Monday, September 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Summer of Scandal by Syrie James

Author: Syrie James
Series: Dare to Defy Series
*Each novel is a standalone story.

Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: September 11, 2018

Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate who secretly dreams of becoming a published author, she wants to marry for love. After receiving a proposal from a future duke, Madeleine flees the London Season for Cornwall to seek her sister’s advice, never expecting her decision to be complicated by a charming, handsome earl she’s certain she dislikes—even though his every touch sets her blood on fire.

Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders, has secrets and ambitions of his own. Although under pressure from his mother and gravely ill father to marry his cousin, Charles cannot find the words to propose. But this fascinating American visitor does not figure into his plans, either.

Thrown together unexpectedly at Trevelyan Manor, Madeleine and Charles struggle to rise above their intense attraction. But as things heat up between them over a summer that becomes increasingly scandalous, Madeleine and Charles will both be forced to make a difficult choice. Can two dreamers dare to defy convention and find their own happily ever after?

I have been wanting to read a historical romance for a while.  I'm happy to say Summer of Scandal fulfilled that craving.  This is the second book in the Dare to Defy series involving the Atherton sisters.  They are American heiresses visiting England to each find a titled match.  In this one, Madeleine does not want to accept a proposal from a man she doesn't love.  She flees to visit her sister to think about her next step.  Bad weather causes her to spend time at Charles's estate.  Even though he is unofficially promised to another, their chemistry can't be denied.

This was an enjoyable read.  Their romance was a very slow burn.  At times, it was a bit too slow, but once they finally kissed, the story took off from there.  I liked these two together.  Madeleine was head strong and wasn't willing to settle for anything less than she deserved.  I admired Charles's drive to invent things to help the people on his estate.  These two were perfectly matched.  The book works well as a stand alone and is one I definitely recommend.

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Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of SUMMER OF SCANDAL by Syrie James, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Runaway Heiress!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Runaway Heiress by Syrie James. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 9/24/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About the Author

SYRIE JAMES is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (Great Group Read, Women’s National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal.) An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves paranormal romance and all things 19th century. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

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