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Lady Cora Winfield's life has always gone according to plan--her mother's plan. That's why Cora is so fascinated when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdale. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora's mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downfall or the beginning of a new plan, one she never dreamed possible.

Set in the stormy summer of 1816, this Regency romance is a retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books

The Darkest Summer

by Rebecca J. Greenwood

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The Darkest Summer is another superb novel from Cedar Fort's Pure Romance line. Penned by Rebecca J. Greenwood, the story has a fascinating premise. Set in the Regency period, with a plot based on Greek mythology, Greenwood crafts a well-developed storyline that is both plausible and entertaining. Lady Cora will win the hearts of readers while the aptly named Duke of Blackdale creates intrigue and allure. The book also includes an additional love story, which is an added bonus for romance fans. Greenwood's characters have detailed back stories, which unfold slowly and heighten interest in the outcomes of the drama. The Darkest Summer has a great combination of romance, action, and bits of hilarity to balance out the more serious scenes. Pick up a copy of this fast-paced and fun novel today!

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Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity;2 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  Several secondhand reports or recollections of violence including dreams of battle and spy work in the war, a character remembers being physically thrown and strangled as a child, by an adult; a character recalls his war injuries; a carriage accident, near-drowning and fall produce non-life-threatening injuries; in a scene of violence, a character is kidnapped and bound. 

Sex/Nudity:  Multiple incidents of kissing and hand-holding; a few sexual references including attempting to put a lady in a "comprising situation" and attempted to abduct a maid to "have his way with her"; several implied or reported incidents of sexual activity including extramarital affairs and keeping mistresses. 

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Kidnapping, death of family members, war, post-traumatic stress from battle, recollections of child abuse and domestic abuse, robbery, philandering, spies, illegitimate children. 

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A brief scene takes place in a tavern; a character is drunken to a stupor; characters drink wine and beer in a few scenes. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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