Today I have a lovely historical romance with a touch of steam, be sure that you check out the other stops on this tour and be sure to see the video trailer and enter the giveaway and enter to be one of the two lucky winners tour wide who will get a digital copy of Jennifer’s title What Happens in Scotland. All of the info is below!
Complete with an early Victorian, late Regency feel: this book had everything that I look for in historical romance. A heroine who has a bit of the unconventional in her soul, a tortured hero who is unwilling to play the part, plenty of secondary characters to fuel the action and provide a counterpoint to the character and strength of the main couple, and set away from the rigidly unbending strictures of London society.
Caroline is the younger of two daughters, tall and lanky her lack of comfort in the midst of the summer ‘society’ that appears each year in her quiet Brighton town has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her father died when she was young, leaving the family in precarious financial straits: her mother had retreated to mourning rarely leaving the house except to attend services. Caroline and her peculiar talent of swimming, peculiar for a woman of the time, was a fortunate thing as she rescued a drowning, suicidal officer David Cameron. Since that chance meeting when she was little more than a child, Caroline has treasured the sights, voice and image of the young soldier.
David Cameron, the young soldier in question is a saver and a fixer: even when he doesn’t view himself in such chivalrous terms. Believing himself the cause of his first love’s death, and swearing to never be involved again he is a hard nut to crack. Still handsome yet no longer in first youth, his quiet life as second son of a scots baron and town magistrate have him leading a quietly helpful life, if not a rich one.
A series of chance encounters some 10 years later place Caroline and David in proximity, as he had brought his mother to Brighton for their cures and air. While a chance encounter at a house party set up by one of Caroline’s torturers results in some rather ‘edgy’ activities, David steps forward believing that his influence can improve Caroline’s chances for marriage that she so desperately needs to save her family from penury.
Caroline is delightfully free of artifice, with a touch of innocence that is balanced by her desire and curiosity for more. Her diligence and determination to make a match to save her family despite every bit of her being fighting the stillness, is so well defined, displayed and described that readers feel the itchy, skin-crawling discomfort. David is inexorably drawn to her: finding her unique and clever and free of the artifice so common in other women of his acquaintance. While he is determined to keep her at arm’s length, feeling himself unsuited for a romance with her, he cannot keep her off his mind.
When they trade her instruction in swimming a novel stroke (which appears to be the crawl) for his introducing her to the finer points of kissing and other physical desires, his obvious attraction to her becomes even more of an obstacle for him to overcome. Even his entry into this bargain is a mixed blessing, his conscience is battling with his body and heart’s desire, and while tame for a modern reader, his lessons would bring utter ruin upon Caroline if ever they were discovered. Still, these moments of instruction are both innocently steamy and highly sensual.
Together the two are cleverly portrayed with banter and quiet moments of sharing that show both character’s strengths and weaknesses in a way that feels organic and natural, far better impact for the reader and the character development than long explanations and descriptions would normally provide. The combination of a good story, great characters and an HEA just made this a delightfully fun, quick reading summer book. It is the first of Jennifer McQuiston’s books that I have read, but it will not be the last.
Title: Summer is for Lovers
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 12 Hours 58 minutes
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David Cameron has been tricked. After bringing his supposedly ailing mother to Brighton to take the waters, he’s found himself bombarded with young ladies of marriageable age, while his mother has made a marked improvement. Seeking respite from the hordes, he retreats to a beach he hasn’t seen in years--and finds a woman he’s never quite been able to forget.
Caroline Tolbertson just wants to be left alone. But her mother is determined to see her married off, no matter Caroline’s protests--or her embarassing lack of suitors. Seeing David Cameron, her childhood crush, again sets her heart racing, but she’s older and wiser now. And no, that wasn’t her heart sinking when David suggested a faux courtship instead of the real thing.
But Caroline has never been very good at following the rules, and the fake attraction soon grows into the real thing. Now Caroline has more scandalous pursuits in mind and David is finding it very hard to say no to his gorgeous friend. Will giving in to temptation send them both down a path they each claim to abhor--straight to the altar?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
You can see the book trailer here: YouTube
As I mentioned, Jennifer is offering two lucky winners a digital copy of her title What Happens In Scotland. I’ve linked it to Goodreads so you can see it here. Drawing ends at 11.59 pm on 18 October.