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Summer of Scandal

(Dare to Defy #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  21 reviews
An American heiress and an English earl fight against the conventions of society—and their attraction to each other—in the second book in the Dary to Defy series by USA Today bestselling author Syrie James.

Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate who secretly dreams of becoming a published aut
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Published September 11th 2018 by Avon Impulse
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Passion Verses Duty

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

In the second installment of her Dare to Defy series, author Syrie James takes readers on another beatific sojourn to rugged and romantic Cornwall in the late 1880s. Our heroine in this tale is another American heiress in the Atherton family, the middle daughter – Madeleine, who at the age of twenty-four is a proud college graduate that dreams of becoming a published author. But as we saw in the first book of this series, Runaway Heiress, Madeleine’s
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An American heiress who is more than she seems escapes the demands of the London season into Cornwall with her sister to consider a worthy proposal, but she encounters a scandalous earl instead. I was ready to be delighted by this slow burn Victorian Age romance with an unconventional romance pair.

Summer of Scandal is book two in the Dare to Defy series. I didn't read book one, but instead jumped in here. I had no trouble, but this is a consecutive companion story with Madeleine's sister Alexand
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
A slow-burning, page-turning romance with passionate rewards.

The beauty, power and drama of the windswept coast draw an English lord with a dubious reputation and an American heiress together in late Victorian Cornwall; but will his past, and her loyalties, keep them apart?

These seemingly insurmountable obstacles make for a page tuning story as guarded attraction turns to a passion that cannot remain unrequited. Will the couple dare to defy society and forge their own future together, or marry
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Summer of Scandal by Syrie James is book Two in A Dare to Defy series. This is the story of Madeleine Atherton and Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders. I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Madeleine is a American heiress with a college education but her family wishes her to marry. Madeline goes forward to London where she gets a possible offer of marriage to Lord Philip Oakley, the Marquess of Oakley and the oldest son of the Duke of
There is slow-burn romance, and then there’s no-burn romance. Guess which one Summer of Scandal is? In this second installment in a series about American heiresses taking Victorian England by storm, Syrie James tells a solid story that nevertheless promises to be...pretty forgettable. Honestly, this is a perfectly fine romance, but a slow, plodding pace in combination with mediocre characterization resulted in a story that was lacking in pizazz and/or warmth.

Maddie Atherton has a dowry of a mill
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bolton, Cornwall England - 1889

Madeleine Atherton, age 24, has just arrived via train and is waiting for her sister, Alexandra to meet her. The two young women and their sister are the daughters of a very wealthy American. Their parents expect them to make good marriages, hopefully, to titled men. Madeleine and her sisters are college educated young women which is unusual for the time period.

Alexandra has married Thomas Carlyle, the seventh Earl of Longford, a man she truly loves. They are expec
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, for-review, kindle
I have been wanting to read a historical romance for a while. I'm happy to say Summer of Scandal fulfilled that craving. This is the second book in the Dare to Defy series involving the Atherton sisters. They are American heiresses visiting England to each find a titled match. In this one, Madeleine does not want to accept a proposal from a man she doesn't love. She flees to visit her sister to think about her next step. Bad weather causes her to spend time at Charles's estate. Even though he is ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Likable, thoughtful characters. Was not too fond of some of the love scene descriptions or how the Earl of Saunders is always thinking of his sexual attraction to our heiress Madeline Atherton...but I do like that they end up falling for each other because of their compatibility and their minds despite despairing over previous attachments and parental expectations. There is definitely a slow build to the romance but all the elements are there —tension, forbidden love—and “Summer of Scandal” make ...more
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Lady Madeleine Atherton is an American heiress living in London. It is 1889, and Madeleine, a recent graduate of Vassar college, she is anything but ordinary - different from most women of her age and station. Aside from being so well educated, Madeleine aspires to become a published author. She has been proposed to by a future duke, but she told him she needed time to think. His name is Lord Oakley and he sets about o
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorian, romance
I have greatly enjoyed Syrie James’s historical fiction novels in the past and I loved her foray into romance, Runaway Heiress this summer. I was delighted to be able to review Summer of Scandal, the follow up to Runaway Heiress and second novel in the Dare to Defy Series.

Madeleine Atherton’s mother has one goal in mind, to marry her three wealthy American daughters off to English nobility. After her first daughter’s successful marriage, she is working on getting her second daughter, Madeleine m
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
'Summer of Scandal' is a delightful story set in 1889, England. This stand-alone novel is the second in the Dare to Defy series focusing on Madeleine Atherton, the second daughter of a wealthy American family. I didn’t read the first book but had no problem picking this one up.

After receiving a proposal of marriage from Lord Oakley, Madeleine impulsively takes the train from London to Cornwall to discuss the matter with her sister, Alex. Only to find Alex has gone to Bath, and no one is at the s
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 9/22/18.

A sweet romance--really more sweet than scandalous, because (view spoiler)I suppose the fact that both the hero and heroine have passions (hobbies) that their parents and society don't approve of can add to the scandal, but they really only cause an issue within thei
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars. Summer of Scandal is another sweet historical romance from Syrie James. I was once again drawn to her well-drawn, sympathetic characters, with this one focusing on defying convention as a major part of both the hero and heroine’s characters.

While the bluestocking heroine finding a hero who supports her intellectual dreams is a somewhat frequent trope in historical romance, I love the way it was done here, with Madd
Cara Ross
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I was going to like Summer of Scandal, I had never read the author before and although they have been becoming more popular, I haven't read many historical romances in the Victorian era. But Summer of Scandal is set in one of my favorite places in the world...Cornwall, so I knew I would never forgive myself if I didn't read it.

The story is based around American Heiress Madeline Atherton and Charles Greyson, the Earl of Saunders; who are two polar opposites; Charles is British, aris
Scarlett Ian
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Madeleine desires to be and do so much, but her mother is only concerned with her making an advantageous marriage. She has gone to college, she is writing a book, and when she gets an offer of marriage she flees to her sister’s house. However, her sister isn’t home and now she’s stranded at the train station. Enter Lord Saunders (aka Charles Grayson). Charles has been drawn to Madeleine since the day he saw her, but he has been told since birth that he would marry someone else. Neither of them c ...more
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
Madeleine is escaping "The Season" to think about a proposal she's unsure she wants to accept. Her mother is trying to force her to accept. The mother drove me nuts in Runaway Heiress and she's still driving me nuts. Charles is known for his betrayal in running off with his friend's fiance years ago but he's more than that and people don't know the whole story. As soon as Charles sees Madeleine he's drawn to her but she just seems not to like him. As the 2 are thrown together constantly their fo ...more
Lori D
1889 Bolton Cornwall, England. Madeleine Atherton has arrived in England to hopefully find a peer to marry. Daughter of a wealthy American, she wants to marry for love, just as her sister Alexandra. Paired up with a future duke, she feels she needs to spend time with her sister to make sure she will make the right decision. Well, fate intervenes and she meets Charles Grayson as she gets off the train and finds her sister and her husband have gone to bath. What to do? She ends up with Charles who ...more
Although second in the series, this works well enough as a standalone. But it is an extra treat when characters from the first book make appearances.

Loved the friendship to love transformation with this couple. Lots of chatting, sharing and stolen kisses to move this along.

Liked learning about what the two characters face when their expected paths "dare to defy".
Fun, predictable. A more... scandalous... twist on the Gilded Age American heiress husband hunting stories I’ve been enjoying so much, haha. Maddie is a spunky and fun character, and watching her challenge and win the admiration of the more traditional Graysons was a lot of fun.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-read
Another winner from Avon. Two creative society members of the Ton, both with families who'd rather they give up their pursuits for traditional marriages. Thankfully they find each other. ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
This story is high on angst and low on action, and parts of it dragged on a bit for me, but overall I enjoyed it. Our hero and heroine must decide what is most important to them: doing their perceived duty as is expected of them, or being true to their own wants and desires at the risk of disappointing their families. We had to go through lots of description of the summer in which not a whole lot happens, but on the other hand, it was nice to watch couples fall in love and develop a relationship ...more
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Syrie James is the USA TODAY and Amazon bestselling author of thirteen novels of historical, contemporary, and young adult fiction and romance, which have been published in 21 languages.

Los Angeles Magazine dubbed Syrie the “queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings.” Syrie’s novel “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen” sold at auction to HarperCollins in a bidding war and became an international best

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