Series: Bedwyn Saga #0.6
Author: Mary Balogh
Pages: 361 (Mass Market Paperback)
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Release Date: July 30, 2002
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
Kit Butler is cool, dangerous, one of London’s mostinfamous bachelors—marriage is the last thing on his mind. But Kit’s family has other plans. Desperate to thwart his father’s matchmaking, Kit needs a bride...fast. Enter Miss Lauren Edgeworth.
A year after being abandoned at the altar, Lauren has determined that marriage is not for her. When these two fiercely independent souls meet, sparks fly—and a deal is hatched. Lauren will masquerade as Kit’s intended if he agrees to provide a passionate, adventurous, unforgettable summer. When summer ends, she will break off the engagement, rendering herself unmarriageable and leaving them both free. Everything is going perfectly—until Kit does the unthinkable: He begins to fall in love. A summer to remember is not enough for him. But how can he convince Lauren to be his...for better, for worse, for the rest of their lives?
A Summer to Remember was another sweet prequel in this series! This time, we’re following Lauren, the jilted bride from One Night For Love. Lauren has decided that she wants to be free from her family’s and society’s expectations. She doesn’t want to marry; she just wants to live her life, alone, her way. Then she meets Kit, an infamous rake. He’s been disowned by his family, but following his brother’s death he’s now the heir and being invited back. He needs a respectable bride, or the face of one, to fully rewin his family’s approval and he has his sights set on Lauren.
A Summer to Remember is a fake relationship turned real and I absolutely adored it! I was a bit nervous at the beginning, because Kit’s friends bet him that he won’t be able to get Lauren to marry him by the end of the month. Bet plots normally don’t work out too well for me, but this wasn’t a bet plot. Kit caves and tells Lauren the truth right off the bat, which prompts her to come up with her own plan. She’ll pose as his fiance to help him with his family, if he’ll help her have some fun before she goes off to live her quiet life of solitude. Obviously, he agrees and he certainly gives the prim and proper lady a summer full of adventure!
I loved seeing Kit and Lauren together! In the first book, she was very stiff and you could tell that being left at the alter hurt her more than she let on. She tells Kit things she’s never said out loud before and it really let us get to know her and why she is the way she is. And he pushes her to do things outside of her comfort zone, but nothing too outrageous. She is a lady after all! Kit also shares very personal bits with her, so it’s easy to see how they fell for each for real. I especially liked the glimpses into his relationship with his brother. I really wish Syd had gotten his own book.
I just really enjoyed A Summer to Remember. Kit and Lauren were wonderful for each other! Their summer was filled with fun and passion and emotion! This was also a great introduction to the Bedwyn siblings who will be the focus of the main series. I’m particularly interested in getting more of Frejay. She’s pretty awful, and I’m curious about the man who can match her!