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A Summer for Scandal

(Arroyo Blanco #1)

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When Emilia Cruz agreed to accompany her sister to a boating party, she had no idea that the darling of the literary world would be in assistance—or that he would take such pleasure in disparaging the deliciously sinful serial she writes under a pseudonym. No one save her sister knows she’s the author and to be found out would mean certain scandal.

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Published May 15th 2017 (first published July 27th 2015)
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K.J. Charles
A lovely low angst m/f histrom set on a Caribbean island 1910 or so. (Spanish Caribbean people, not white expats.) Strongly feminist, with a New Woman heroine making an independent living in a stratified and small world. She is also on the large side, and perfectly happy with it. And she writes sexy romance and stands up for its value to the litsnobs and moral majority. I love Emilia.

The plotting is a bit on the shonky side at points--not that it doesn't work, only that a good development edito
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I’ve been reading this book for weeks and I want to kick myself for leaving it hanging on. It’s so good. *swoons* We have a suffragist heroine, who writes a provocative series under a pseudonym. We have a well-established writer for a hero. Twist: he’s also writing under a pseudonym for a newspaper that scorn the heroine’s ‘striking disregard for anything resembling coherence.’

I love that A Summer for Scandal have recurring themes that mirror the literary issues in our contemporary society. For
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Rachel
“He was one of the writers she most admired. And he hated her stories.”

With lively charm, Lydia San Andres has penned a love note to writers/readers with her historical sweet treat “A Summer for Scandal.” Set in a fictional island in the Spanish Caribbean (and part of a series), the story charmed me with its Pride and Prejudice vibe of bickering and bantering between the two MCs. There is even a love-struck friend (being dissuaded from romance) and a smitten sister (encouraged to pursue love
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Taryn
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5

I really liked this one! Loved the characters, loved the plot and I really adored the relationship development. I appreciated the social commentary & thought it brought up similar parallels to how romance as a genre is treated in modern times (though obviously not on the same scale). I felt like the conflict could've gone a little longer & the book could've had another round of editing, but all in all I really liked this and certainly look forward to reading more of Lydia San Andres's books.
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aarya
Charming. I especially loved Emilia. I do wish we had more relationship development. It felt like one moment they were sparring and then the next in love. Also, I never fully warmed up to the hero and wanted him to be more deserving of the heroine.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
A Summer for Scandal has some Lizzie Bennet + Mr. Darcy vibes indeed. Emilia and Ruben have that sort of relationship between dislike and enemies who are always bantering and bickering. It's definitely so much fun to watch/read them argue.

It takes place in a little town, Arroyo Blanco, where gossip flows on the streets. We have our heroine, Emilia, who writes romance stories for a paper, but she does it with a fake name because it'd be a scandal if people knew she was the author. Her stories se
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Jess
This was good! I am always done for a lady novelist and secret identities are always fun. I wanted a little bit more relationship building, but I would definitely check out this author again.
Olivia Waite
Breaking years of Goodreads silence to tell you all that this book is utterly charming and well worth a read. Suffrage-supporting heroine in 1911 Caribbean writes scandalous romance on the side! Literary sensation hero secretly writes scathing reviews! They bicker about the purpose of Literature as they try to help/stop the romance between his friend and her sister! There are book fairs and small-town secrets, betrayals and forgiveness. Also lagoon dunkings and guava jam.
Taryn
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I slept on this one a little bit because I read a novella by San Andres back in December and wasn’t blown away by it, but I’m glad I gave her another shot because A Summer for Scandal is superb. Emilia is the anonymous author of a romantic serial, which is the talk of the town every time a new installment is printed. When she meets Ruben, she knows he’s a journalist but doesn’t know he’s the pseudonymous author of a column that regularly critiques her work. A steamy Caribbean setting, super smar ...more
Skye Kilaen
Attraction, secrets, and delicious banter are the main ingredients in this historical romance set on a fictional Hispanic Caribbean island circa 1910. Emilia Cruz supports her sister and their alcoholic father by secretly writing a racy serial under a pen name. Ruben Torres is a serious novelist who writes a gossip rag on the side, also under a pseudonym, in which he writes scathing takedowns of Emilia's serial and threatens to unmask the author's identity. This isn't quite enemies-to-lovers, bu ...more
Amanda
This was a wonderful historical romance set in a small town on a fictional island in the Spanish Caribbean. I LOVED the setting and it helped give some tropes a nice twist. Emilia writes scandalous erotic stories under a pseudonym. Ruben is a famous writer who is also writing scathing reviews of Emilia’s stories under his own pseudonym. They meet during a boating party, where Emilia accidentally topples him into the water. She thinks he’s a pretentious snob, so there’s an enemies-to-lovers aspec ...more
K.
Trigger warnings: I honestly don't remember because I read this book at the beginning of April and then forgot to review it whoops.

I was so excited about this one because it's historical fiction set in an unspecified country in the Caribbean with a completely Latinx cast of characters and OMG WHAT GIVE IT TO ME IMMEDIATELY!!!

But unfortunately, I didn't quite gel with the writing and as a result it was just sort of...aggressively FINE but totally forgettable. It probably didn't help that I'd ba
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Audra North
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a really nice change of pace from the historicals I've read lately. It had a sexy-sweet feel to it, and the tension between Emilia and Ruben was entertaining, because it was a well-done game of "Who, me? Couldn't be!"

My only beef is that, apart from the setting/clothes and plot devices, it reads a bit too contemporary, but a lot of the recent Eloisa James stuff does, too, so it's a minor quibble.
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Alicia
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely romance! Set in the Spanish Caribbean, which I don't think I have encountered before, with an almost entirely Hispanic cast of characters. Ruben and Emilia are a fun, believable couple. It's fade to black on sexy times but none the worse for that. I thought the pacing of some of the plot was a little off, and it really needs a solid proof-reading - but I'd definitely read more Arroyo Blanco. ...more
Shruthi
I really enjoyed this for the Pseudonymous Literary Scene Rivals Who Fall in Love! There's a bit of an Austenian vibe, especially Emilia's sister and Reuben's friend forming the secondary relationship but, given the 20th century setting, there is also a lot of discussion regarding women's suffrage, women in the workplace, and feminism. ...more
Claire
This deserves a review, because it was GREAT. Well-written, funny, smart, with lots of heart. She's a pseudonymous romance writer! He has his own pseudonym and secret! (He's a snarky literary critic and struggling writer who reads all her work just to lambast it! But secretly he admires her and has basically memorized her books, duh.) She's a suffragette but one of the other ladies in the club wants them to protest her smutty writing... not knowing that the notorious smut peddler is her!

It's GO
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Ellie
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really lovely - strong, independent heroine!

I lovely historical romance set on an imaginary Caribbean island in the early 1900s. It features two MCs who are rival writers under pen names. I loved the strong strong, independent, modern heroine. They made a nice match with hero though he came off as weaker, more confused and uncertain. The story is very atmospheric and you could literally feel the heat coming off its pages. It's fun and relatively low on angst with emphasis on women's iss
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Sarah Knapp
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Riot Task 16: An historical romance by an AOC. This was a really fun challenge and I am glad that I chose this book. A departure on the usual romances that I choose (sci-fi/fantasy), but still ticking the main boxes (strong heroin and a decent plot). Actually the plot was one of the things I really enjoyed the most about the book. The characters felt dimensional and interesting, not just heaving bosoms and bulging biceps. The had complex families and passions and interests that extended bey ...more
N.G.Peltier N.G.Peltier
hurray for diverse historical romance! And this one set in a fictional island in the Spanish Caribbean was so delightful!

Me fave thing about historical rom, and well any romance really, is the banter and back and forth between the heroine and hero. and this book had loads of it! Especially because our heroine writes a salacious serial under a pen name and our hero writes scathing reviews about it. whoops!

There first meeting had me cackling! poor Ruben, never safe around bodies of water where M
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Cande
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rivals writers fall for each other and they don't know their identities! A historical romance set in a fictional Caribbean island! Everyone is Latinx!

This book feels a little like Pride and Prejudice: an opinionated and loud heroine with a quiet sister, both of them have a romance going on. The hero is stubborn and a little bit of prejudice, his friend has his head over the clouds with love... Heroine and hero fight constantly until they realize they don't hate each other that much.

So you can gu
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Sarah
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this. I had either forgotten or didn't know that it was Pride & Prejudice-inspired so there was a dawning realization as I read on and then I was like, "OH HELL YES." It's not a variation but a homage, and San Andres does a fabulous job of capturing the essential parts of Elizabeth and Darcy in her Emilia and Ruben but still making them her own characters, perfectly situated in their own time and place. The flirting and tension between them is wonderful. I also loved that Emilia was a mi ...more
tysephine
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Yeeeeeeeees give me all your capable ladies and their supportive love interests
Sandlynn
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To those who like diverse romances set in exotic places.
A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres, published in 2015, is an e-read story chosen by my book group. It looked interesting to me, as well, because of its unusual setting and diverse characters.

San Andres’ story is set in 1911 in a fictional Caribbean island country. Emilia Cruz and her older sister Susana are trying to keep a roof over their heads in light of their poet father’s submersion into alcoholism after their mother died. Both women have jobs outside the home, but Emilia is not only
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Rene Sears
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was such a warm and charming book. Set on a fictional island in the Carribean, 1910. Emilia secretly supports her alcoholic father and beloved sister on the income she makes writing a sexy, pulpy serial in a magazine. When she meets Ruben, a well-known literary author, at a boating party, the two don't immediately hit it off--he scoffs at her serial, not knowing that she wrote it, and she accidentally knocks them both in the lagoon. But even with that rocky beginning, the two of them are dr ...more
Kari Southwell
Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, too many issues for me to enjoy it thoroughly

Now, I love my historical romances. This one I found very hard to continue reading, I must have put it down five times to try pick it back up and continue until the end. Each character seemed to have too many identities and too many sub plots and the story just seemed to go on for far too long with too many details. Details are great in a story to give the reader an idea of the setting, this one however has too much.There were errors w
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Maria DeBlassie
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a joyous romp of a first book that I read a few years ago (before I was on Goodreads to write a review--making up for lost time now). I absolutely loved reading a historical romance that wasn't set in England and didn't feature white characters.
The Caribbean setting and Latinx characters were well-drawn and relatable. The hidden-identity plot between the protagonists was loads of fun (she secretly writes "trashy serials" to keep the family afloat, he trashes them under his editorial pen
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Sara (onourshelves)
3.5
The bones of this one were overall solid, but the romance and specific plot points fell flat. The setting, time period, and Emilia--her personality, profession, and family were all well done and interesting to read. However, romance fell way flat for me, mainly because I don't think Ruben has any personality and I don't know what she sees in him at all. In addition, the plot outside of the romance with the unmasking and whatever was a lot, and I think it would have been more emotional/interes
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Jackie
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, romance
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Becky
This was lots of fun. I really enjoyed the characters and the writing was good overall. But it really needed another editing pass. There were many places were a word was missing or an incorrect word was used. (For example, a character "took a turn for the worth" instead of worse.) And once the hero was referred to as Roberto instead of Ruben. (There weren't any Robertos in the story.) The story was very well done otherwise, which made these mistakes even more jarring. ...more
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