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Daring and the Duke
I absolutely adore the Bareknuckle Bastard series. Last year we featured Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower in a Deluxe Quarterly Box (sold out). Her books always grab me for the first chapter and refuses to let go until I’ve been emotionally wrung dry. Not to mention her sex scenes–they are mega hot.
If you prefer to listen to your books, I highly recommend the audiobook versions of Bareknuckle Bastards. Justine Eyre brings the books to life. In fact, I plan on listening to Daring and the Duke since I received an e-galley. I like the narrator that much!
Since we literally paired the first book with a sex toy, it’s appropriate to pair Daring and the Duke with a toy befitting our goddess Grace.
About the book
Here’s the book blurb:
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.
It was hard to choose which excerpt to share with you. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, so I’ll share one of the earliest scenes. In this excerpt, Grace has acquired an invitation to the Duke’s masquerade ball. Though both are masked, they are drawn to each other like moths to a candle. Grace is confident in her disguise and agrees to a rendezvous in Ewan’s private gazebo. He’s removed his mask but she has not.
“This..” he whispered, the words low and lush. “This is what I wanted. From the moment you arrived, I wanted to pull this dress off you.” His beautiful eyes, lit by the moonlight, met hers. “Tell me you wanted it, too.”
She straightened, pushing her shoulders back, presenting herself to his hot gaze. Putting herself on display. And then she whispered, “All of it.”
Another magnificent growl in his throat. “As my lady desires.” He set his lips to where she ached for him, lingering strokes with his tongue before taking her gently in his mouth and sucking, slow and rhythmic, until she was moving beneath him, meeting his lush draws with her body, whispering encouragement as he stole her thoughts.
And there, beneath the stars and the roof of that secret gazebo, Grace turned herself over to fantasy and to this man and to his magnificent mouth and hands–hands that were sliding beneath her skirts, over her ankles, and up the length of her leg, higher and her, bringing the fabric with them, until the summer air was kissing her thighs with the same lush promise as he made to her breasts.
When he released her, she nearly cried her frustration, until he blew a long stream of air over the puckered tip of one breast, and looked to her again, his fingers playing over the soft skin of her inner thigh, painting patterns that robbed her of her sanity. “Where else shall I kiss you, my lady?”
To learn what happens next, grab a copy of Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean.
This scene is only the first of many where Ewan demonstrates his oral skills. The obvious pairing is Womanizer Premium in red and gold. The handle of the toy includes gold trim, reminiscent of Grace’s dresses shot in gold thread.
Womanizer Premium is truly a toy for the goddess in you. This clit-stimulator uses patented Pleasure Air technology to surround you with 12 intensity levels of pleasure. Who knew puffs of air could feel so good? In fact, Bawdy Bookworms Insiders have reported that Womanizer toys give them fastest, most intense orgasms they’ve ever had.
Fun features include Smart Silence feature that keeps play sessions discreet. If you pull the toy away from your body, it will pause. Very handy feature if you have nosy roommates or kids who don’t knock. The silicone vibe is rechargeable and 100% waterproof. Womanizer Premium is also available in other colors.
If you’ve read Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean, do you think Grace would like this toy?