Daring and the Duke
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.
This is one romance novel I would recommend reading after the previous two. The story of Ewan especially, is told over the course of the three books. Daring and the Duke is essentially Grace’s story. This is a love story for her. I was concerned about how Sarah MacLean would redeem Ewan after the harm he did in the previous books but I should have known better. This was less a story of Grace and Ewan falling in love but rather a path of redemption for Ewan to earning Grace. Grace is, simply put, epic. She is a badass queen and I absolutely adore her. Ewan completely and totally worships her and always had. He has to find a way to earn her trust again and really becomes a better man for her. The past binds Ewan and Grace together in an unbreakable way but Grace needs to decide whether Ewan is healthy for her, worthy of her. This is an epic love story and I positively adored every minute of it!
He presumed she was trying for disguise, as though he’d ever not sense her. Not feel her. As though there would ever come a time when she walked into a room and his whole body did not draw tight like a spring.Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean, Chapter 9
They were planets, drawn to each other. No. He was a planet. She was the sun.Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean. Chapter 16
The teasing warmed him- and he loved it even as he knew better than to believe this more than a heartbeat of happiness. Wasn’t that always the way with him and Grace. Always chasing happiness, never catching it?Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean. Chapter 18
“What do we call the loneliness, as thought my other half has gone, never to return?” he asked. “What do we call that?” Love.Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean. Chapter 21
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.