The Day Of The Duchess Rereading Blog

One of the main reasons for this is Sarah MacLean’s new book, Bombshell, which is a part of her Scandal And Scoundrel series and launching her NEW Hell’s Belle series 👏🏽 Realized I need to refresh my memory, so I’ll reread The Day Of The Duchess 👸

I remember it’s 1) 2nd chance 2) he “needs“ her help picking his next wife, but felt that was a generic understanding. I’ll reread the audiobook (what I own) at 2x speed, so I hope 🤞🏽 it’ll be fast. Joining in on a Bombshell readalong next week!


As with ALL reading blogs, I’ll check in 👇🏽

Before I begin:

So I already know the story (generally 😂) From what I can remember, I liked it 🤗

Chapter 6

Seraphina-Malcolm/Haven: 2 years 7 months later. Interesting they flash back to when they met. But where did she go? Haven still looks for her Until Sarafina appears before the House Of Lords. Miscarriage 🥲 upon her return (in the past) If anything, spurns more questions 🤔 A woman’s worth defined by fertility and her ability to bear children 😡 Needs Malcolm’s cooperation for Sarafina’s desired divorce 🤔 Talbert sisters (Soiled S’s, Dangerous Daughter) for the first time! Sarafina is the oldest Talbert. Dream 💭 Singing Sparrow. Year: 1836. Lost in time with all these time jumps 😵‍💫 All I know Sarafina left 2 years 7 months ago. Meet cute 😍🥰

Rereading the meet cute 🥰 When he said “he was ruined” 😍 I feel that line encapsulates their relationship. We meet Caleb Calhoun at the Singing Sparrow! He’s the male protagonist for Bombshell 👏🏽 Connections being drawn! Mal arrives 😂

Its been 10 days since Malcolm came to Boston. We know, off page, that Sera is to help Malcolm pick his next Duchess 👸😂

Chapter 17

Misstates the Dove for Sara (shes really the Sparrow). Jump to present, angered 😤 by Caleb touching Sera. More context on Sera, being “ruined” was serious whether true or false. Perception is what matters 🤔 Not a fan about trickery but I can understand the tough situation Sera and the Talberts are in. Not a justification but context 👍🏽

Talbert sisters carriage ride to the country 😂🥲😍 + more information on Sesily 👏🏽 Get lost in time 😂🤦🏼‍♀️

Snippets are coming back to me 🤔 1) King and Sophie from The Rogue Not Taken 2) Alec, Duke of Warnink from A Scot In The Dark.

New Duchess 👸 candidates coming in 3 days: 4 girls 9 carriages 🤔 😂 (and mothers and father 😂). Candidates include Felicity Faircloth, Lilith Ballard, Emily ???, Mary Mayhew

In Chapter 13, Sera and Malcolm share a moment of passion 🙄 After Malcolm’s suiteresses get there 😂

Remembering ‘The Dunked Duke’ 😏 As much as Malcolm tries to move past it, it follows him 😂😏

Chapter 28

Caleb and Sesily interactive! Foreshadowing to Bombshell? 😋👏🏽 Theresa tew memorable scenes with them 😍 Sarah successfully teases them 😂 Singing Sparrow brawl 😂

Sera and Malcolm are 🥵🔥 The attraction between them is intense. 😁 2 remaining candidates (Lilith and Felicity) saw it 👀 There talk at the end of Chapter 22 👏🏽 I hate miscommunications and misunderstandings, they’re avoidable! I’m glad Mal set Sera “free” and finding a route that works for them 👏🏽

End of book 📖

This will be in response to the epilogue (mostly)

3 months after their 2nd wedding and 2 years after Amelia, now a 3rd kid 👏🏽 Not saying marriage and kids are markers for an HEA, but being told they can’t, makes that occurrence even more meaningful and I’m happy for them! ❤️

Secrets Of A Summer Night Reading Blog


Before I begin

3rd attempt 😂 Not a reflection of content, etc. Just hard to focus. Think being 1 day ahead of my readalong of This Scot Of Mine makes it so I can read more freely 🤗 Excited to finally delve into this series 🤗

Prologue – Chapter 5

The story was introduced well 👍🏽 My interest is piqued. Anabelle isn’t an unlikable heroine 🤷🏽‍♀️ The enemies to lovers vibe between Simon and Annabelle is fun to read 😂 Interesting dynamic Annabelle is pretty but poor 🤔 The fast friendship between the Wallflowers is cute 😊 Like how the chapters aren’t too long either 😉

Chapter 6 – Chapter 11

The girls’ friendship is growing in an interesting pace and way 🤗 Note: Didn’t keep track too well until after chapter 9! But in this section… Hodgeham makes me cringe, out-of-town hunting party 👏🏽 Simon Hunt and Annabelle 😂 Rounders 😏 The ball post rounders 😂

Chapter 12 – Chapter 16

The chapter read pretty well! 👏🏽 Hodgeham is slimeball! The lack of choice Phillippa gets is sad 😞 I don’t blame her. She is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Annabelle’s growing fondness for Simon 👍🏽 Especially the way he took care of Annabelle was swoon-worthy 🤗 The kiss they share was hot 🔥 The dynamic between Lillian and Westcliff 😂👍🏽

Chapter 17 – Chapter 22

Lord Kendall shoots his shot and Annabelle unexpectedly refuses his confession when she initially plans to trap him into marriage. Not a fan reading about entrapment and trickery. But I applaud Annabelle for not going through with it 👏🏽 Then Simon swoops in and cements his position at Annabelle’s side through marriage. I like them together 😁 They feel like a real couple.

Chapters 23 – Epilogue

I enjoyed the story! I feel the fire 🔥 was high stakes, but ended in a very satisfying way 🤗 Refreshing it didn’t end with a wedding (they’re already married 😂) and kids, just so happy with each other ❤️Love kids, but that’s not everyone’s end goal so I’m glad to see alternate endings 😁 The way Lillian and Westcliff were teased 😍 makes me excited for the next book 📖!

Secrets Of A Summer Night Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

#1 in Wallflowers

Read: August 5, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

  • Didn’t quite ellicit an emotional reaction

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Would definitely read again 👍🏽😏

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Not super memorable but love all the kissing! 😘😂

Content warnings: Death of a loved one 🥰, financial ruin, poverty, prostitution

Prevalent Tropes: Wallflower, “Enemies” to lovers

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed 🛏
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Roadtrip Romance 

How it’s used…

Annabelle and her wallflowers are determined to be married advantageously. Simon Hunt, of new money, falls in love and marriage Annabelle 

Smutty times 😋:

  • 20: Post marriage 😉
  • 22: Stairway tup 😏
  • 25: off page

3-word Summary: Marriage is (the) goal

Representation: Self-made men

POV: Dual 3rd person

Thoughts 💭:

  • The importance of money 💰 
  • Bonds made & reenforced in the face of tragedy & death

Movie/show rec: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Gilmore Girls: Year In The Life Watching Blog (orientation guide)

I love Gilmore Girls (GG)❤️ Recently started listening to Mary & Blake Media podcasts 👏🏽 I really like it! 👍🏽 Just finished You’ve Been Gilmored and it made me want to rewatch it! Right now, the series is too much of a commitment, but a 4 episode season is doable 😉 But if you’re never seen GG, names and places may be confusing🤷🏽‍♀️😐 so 🤞🏽 this helps! 🤗

Key 🔑 Players

Lorelei – Rory’s mom, pregnant 🤰 at 16, Luke’s partner

Rory – Lorelei’s daughter

Emily – Lorelei’s mom, Richard’s wife

Richard – Lorelei’s dad, 🪦

Luke Danes – Lorelei’s partner, diner owner

Logan – Rory’s college boyfriend, Yale graduate, works and lives in London, Life and death brigade member

Dean – Rory’s high school boyfriend, married

Jess – Rory’s high school boyfriend

Christopher – Rory’s father, Lorelei’s high school boyfriend

Michel – Lorelei’s business partner, French 🇫🇷

Sookie – Lorelei’s best friend $ business partner

Jackson – Sookie’s husband, Lorelei’s vegetable supplier

Lane – Rory’s best friend

Finn – Rory’s college friend, Life and death brigade member

Colin – Rory’s college friend, Life and death brigade member

Notable Places 🌎

Stars Hallow, Connecticut – Home of Lorelei, Rory, Luke

Hartford, Connecticut – Home of Emily

Dragon Fly Inn – Lorelei’s business

Chilton – Rory’s high school 🏫

Yale – Rory’s college 🏫

Shang Chi And The Ten Rings Watching Blog

With my partner and my partner’s sister , at a theatre 🤗

Was going to watch the trailer, 🤦🏼‍♀️ but not enough time 🕰😂

Don’t know much about it 🤷🏽‍♀️ except 1) in the MCU 2) Asian actor(s). I like both 😋

Precautions taken

  • Showtime – Chose a later time, so there’ll be less people
  • Mask 😷 – Kept it on at ALL TIMES
  • Mask 😷 – Wore 2 masks!


I love trailers! How I know what’s coming 😉

  1. Jackass Forever
  2. Venom
  3. Halloween Kills
  4. Dear Evan Hanson
  5. Eternals

Watched: September 5, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes

Rotten Tomato 🍅 Rating:

92% 🍅 critics

98% 🍅 audiences

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Took ⭐️⭐️ off for subtitles
  • Action-paced! 👊🏼
  • Masks 😷 + subtitles = 😤

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Took 🤗 off for subtitles
  • Action-paced! 👊🏼

Heat 🔥: May not be applicable

Rewatchable?: Y but I won’t be in theatres

Content warnings: Death ☠️ of a loved 🥰 one

The set-up:

Key 🔑 Players:

  • Shang Chi/Sean
  • Katie
  • Xiaoling
  • Wen Wu
  • Trevor
  • Norris

Important Places 🌎:

  • San Francisco
  • Macaw
  • Taolo

3-word Summary: Time to grieve

Thoughts 💭 & takeaways :

  • Grief
  • What we do for love ❤️
  • Leaving someone behind

Bonas scene!

  • Join the MCU 👏🏽
  • New direction for the Ten Rings ✊🏽

Falling Out Of Hate With You Reading Blog

Bought this book after watching the author on a YT interview 😂 Don’t know much else in the storyline 🤷🏽‍♀️ All I know is the author is a like soul and I just wanted to show support in a small way ♥️ Messaged her and she was kind enough to reply 👏🏽 Messaged her again if I’d be okay reading the duet, having not read her previous works… And she said I’d be fine 👏🏽 Excited to finally squeeze this onto my TBR!

From my research (Amazon 😂) the story is about Adrian Savage, a rockstar, and his relationship (hesitantly agreed to) with a fellow musician 🎶 Know it’s a enemies to lover’s romance….

Don’t read contemporary often… But I figure why not 🤷🏽‍♀️😂 Like stories with multiple books 📚 Love not having to wait! 👏🏽


Not used to male narrators 🤔 

Chapter 6

Leila goes on tour with Fugitives Summer! Now the fun can really begin 👏🏽

In the 1st 5 chapters, the groundwork was lain well 👏🏽 Still too early to say if I like Adrian or Leila, much less ship them… But I’m intrigued…

Just remembered there’ll be singing in these audiobooks! 👏🏽

Chapter 17

Seems kind of juvenile Leila won’t talk to Adrian until he talks to her 😂 Enemies to lover tropes have a hard time appearing mature 😂…

A convenient pause in the story! 👏🏽

A lot has already happened AND a lot more can still happen 🤔 

So this is my position with enemies to lovers… I can understand the appeal BUT wouldn’t it get frustrating after a while? 🤷🏽‍♀️ Or more simply, we as a society, constantly stress kindness… Why would you subject yourself to anything leas?!

Chapter 28

Like how the fake relationship is the marker 😂 🤔 

A lot has already happened! This story sure isn’t stagnant,.. Some of my favorite tropes here! Close proximity, cohabitation, fake dating, enemies to lovers ♥️ Makes for a fun story 👏🏽

End of book 📖

Savage endearing with older adults 😍 Mimi ♥️ Amalia ♥️

Birthday 🥳 scene not explicit 👏🏽 and doesn’t (-) affect the plot 👏🏽 Worried what would happen to their dynamic afterwards…

There’s so much hate between Leila and Savage… When does the romance begin?

Insane kiss 😘 in Chapter 30 ♥️

Loved the music 🎶 in the audiobook! Really nice touch! 👏🏽

Book ended on an intriguing note 🤔 Debating going into Falling In Love With You or The Cross Of Gilded Bones 🤔 

Presiction for Book 2(Falling In Love With You ) (Note: Presiction made with no knowledge of Falling In Love With You) Book 2 is going to be about Savage and Leila on Sing Your Heart Out. This 1st book doesn’t really have a typical end for romance..

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2/8

Watched with my partner’s sister again 😍 and my partner (as he works 😉)

Note: Back on HBO Max! All 8 movies 🍿

Watched: September 1, 2021

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Star Rating (of 5):

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    • Fun to watch over and over again!

Rotten Tomatos 🍅 Rating:

98% 🍅 

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Very action-packed

Heat 🔥: 🔥🔥

  • Kissing 😘 

Book to movie/show 🍿 : 👍🏽

Note: Watching is not a replacement for reading the book! The book still contains more details!

Content warnings: Death of a loved one 🥰, orphan

The set-up:

Note: Not including as much of the plot. I struggle with names and places myself, so that’s what I’ll emphasize 😉

Key 🔑 Players:

  • Harry Potter
  • Ron Weasly – Harry’s best friend, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix
  • Hermione Granger – Harry’s best friend, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Albus Dumbledore – Hogwarts Headmaster, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Severus Snape – Hogwarts Potions Master 👨‍🏫, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Mad-Eye Moody – former Defense of the Dark Arts professor 👨‍🏫 at Hogwarts, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Remus Lupin – – former Defense of the Dark Arts professor 👨‍🏫 at Hogwarts, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Tonks – 🪄 Order of the Phoenix, Lupin’s wife
  • Rubeus Hagrid – Hogwarts Care of Magical Creatures Professor 👨‍🏫, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • McGonagall – Hogwarts Transfigurations Professor 👩‍🏫 , 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Mrs. Molly Weasly – Ron’s mom, Harry’s best friend, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix
  • Mr. Arthur Weasly – Ron’s dad, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Ginny Weasly – Ron’s sister, Harry’s girlfriend 
  • Fred Weasly – Ron’s brother, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • George Weasly – Ron’s brother, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Draco Malfoy – Slytherin
  • Crabbe – Slytherin
  • Goyle – Slytherin
  • Rufus Scrimjour – Minister of Magic 🪄 
  • Pius Thicknesse – Ministry of Magic 🪄
  • Dolores Umbridge – Ministry of Magic 🪄
  • Kingsley Shacklebolt – Ministry of Magic 🪄, Order of the Phoenix 
  • Bill Weasley – 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Mundungus Fletcher – 🪄Pickpocket
  • Dobby – former Malfoy house elf, “saves” Harry multiple times 
  • Kreacher – Black house elf

Notable places 🌎:

  • Hogwarts – School 🏫 of 🧙‍♀️ Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • London, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 


  1. Diary*
  2. Slytherin’s ring 💍 *
  3. Locket
  4. Hufflepuff’s cup 🏆
  5. Ravenclaw’s  diadum 👑 
  6. Nagini 🐍 
  7. Harry Potter

*Destroyed in a prior film 🎥 

3-word Summary: Further the search 🔍

Thoughts 💭:

  • Mobilizing for a fight 👊🏼
    • Fighting for a cause ✊🏽
    • Ease of death 🤔 

Finished ✅ the series 👏🏽

Bombshell Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

#1 in Hell’s Belles

Read: August 29, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

  • One main qualm and it didn’t hit the way I wanted emotionally 

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Action-packed and smutty 👍🏽 (right spelling?)

Heat 🔥: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • ❤️ Sesily & Caleb FOREVER 

Content warnings: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Prevalent Tropes: Forbidden romance, Only 1 bed 🛌 

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed 🛏
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Roadtrip Romance 

How it’s used…

Sesily Talbot is Caleb Calhoun’s business partner and friend. He shouldn’t but he did find her attractive 😏 

Smutty times 😋:

  • 12: Cupboard 
  • 16: Groundskeeper’s cottage
  • 20: At Sesily’s place 😏
  • Epilogue – off page

3-word Summary: What to do?!

Representation: 🤷🏽‍♀️

POV: Dual 3rd person

Thoughts 💭:

  • Best friends’s siblings
  • Being loud and proud

Movie/show rec: Charlie’s Angels but Sarah MacLean was inspired by A-team 🤷🏽‍♀️

Bombshell Reading Blog


Before I begin:

There was buzz for this book, I already knew some stuff 🤔 Like the book occurs in the Victorian era. It’s about a girl gang 👏🏽 Sesily appeared first in Day Of The Duchess. Love Sesily’s ferocity 👏🏽

Monday: Sesily – Chapter 4

This section provided a good introduction to the story 👏🏽 But it’s not overly complex either 😂 Rereading They Of The Duchess too, gotta admit – it’s hitting harder the 2nd time around! Befitting for a 2nd chance romance 😂

Tuesday: Chapters 5 – 9

Things are amping up 👏🏽 We had a brawl, 1 bed situation, and a reveal already 😂 Already prevalent in the story – a forbidden love ❤️ Caleb is trying to resist but is finding Sesily irresistible 😂 We were already teased Peck and Imogen 👏🏽 but Adalaide and the Duke of Clayborn too?! This series looks to be a lot of fun 😂♥️😍

Wednesday: Chapters 10 – 15

Coleford a major marker for me for them 😂 I feel like it majorly helped their relationship along 👏🏽 The scene in the cupboard was 🥵 🔥 and 😂. The Duchess coming upon them settled them down. Highley 😍 Felt like it showed a new side and dynamic in their relationship, giving them an opportunity to have a honest conversation, showing a side of them no one knows 🤫

Thursday: Chapters 16 – 19

Sex scene was 🔥 and gratifying to read 🤗 Admittedly, I was a chapter behind but glad I got to read it in ebook form, on my kindle (so I can highlight 😋). Caleb’s actions afterwards hurt (especially for Sesily) but I can’t help but wonder, why 🤷🏽‍♀️? What past pain does he have? That’s never an excuse for abandonment but I can’t disregard the insight that’ll provide. But him leaving the country?! So soon?! I’m hurt 😢 for her. Feeling abandoned sucks. 👎 Mystery behind and around Caleb 🤔 Loved seeing Caleb confide in Sesily ❤️ Hopefully 🙏🏾🤞🏽 this carriage ride heats up 🔥😂

Friday: Chapters 20 – Epilogue

Invitation into Talbot house 🏡😂 Their love making was 🥵 🔥. I understand his fear but, at the same time, don’t feel it’s enough of a reason to leave a girl as capable as Sesily behind. It’s kind of eerie, Duchess’ timing 🤔 I love their friendship though! Caleb turns himself in 👮‍♀️😱. Imogen seeks out Detective Inspecter Peck 😋.The scene with Coleford felt anticlimactic. I think there needed to be more build up to Caleb’s story, the conclusion was fast.