Lady Cora Winfield’s life has always gone according to planher mother’s plan. That’s why Cora is so fascinated when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdell. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora’s mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downfall or the beginning of a new plan, one she never dreamed possible.
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The Darkest Summer based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
(4.5 Stars) This is one story that almost took me by more of a surprise than it did the characters. After a semi-slow start, this book whirled me away into a captivating story of the unexpected and charmed the socks off of me. I often wonder if the world was made up of book characters, how many inhabitants would be perfectly perfect and gorgeous individuals. I loved that Cora and Adam weren't the most handsome of characters, but they each had intriguing qualities that really made them seem like your normal, average human being. Of course, their unique personalities really complemented one another and make them absolutely more attractive, especially because of their interactions with servants and each other. It seems that many Regencies have young ladies who are under their parents' thumbs and Cora isn't an exception. You would think her mother would be happy with any match, especially to a titled man, but that's not the case. She has foolish reasons for turning Adam away and really comes across as the "bad guy" in this book. I found Cora's fascination with horticulture endearing and Adam's dark, lurking ways appealing, especially when he makes up his mind about what he wants and the lengths he goes to in order to get it. The secondary characters really add to the plot and although it's slightly darker in nature, it's still very compelling and a book worth reading, as it's not your typical Regency romance. Content: very mild violence; mild romance *I received a copy to review, which didn't affect my opinion or thoughts in any way.*
The Darkest Summer is a beautiful love story. I laughed, got a little teary-eyed and felt all the highs and lows along with the characters. I liked Lady Cora, she may have an air of innocence around her, but she knows what she wants and how she feels. Adam was her match and their relationship progress throughout the book inspired hope of true love. Both main characters are struggling with their own fears and their deepest desire is to find someone who can respect them and love them. Their journey is a long one with a few scary mishaps in-between. The characters throughout this story really brought the book to life. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading regency romances. I very much loved this book and highly recommend it. I found it to be a fast read and set true to its time period. I voluntarily received and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. Final Rating: 5 Stars