Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

June 29th, 2020 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

29th Jun
Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean
Daring and the Duke
by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #3
Genres: Historical Romance
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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

Brothers historical ROMANCE SWOON

I have loved the Bareknuckle Bastards series and couldn’t wait for Ewen and Grace’s story. Since the beginning Ewen has been the Bastards’ worst enemy. Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean promised answers to questions. But can she make me fall for Ewen?

After the climatic events in Brazen and the Beast, I wasn’t entirely sure how things could be mended. While each story holds its own swoon-worthy romance, I implore you to read this series in the order of its release. The overall story ARC, and anticipation are not to missed.

We quickly discover what happened to Ewen after the invents at the docks and I squealed with delight. For years the brothers have told Ewen that Grace is dead in an effort to keep her safe and hidden…but now Ewen knows and nothing will keep him from having her. Eep!

I loved the tension, the chemistry, the denied affections because passion was not off the table. Sizzling and heartfelt, I quickly found myself immersed in their story.

MacLean took time to fan the flames, slowly revealing long awaited answers and turning my heart one page at a time. I laughed, cried and delighted as we spent time in the Gardens, on rooftops and in darkened rooms.

The heat was delicious as the tension and anticipation of a happily ever after torment me. All of it proved once again why MacLean is the reigning queen of historical romance. Her characters pull at you, claim you and stay with you.

Nows the time to devour the series if you haven’t already done so. If you are nervous about this last book, throw caution to the wind and dive in! You won’t be disappointed.

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About Sarah MacLean

MacLean burst onto the romance scene with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake, the first in her best-selling and critically acclaimed three-book Love By Numbers series. In early 2012, she began her new, pre-Victorian Rules of Scoundrels series with A Rogue by Any Other Name, which received the 2013 RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. The third book in the series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, won the 2014 RITA Award. When she is not writing romance, Sarah travels the country to discuss the romance genre and its place in both gender and cultural studies. She writes a monthly column celebrating the best in romance for the Washington Post, and her columns have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and Parents Magazine. She is also a vocal advocate for issues relating to education and literacy. She lives in New York City with her husband, her daughter and their dog.

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8 Responses to “Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Lorna

    I have read this author and have more to read in my tbr pile so I know I like her. I’m glad the series ended like you wanted it to. I take it he lost her in a wager or something? No, don’t answer that. I might read it so I don’t want to know. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    Ever since I’ve been getting into historical romance, I’ve been eyeing this series! I love the book covers! I love the way you describe the sizzling chemistry and. tension between the main characters. It looks like I need to read this series! Terrific Review Kim 🙂

  3. Lover of Romance

    What a great review that you have here darling. I have this waiting for me on my kindle and I can’t wait to grab it up especially with all the build up in the previous two books. MacLean has done such a beautiful job with these.

  4. Debbie Haupt

    I really want to get back into historical romance and this looks like the perfect place to start. Thanks Kim the blurb and your review make me really want this. 🙂