Scandalous Summer Nights

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Scandalous Summer Nights

A Honeycote Novel, #3

When I first read the synopsis of this tale I thought it was going to be boring. Yet, the author pulled me into her world in the first few pages because she made Victorian England’s manners and fashion come alive by showing me how women and men treated people who had scandals attach to their family name. The author also showed how society treated others of lower level status, those socially beneath them. However, the family that is showcased in this story, the Duke of Huntford’s family, treated everyone as equals down to the lowliest stable boy.

The story has some conflict in it that pushes the story along. Olivia, the sister of the current Duke of Huntford’s has been in love with her brother’s friend, James, for ten years even though James only thinks of her as his friend and not as a love interest. Olivia has been trying to change his mind, but hasn’t had any luck yet.

Then the conflict really starts to heat up when Olivia finds out that James wants to go to Egypt and look for ancient artifacts even though the whole trip there and back again is fraught with danger. Olivia is afraid for him and comes up with a plan to try and stop him from going to Egypt.

This tale flows really slowly in the beginning. Then it picks up a little speed in the middle and continues on that way until the end.

I did not notice any grammar errors in this tale. As for the love scenes in this book, the author has created some semi-hot scenes including one where the characters making out in the middle of a pond! On the other hand, don’t expect anything too graphic about the love scenes.

Olivia has a plan to make James fall in love with her. Will it work?


Book Blurb for Scandalous Summer Nights

HOW FAR WILL TEMPTATION TAKE HIM . . .

Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn't shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother's best friend and her heart's only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It's now or never . . .

James has always found Olivia bewitchingly attractive, but what kind of gentleman takes up with his best friend's sister? Not that he's thinking particularly gentlemanly thoughts when she appears on his exploratory trip-three hundred miles from home!-and incites a tavern fight. No matter what the devil she's doing there, it's his duty to see her safely back to her family. But how safe will she be when every starlit night brings wicked temptation . . . ?


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2014 3.50