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Bound by Their Secret Passion (The Scandalous Summerfields) Mass Market Paperback – March 21, 2017
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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, Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, and 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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To help make the future better for her two sisters and half-brother, Lorene Summerfield married a much older man. She has been a respectful wife to her husband, but there was never any love between them. Thankfully, her siblings have found partners whom they adore, so she is gratified in knowing her sacrifice paid off. One night, there is a confrontation at her home that has a tragic ending. Lorene’s husband is now dead, and the Earl of Penford may possibly be blamed for his death.
Although Lorene has secretly been attracted to Dell, she had never let anyone know of her fascination. But with her callous husband now gone, perhaps the days ahead will actually be much more pleasurable for her. Unfortunately, suspicions about what took place on that fateful night bring trouble for Dell, and Lorene worries he may suffer because of their friendship, a connection which she wants to be closer yet knows it never can be.
The number of challenges Lorene and Dell must face throughout the story just keep adding up, and it certainly seemed like they would never be able to have a relationship that lasted. I so wanted these two to get together, but the time in which they lived kept them apart because of society’s rules. Though Lorene had never done anything wrong, her reputation was tarnished because of what others did in the past. I am definitely glad to not have lived in a time where many people judged someone so harshly, as these opinions often led to needless misery. Dell has his own personal troubles, and he lives his life in memory of his family, not his goals. Neither he or Lorene are really happy, and they fear the consequences of them appearing to be in a relationship. Diane Gaston made their feelings very evident, and I ached right along with them on numerous occasions when things did not go as they wished. BOUND BY THEIR SECRET PASSION is an emotional romance packed with heartache yet also hopeful longing.
With this being the last book in the series, I was delighted to see all the past couples featured, thus letting me get caught up with their current lives. There are also plenty of other secondary characters in the story that I came to know well, as their personalities were brought to life with colorful behavior. The author inserted historical facts into quite a few scenes, and I enjoyed these moments of reality.
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Historical Romance -April 1st , 2017
In Bound by Their Secret Passion Diane Gaston wraps up her Scandalous Summerfields series. While it helps having read the prior book this book can easily read as a stand alone.
Lorene Summerfield and her sisters paid in scandal and were forced to live as paupers when their father died and their infamous mother left them to live with her lover. Destitute Lorene married the wealthy and very elderly Earl of Tinmore. But it was not a happy marriage as her husband wanted to control his young wife and her younger sister. While the rest of her sisters have found love she is stuck with a man she does not love for but is bound by duty to care for. The only thing that gives her comfort is her music and the rear friendship she has found with Dell, the Earl of Penford. But tragedy occurs when in a misunderstanding Dell is accused of killing her husband when he falls and hits his head. Afraid of more scandal Lorene goes into hiding/mourning. However, the blossoming love and respect she feels for Dell haunts her. And while she is determined to stay a widow when a chance encounter puts them together Lorene can't help wanting more of his company. However, when her infamous mother returns to London. Lorene must deal with the whispers and scandal. Soon she will have to decide if safety or happiness are more important.
This romance is what readers of the series have been waiting for! While the beginning starts quickly, the middle of the book has long periods when Lorene and Dell are apart. Both are honorable people who have been trying to live up or down to the expectations of their parents. When Lorene's troublesome mother arrives and causes havoc things get more interesting but also more frustrating as Lorene pushes her wishes aside (yet again) for the comfort of others. I really admired Lorene and wanted her to be happy but I also hoped she would be more proactive in the story. Lorene's sisters make appearances and their happiness makes for contented reading as it is nice to see them settled. Lorene happiness, in contrast, shows dramatically how much she has suffered. I guess I was hoping the Dell would make some dramatic overture or save Lorene. Or Lorene would save herself from her impetuous and selfish mother. The slow pacing except for the disruptive mother was enjoyable and Dell and Lorene are very sweet together. In fact, there a a couple very romantic scenes. This was a satisfying end to the series and I was happy for Dell and Lorene who are more quiet and gentle characters. They truly deserved each other!
Reviewed by Steph by the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
It was great to see Lorene finally have her own story. Her sisters and brother play a big part in this book and it is nice to see how they are doing. Bound by Their Secret Passion has many things going on. Your heart will go out to The Earl of Penford as he determinedly and honorably resolves them all. It is amazing the havoc one person can create when they try. What havoc? Pick up Bound by Their Secret Passion and find out for yourself. There is more than one person fighting against a happy ending for these two. Allow Diane Gaston to transport you into the past and as the story unfolds you will be enchanted. Love does indeed conquer many things.