Malin’s #CBR5 Review #12: That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran

First off, I have no idea what’s up with the cover. It has very little to do with the actual contents of the book. I seem to recall the heroine being described as wearing a lemon yellow dress at one point, but the dress on the cover is both historically inaccurate (I’m sure Mrs. Julien would back me up on this) and completely different from any outfit worn by anyone in this book. Sometimes the ridiculous cover tropes really get to me.

Now having got that off my chest, on to the synopsis!  Lord Michael de Grey owes everything to his brother, the Duke of Marwick, who pretty much raised him after their parents’ bitter and very public divorce. He defied the expectations of society and went to University to become a successful doctor. When the Duke hatches an insane scheme for why Michael needs to marry and provide an heir for the title, he refuses to give into his brother’s threats and retreats into hiding in Cornwall. Determined to stay hidden until his brother gives up his demands, Michael plans to stay away from all women, so his brother can’t force him into marriage. For three months, he’s able to live in peace and quiet, until the notorious and charming society beauty Mrs. Elizabeth Chudderey passes out drunk in his rose bushes. A very merry widow indeed, if the gossip is to be believed, Elizabeth has taken to drowning her sorrows when things don’t go her way.

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3 thoughts on “Malin’s #CBR5 Review #12: That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran

  1. It IS historically accurate if you’re attending The Oscars in 1972. I guess the empire waist makes it Regency?

    I read something on Tessa Dare’s site (I know) that she gets the covers before the books are complete and she tries to weave the cover dress into the story. Honestly, I’d never noticed. I spend my time trying to IGNORE the covers. Is it just me, or do the highland laird ones tend more strongly to beefcake?

    • Oh, you’re not wrong. I don’t think the readers of Highland romances would be able to recognize the books unless there is huge amounts of tartan patterns and mantitty on the covers. Most non-Highlander romance seems to be ladies in various states of undress at the moment, viewed either from the back or vaguely side-on.

      • I think it makes sense, since all those lairds are the warrior/protector type and the stories are more about the guy that than the all those wallflower-getting-her-due books that dominate the Regency/Victorian genre. The highland romance women are usually fish out of water/victim of circumstance types, right? Plus the whole how else would you know they’re highlanders thing you mentioned.

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