Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons Series #2)

Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons Series #2)

by Jennifer McQuiston

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His heart is unavailable. Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him . . .

Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson's infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.

That is, if David will agree to teach her.

Past mistakes have convinced David he'll make a terrible husband, though he'll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind. As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured . . . provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.

When a spirited young woman is determined to break Society's rules, all a gentleman can do is lend a hand . . . or more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062231314
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Jennifer McQuiston's Second Sons Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 557,432
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

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Summer Is for Lovers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow moving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My new favorite author! This is the first review I have ever written and I just had to spread the word! I love her story progression and development of characters. Such a sweet story and I couldn't bring myself to put it down!
CC_Graziano More than 1 year ago
A review copy was provided for an honest review. It wasn't until after the epilogue I realized this is actually a sequel of sorts set around the same time as McQuiston's debut novel What Happens In Scotland. That didn't even matter because it was a perfect standalone. Summer is for Lovers is irresistible. I had started it one afternoon with the intent of finishing the first 5 chapters but I was far too engrossed to let it go and finished it that night instead. It's the best escape in the form of a book, and it's not just a Summer read either. The beginning prologue had me absorbed in mere seconds - a girl of twelve rescues a man from drowning unaware that he meant to do just that. Unexpectedly the main heroine is plenty capable, intelligent, and unusually skilled at swimming. Nor did I expect the primary man to be fleeing from his own feelings, and a dark past. Caroline is innocent and inexperienced when it comes to men, but one thing she's isn't is naive. She's level-headed and doesn't make stupid decisions. She makes the best out of the worst. I found her behavior and attitude refreshing for many reasons. David—the man who's life she saved many years ago and has fancied ever since—makes his stance clear from the beginning, they're to remain friends. But their friendship has loop-holes when they both ask something of each other that borders on more than simply being friends. I enjoyed the transformation each undergo and how their relationship develops into something else. They are devastatingly ideal for one another and you can't help but want to see them end up together, and just when you believe that might happen the story takes an abrupt turn. Even the people who by all means shouldn't have been liked, I found amusing. The chemistry keeps readers compelled, I absolutely loved it. Sweet, innocent Caroline at the age of twelve saves a soldier from drowning. 11 years later he returns to the spot of his near-death only to discover a young lady along the abandoned beach—the very same one who saved his life. David Cameron hasn't stepped foot in the place of his almost demise in years and when he sees his savior again painful memories resurface and remind him of the tragic events of his past. David is in Brighton for only a few weeks to accompany his ill mother, but while he's visiting he decides to befriend Caroline Tolbertson. Caroline's life is over before she's even started it when her first kiss goes terribly wrong and word gets around to everyone in town. It's bad enough she's too tall and has a slim frame with broad shoulders from swimming—which she shouldn't even be doing since it's unladylike—but now this debacle damns her chances of a future husband. When David learns of this he decides to take matters into his own hands and tells people how desirable she is. His word changes everything and makes men line up at her door as prospects for marriage. David's only problem is that the more he gets to know her the more she takes his breath away, and now he's got a whole league of men to compete with and the weight of his past dragging him down. Bound by a promise to ensure her family's financial security Caroline must choose a wealthy husband though her heart lies with someone who refuses to accept it. Summer is for Lovers is a well-crafted story complete with passion and romance. It has a few nicely placed surprises, hot scenes, humorous interactions, and resolute characters. I enjoyed this historical incredibly, the leads Caroline and David were bold, the side-characters entertained me. I appreciated that the story wasn't just about stepping away from being a wallflower, but learning to accept oneself and embrace what makes you stand out. McQuiston is a gifted writer who fills pages with much more than words, she fills them with heart. I'm genuinely looking forward to her future releases, particularly Moonlight On My Mind which carries over the character Miss Baxter—whose a questionable lady, but also somewhat unpredictable. I'm telling you right now if you want a light, notable romance that will steal you away from reality Summer is for Lovers should be in your hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining series.
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PaperbackBookClub More than 1 year ago
Historical details abound! Caroline meets her hero at the age of twelve when she rescues a drunk Scotsman from drowning in the ocean. She instantly falls in love with him, as strongly as any 12 year old could. The infatuation lasts years, so when fate brings David to Brighton after she is well and fully grown, and still has strong feelings for him. This is the summer that Caroline’s mother decides her girls should be involved in the social whirl. It is a nightmare for Caroline. Her figure is more masculine than feminine from all of the ocean swimming she does daily. She’s no great beauty. And her sister has an impossible stutter. Caroline assumes they will be there to be mocked and will never be accepted by the upper class. But with David on the scene, men start seeing her differently. In fact, soon she has several suitors vying for her hand. Here’s the beef: Caroline is a pretty serious lady. She doesn’t seem to have fun EVER. I understand she has some huge money worries. But can’t she just smile and have a little fun once and a while? I just wanted her to loosen up. She is very passionate about swimming. But when she does it, she doesn’t get fun out of it. She gets relief. Swimming is an outlet for her. It’s the only time she is completely herself. This book provided a delightful picture of a summer at Brighton. The part I found most interesting was the wonderful description of an experience in a bathing machine. The author describes every part of the experience in wonderful detail. The waves jarring the machine as it is pulled into the water. The water beginning to seep up through the floor as the machine is pulled deeper into the water. The musty, moldy smell of the constantly damp machine. The moldy grey robe, still damp from it’s previous user. Really wonderful stuff. I swear, this kind of stuff is half the reason why I read historical romance novels. All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was well written with sympathetic characters. I would definitely read another book from that author.
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horseloverJH More than 1 year ago
This new author really has me excited!  She writes intelligently, yet keeps things light without being super intense. I am so looking forward to more books from her.
LAPG More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book even though it had some pacing problems. McQuiston is a skilled writer, inventing interesting characters and then putting them into unusual situations. She is also skilled at creating sexual tension and believable love affairs. I appreciated the intelligence of this book, yet was irritated by the uneven pacing. All in all, I recommend it...especially for those who prefer their stories to unfold at a somewhat leisurely pace.
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"Yes master"
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WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A light, sweet historical romance, Summer is for Lovers was a lovely book. It was sweet, romantic, and a truly enjoyable read. Caroline was a lovely heroine. She was strong feisty, and not about to let anyone rule her life. But, she's also very self conscious. She's very poor and most men would rather make fun of her than court her. She proved them all wrong, though. Not only did she manage to become the reigning beauty of the social scene, but she proved how capable she was. Especially with the swimming competition that she joined. She was a wonderful character and I really liked her. David was a sweetheart with an ugly past. And, unfortunately, he lets that past control his actions. A few times, I wanted to shake some sense into him, so that he could see what was right in front of him the whole time. But, he was still a great hero. He was very sweet, loyal, and protective of Caroline. He was adorable.I thought he was a wonderful hero. The romance was mostly sweet, but definitely with some spice. Caroline and David were very sweet together. Their feelings for each other were obvious, except to themselves. And, the chemistry between them was hot. The plot was okay. There were some points that were slow and I started to skim a little before the pace picked back up. But, it wasn't a huge problem. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Summer is for Lovers was a light, sweet, lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. Lovers of romance, if you want a great book to read, then you should check this one out. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Julia Quinn and Lorraine Heath there were moments in this story that reminded me of them and why I love the historical genre. From the delightful verbal banter to the vividly depicted glamour of the dances and the serenity of the country I felt myself completely immersed in this world of two hurt souls drawn together one summer for a moment that changes their lives forever. Caroline isn't thought of as beautiful. With her tall stature, athletic build, and love of swimming she's unique in a sea of glamorous debutantes which leaves her unpopular and without marriage prospects. When thinking of marriage though it's the boy she saved ten years ago that's constantly in her thoughts. She sensed his deep depression and guilt the moment she saved him from a drunken swim and she wishes nothing more than to help him but they parted after her swearing to keep his secret. He returns just in time to save her this time from the cruel whispers at a ball by speaking highly of her to all the men which helps her in her desperate attempt to make a match. She promised her father on his deathbed to provide for the family so a good match is the key. Awkward in the ways of love have her again going to her newly returned friend for his help which leads to something more as their burgeoning friendship goes deeper. Caroline is a delightful heroine, smart and comfortable in her skin uncaring what others think. She's kind-hearted and is just what the emotionally wounded David needs. David is at his lowest point at the beginning of this story as guilt and sadness have him seeing no way out, no way to be happy. An unexpected savior in the form of a 12-year-old girl changes his life forever and we see once again flashes of a charming man given hope. When he sees her again he helps her in gaining the attention of other men for marriage which unexpectedly arouses jealousy in him no matter how adamant he is that they're just friends. Throughout the summer they meet in secret constantly which allows for a slow build-up to romance. The sexual tension between them is palpable and their dialogue is witty and playful. Though David doesn't think himself worthy of Caroline his actions prove otherwise. He's protective of her, proud of her swimming talent, and a loyal man to those he cares about. Seeing them together warmed my heart! Through visually vivid depictions I felt myself surrounded by the sights and sounds of Brighton. Ms. McQuiston brought to light certain aspects I was unaware of during that time period but also stretched other elements a bit as one or two things felt a bit unbelievable for the time. The relationship between Caroline and David was allowed to evolve at a pace that allowed for deep-seated emotions to come out and made for a believable and immensely satisfying connection. The cast of secondary characters were varied with each adding to the entertainment and giving a glimpse of the next book in the series. I've never read anything by Ms. McQuiston before but her talent has me wanting to come back for more and I highly recommend this book to fans of the historical genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 and again I was pleasantly surprised. This author has a great way of adding new and different ideas to her historical stories. Though I didn't enjoy this one as much as her first, it was still agreat read and I will definatley be waiting to get her next one due to come out in spring.
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