Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scandalous Summer Nights Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @ForeverRomance @_AnneBarton

Welcome to my post for the Scandalous Summer Nights book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Scandalous Summer Nights. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Scandalous Summer Nights (Honeycote, #3)
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Honeycote #3


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 . . . ?

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

A charming, engaging historical romance, Scandalous Summer Nights was a lovely read. It was sweet, enjoyable, and I really liked it.

Olivia was a likable heroine. She was impulsive, yes, but she was also determined enough to fight for what she wanted. Occasionally, she got ridiculous ideas in her head, but they were always meant with good intentions. My only issue with her was a small one. James was keeping a letter that was written from her late father to her as a favor to her brother. He was meant to keep it a secret, but he knew he had to tell her. And, he tried, several times, insisting that he had to tell her something important, but, of course, she would brush it off until later because they were distracted by...other things. But, when she finally found out, she was angry with him. It annoyed me a bit because he had distinctly told her that he had to tell her something, so she knew he had every intention of telling her. However, she did get over it quickly, so it was only a minor annoyance and it didn't keep me from really liking her character.

James was also great. Somewhat oblivious to what was right in front of him, but a wonderful hero all the same. He was very sweet, very loyal to the people he cared about, and a genuinely honorable and good man. He was just adorable and I really liked him as well.

The romance was lovely. Olivia and James were great together. They were good friends at the beginning (though Olivia was longing for more) and, as James started to realize that his best friend's younger sister wasn't a little girl anymore, they're relationship deepened and changed into more. It was very sweet and they were obviously perfect for each other. And, of course, they had some hot chemistry that turned the heat up a few times. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was engaged the entire way through. This book was witty, charming, and just an overall delightful read. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Scandalous Summer Nights was a fantastic historical romance that I really enjoyed. It was sweet, engaging, and just wonderful. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

“Kiss me.”

She was vaguely aware that she was begging but didn’t care. “Or I shall kiss you.”

He swallowed and opened his mouth, probably to object. She had to do something fast, so she reached up and tugged at the white ribbon in her hair, pulling it inch by inch until it was free. Then she dropped it onto James’s lap. While he stared down at the length of silk, she removed a few pins, letting her curls bounce down her back.

“Jesus, Olivia.” With that, James took her face between his palms and hauled her toward him. Their desire exploded in a kiss that was fierce, hungry, raw. His tongue, hot and insistent, thrust into her mouth, as though he were claiming her for his own. He speared his fingers through her hair and grabbed a fistful like he was afraid she might pull away and end the kiss.

Not likely. She’d been waiting years for James to unleash the full force of his passion. She’d known it was there, simmering just beneath the surface, like lava waiting to erupt. And now it had. Every time her tongue tangled with his, he moaned. He breathed heavily, like he was starving for air— and for her. Never had she seen him so stripped of control, and it thrilled her.

“Olivia,” he gasped. “I want you so badly that I forget who I am and what is right.”

“I know who you are,” she murmured. “And this feels very right to me.”
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About the Author:

Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom's bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I've read a best friend's sibling- friends to lovers type romance in historical romance. I'll have to read this one. Thanks, Farrah!