Scandalous Summer Nights

Anne Barton
Scandalous Summer Nights
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Release Date
October 2014
Historical Romance


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 . . . ?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Oct 11, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
120 people found the following review helpful
SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS could've been more scandalous to make this friends-to-lovers story more exciting.

Olivia has longed for James (her brother's friend) to notice her, as she has been in love with him for what seems like forever, but then news came that he was off to Egypt for two years on an archaeological dig. Two years! She has to act now or possibly lose him forever...

SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS is a decent historical romance, but it fell flat for me. I think the angst was supposed to be the friend factor, but it wasn't played up all that well. The objections James put up weren't very convincing, and I kept waiting for something huge to happen that would heighten the conflict, but for 3/4 of the book, nothing did. It was only toward the latter part of the book, when Olivia in her misguided but well-meaning intentions decided to "run away" to give James a chance to go on his expedition that things livened up.

To sum it up, all the elements for a historical romance were there--including a heroine who decided to do charity work to have purpose in her life--now that I think about it, but the elements just didn't gel well together. They didn't build up the tension between the main characters, or heightened the conflict.

Lovers of historical romance may still want to give this a go, especially those who like friends-to-lovers stories.
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