Release Date: Jun 2, 2020
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: William Morrow
Summer-camp-crush gets a second chance in this charming and complex young-adult love story by Jill Shalvis. The Summer Deal, follows character Brynn Turner, disillusioned by love, returns to Wildstone, California. Aware of the classically wrong turn of events in her life, Brynn vows to “think things through,” in slew of her recent poor choices. Of course, coming home elicits its own set of complications….
Going home, ensures bumping into your past. For Brynn, her summer-camp past takes front and haunting center stage. Eli Thomas, first-kiss, fellow ex-camper, brings on a whole set of complications along with him. Mortified by the memories of that awkward first kiss, Brynn feigns recognition, hoping Eli does too.
Eli, could not believe his luck, bumping into Brynn Turner. Seizing, the opportunity to reconnect and gain her trust, he offers Brynn a roommate vacancy at his house, where he lives with his brother Max and his bestfriend Kinsey, fellow ex-camper “mean girl” to Brynn. Abandonment has been a theme in Eli’s life, but he believes “fate” has brought Brynn back to his and he’s willing to take a chance…. for himself and for Kinsey.
Kinsey Davis wants nothing more than to keep those she cares about at bay. Life at home was hard and summer camp, with her bestfriend Eli, always felt safe. But when Eli brings Brynn home, life is about to get a whole lot more complicated, because Brynn is not just that girl she was mean to, all those years ago….
The Summer Deal was a quick and easy read. The dialogue captured my attention, it was spot on; funny, sad and engaging. Well written, it was difficult to contain the main characters in their “main-character-category,” because the supportive characters were gregarious, enjoyable, entertaining and well…. “supportive.” I enjoyed that this was a love story of re-connection and second chances. The play up to the love scenes, the parts where they are flirting and dancing around each other, were sweet. Not overly done, the love scenes were muted, but just enough.
The story is complex, dealing with issues stemming from deep rooted emotions, derived from less than ideal childhoods and difficult adult choices. Flawed and imperfect, these characters will lead you along an emotional escape, experiencing their faults and hopes as your own.
A recommended read, The Summer Deal, will have you cheering-on the characters, celebrating their happily ever after and wanting to hold on to them a little longer.