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Daring and the Duke

The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 3
Written by: Sarah MacLean
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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New York Times best-selling 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. 

©2020 Sarah MacLean (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Donna
  • 2020-07-01

Worth the Wait

Goodness, it's been a long six months waiting for Daring and the Duke, but it is certainly worth the wait. I venture an audacious claim. Grace is the strongest heroine ever written. Stronger than even our beloved heroines of classic literature. For she is physically powerful as well as strong of character. With Daring and the Duke, Maclean has outdone even her talented self. The depth of characterization, the purpose behind the actions, the tie-in to the two brilliant previous novels result in a magnificent work that is not only highly enjoyable, it is admirable. And if there is any justice in this crazy world of ours that seems to lack that quality, Sarah Maclean will receive the awards and accolades that this brilliant series deserves, that she deserves. You don't have to read Wicked and the Wallflower and Brazen and the Beast to enjoy Daring and the Duke, but you will be cheating yourself if you don't. Thank you to the ever talented, Justine Eyre who gives the Bareknuckle Bastards their voice, and she does it so magnificently. I'm in awe of how the men of the series are so convincing, without any affectations that would distract the listener. The change from female speakers to male is so subtle yet so believable. I am always happy to see her name when I am shopping for my next listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-06

Good ending

A very nice ending for the series. It was great to see the final explanations of everything and the transformation of Ewan. Also I do love that all three of the Garden Bareknuckle Bastards are featured, to some degree, in all three stories.

My only complaint is that Sarah Maclean can get a bit wordy. I don't think you need to repeat the same plot points so often within the same book. I understand the repeating from book to book, however, it isn't necessary from chapter to chapter.

Lots of inner thoughts between dialogue can make the conversation hard to follow.

Over all a good series and I do recommend.

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  • Daisy's Mom
  • 2020-07-08

They Don’t Like That We Are The Future

I have to admit, the first two books were disappointing for me, but Sarah has redeemed herself with Ewen and Grace’s story. Bravo, Ms Sarah! And that one line, They Don’t Like That We Are The Future, hit home. How perfect is that one line now!

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  • Joycelyn Lara
  • 2020-07-08

Enjoyed Bastard Number 3

As always Sarah MacLean books are well worrh the wait! I enjoyed the 1st. and 2nd in series slightly more, but Grace and Ewan are a good. HEA to the series!
always enjoy listening to Justine Eyre!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-07

Romance at it’s finest!

Sarah has created an amazing world that takes readers on an amazing journey of romance with characters you will love. A great series. Highly recommend.

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  • tresjax
  • 2020-07-05

Fantastic end to a wonderful series

I have listened to all three audiobooks in this series and each is terrific. This, although another stand alone, is the third in the series. It brings to an end, a continuing tale of four people, brought together as children by a powerful man who was anything but well intentioned.
The narrator performs the characters exceptionally well and the plot is interesting with a colorful collection of settings and characters to keep one interested.
I highly recommend this audiobook and series. I could see a spin off of a couple of characters in this story- in fact I am hoping for it.

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  • KBevs
  • 2020-07-04

Right Book; Wrong Narrator

I waited for this audible. The other books were so swoon worthy. Loved the story plot but I thought this book dragged in places. But then I was so anxious to know why Ewan betrayed his Grace I could hardly wait for the reveal. If the narrator had not been so over the top on reading the passages I would have enjoyed the experience more. Don’t get me wrong the narrator has different character voices she just can’t get the passages right. Sarah’s epilogue are always so darling and this one did not disappoint. As I listened I tried to figure out who would be our next heroine. I mean no one has a stronger heroine in historical romance. Looking forward to our next great read When will you be giving your fans a hint.

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  • local diner
  • 2020-07-04

So good

A wonderful ending to the Bareknuckle Bastards series! Grace and Ewan are perfect. So much good groveling and loved the family interactions. I love Grace!

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  • Christine
  • 2020-07-01

Very mixed emotions

Did Sarah MacLean successfully redeem the character of Ewan?
No, not entirely. And the reason is because The author glossed over the fact that Ewan locked Devin In an ice house and left him there to die. MacLean suggests that surely if Felicity had not saved him, Witt would have. But if you have recently re-read wicked and the wallflower, you know that Witt thought Devin was safe at his home. Because he was locked in an ice house, time was of the essence, and if Felicity had not found him, he would have frozen to death before anyone else found him.. This is important, and it should have been dealt with and not glossed over. It is insulting to the reader.



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  • PennyLou
  • 2020-07-01

How Awful!!!

Could not even make it to chapter 3. It rambles and narrator is overly dramatic.