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That Scandalous Summer (Rules for the Reckless Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Kindle, January 29, 2013||
|Length: 386 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I've bored you all with this line before, but it really does apply here: I like HOW Duran writes far more than WHAT she writes. Hope springs eternal, though, so I'll keep hoping that one of her books will not just impress me objectively, but actually delight me more personally.
THE STORY: Lord Michael de Grey, a medical doctor, is the brother of a Duke. When a dispute with his brother leads him getting the ultimatum of marrying a woman without scandal or having his life's work pulled out from under him, Michael escapes to masquerade as a country doctor. In his disguise, he meets Elizabeth Chudderly, a merry widow who masks her loneliness and sadness with a bright facade. Liza has had marriage to a man who constantly criticized her and an affair with a man who abandoned her when he found out her money problems. She has decided that she must marry again and be satisfied with financial security. When she meets the new country doctor, she enjoys the flirtation. As Liza and Michael become entangled with one another, both know that they have no future together and yet cannot resist one another.
OPINION: I am a big fan of well-written angst filled stories where there seems to be no way forward for the hero and heroine together. This book fits that bill. Michael and Liza initially seems destined for an affair. In fact, if the two had met as themselves, they might have had an affair and never ventured deeper into one another's lives.
Because the two are lying to one another, they end up going deeper into themselves and revealing truths that they did not expect. They are both in desperate need for someone to love and to love them.
Their interactions are deep and complex and at times painful with the truths they reveal. Their uneven journey to committing to one another regardless of the circumstances is simply beautiful.
The story felt fresh with characters who are difficult and layered and not easily categorized. I especially appreciated the writing of Liza as a woman who has made serious mistakes about love and yet is accepted by Michael as worthy of love and respect.
WORTH MENTIONING: Fans of Duran will be pleased with updates on some of her characters from prior books.
FINAL DECISION: Loved this book. Full of angst and drama and intense love in conflict with practicality.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THAT SCANDALOUS SUMMER is book one in the Rules for the Reckless series. The book can be read as a standalone. Readers should know that a story begins here regarding the hero's brother that will be continued in the next book in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
I really enjoyed the main characters, Michael and Liza, especially as they grew and developed. Their attraction to each other was perfect, and watching it unfold was steamy and delicious and a perfect romance.
However, the book really had no plot. And I think that's what has polarized the other reviewers. The romance was perfectly done, and the love between the hero and heroine increased at a believable pace. But nothing else happened. And I mean that -- nothing else happened.
It was literally 90% into the story that the plot progressed and had the characters doing something active, besides flirting and falling in love. They had a hot romance, don't get me wrong, but it gets redundant when nothing else of importance is going on while they are romancing each other.
Overall, a beautiful and steamy romance, but likely to be forgettable. I would recommend it to other romance-genre fans, as a fun way to pass time, but not as a must-have book.
Michael wants to teach his brother a lesson by hiding in a small town away from Alastair's influence. He survives by becoming the doctor of the small community.
One morning, Michael finds the heroine, Mrs. Chudderley, aka Elizabeth (or Liza) in his garden in a drunken stupor. Her reputation in society as the Merry Widow, includes fast living, drunken scenes; and, she is a professional beauty.
Michael portrays himself as the poor country doctor whereas Liza is a lady of high society. She looks down on him as part of the middle class that would never be able to have one such as her. But she is attracted to him nonetheless.
Great hero and heroine and HEA. This book flows naturally into the next book Fool Me Twice where we take a deeper look into Alastair's life.