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.
Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean is a unique historical tale. This one is much more bold in ways most historical novels are not. The ladies are just as good if not better at physical fighting than the men in this book. I enjoyed watching a woman destined to be a duchess fight it so much. All that title ever gave her and her friends was nothing but trouble. They were abused, homeless, and starving due to the title and that one man that holds the reins over their heads. The same devil who turned one of them against the others. All the new Duke wanted was for the love of his life and his brothers was their safety. But the older Duke knew how to abuse and trick the young man into doing his dirty work to divide and conquer over the kids. Years go by after the unforgivable circumstances and the bastards want revenge against their brother. One lady wants to extract the revenge from the man she once loved…This book was heartbreaking, emotional, and daring like its name. Sarah MacLean is a talented writer. I enjoyed reading her latest novel. However, it just wasn’t the same as her previous books. The novel was a bit more rugged on the edges and tougher than the normal reads. But it was still well-written. I am a huge fan of her books and still look forward to reading the next grand adventure.