Wednesday 1 July 2020

Audio: Daring and Duke by Sarah MacLean

Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 06-30-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

Justine Eyre is great narrating as always. She makes me forget that her male voices are actually her. She always sweeps me away with her range. I like how she does them.

Did I think I would like Ewan after what he has done in the past 2 books? Not really, BUT, see, my memory is lacking. And it was a year since I listened to book 2, which means I had totally forgotten what an ahole he had been.

Ewan and his 2 half brothers was pitted against each other by their crazy ducal father. Grace was the Duchess' bastard who was made to pretend to be a boy until the Duke could get one of his bastards to take over. Ewan won, the rest fled for their lives, and built themselves as kings and queen of the bad part of London. Oh and Ewan hates his brothers cos he think they failed to protect Grace, and that is why he has been a total evil bastard for the last two books.

But she is alive. And she hates him. And he really loves her and would do anything for her. Damn, see there is where he got me, he loves her, all he ever did was for her.

And she is a true queen of the underworld. With her fancy brothel catering for women, her gang of spies and her security force of kickass women. She needs no man. But then she still loves him underneath that hate.

SO they spar. So he tries to win her back. It was another sort of book. Revenge, lost love and sadness.

I enjoyed it.

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. 


  1. I need to read a book by this author!

  2. I still haven't read anything by her. *GASP*

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  3. Justine sounds like a wonderful narrator. The more audiobooks I listen to, the more I realize how important a good narrator is to making me engage with the book.

    1. I do like Justine, she is one of my favs

  4. Sounds like it's fun! :)

  5. Ewan sounds like a fab hero. Love Justine's performances. :)

  6. Probably not my kind of book, but I agree Justine Eyre is really good. She seems to do all romance these days though, I hardly get a chance to listen to her read anymore!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Well I am happy ;) But yes I did enjoy her other genres

  7. This was a fun read and I actually think it would even be better on audio.

    1. I do like my romance in audio these days

  8. Someday I shall read this. I liked the others



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