Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean(Review Post)

Published June 30, 2020 by bookbesties

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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.

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HOLY INCREDIBLE ENDING TO A SERIES, BATMAN!!!

I thought I loved the first 2 books in The Bareknuckle Bastards series but WOW this one takes it to a completely different level!   You wanna talk about my weakness for strong leading ladies? Sarah MacLean’s Grace/Dahlia has completely brought me to heel.  I am so enamored with this incredibly strong, powerful, self-made woman who is the queen of her world that I don’t know how I am going to come to terms with this being the last book in the series.  I think I am still kind of in denial about it.  Such an incredible heroine requires an equally incredible story to show case everything that makes her so amazing and this book with its darkness, plot twists, and unexpected romance leaves nothing behind.

             Grace “Dahlia” Condry rules the darkest streets of Covent Gardens from 72 Shelton Street, her very successful, “high-end”, secret ladies club.  She literally fought to build her current life and her success while being hunted by the demons of her past.  Now that she rules her world she is ready to take revenge for the betrayal that left her and her brothers alone, scarred, and hiding in the rough streets of London as children.  Ewan broke her heart now she will break his soul.  Can she be so lucky as to finally be rid of the boy who was her first love turned man who is her worst enemy? Or will keeping her enemy close change her mind about pushing him away?

Since the death of his evil father, Ewan, Duke of Marwick has been madly hunting for the girl he gave his heart to as a child.  The girl, he sacrificed everything to keep safe. The girl, who he would do anything, even destroy his own brothers, to have back in his life.  The girl, who is the only person in the world who could shatter his soul with her words and cause him to remake himself in the attempt to be worthy of her.  Grace, the only girl, the only person, he will ever love.  Every decision he has made since meeting her has been for her.  He is determined to get the chance to explain what happened that night and to show her he is not the monster she thinks he is.  Will he be able to remake himself and finally regain her trust?  Will she believe his side of the story and know he would never hurt her?  Will everything he has done for be in vain?

I don’t have words to describe how much I love this book.  I can’t wait to see what all of you think as well.

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Danielle

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