Thursday, June 25, 2020

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the much-anticipated final book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series, featuring a scoundrel duke and the powerful woman who brings him to his knees.

Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London’s darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best, until the man she once loved returns.

Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back… and make her his duchess.

Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether—something she can’t resist, even as he threatens the world she's built, the life she's claimed… and the heart she swore he'd never steal again.

Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Satisfying Stars

Daring and the Duke is the third (final) installment in the Bareknuckle Bastards series. I would strongly suggest the novels be read in series order to get the optimum emotional impact. While it wouldn't be too confusing for readers to read it as a standalone, it is definitely a continuation/conclusion.

Daring and the Duke was such a satisfying ending to a highly emotional set of characters. Four children born on the same night, all by-blows, but only the sons are the progeny of the duke himself, even though the daughter was born of the duchess. The daughter was given the name of a future duke, forced to pretend to be male, as the duke's sons literally duked it out to see who was best for the job once they were too old to hide away, the daughter too mature to be seen as anything but female.

This is the story of redemption. However, I felt it more a story of finding one's true worth, self-worth. From the perspective of Devil, Beast, and Grace, Ewan betrayed them for the title. From the perspective of Ewan, he sacrificed himself to the title to protect them from the abusive duke, allowing them to be used as the currency that kept him under his father's thumb, all the while they hated him for the sacrifice.

The Mad Duke, endlessly searching for Grace, then enraged to discover his brothers didn't keep their Grace safe. Hope-filled when he discovers his Grace alive and well.

Angsty and delicious. Fast-paced and exciting, action scenes leaping off the pages. Unexpected levity, witty banter, and sexual tension that could be cut with a knife. The connection between the four 'siblings' was gut-wrenching yet filled with hope for a different future than the current path they're leading.

Grace and Ewan dance. Dance under a tree canopy with moss underfoot, both as children and as adults. They dance, an intoxicating mating dance that skirts around the truth they aren't quite ready to accept.

Highly recommend to fans of historical romance and the author. I cannot wait to get my hands on the debut in the next series by Sarah MacLean.

Also Available in the Bareknuckle Bastards Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Wicked and the Wallflower post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Brazen and the Beast post.

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Daring and the Duke (Bareknuckle Bastards #3) by Sarah MacLean to read and review.

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