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Published by HarperCollins on June 27th 2017
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Regency, Romance
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.
I honestly don’t read a ton of historical romance, but if it says Sarah MacLean, I immediately download it. I can’t pinpoint the exact reason why her stories always seem to work for me… it could be the bossy and arrogant heroes, the feisty and intelligent heroines or the fantastic story lines, but they just work so well.
I’m going to admit that I was scared about this one though and that’s because this is Malcolm’s story … if you read this series then you remember the Duke of Haven from the first book and you’ll also understand why I was afraid. When we met him he didn’t make the best first impression.
And Haven now requires an heir and the only person he wants to have one with is his missing wife. The Duchess of Haven has suddenly returned though, for one reason only… to ask for a divorce.
Haven makes a deal with Sera … he’ll give her a divorce if she finds him the perfect next wife. As Sera spends her summer finding the perfect replacement wife for Haven, Haven is determined to woo Sera and convince her that despite their mistakes, they are perfect for each other.
Throughout, we learn all about Sera and Haven’s story … How they met… How they fell in love… and ultimately, how it all fell apart and I’m not going to lie, it’s heartbreaking at times. As I said though, MacLean hit all the right notes again in this story, and despite being sure I would never be able to forgive Haven, when I turned that last page, I was filled with happiness and swoons.
I love that we also got to visit with some of the characters from MacLean’s other books! It’s always great to get to see past characters and get to know what’s happening with them now.
If you’re new to historical romance, I highly suggest starting with any of MacLean’s books. As much as I don’t tend to be a historical romance reader, I am definitely a Sarah MacLean reader and I’m excited for whatever she writes next!