From the publisher:
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-lovers story… Add in a few secrets. Shake. Stir. Then read on a lazy summer day at the beach…
Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it right. In search of a place to lick her wounds and get a fresh start, she heads back home to Wildstone.
And then there’s Kinsey Davis, who after battling serious health issues her entire twenty-nine years of life, is tired of hoping for . . . well, anything. She’s fierce, tough, and she’s keeping more than one bombshell of a secret from Brynn — her long-time frenemy.
But then Brynn runs into Kinsey’s best friend, Eli, renewing her childhood crush. The good news: he’s still easy-going and funny and sexy as hell. The bad news: when he gets her to agree to a summer-time deal to trust him to do right by her, no matter what, she never dreams it’ll result in finding a piece of herself she didn’t even know was missing. She could have real connections, possibly love, and a future—if she can only learn to let go of the past.
As the long days of summer wind down, the three of them must discover if forgiveness is enough to grasp the unconditional love that’s right in front of them.
Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to authors; she is prolific, creates interesting, well-defined, realistic characters, and just tells a good story, whether it’s a romance or women’s fiction. I have enjoyed every one of her books that I’ve read, and there have been a lot. This one is no exception.
Brynn, Eli, and Kasey go back a long way, to summer camp. Kasey was the mean girl, Eli was a sweet boy, and Brynn, well, Brynn always felt like the odd man out. When Brynn and Eli run into each other, it seems like it was meant to be. He has a room to rent, and she needs to move out from her family home and exert a little independence. But her income is sketchy, so Eli’s offer works. Until she finds out that one of her other roommates is Kasey.
These three dance around their history and try to resolve some major issues, but it takes most of the book to get there, but it’s such a fun journey. Eli and Kasey have a brother/sister type relationship, but what Eli feels for Brynn is not brotherly in the least. They have a lot of hurdles to get through before they can reach their happy ending.
This was a terrific read, perfect for summer. Enjoy!
7/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE SUMMER DEAL by Jill Shalvis. William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2020). ISBN 978-0062897916. 384 pages.
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