Summer Hill, Book 2
Heat Factor: For two people who hold off on hanky panky, this sure got scalding hot.
Character Chemistry: I can’t handle how much I wanted them to get together
Plot: Terri ends up unexpectedly shacking up with Nate, a new resident to her sleepy lake resort town and fiance to the town golden girl. Terri’s a strong, capable woman who has shouldered the weight of her mother’s poor reputation as well as the loss of her mother as a young child. There’s mystery. There’s a sexy friendship a-brewing. There’s humor. It’s wonderful.
Overall: Despite an early on aversion, this book was straight-up satisfying.
I’ll get my only two strong criticisms done right off the bat–first, I don’t like the name Terri. It’s just a thing. I hear Terri, and I think terrier. I’ll bring it up with my therapist, but I immediately thought of wiry terrier fur and dog breath. I’m sorry, but it’s just not sexy. There, I said it. Second, Terri is immediately introduced as if she’s NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS. She’s strong and sassy and decisive and doesn’t care what anyone thinks and she doesn’t care what she looks like, etc. All of which are fine, but she’s just immediately described in contrast to other women as if she’s better because she’s NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS and it put me off a little bit.
However–the tight-knit friendship these two strike up is sooooo sexy. They immediately work in tandem. They anticipate each other’s needs, call each other on their crap, and get amazing things done. So you’re rooting so hard for them the whole book. It’s so obvious they need to shape up and get together, and the author walks a fine line with the appropriateness of their friendship. They’re even self-aware enough as a couple to be honest about the fact that their relationship WAS inappropriate when they’re hashing things out!! Despite the unfortunate first name, Terri is just impossible not to like. And Nate’s a strong, thoughtful, kind, community fixture by week two. Just…ugh, so cute.
As a series, I’m hopeful the next one dives in deeper to the whole Lake Kissel community. I did not read the first book in the series and can tell you that you don’t need to read the first one to enjoy the second one–but you’d better believe I’ll be tracking that first one down next!
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