One Summer of Surrender (Seasons Series) by Jess Michaels
Overview by Publisher:
Lucien, the Earl of Stenfax has been engaged twice, but only in love once. That was with his childhood sweetheart, Elise. When she threw him over for a man with more money and a higher ranking title, it broke him. Now she’s widowed and he finds himself drawn to her again, like a moth to her flame.
Elise had her reasons for walking away from Lucien, reasons he doesn’t understand. Back in Society, she’s now financially desperate and is even considering becoming someone’s mistress. But Lucien keeps appearing at the most inopportune moments and it’s only a matter of time before the desire between them explodes.
Time will tell if Lucien will be able to see past his lusty drive for revenge. And if Elise can convince him she’s worthy of more, despite the past.
I read this book in one day. It is not that it’s a short book, but rather it’s so engaging that I couldn’t put it down.
Lucien has made an appearance in the other Seasons books, but this time he gets to face his past. Years ago, Lucien was set to marry Elise. He loved her and had for years. Unexpectedly, she broke off the engagement and married a cold, dastardly duke. Three years later, she is a widow – and free.
The years haven’t been kind to Elise. Married to a man she hated, controlled by his heir and desperate. She sees her only path to freedom as a courtesan. Her attempts at finding a protector are stymied again and again by the last man she thought she’d see…Lucien.
This story is one of redemption, secrets, love and missed opportunities. I found this to be a heart wrenching tale. Elise has done Lucien and his family wrong. She has never been able to apologize or give her reasons for her betrayal of Lucien’s love. The past two books have heavily hinted that a reconciliation was in the works for these two, but at times it seems impossible.
While Elise and Lucien can’t stop the physical attraction between them, they don’t bother to try. This is what I love about Jess Michael’s books. There is so much passion and lust between her characters. Hard, fast, slow, lingering, there is a multitude of touch between the two and the lucky recipient is the reader. This author knows her way around a love scene and isn’t afraid to use sex as a great plot twist.
This is a story of love lost and found. If you have read the previous books in the series (which I recommend), you will enjoy seeing familiar faces again. The story ends without a central plotline being resolved, but it sets up the final book in the series! I highly recommend this book and the series!