[[ Download pdf ]] Bound by DutyAuthor Diane Gaston – Gsagency.co

Gaston has a new tempestuous series, The Scandalous Summerfields, which focuses on three sisters and a brother who are the talk of the ton for all the wrong reasons This first book is about a romantic and a cynic forced into a marriage of convenience It s an old plot, but in the hands of a master like Gaston, pure delight RT Book Reviews, 4 stars Miniseries The Scandalous Summerfields Meh it was SO boring Stupid dialogues and pathetic feelings I don t know how i finished it and even don t know how I give it two stars. Plot 4 5Characterisation 3 5Prose 3 5How much I enjoyed it 3 5Has the potential to be so much better but fall flat in execution. Good story of two people who have vastly different views of marriage and love and how they have a meeting of their hearts Tess and her siblings are in some difficulty in their lives Their mother deserted them years ago when she ran off with one of her lovers, creating a scandal that is still remembered Their father had been a bitter man and not good with money Upon his death there is no money for dowries or anything else Tess s older sister Lorene enters into a marriage with a much older man in exchange for security for her family.Tess is unhappy for her sister She believes that love is the only true basis for marriage Her parents had not loved each other theirs had been an arranged marriage Tess believes that is why her mother had had so many affairs she was looking for real love She has sworn she will never marry for anything less than love While staying with her new brother in law, Tess goes out walking and gets caught in a huge storm that has roads back to the house under water She is wet, cold, and lost when she is found by Marc.Marc is on his way back to London, supposedly from Scotland In truth, he has been doing undercover work for the Crown and is just back from France He stumbles across Tess, and being a gentleman, cannot just leave her to fend for herself He finds a cottage for shelter and is able to get them out of the storm, but keeping them warm entails huddling together under the blankets When they are found together the next morning, Marc knows he must do the right thing Tess was not what he was looking for in a wife Marc had seen what an excess of emotion could do His own parents had married in haste and are barely civil to each other now His best friend had been disappointed in love and had become reckless during the war and died trying to complete an impossible mission Marc s older brother had been killed during his trip to Gretna Green with the object of his love He sees only tragedy when love enters the picture He planned to marry someone whom he likes, but doesn t inspire unwelcome passion.During their time in the cottage, Marc and Tess get along quite well They agree to disagree on their views of love Marc is intrigued by Tess s forthright attitude, and attracted to her beauty, something that disturbs him very much There is something about Marc that stirs Tess, but neither expect to see each other again Tess is horrified that Marc is being forced to marry her and would refuse if she could, but she too has no choice Marc and Tess begin their marriage, each expecting the worst Marc physically wants Tess desperately, but the intensity of his emotions feeds his fears Tess, knowing his views on love, can only see a future of unhappiness for both of them An intensely passionate wedding night gives her hope that maybe things can be different, until he deserts her the next day, leaving her to face the rumors and whispers alone Marc had not wanted to leave, but his work for the Crown is important and secret And when they meet again, her suspicion and his secrecy work against them It s not until the realities of war intrude that they realize what is truly important.I loved the importance that both Marc and Tess placed on their families Tess and her siblings do whatever they must to support each other As the oldest, Lorene felt it was her place to make the sacrifice to ensure their safety, no matter what she wanted I will be interested to read her story Genna is still young and immature, but still shows a fair amount of spirit Their brother Edmund was quite interesting I loved his attitude about the girls mother, and his efforts to bring about a reconciliation The mother was a pretty interesting character, and I liked seeing Tess s attitude to her start to change as her own love story unfolded Seeing Marc s family made it obvious why his views were what they were I thought his mother was quite the character, and loved the way she accepted Tess Marc s sister was really sweet, though she seemed rather silly at times I m looking forward to seeing what happens with her I have a suspicion about who she ll end up with and look forward to seeing if I am right.I really enjoyed the setting of Brussels at the time of Waterloo It was interesting to see the bits about the attitudes of the locals, and the party like feelings of the English visitors The glimpses of the battle and the people associated with it were fascinating, as I don t know all that much about that event in history I enjoyed this forced marriage plot, and you could see where the characters issues came from. A good read with both the hero and heroine s families touched by scandal I particularly liked that portrayal of life in Brussels on the Eve of Waterloo Most enjoyable Good read This is the second book I ve read recently where the hero and heroine are separated right after their wedding Things happen like that sometimes This is the dramatic of the two, and it begins with their meeting and marriage, which is fairly dramatic itself They are forced by bad weather to spend the night together alone in a cottage and when they are discovered the next day, the heroine is threatened into marrying the hero The hero had intended to offer for his dead friend s sister to get a wife who will help him live down his parents scandal, but now he can t And his new wife comes from a family as scandalous as his own, if not so Then, he s called away from home to go be a spy in France again, because Napoleon escaped Gaston works really hard to make the story about the romance than the history, and mostly she succeeds, but I would have liked in the part after they reunited The reconciliation felt a little truncated to me If she was that angry with him, why would she change so easily But overall I liked the story Good Read. I was given this historical romance by the author in return for a honest review I enjoyed this historical romance with tie ins of the Nepoleon Wars For the most part, it was fast moving and a little suspenseful It kept me reading late into the night, wanting to know how it all turned out I ve rated it a 4.5. Actual rating 3.5 stars.I liked this little gem of a story It had romance, a little angst, familial discord, and a charming couple who turned a forced marriage into something wonderful after the requisite hurdles, of course For as much as romance novels and the fantasies they represent get a bad rap, I am frequently amazed by how increasingly similar they are to real life from a human behavior standpoint So, take that, you hard hearted romance novel skeptics Some of the story s finest moments came when emotions were high a sisterly sacrifice and the resulting fallout, a couple s repeated separations due to secrets and bad timing, a surprising yet unwelcome reunion with a loved one all of these honestly portray the tumultuous feelings that result when life reinforces negative beliefs about love and life.However, my side observations didn t interfere with my enjoyment of the story A forced marriage was a suitable springboard for Tess and Marc s romance to blossom, and Gaston invented an intriguing background for a group of siblings guaranteed to make me pick up the sequels in the Scandalous Summerfields series Bound by Duty is a credit to the romance genre, earning a 3.5 star rating. His Scandalous BrideTess Summerfield S Life Is Changed Forever When She S Rescued From Drowning By The Mysterious Marc Glenville Forced To Shelter In A Deserted Cottage, She Spends The Night Wrapped In His Arms For WarmthWhen They Are Discovered, The Tongues Of The Ton Start Wagging, And Marc Knows The Only Way To Silence Them Is To Marry Tess But His Duties As A Spy Soon Tear Marc Away From The Marriage Bed When They Re At Last Reunited, Can They Rekindle The Flame Born From The Ashes Of Scandal The Scandalous SummerfieldsDisgrace Is Their Middle Name