Mini Reviews: Rafe, A Scot in the Dark, & The Day of the Duchess

After a busy October where I needed some breaks in posting, I’m back to playing catch up with some romance mini reviews. Check out my thoughts below!

RafeRafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Published by Rebekah Weatherspoon Presents on September 26, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 235 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

All Dr. Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams… 

After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do. 

Enter Rafe Whitcomb. He’s all of those things, not to mention good-natured and one heck of a whiz in the kitchen. He’s also tall, and handsome, and bearded, and ripped, and tatted, wrist to neck. 

It doesn’t take long for the Copelands to invite Rafe into their home. Just as quickly, both Sloan and Rafe find themselves succumbing to a heady mutual attraction, neither of them wants to deny. With every minute they spend under the same roof, this working mom can’t help but wonder if Rafe can handle all her needs… 

**This stand-alone romance is fluffy. So fluffy. It’s fluff. Low. Angst. Fluff. featuring a large tatted, motorcycle riding ginger man, who bakes a mean bacon quiche and knows exactly how to wrangle clever six year olds while making their mom feel loved, loved, loved.** 

Honestly Rafe‘s not my typical romance read but apparently I’m really into men as caregivers cuz I absolutely loved this one. Sloan was an engaging heroine; incredibly smart and loving to her children, but with plenty of fears and concerns tying her up. Rafe, the titular character, was a heartthrob; buff, bearded, and an exceptional nanny. The chemistry was super hot with a super sweet romance too. There’s definitely power dynamics at play but they were handled well and the openness of conversation was wonderful. Plus the kids were an essential piece of the story and utterly adorable. I’d totally recommend this for contemporary romance fans!

AScotintheDarkA Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Published by Avon on August 30, 2016

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Historical

Pages: 400 Format: eBook Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren
Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn’t hesitate…until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke
The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town
Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else’s problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It’s the perfect plan, until Lily declares she’ll only marry for love…and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much…

Oh look, another Sarah MacLean read and surprisingly even with a Scottish hero I wasn’t blown away. I still gave it four stars though since I’m a sucker for historical romance and her writing. Warnick is big, brash, and wants noting to do with the aristocracy and England. Lillian seeks acceptance and a family but her scandal threatens everything. Yes the chemistry and romance were divine but the thing that bothered me throughout this book is the “not worthy” trope being beat to death. It was overwhelming but I’d still recommend this to fans of MacLean’s and people who’ve already started the Scandal & Scoundrels series.

TheDayoftheDuchessThe Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Published by Avon on June 27, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Historical

Pages: 400 Format: eBook Source: Library

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

Book Three in the Scandal & Scoundrels series however lit a fire in my heart and wow did it impress. Seraphina and Malcolm’s story is ripe with pain and suffering but the love these two hold for each other is astounding. With Sera’s return and Malcolm’s quest to regain his wife the angst levels were at the highest levels. I have a hard time talking about them separately since they’re wholly wrapped up in the other but I loved seeing Sera’s business dreams on full display. Plus all the Dangerous Daughters page time was magnificent and I’m waiting with bated breath for a Sesily story with a certain American. I absolutely recommend picking this one up and the trilogy as a whole!

Have you read any of these titles?

Let me know in the comments below!

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