Daring and the Duke Review | Historical Romance

August 11, 2020 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews | 0 Comments

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Daring and the Duke Review | Historical Romanceby Sarah MacLean
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication Date: June 30, 2020 by Avon
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sarah MacLean is an amazing author, and I hated having to wait so long for the final book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series. The wait was worth it though, because this book was great. I loved getting to learn more about Grace and Ewan after getting bits and pieces from the first two books in the series.

“The only thing he knew was that he wanted to learn with her. He wanted a future, and all they had was the past.”

This is definitely a series where you have to read the first two books to understand what’s going on here. The book starts right where Brazen and the Beast ends, and then jumps ahead a year, and if you haven’t read the other books I feel like this one will be v confusing.

Like I mentioned above, I was really excited to finally get Grace and Ewan’s backstory. It’s been teased throughout the first two books, but so much was missing, and I needed this book so I could finally read about what happened between the two. Honestly so much of my excitement about this book was finding out what happened between the two, as well as seeing how Ewan could possibly redeem himself (surprising no on, he does).

Not only was I excited to learn more about Grace and Ewan’s relationship, I was excited to get to know both characters better as well. In the first two books we see and hear about how Grace is a headstrong woman who’s done whatever she’s had to do to protect herself. She’s still this headstrong woman, but we get to see her be vulnerable as well, and it made her this amazing well rounded character. Ewan was also great. I didn’t know how Sarah MacLean was going to redeem him, but she did. I loved reading how much groveling he had to do to redeem himself to Grace, as well as to his brothers.

“He wanted her to know he could destroy worlds at her bidding, if only she’d ask for it.”

I also really loved how much interaction we get from the characters from the previous books. I loved seeing everyone together and as a family and seeing how much they all care about each other. Not only were their interactions so heartwarming, but they were funny.

“‘It’s Hattie’s theory,’ whit grumbled. ‘I don’t like it…as he exploded her’. ‘Again,’ Hattie said quite happily, ‘I was only slightly exploded.'”

Overall this was a great book and Sarah MacLean did not disappoint with this finale. I cannot wait to reread this whole series and to read what she writes next!

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