Love Like You've Never Been Hurt (Summer Lake, #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Summer Lake contemporary romance series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt

Emma Douglas came to Summer Lake as an orphan twenty three years ago. After losing her parents so young and later ...

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Love Like You've Never Been Hurt (Summer Lake, #1)

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Overview

The Summer Lake contemporary romance series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt

Emma Douglas came to Summer Lake as an orphan twenty three years ago. After losing her parents so young and later suffering a disastrous marriage, she believes that love only ever leads to pain and loss.

When she meets Jack Benson, the business partner of her childhood friend Pete, she sees everything she used to long for in a man; tall, dark, and drop dead gorgeous! Despite their undeniable attraction, Emma is too scared to risk her heart, especially on a man so much like her ex - sexy, smart, funny, successful and no doubt the same kind of cheat!

When events lead them both to Summer Lake for the summer, will Jack be able to persuade her that he's nothing like her ex in all the ways that really matter? That the love she used to dream of isn't a little girl's fantasy, but a reality they can share if she can get past her fear and learn to trust?

This book is intended for adult readers 18+

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Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt Emma and Jack
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money Pete and Holly
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching Missy and Dan
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded  Coming June 2014

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497745261
  • Publisher: XSHi Publications
  • Publication date: 5/23/2014
  • Series: Summer Lake, #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,474
  • File size: 365 KB

Meet the Author

Hi, I'm SJ, a coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    I'd give it zero stars if I could..

    Immature female lead surrounded by clueless people who seemed to be stuck in both the 60's and the 90's somehow...not a good recipe for a book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Not a fan

    This is my first time feeling like writing a review. Never again do I want to read another book where the main character is so childish.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Okay I guess

    The story isn't too bad. There are anlot ov very repeated sayings that became annoying. The Female lead was a baby eho needed to get over it. Likeva 15 year old in a adults hody. I found it hard 5obtet through.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Annoying

    Emmas annoying and immature the "pet" names they have are annoying couldnt bring myself to fimnish it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    OK story, but by the  last 50 pages or so I was wondering if I c

    OK story, but by the  last 50 pages or so I was wondering if I could stand to finish the book.  Emma just was too unbelievable of a character.  She supposedly writes screenplays and deals with Hollywood fake people, but acts like such an immature teenager instead of a mature, successful, career woman.   Good story line, but the "poor Emma" got old.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2015

    One star

    Omg, this book made me crazy with the CONSTANT high school conversations and writing style. Made it to page 72 and gave up the painful struggle of trying to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Emma2

    Shes annoying always assuming the worst running away and crying it got old fast barely got through the book without wanting to hurt her for being stwupid

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    great read

    I think the overuse of Emma being afraid and paranoid was way overboard. Could have developed another storyline section to fill up pages. She was pretty immature in alot of the storyline.
    I enjoyed all the other characters and the setting so much so getting ready to start book 2 in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Tiresome

    I couldn't stand the tiresome whining of Emma and how her heart was too fragile to deal with another possible failed relationship.
    Tiresome, unnecessary angst designed to keep the story going.
    I just couldn't! ....keep reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    s Was just Ok

    How can any woman be so childish? And immature and so "wahwahwah" Its all about me . Got old fast. Hard time reading but I made it thru. Im glad it was free.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Ok

    Emma was neurotic. This was just a little too much neurosis for a romance novel. I skipped alot of pages because I was tired of Emma's issues early in the book. Maybe her character was relatable to an extent but this is fiction. I wish she could have gotten past her issue more quickly. The other characters seemed great. I want to read their stories. Glad this story was free

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    OK

    This was an ok read. Nothing great. I understand that Emma had been hurt in the past but it comes a time you need to "pull your big girl panties up" and move on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

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  • Posted March 27, 2015

    not bad

    It was better written than I expected. The girl was a little whiney, but they usually are. Actually interested in reading more in the series. But then again, my Nook just quit working, so probably won't be able to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2015

    Loved the setting and the friendships.

    The shared history among the characters is what made this book so special. I also loved Jack, and his patience with and support of Emma. Where can I find a guy like that? The setting is a lovely place I'd like to visit! Although I found Emma likeable and a sympathetic character, she was not very believeable. I understand she'd lost her parents at a young age, but she had loving grandparents and an aunt nearby to take her in and give her love. She made wonderful, supportive, loving friends. She should have healed from that loss as a child, years before she met her worthless husband. As the husband was so worthless, it didn't make sense to me that she would group him in as one more loss she had suffered. Ok, so I can see that he made her slow to trust again, and very suspicious of anything that looked like cheating in her partner. But many people have had failed marriages, and they get past it and don't automatically think every guy is a cheat. This was especially odd to me, when Emma grew up with loving grandparents who had a good marriage. Emma clearly was in bad need of counseling, and the ending was too quick and unbelieveable considering her issues all dissolved in a second for no particular reason that I could see. In real life someone with such deeply entrenched hangups would need major counseling, or would have her issues continue until they destroyed the relationship. Why didn't one of those good friends recommend counseling, instead of delicately talking Emma through things like she was still emotionally a child (which she was- its like she never matured past the age she was when her parents died)?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2015

    Really

    Dialouge was terrible. The main female was so immature.. terrible read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2015

    Good read!

    I love these feel good books. A smile and they take you away to a feel good place.

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  • Posted February 2, 2015

    highly recommend

    These books at summer lake were wonderful. The characters seemed so real. Again you could laugh, cry and really feel like you knew each one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2015

    Good read

    Liked

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  • Posted December 10, 2014

    i wish we were able to give more than 5 stars. I loved this sto

    i wish we were able to give more than 5 stars. I loved this story. it showed that no matter how bad things in life are everyone deserves a happily ever after.

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