"A steamy delight that will warm you up this cold winter."
Reviewed by Jessica Dunn
Posted January 30, 2013
Lord Michael de Grey is fed up with his brother Alastair,
the Duke of Marwick wallowing in self-pity and becoming the
drunkard their father was. Michael cannot believe how
Alastair has fallen apart after losing his wife and
discovering her secret life but here he is standing before
the wastrel his brother is fast becoming after being
summoned for a mysterious meeting. Just when Michael doesn't
things could get any worse his brother drops his bomb.
Alastair is tired of Michaels scandalous behavior he
demands Michael must marry a woman of Alastair's choosing
or the duke will close the hospital that Michael has built
and ran. After harsh words Michael decides it's time for
Lord Michael to vanish and let his brother stew for some
time to see that Dr. Michael Grey doesn't need his brother
to make it in the world. Hopefully while he is away
Alastair will pull up his bootstraps, put down the bottle
and venture outside his home.
Mrs. Elizabeth Chudderly feels just dreadful. How much did
she have to drink last night? It must have been quite a bit
she thinks as she opens her eyes to discover she has
fallen asleep in rose bushes and her home doesn't even have
rose bushes. The widow awakens to a handsome villager
aiding her out of his rose bushes. At first Lizzie is
thankful when Dr. Grey introduces himself and begins to
patch her up. Then while in the capable doctor's hands
Lizzie remembers the previous night and her heart breaks.
How could Nello have led her on and let her believe he
would marry her just to abandon her? But that is just what
he did once he discovered she was destitute; Nello had
announced he would be marrying some "innocent" young girl.
She was ruined, what would she do now? Lizzie must marry
for money or she will lose her home and all who depend
on her estate will be ruined as well.
THAT SCANDALOUS SUMMER is a sensuous delight! A cad known
for his preference for naughty widows, Michael may just
find that his catch phrase "marriage is the quickest cure
for love" is far in his past. Can the widow Chudderly win
his heart and if she does how can Michael get around his
brother the Duke? Alastair will never approve of a woman
attached to so much Scandal.
The widow Chudderly may have enjoyed being a scandal and
throwing caution to the wind but in truth Lizzie is nothing
if not practical and is resolved to marry for money. Lizzie
understands clearly only the rich have the option of a
novelty such as to marry for love. Besides, who needs to
risk their heart by falling in love? Even if Lizzie was
reckless enough to fall in love with Michael, as a second
son he can't provide the funds she requires. Meredith
Duran's THAT SCANDALOUS SUMMER is a perfect novel to warm
you up this winter!
One Daring Widow
In the social whirl of Regency 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 longingâ€”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
gambleâ€”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 brotherâ€™s choosing. Elizabeth Chudderley is
deliciousâ€”and distressingly attractive. With such a
Michael isnâ€™t quite sure who is winning the game. How can
players negotiate a marriage of necessityâ€” when their hearts
of their own?
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