Date Started: 12/01/07
Date Finished: 01/06/08
My Rating: 3.5
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Title: Secrets of a Summer Night
Series: First in series
Genre: Regency Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book From: Read part as an eBook and most from a library copy.
I haven't read too many Historicals/Regency Romance in my lifetime.. And the bulk of what I have read was read probably about 15 years ago. From what I remember of those stories most is that one of the 2 main characters is always head over heels in love (need) with the other.. And the other one usually either despises them for some reason, is in denial or just plain out won't admit their feelings out of stubbornness or some other crazy reason lol.
This particular story was NOT unlike those in that respect, however I found it to be a little more interesting then others I've read because the leading lady, Annabelle (love that name by the way), was a little more strong willed then most. And our hero of the story, Simon, actually needed her as much as she needed him at times.. It was a rather nice change from the usual "Night in Shining Armor come to rescue his Damsel in Distress".
Part of the middle of the story I felt was dragged out with a lot of unnecessary details .. But after completing the story I realized that those parts were needed in order to fully understand their growing love for each other. :)
So all in all I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Description from the publisher:
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.
Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.