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Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons Series Book 2) by [McQuiston, Jennifer]
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Book 2 of 3 in Second Sons Series (3 Book Series)
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Editorial Reviews


It’s refreshing when an author sweeps readers away from the ballrooms of London…this is definitely a delight, with many touching moments and plenty of sexual tension. (RT Book Reviews)

If there’s such a thing as the perfect beach read, it’s Summer is for Lovers…strongly recommend it as one of the most engaging historicals I’ve read in a long time. (All About Romance)

I was so swept up…that it didn’t even take an effort to stay up and finish it, because it was so good I couldn’t fathom going to sleep. (Between the Pages)

I adored and loved Summer is for Lovers from the first page until the very end of the epilogue. There wasn’t a moment I didn’t enjoy and there wasn’t a conversation between David and Caroline that I didn’t want to re-read. (Crystal Blog Books)

About the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2674 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love it when the ugly duckling transforms into a swan.

Caroline Tolbertson is that ugly duckling. She's tall and athletic back when men liked their ladies petite and soft. She's a secret swimmer at a time when ladies had to be careful about showing their ankles. She's brave and passionate in a time when women were expected to cower and lie back and think of England. Of all of McQuiston's heroines to date, I think Caroline might be my favorite. She's an awesome mix of vulnerable and confident.

I really, really love it when a tortured hero finally realizes he's worth. He's been waiting for the right woman all along.

David Cameron (yes, that's the name of the Prime Minister. He should be flattered.) has made some mistakes. Now he thinks he isn't husband material. Unfortunately, he owes a large debt of gratitude to Caroline--after all, she saved his life. He tells himself he's going to help her find a husband, but she seems to already have someone in mind.

Okay. Story time. Here's the deal. McQuiston always crafts a story that is something different. About a third to halfway through there was a point where I was sure she was going to go the marriage of convenience route. Oh, no. She made everything worse and, by that, I mean deliciously better. I ate this story up like Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe. Brighton is such a fresh new setting. There's a fabulous party scene toward the beginning, bathing houses, and even a race! I. Love. This. Book.

As I said before about What Happens in Scotland, this ain't your mama's historical. It's got humor and pathos and originality oozing from its pages.
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Disclosure: I received this book via Edelweiss as part of the book tour. Thank you to Tasty Book Tours, Avon and to Jennifer McQuiston for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Caroline is Brighton-born and bred and, thanks to her father's instructions, is an expert ocean swimmer, despite her mother's disapproval. She has discovered a hidden cove where she enjoys her secret passion.

David Cameron tried to kill himself in Brighton twelve years ago but a very young Caroline saved him, masterfully cutting through the waves and treacherous currents and dragging his very drunk person to shore. Now he has returned to Brighton with his mother, who is seeking treatment for consumption. He remembers that night he almost died but what he remembers more vividly is the girl who saved him.

It is summer and Brighton is awash with visitors from London, all anticipating the Queen to vacation there. It is a glorious time for Brighton's business and families but an annoyance for Caroline, who no longer has the privacy of swimming in her beloved waters. Add to that, Caroline knows of her mother's dwindling savings and it is up to her to save the family by marrying well. Her mother hopes she might make a match with one of the young men who are currently visiting Brighton but Caroline knows that the chances of that happening is less than zero. She is too lanky, too tall, with too broad shoulders and too unfashionable clothing to make any sort of favorable impression on anyone.

Until David comes along -- and changes everything for Caroline.

I have a confession to make: I don't know how to swim. I've tried to learn at several points in my life: as a child, as a young adult, and even now as a mom -- but I can't get past the idea of floating.
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Victorian romance. 2nd in the series. The couple actually waits until after the wedding to consummate. This was a solid 3 stars from start to finish.

When we met David in the first book, he was busy screwing a housemaid in the stable. Not exactly hero material. I was thinking this story might have been better casting him as an antihero. Of course what really happens is he changes in the story to a honorable man with a guilty secret. Pretty much been there done that. This is well written & does have a heroine who is athletic & a swimmer. She's not pretty, but striking in looks. The story meanders along without much excitement until almost the very end.
Here's hoping book 3 is interesting.
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By Jennifer on August 25, 2014
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Summer Is For Lovers is my first Jennifer McQuiston historical romance and it definitely will not be my last. I started it because of the seaside setting and thought it would be a nice summer read. What I got was an entertaining beach read with a wonderful heroine and great chemistry between the couple that had me turning pages late into the night.

Caroline Tolbertson and David Cameron meet when she saves him from dangerous waves when she is only twelve years old. Afterwards, they go their separate ways until over a decade later when David returns to Brighton in order to help his mother improve her health. He meets up with Caroline by accident once again and, after a series of events, they decide to team up in order to win a swimming contest. Caroline is a powerful swimmer with an unusual stroke and she tries to teach David her techniques in order to help him win the prize money which they will split.

What really makes this book stand out, for me, is the couple of Caroline and David. They are both wonderfully likable characters that have some issues to deal with and they do it together. Caroline is sweet and socially awkward which made her super relatable to me. Her biggest problem is the fact that she feels responsible for her mother and sister which makes her desperate to find someone to marry, but she can't get anyone to look past her height and unorthodox personality. David is a Scotsman who has a mysterious reason for trying to kill himself a decade earlier and why he is avoiding marriage so much. While I didn't like how long he hid his past, I did like his charming nature and the fact that he fell for Caroline so quickly.

Another aspect of Summer Is For Lovers that I loved was the setting.
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