Daring and The Duke

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Published: HarperCollins – Avon

Date:30th June 2020

Publicist via NetGalley

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.

Daring and the Duke is the third book in the series and gives us the story of Ewan and Grace. They had both been childhood friends, but both of them along with Ewan’s two half brothers, had been under the thrall of a wicked and ruthless Duke.

Cast out the brothers Devil and Whit and Grace had made a life for themselves in the tough side of London. They’d fought there way to being rich and wealthy and with all their beings hated their brother Ewan who had turned on them all.

Or did he? We now have more of a view of his side of the story and Grace – who is not related to the brothers – must acknowledge that despite her success, her heart, body and soul still resides with the boy she lost. Now she is called to re-examine the events of the past and find where she wants to go next.

Sarah MacLean writes strong, smart women, her books are sexy and spicy, and while this book wasn’t quite as strong as her first book of the series it was very enjoyable and satisfying to see how it all worked out.

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