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Series: Those Summer Nights #1
Published by Harlequin KISS on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Everything she needs for a hot summer!
Ten years ago, New York society princess Avery Shaw had the perfect holiday…right before her parents divorced. Now, desperate to recapture that lazy, carefree feeling, she's returning to tropical Australia's Crescent Cove to see her friend Claudia.
Only everything is different! Claudia's busy working, there are creepy-crawlies everywhere…and deliciously ripped surfer Jonah North is always there at the wrong time. He's every kind of wrong—the lust is uncontrollable, and in her experience that always ends badly. But she's leaving in two weeks—can she really turn down a tough, sexy Aussie man?
Having been not long ago to the part of Australia where the Those Summer Nights series takes place, I was more than happy to reminisce about that with this fun and sexy new series.
It kicks off with Her Hottest Summer Yet, the July 2014 release from Harlequin KISS by Ally Blake. Book 2 (by Amy Andrews) comes out in August, but you can find my review for it here.
Here is what I thought of Her Hottest Summer Yet:
The lush setting of Tropical North Queensland is a perfect place to set not only a book, but a romance. All that beautiful sand and heat, and hot guys with no shirts….where was I?
There’s something delicious about a holiday fling, and the promise that you’ll get it out of your system by the time you fly home, leaving you only with wonderful memories. Now we romance readers know this doesn’t always work out the way they think.
Avery is trying to recapture the happiest memories of her life. Jonah is trying to escape the past. When two people as opposed as these two come together, there are sure to be sparks. The chemistry is out of control between these two and despite their perceived differences, Avery and Jonah are really beautifully matched.
I love that even though Avery is from privilege, she isn’t a prissy princess. Sure, she isn’t that keen on the insects, sunburn and polyester (neither am I), but she has a great vibe about her. I loved that she maintained her friendship with Claudia over the years, and was willing to pitch in to help even though she was on holiday.
When you describe your hero like this, Ally Blake, you’ll get me every time:
The man was beyond beautiful. He was pure, raw, masculine heat, as if he’d trapped thirty years’ worth of sun beneath his skin, till the heat of it pulsed inside him.
Jonah has the hotness rolling off him in waves, and even though he wants to avoid attachment with Avery, he can’t help himself but be her white knight. Beneath that detached exterior beats the heart of a true carer.
I really enjoyed their romance, and the fun and flirtiness that Ally Blake has created these characters with. She introduces the characters from book 2, Claudia and Luke, and trust me when I say you’ll want to read their story next.
Her Hottest Summer Yet is a great start to the duo, and you are definitely going to enjoy it as much as I did. Read it on the beach, in front of the fire, read it anywhere – you won’t regret it.