back to You

“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”

Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.

Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.

She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.

Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.

It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.

Excuse me while I remember how to write a review…

I’ve been a bit MIA for reasons I may or may not explain but as a result of taking a break from social media I have read quite a few books that I want to scream out about, Train Wreck being one of them.  T. (Tina) Gephart is such a VERSATILE writer and it shows from book to book.  Granted I have only read her latest four including this one but she has created another world I will gladly live in.

Josh and Eva are such a treat!

I’ve said this before but let me just say quickly once more that I usually shy away from books that have the “romantic comedy” label because I have this preconceived notion that it won’t be funny but more so “trying” to be funny.  With Tina however, this is never the case… She is organically funny (totally got that phrase from Ali) it just flows so well and the times I find myself laughing is because something is really, actually funny.  Like the humor is embedded in the characters and it is not forced or overdone.  Just a part of their traits.

Another thing is that T.’s heroines are made with a dash of everything!! I find them totally endearing and relatable.  I love following their journey as they work through their revelations and find themselves.  Eva did just that, she grew on her road to self discovery but more than that she allowed Josh to help her and it made her even better.

Ahhh about that babe Josh, he was a bit different than previous male characters in her books but you know what… I found that I loved him just as much!! He was a really good guy, like a real good guy and frankly I don’t always read too many books with good guys.  Don’t let that fool you though, he was still entirely filthy and won me over in half a broken heart beat.  Josh is the guy who cares for everyone and puts himself and his needs last because he wants whats best for everyone around him.  He is a walking fortune cookie with tattoos, the picture of him in my head does not do him justice I’m sure.

As you can predict girl meets boy, boy likes girl, they become friends and things quickly escalate from there.  Did I mention that I really appreciated their friendship before they became lovers?! Well I totally did, I loved how they formed a dynamic and the transition became so natural for them.  So heres the catch… you know when it’s time for the conflict to arise and the two main characters leave so many things unsaid and then it gets blown out of proportion?  When really everything could have been solved with a simple conversation… I’ll admit I thought thats what was going to happen here and for a second I was almost like ugh no, but then long behold these two characters worked through a minor understanding like ADULTS! I mean that shouldn’t have made me as happy as it did, but what can I say it was majorly refreshing!

Overall I loved this story, I loved EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER, I loved how it ended, I loved how funny it was, I loved how after finishing it I wanted a book for Dallas.  

T. Gephart always leaves me wanting more of whatever she is offering, if you are looking for a fun, summer read then definitely pick this one up.  Plus the cover is GORGEOUS!!  

 

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Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLeanThe Day of the Duchess by Sarah Maclean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Published by Harper Collins June 27, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 10 Hrs 39 Mns
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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 The Day of the Duchess.

The Day of the Duchess was everything I wanted it to be and so, so much more. It’s turned out to be my favorite Maclean book so far.

If you know how the Scandal & Scoundrel series starts, you know that the Duke of Haven and his wife, Seraphina, are having some marital woes. This, the third book in the series, hashes out all of those troubles. Even though I was extremely hesitant about Malcolm, the Duke, going into this story – I was still dying to get my hands on this book. I really, really wanted to know why this couple was where they were and how they could possibly overcome such turmoil.

Let me say…MacLean did an amazing job. I am soooo in love with Malcolm and I never, ever, expected that. Not in a million years. But here we are, with me singing his praises and my heart beating a little faster just at the thought of this man, who I greatly disliked in book one, The Rogue Not Taken.

Malcolm shines, but so does Seraphina. She’s a much stronger character than I anticipated and her determination and vulnerability had me in love with her as well.

The Day of the Duchess is more than just a romance. It’s a tale of redemption, of strength, of growth, of learning to trust again after it’s been so heartbreakingly and brutally broken. It’s a story of never giving up on something you love and doing all you can to deserve that love. It’s also a tale of passion and freedom and it’s brilliantly weaved with MacLean’s unique quirky sense of humor. I laughed and I cried. This book was everything!

 


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