by Babette James
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published April 4th 2012 by The Wild Rose Press
Source: review copy
What’s a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever?
Haunted by dark memories of her parents’ volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn.
The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate’s come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can’t let go. He’s done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay’s always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.
~ Goodreads Blurb
Let me tell you, as a PNR reader I find I’ll find contemporary romance to have a harder job of hooking me. To really get under my skin the characters need to be either very conflicted or seriously charming, and in this case they proved to be both.
The story features two really charismatic characters in the main couple, Kay and Nate. While Kay is the troubled, tormented, conflicted sort of artist who loves being independent and traveling, Nate is the proverbial good guy who likes to travel and is a photographer. The fact that they’d hook up for the summer for years was really awesome to read, like summer love that annually comes back to you, you’re lovers and yet not quite. It’s like rediscovering your lover each year, and having them around for that short period that makes everything boiling hot without the aftermath of colliding with day to day routine.
The plot was really interesting to follow, especially Kay’s reactions to Nate’s generous affection and their whole interaction, it was a treat to stalk them 😀 I will admit I also very much so loved the other characters, I mean I want to know what’s going on with Olivia and Dave. I demand a novel be written about their story! 😀 I got really curious about these guys.
I loved the writing and the way the author set up the scenes, both the one on one ones (be warned, this is an adult read, not graphic but adult in the one on one action) and the awkward moments, the busy scenes and the tranquil ones. Without really describing much I had constantly a clear image of everything going on in every scene, and it takes a great hand to strike that delicate balance between not clogging your readers with description and leaving them confused because there is none. Babette James struck that delicate balance, building a beautiful and clear view, all airy and light.
If you like contemporary adult romance, then I say you should totally read this. If you like fishing and lake-vacation activities too, you totally should. Had a lot fun with this read.
Do you find it difficult to get excited about contemporary stories after reading a lot of PNR? Can regular guys compete with vampires, weres, shifters, fairies, and whatnot?