Daring Summer - Elyse Douglas

5 Stars!

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.

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.

Oooo romantic AND suspenseful! 
A truly evil jealous husband so jealous that he would destroy his own life? Apparently so. I really didn't want to believe Ben was as evil as he appeared. I wanted to give him a chance. Kim, his sweet young wife who really does truly love him, even after all...

Then enters Derek. Mmmm, yummy Derek, who couldn't resist him, especially if your own husband is paralyzed. OK so yeah Kim has an affair, her husband was no saint himself. She is sorry and she does try to put a stop to it, because she thinks she still loves her husband. Until all hell breaks loose!

This all sets the scene for a very exciting, emotional, twisty, and a little scary story line. The thing is. You really do know "who done it" kind of right from the beginning. But, even with that knowing - Did I have doubts? yep. Did I want to believe it might be someone else? well... kind of. 
And I just kept wondering - Are they going to catch him? Wait... wasn't it him? Maybe.

All those twists and turns is what makes this a great book and loads of fun to read. Seriously, right up until the end I was unsure if they were going to be able to prove it!

My second book by this writing duo. The first one was - The Christmas Bridge. Review - HERE. This was a fantastically romantic story! It ended up being one of my favorite books of the year!

Well done Elyse Douglas!You guys keep writing them, I will keep reading them!

Buy Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Premier Virtual Author Book Tours Thank You!!


  1. Wendy: Loved your review! Your writing is wonderfully original, entertaining and clear. Ever think about writing a novel? I'd read it!
    Many thanks, Elyse

    1. Haha! uh no! I'll leave that to you!
      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Excellent review Wendy! I am so glad you enjoyed 'Daring Summer', I did as well!