Just for the Summer: A Lake Bliss Novel [NOOK Book]

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His temptation. Her secret. Their summer.

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she ...

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His temptation. Her secret. Their summer.

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here.
 
Recently divorced Matt 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?

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622668786
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Series: Entangled Bliss
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 106,136
  • File size: 167 KB

Meet the Author



Jenna Rutland was born in Michigan and spent 3 years living in California before spending the rest of her childhood and young adulthood in Ohio. Now she lives in a small Michigan community with her husband, son and senior cat. Her daughter and son-in-law have recently given Jenna the awesome title of grandmother! If you get within a mile of her, she’ll lovingly deluge you with grandbaby pictures.

Jenna credits her mother for the introduction of books. While most kids begged for candy at the grocery store checkout, Jenna pleaded for Little Golden books. She is thrilled to have passed the love of reading onto her children.

While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance—stories of love, laughter and happily ever after.

She is a member of RWA and is active in her local chapter.

In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys reading and gardening, and loves the challenge of a new recipe.

Jenna welcomes the chance to connect with her readers and other writers. Email Jenna at jennarutland@gmail.com. Find Jenna on the web at: twitter.com/jennarutland or facebook.com/jennarutland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Fabulous

    ## I loved, loved this book. The story was unique and the writing superb. It was a quick read (apprx 140 pages) which is perfect for an afternoon or late night read. The hero and heroine had fabulous chemistry. I loved all their flirting and innuendos. I positively adored the heroine. She was extraordinary. Strong, capable, sweet, beautiful, sassy, loving and playful. One of my favorite heroines to date. If you like romance with humor thrown in, a sassy but loving heroine, a hot flirtatious hero (who is NOT a man-slut, thank you to the author for THAT), a cute and precocious eight year old and an amazing beach setting, then this book is for you. It made ME smile and I love that.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

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    This story was about Dani Sullivan who was taking a break from n

    This story was about Dani Sullivan who was taking a break from nursing to come to Lake Bliss under the pretense of writing a cookbook. She was actually there to check up on the son she gave up for adoption eight years before. What she found was her son being raised by Sheriff Matt Reagan who was divorced. Her intention was to only stay for the summer and make sure that her son was happy. However, once she became involved in their lives she had to decide if she could walk away or confess her secret to them.

    This was a refreshing love story on many levels. It showed the love a mom had for her son and the sacrifice she was willing to make for his happiness. Also, the relationship that develops between Dani and Matt was adorable. They both were not looking for a relationship so it started with flirting and sarcastic remarks but developed into so much more. Keep the tissues handy! I hope there will be additional books about the other characters that were introduced in this book.

    Rating-4

    Reviewed by Donna McClaugherty,My Book Addiction Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

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    Great Summer Romance! Entangled has done it again! Lord reading

    Great Summer Romance!
    Entangled has done it again! Lord reading Just For The Summer has me so ready for the summer time. I love summer romances but this one really got to me. I love how one choice in life changed things for our main character Dani Sullivan. She mad a choice years ago and when the guilt gets to her and the curiosity about the situation becomes to much Dani decides she will take a little vacation and go see what has happened. 




    All Dani wants to do is go to Lake Bliss with two things on her mind. First she wants to finish writing her cook book and second which is the most important one when she gets there is for her to check on the child she gave up for adoption. Once she gets there and she sees her son she falls in love with him. Then she realizes that his father is single and flirtatious and funny and lord help her but she just may be falling for him. She has guarded her heart thus far and she is a little leery because she is keeping that secret that she is Sam's biological mother.




    Matt is recently divorced and finds himself raising Sam by himself but he is okay with that. He loves Sam more than life and will do anything to keep him safe. His heart was broken by his ex-wife and he is guarded but when he meets vivacious and full of life Dani he is caught up in her and wants her. But Matt wants to make sure that Sam will not get hurt. He wants another relationship but he also wants to make sure that the relationship will last and not be a flirtatious summer fling. He wants a mother for Sam but what he will get from Dani will be so much more.




    What will happen when Matt finds out the truth? Will Dani tell the truth? Will she stay in Sams life? This is a summer must read! Love is in the air but will it last for the summer or will it last forever?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    I really love reading these Bliss novels. They're quick easy rea

    I really love reading these Bliss novels. They're quick easy reads that truly are enjoyable. I haven't found one I haven't liked yet. Just for the Summer was no exception. It was fun, flirty, sweet, and a great family story. 




    Dani's story broke my heart a little bit, but I felt that Matt complimented her well. Even though her past was traumatic, she has healed and lives a "normal" life. Matt also has relationship wounds, but is optimistic that he will find love again. He wants to find a stable relationship and someone who will love his son as much as he does. 




    Watching Matt and Dani's relationship develop was fun. They have a flirty and sometimes, snarky banter with each other that made me laugh. It was a tricky situation that they were in. Dani never expected to fall for her son's father.  I kept thinking to myself..."How do you have that conversation?" Couldn't even imagine. I wanted them to become a family so badly. I was thrilled that Sam loved Dani and they developed a great relationship before he even finds out she's his mom. It was such a sweet little bonus. 




    Overall, I really enjoyed Just for the Summer. I laughed more than I thought I would. I went in thinking  this one might be a bit more serious and there were some intense moments, but it was really a fun read. I definitely recommend it. 




    Quotes:
    ~"Know what's nice about this kind of device? It's very flexible. I can measure around curves and corners." 
    "Very important," she agreed. 
    "A good carpenter has to worry about width and length and measure correctly so things fit together properly." -Loc 737




    ~"I'm going to officially make you forget your name and lean how to scream mine." He received a give-me-a-break expression, which he probably deserved for his lame line. 
    "Just what I like. A shy man who doesn't exaggerate his abilities."-Loc 1784




    ~"Tell me what you like," Matt said. 
    As if she heard a starting pistol, Dani leaped into his arms. 
    She wrapped her legs around his waist. "Just do a bunch of stuff and I'll let you know if it's working."-Loc 1814

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    Just For The Summer is one the books that make my heart soar thr

    Just For The Summer is one the books that make my heart soar through the clouds. It was a quick and fun read full of love. One of those  book where you love all the characters and the story. And, I'm pretty sure it was my favorite Bliss ending yet. 




    Dani finds her way to Lake Bliss just to see her son she gave up for adoption years ago. She just wants to know he has a loving family and is happy. It's there she meets Sam and his single Father Matt Reagan and begins to fall in love with everything Lake Bliss has to offer. 




    I loved Dani. Throughout the whole story understood where she was coming from and I just kept hoping for a happy outcome for her. Plus I love her love for cooking! Then there's Sheriff Matt Reagan, who is a sexy father and some one you cannot help but fall for. He just seems like the best dad in the world. I must say though, my favorite character was probably Sam and all of his eight year old glory. Sam is so innocent and sweet and has the biggest heart I've ever seen in a young boy. I just loved every scene he was in. 




    This book had an ending that literally made my heart melt. I had one of those huge goofy grins on my face. It was literally (pub totally intended) bliss. Absolutely loved Just For The Summer, everyone should definitely pick this one up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    By: Jenna Rutland Published By: Entangled: Bliss Age Recommended

    By: Jenna Rutland
    Published By: Entangled: Bliss
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Series: Lake Bliss #1
    Review:

    "Just for the Summer" by Jenna Rutland was this author's first in the series 'Lake Bliss 1' and I found this quick read 'funny, sad and yet sweet.' We find that the hero and heroine both rally wanted the same things. Will they get together in the end? I enjoyed how this author brought these two together only to 'build up something more meaningful.' We find that Dani Sullivan will think of the baby she gave away and Matt Reagan is thinking only of his son's happiness. When they meet...through their banter, flirty dialog, and chemistry...were these two to be together?

    Quotes I loved:

    "Tell me what you like," Matt said.

    As if she heard a starting pistol, Dani leaped into his arms.

    She wrapped her legs around his waist. "Just do a bunch of stuff and I'll let you know if it's working."

    This is where I say you must pick up the read to see how this author will have it all to come out to the reader. Would I recommend? YES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Initially I thought it would be the usual kind of story, which I

    Initially I thought it would be the usual kind of story, which I guess it is in a way.. boy and girl meet.. they feel a spark.. they play around.. but they can't get serious because of something holding them back.. but they fall in love.. and then the truth comes out.. and you see how they get their 'happily ever after'. In a nut shell.




    And usually I get frustrated at why this 'secret' wasn't just out in the open from the start. 




    But I understood why Dani, the lead female, felt she had to hide it. And of course Matt, the male lead will fit to be most women's dream man.




    Overall it was a great read. And I finished it in about 3-4 hours, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Just for the Summer was a cute story about a woman who was dealt

    Just for the Summer was a cute story about a woman who was dealt a rough hand. She made choices that she has had to live with. Now as she faces being alone she wants to make sure that the biggest decision she ever made was the right one. This process brings Dani face to face with the hot single dad and town Sheriff Matt Reagan. I loved the relationship between Matt and his son Sam. I completely adored Sam and how mature he was for an 8 year old that is struggling with his lack of mother issues. I was actually brought to tears when Dani explained to Matt the reasons for her secrets and had complete respect for her as she walked away from Matt/Sam/Larry. It really made me love her as a character.  She knew from the very begin that keeping her secrets would create this issue but I understood why she did it. The ending was really cute and I was happy to get the HEA. I am hoping the author follows up with Jack.

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    3.5 stars Awww, this was such a wonderful story with a mix of t

    3.5 stars

    Awww, this was such a wonderful story with a mix of the funny, the sad and the sweet. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The characters were interesting and relatable, I connected with them fully and cheered for them to get things right so they could be together. Both Dani and Matt wanted the same things, but both were haunted by their past. Matt because he was betrayed once by the woman he thought he would spent the rest of his life with and Dani by an event in college.

    Dani was sweet, stubborn and very loving. I enjoyed her interactions with Matt's son and liked her sense of humor. Matt was easy going. A hard-working single father who only wished to find a family for his son, I enjoyed watching him hesitate about his feelings for Dani. My heart went out to him when his little boy got sick, which just served to endear him to me more.

    I enjoyed how Dani and Matt were brought together in the story. They started off as friends and slowly build something more meaningful. It was through their banter and flirty dialog that I was convinced that they should be together. I am not even going to talk about their chemistry, it was intense and easily palpable. I didn't even miss the sex! That's how well written those encounters were.

    Just for the Summer was funny, sweet and sexy with a touching story and a sizzling romance.

    I received this title from Entangled Publishing in exchange of my honest opinion.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    This was such a good book and fast read. Dani comes to a small

    This was such a good book and fast read. Dani comes to a small town to observe her son with his adoptive family to make sure he is healthy and happy. What she finds is more then she anticipated as her son's adoptive dad is now single and quickly turning up the heat between them. This book will tug on your heart and make you smile.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    What a beautiful and excellent read, I thoroughly enjoyed this s

    What a beautiful and excellent read, I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love conquering all, with witty and cheesy lines, this is what makes it such an enjoyable read....Matt the gorgeous sheriff and Dani the wounded party..will they or wont they?
    Although sad at times and a little heartbreaking, the outcome was wonderful and I highly recommend this great book.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

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    At times heartbreaking, and at times joyful - I really enjoyed r

    At times heartbreaking, and at times joyful - I really enjoyed reading this book.  There was definite chemistry between Matt and Dani and their flirtatious scenes were a lot of fun to read.  Sam, the little boy at the center of the story, is smitten with Dani as well.  He is craving motherly attention as his adoptive mom, it turns out, didn't want to have children.  He has picked up on that fact and doesn't really miss her. 




    Due to a medical emergency, Dani starts spending a lot of time with Matt and Sam, which pushes Matt and Dani even closer.  They both keep pulling back though - for very different reasons. 




    This was a very quick read and I hope to read more about Lake Bliss.  There could almost be a prequel written to this story covering Dani's past. (That would be a good book as well!)  I am curious as to who the next book in the series will be about - Jack?  Rachel?  Guess I will just have to wait and see!

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    Just for the Summer was a really heartwarming, fun, and sweet st

    Just for the Summer was a really heartwarming, fun, and sweet story. I love the premise, a woman spending her summer intent on finding peace and healing, but gaining so much more. Dani's secret, and her struggle with doing the right thing to be so heartbreaking. And though parts of the story are sad, and serious, Just for the Summer was also a lot of fun, as well. The author packed a lot of emotion into the story, which is fantastic considering it's short length.

    I just adored Matt and Dani. Matt was such a good guy. A man who's job is protecting the people of Lake Bliss, he's also a good friend, and most of all, a devoted single dad. I love reading about guys like Matt, he was truly the man every woman deserves. And poor Dani. She has recently lost her mother, was jilted by her fiancé a few years ago, and has a painful secret. She comes to Lake Bliss to find peace, but can't help falling in love with Matt and his son, Sam. The chemistry between Dani and Matt was amazing. Dani has a fiery little temper and tends to smart off when her buttons are being pushed. And, oh, how Matt loves pushing her buttons. These two were so much fun and truly made it easy to love Just for the Summer.

    Once again, I find myself saying that I just love the books in the Entangled Bliss line. The stories are always so charming, and yes, they always make me think "I want to see this as a movie on Lifetime!" I have an idea of what may come in future Lake Bliss books and I can't wait to read more from this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Super Good!

    Great love story... You will laugh and you will cry... Great book of second chances... Short but very worth reading...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Great story

    This was a great read. You want be disappointed. (144 pgs).

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    A wonderful tale of second chances! This book has some of the be

    A wonderful tale of second chances! This book has some of the best flirty dialogue I've ever read, with laugh-out-loud lines that revealed the chemistry between the characters - and the skill of the author! I loved the family theme, and the child in question is a great character. I look forward to reading more from Jenna Rutland!

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this story! I was immediately

    Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this story!

    I was immediately intrigued by the characters when I read the synopsis. Usually in a romance that deals with kids, the father is a widower who is forced to raise a kid alone. However, in this story, Matt divorced his wife shortly after adopting a baby boy. And that little boy, just so happens to be the infant that Dani gave up when she was younger. Even though Dani signed off on a closed adoption she was able to obtain Matt's information and has traced him back to Lake Bliss, where she plans to spend a summer checking in on the son she never got a chance to know and making sure that he's well cared for. I liked that this was a story about second chances but not in the normal sense when it comes to romance novels.

    Like I said, this story is reminiscent of something that Sparks would write. You have the romance, the close small town folks and that big elephant in the room the entire time. I will say that I wasn't at all surprised at anything that took place in this story but it was still a sweet story regardless. And I will admit that I bawled my eyes out at the end even though I knew what was going to happen. I just couldn't help it darn-it!

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Holy Cow did this book tug at my emotions. From Dani's personal

    Holy Cow did this book tug at my emotions. From Dani's personal story to the ending with Dani, Sam and Matt I couldn't hold back the tears. Dani came to Lake Bliss to get away from her lonely life, write a cookbook and see if her son is happy. She wants to make sure that her son has a good family and then she will leave. In theory, her plan was simple.  In practice, not so much.

    I really, really like Dani. I think Jenna does a great job with her. Dani isn't perfect but we like those heroines that have some secrets and flaws. I like Matt too, but was surprised and a bit frustrated with him at how flirty he was with Dani when they first met. If I were Dani and met Matt that way, I would be a little worried about my son having a Father that is so over the top flirtatious with a complete stranger.  Matt did grow on me, though, so it turned out okay in the end. Sam stole the show for me. I just can't get enough of him.Oh the sweet, sweet boy who is wise beyond his years and so loving. What Sam has gone through breaks my heart, especially near the end of the story. I was in tears over the scenes he was in near the end.

    Lake Bliss is a wonderful little town where I want to live! The community is awesome and I love how everyone wants to give their input on what Dani should title her cookbook. Just For The Summer is a great story about forgiveness, hope and love. If you are looking for a sweet romantic read that is hard to put down and will have you both laughing and crying, I suggest you try Just For The Summer.

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    Posted March 11, 2013

     

     

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