‘That Scandalous Summer’ by Meredith Duran

tss-mdSTORY: One Daring Widow

In the social whirl of *Victorian England, Elizabeth Chudderley is at the top of every guest list, the life of every party, and the belle of every ball. But her friends and admirers would be stunned to know the truth: that the merriest widow in London is also the loneliest. Behind the gaiety and smiles lies a secret longing — for something, or someone, to whisk her away …

One Reluctant Suitor

Raised in scandal, Lord Michael de Grey is convinced that love is a losing gamble — and seduction the only game worth playing. But when duty threatens to trump everything he desires, the only way out is marriage to a woman of his brother’s choosing. Elizabeth Chudderley is delightful, delicious — and distressingly attractive. With such a captivating opponent, Michael isn’t quite sure who is winning the game. How can such passionate players negotiate a marriage of necessity — when their hearts have needs of their own?

REVIEW: With this full length novel the author officially starts her Rules for the Reckless series.

This story leaves me conflicted between liking it and loving it. I think if I liked the heroine this would have been a no brainer and I would have loved it more. However, I had some issues with the heroines character, although I must admit it that her complexity probably made this story better.

On the other hand, our hero was someone who despite making me question some of his actions, I kind of liked. Somewhat slow at the start, the pace picks up with the plot and I have to say, I did like it.

*I took the liberty in correcting the book blurb and writing the correct setting for this story. The original blurb says “Regency England”, but it is a Victorian, since this is set around 1880’s.

Melanie for b2b