Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Cruel Summer #1
on July 7th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.
For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.
And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.
But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywoods most exclusive summer camp.
And I'm on his staff.
Now it's his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.
He's no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he's going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don't know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I'm his lucky target.
Exclusively on iBooks
Summer Heat iBooks: https://goo.gl/chcnKy
I have never been more happy that I read on an iPad than I am right now. I am sooooo glad I got to read this book by Rachel.
“I was asking for trouble. And heartache all in one. But his eyes? Those eyes, they haunted me.”
I’ve read a lot of insta love stories the past few weeks, not by choice but because I signed up for them not knowing that they were that kinda story. Luckily they all turned out to be good books despite that aspect. The issue I have with insta love is that it takes away my favorite part of reading romance. I read romance because for me seeing two people fall in love is the best thing ever. Watching them slowly realize their feelings for each other, watching them fight it, seeing them realize they can’t and then watching them go after what their heart wants. It’s best thing about romance books. Sometimes seeing what is right in front of them before they do and rooting for what you know is meant to be is the best. The flutters that develop in your stomach or the ache in your chest because it just hurts, those tings come along with “the chase”. God, I love the chase. When it’s done well, it can be the best part of the book. You do not get any of this with insta love.
“Ray and I? The princess and the pauper? Unlikely. I think we’d rather kill each other.”
Why I am saying all of this? Well, simply because Rachel slays me every time. She gives me everything I need from a story and then some. It’s one of the things I love about Rachel’s writing, she gives me exactly what I need at the moment it’s needed in a story. I only started reading her books last year. I have, since then, read every one of her back list books along with all of the ones that have released along the way. The first book I read was The Matchmaker’s Replacement. I had received an email asking me to join the blog tour and review it. I am so glad I did. Lex is still my favorite guy from her although Chase Abandonato is pretty much tied with him.
“I found my soul in that moment. Tethered to his. Like I knew it had always been.”
Anyways, Summer Heat delivers yet another reason to fall in love with her writing. Marlo and Ray had so much chemistry it leaped off the screen. The story made me smile, made me swoon, and wouldn’t let me go till the end. It’s a novella and I read it in one sitting. The ending is brutal but then again I live for endings like that. I love cliff hangers. That feeling you get when you go “OMG nooooo”, well that means the author did what she was supposed to and that’s the sign of a great book. I am so ready for the next book.
This book gives me all the feels and reminds me of this song by Pop Evil,
The Monster You Made Me.
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