Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland

Author: Jenna Rutland
Publisher: Entangled
Date of Publication: March 11, 2013

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and to see if the baby she gave up for adoption eight years ago is happy. When she’s done with her reconnaissance, she plans to return to Detroit without any doubts about past decisions. But when she sees her little boy—indeed happy despite living with his single dad—she finds she can’t keep her promise to stay away from her son or from his flirtatious father, who has no idea of her true identity.

Recently divorced sheriff Matt Reagan is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

I was so in the mood for a good romance this week and boy I got one with Just for the Summer.     The book is well written and I stayed up late to finish it. The story isn't just a romance; it's about hope and second chances. I loved the flirtation between Dani and Matt.  It was fun and really heated up the passion between the two.  I was really rooting for them and hoping they could work things out.

Along with the romance, there is a very emotional component to the book.  I liked Dani.  As a mother, I can't even imagine what a woman goes through when she decides to give up her child for adoption.  I respected Dani for her decision and the reasons behind it. During the scene when she has to say goodbye to Sam for the second time in her life, I actually cried.  I can't remember the last time that has happened to me while reading a book.  

I definitely think that Entangled Press has found a winner in debut author, Jenna Rutland.  She has a bright future and can't wait to visit Lake Bliss again!  

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