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Bound by One Scandalous Night (The Scandalous Summerfields) Mass Market Paperback – March 22, 2016
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Diane Gaston's dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she dared to pursue that dream and has never looked back. Her books have won Romance's highest honours: the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award, the Golden Quill, and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends. Visit her website at: http://dianegaston.com
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Historical Romance -March 17th, 2016
This Regency romance features a noble hero and a beautiful if slightly flighty heroine.
Amelie Glenville is young and passionate. She is in love with her fiancee, but it appears he may not be so in love with her! When she is abandoned on the streets of Brussels of the eve of battle she is lucky to be found by the dashing lieutenant, Edmund Summerfield. Edmund has always had a crush on Amelie and is determined to take her back to her home where she will be safer. However, Amelie is distraught from her encounter with her ex-fiancee and propositions him. As a result they share a night of passion.
Unfortunately, that night had unforeseen consequences. When Edmund returns months later and discovers Amelie pregnant! Since Edmund was illegitimate he does not want any child of his to face the same prejudices and ask Amelie to marry him. She reluctantly agrees. They marry with her parents disapproval but settle in a farming area where Amelie feels she can make a difference and discover a solid family life with Edmund. However, accusations of embezzlement from the estate occur and Amelie's father comes demanding justice. Their quite life is disrupted and their blooming love is tested.
This was a sweet romance about two young characters. Edmund has seen a harsher life being born a bastard and works to shield Amelie. Amelie sometimes appears to live in a fantasy world and her actions have solidly pushed her to face the consequences or her actions. However, she is very lucky to have landed in the caring and noble Edmund's hands! He loves her but does not want to pressure her. In this book Edmund takes much of the responsibility but that slowly changes as Amelie grows. This romance is is not torrid romance, despite its scandalous start. Rather it is romance that slowly unfolds as the young lovers learn to understand each other and appreciate a life they each had not expected. While Edmund and Amelie do have a rather passionate bed life during the day they not quite as forward. This leads to misunderstandings that are well resolved at the end. This book also features a charming romance with Amelie's maid that I enjoyed.
Bound by One Scandalous Night is a charming and heartwarming Regency.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Amelie had been engaged to another man, but after an argument, he abandoned her on the crowd filled street. She had offered him physical comfort before heading off to battle and instead he had said terrible things to her. Now Amelie is convinced that she will never marry, that no one will want her for herself. The desire between her and Edmund gives her what she believes will be her only chance to know what it would be like.
I liked Edmund and Amelie together. They had some serious obstacles to overcome, individually and together. Edmund is an honorable man. He had tried hard to resist Amelie's advances back in Brussels because he knew it wasn't right. When faced with her pregnancy, he was determined to do the right thing. He knew what it was like to be illegitimate and didn't want his own child to suffer the same way. Because of his background, he feels unworthy of her. He also has to fight her family's opinion of him. I ached for him every time he had to suffer through their rudeness. I loved his determination to show them that he can take care of Amelie.
Amelie had her own issues to fight through. She sees the love that her parents have for each other and wants the same for herself. She thought she had found it, and was devastated by the things her ex-fiance told her. She takes what he says to heart and believes that she is wicked and wanton for it. When Edmund proposes marriage, she blames herself for trapping him into something he doesn't want.
When she loses the baby, both she and Edmund blame themselves. Each one's guilt is so deep that they can't even speak of it. All Edmund wants to do is to make sure that he takes care of Amelie and that he provides her with what she wants. I loved his devotion to her while she was recovering, even in the face of her family's attitude. Amelie is sure that Edmund wishes he weren't trapped in marriage, and is determined to put a brave face on everything in order to make things easier on him. I liked the fact that they talked enough to agree that getting away from London was the best thing to do.
Once they arrived at the farm, they finally began to regain some of their closeness. The life there was so different than what they were used to that it really was a new beginning. I really enjoyed seeing them both take to life in the country. Their relationship still had its ups and downs because they were avoiding talking about the hard things. There was a truly emotional scene when they finally talked about the loss of the baby. A discovery about some possibly shady doings on the farm, and a visit from Amelie's father brought about an unexpected result. I loved seeing Edmund face down her father and show Amelie just how much he really cares.
The secondary characters in this book all had important parts to play. Marc and Tess, from Bound by Duty, were somewhat less likable in this one. I was really mad at Tess for her lack of belief in and support for her brother, and Marc's prejudice against him was disappointing. I did like his sister Genna's immediate acceptance of Amelie and the friendship she offered. The oldest sister's husband, Lord Tinmore, was a truly nasty piece of work. I hated his attitude toward the family, especially Edmund, and I loved seeing Edmund shut him down. I was also very disappointed in Amelie's parents. For people who had stood up to scandal of their own, their treatment of Edmund was especially bad. My favorite character was Amelie's maid, Sally. I loved her parallel with Amelie, and the way that they supported each other.
I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.
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