Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas\
Publisher: Broadback (May 1, 2019) | ISBN:978-1093138429
Category: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Tour dates: June 24-July 31, 2019 | Available in Print and ebook, 285 pages
Description Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas
A hot summer beach--
A marriage gone wrong--
Daring eyes and daring love, betrayed by a secret passion.
Kim feels trapped in a loveless marriage to a jealous, wealthy older man. He blames her for crippling him in an auto accident that he himself caused. Kim strives to make the marriage work, despite her husband’s blame, verbal abuse, and bitterness. When she meets a wickedly handsome man on the beach, she fights not to want him, not to want a new life and not to fall in love.
But Derek is seductive and irresistible—a former soldier who has recently come to town to start a landscaping business. Kim falls hard for him, as he does to her. Although Kim wants a divorce, her husband finds out about their affair and devises a plot to destroy them both. They must struggle to survive a web of lies, deceit and dangerous passion.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Kim is much younger than her husband which may account for his jealousy... A jealousy which almost cost them, both, their lives. Kim got out of the car in time, but her husband did not flee and is now paralyzed. The problem is, she feels guilty when she has no reason to feel that way. Her husband blames her and refuses to talk to her, or even acknowledge she is his wife, financially and every other way. Kim hopes with time he will return to the man she married.
Derek was starting his own business in his "dream location" where he intended to settle down and one day have a family. After meeting Kim on the beach one evening, he could not get her out of his mind. She was a married woman and he didn't condone such interactions. He certainly didn't need the complication of a relationship on his life.
Little did either of them know what was happening without their knowledge!
This is a book which can keep the reader "on the edge of his/her seat". There are several twists and a lot of emotion involved..
The characters feel real, the scenes portrayed so they are easily visualized. The Book Cover is attractive and the Title and Cover are both "fitting."
This is very well written. There are a couple of sex scenes which are very suggestive but fades out before they become explicit. There is also some brief profanity scattered throughout the book.
It earns a Five Stars rating for its literary content and style.
This book was gifted with no requirement for a positive review. This is my hones review.
“5 stars, another great, emotional read from this author!! I was hooked the minute I started reading it. Be warned you will need a box of tissues to read. I really love this author!”- Melissa Mendoza, Anne & Melissa’s Book Love
“I found this to be a satisfying, well developed warm and enriching read. It gave me a lot to think about. I will recommend it to readers of both genders, age high school and up, who like substance in their novels.”-Laura Reading, Laura’s Interests
“The book is more than just a contemporary romance – it’s a family saga, a book about the bonds of family, about love (not just between partners but between parents and children), about life and the choices we make. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. The writing is hauntingly beautiful, and the author has a talent for crafting believable characters. An excellent book, and I look forward to reading more by this author.”- Majanka, I Heart Reading
“Great story, I give it five stars. I thought the book was wonderful and emotional, and I loved the writing style and how the words flowed. I was happy to fantasize about being there to watch the story unfold. I loved this story; took me back to my young beach days.”-Diana’s Book Reviews
GUEST POST: Is It Possible to Fall in Love at First Sight? By Elyse Douglas
I have thought about this question many times in my life, especially since it often occurs in our novels. As writers, we’re in good company. Just scroll through the list of the most popular romantic novels, movies and plays, and you’ll see that many showcase a star-struck lover. Case in point: the immortal Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Below are some quotes that may surprise you. The first two are from women, the second two from men.
The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight. —Natalie Clifford Barney
I believe in love at first sight for houses - but not for people. —Danielle Steel
For me and my wife, it was love at first sight. —Jeff Bridges
Whoever loved that loved not at first sight? —Christopher Marlowe
I confess I do believe in love at first sight. I have to. My husband, Doug, tells me he fell in love with me at first sight. Did I with him? Well, no, I must confess. It took me a bit longer. The subject is an endless source of debate between us as we write novels about couples who meet and fall in love. Do they fall in love at first sight? Or must they undergo some crucible that eventually knits their hearts together in love? Two very different approaches and two very different novels.
I might agree with George Bernard Shaw, who said, “First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”
In a 2018 article in Psychology Today, written by Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D., science weighs in on this subject. The article is entitled Is Love at First Sight Real?
“… Researchers asked nearly 400 men and women to complete surveys about potential romantic partners immediately after first encountering those individuals. This included indicating their agreement with the statement, ‘I am experiencing love at first sight with this person,’ as well as reporting how physically attractive they found the person, and how much passion (i.e. sexual attraction) they felt.”
What did the researchers conclude?
1. Love at first sight isn’t just biased memory. (It’s a powerful initial attraction that might become a relationship.)
2. You’re more likely to feel love at first sight with beautiful people. (Isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder?)
3. Men report love at first sight more often than women. (Researchers aren’t sure why.)
4. Love at first sight isn’t usually mutual. (One partner's powerful first experience may help shape the other person's recollection.)
5. Love at first sight isn’t really “love.”
Again, from the article: “In sum, the science favors the romantics. Love at first sight actually is experienced by people, but it's not so much “love” or “passion.” Instead, it's a strong pull or attraction that makes someone particularly open to the possibilities of a relationship.”
Okay then, fine. In our new novel, Daring Summer, Kim and Derek are intensely attracted to each other at first sight. Call it love or call it lust that morphs into love, but they do develop compassion, commitment and tenderness that sees them through a very difficult journey.
By the way, Prince Harry reportedly experienced love at first sight, saying he knew Meghan Markle was the one for him “the very first time we met.” (BBC interview)
Portia de Rossi has said pretty much the same about Ellen DeGeneres, as has Matt Damon about his wife, Luciana.
Has love at first sight ever happened to you? No… Well, who knows, it could happen tomorrow as you approach the corner of Lonesome Way and Cupid Corner! - Elyse Douglas
About Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.
Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Giveaway Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas
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