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Book 1 of the Loving Summer Series
Posted November 27, 2012
This is the second series that I've read by Kalin and I've been blown away by her writing both times, her stories are fantastic and I'm definitely going to be checking out all of her other books and series.
Having never really been a fan of contemporary romance I've been very surprised with the few that I've read this year and Loving Summer is no exception.
Summer has invited the Donovan's: Rachel, her twin brother Drew and their older brother Nat whom Summer has had a crush on ever since she was a little to her Aunt Sookie's beach house, what used to be a yearly thing has tapered off and this will be the first time they've seen each other in years.
Nat has a girlfriend and Drew is now a walking one night stand and Summer starts to feel attracted to Drew while also harboring feelings for Nat, and then she starts dating tv star Astor and develops feelings for him too, what's a girl to do with three gorgeous guys whom may or may not all have feelings for her.
I personally would choose Drew, he's so sweet and while his twin Rachel has warned him off Summer so as not to ruin their friendship I think they'd make a great couple.
I loved all the characters in this book, I laughed, I cried and I'm extremely, impatiently hanging out for the next book.
A great summer read or if you want a light contemporary romance to put a smile on your face, definitely pick this one up.
I give this 5/5.
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Posted December 7, 2012
Two words to describe Kailin Gow's deeper foray into contemporary realistic fiction: absolutely ingenious. Loving Summer drew me in with the promise of complicated love and delivered much more than expected.
I immediately felt the love and excitement Summer Jones and her childhood friends, the Donovan siblings, have for the Malibu beach house and Aunt Sookie. Summer's Aunt Sookie is like a beacon in foggy weather when the teens are in need of comfort and escape. Aunt Sookie isn't in many scenes, but I feel like she really helps move the story along. The way Summer, Rachel, Drew, and Nat look up to her made me realize how young adult novels don't always have to focus solely on teen-to-teen relationships.
I loved all the introduced characters, but Summer and Drew really shined. Summer is the kind of girl to create dreams and hold on to them until they come to fruition. I loved her bravery and determination throughout the story. Drew stands out because his change during the story is so profound. His attitude improved and I have a feeling he's really going to shake up the story line in the future.
Loving Summer touched on issues like divorce, illness, and self-respect. Gow was able to guide her characters through tough situations without making it too heavy for the first book in the Loving Summer Series. It's very possible that you'll be reduced to tears while reading the passion in the characters' words, actions, and motivations. There isn't anything cookie-cutter or simple about Loving Summer and its sequel, Perfect Summer, has big shoes to fill.
Posted November 30, 2012
I don't think there's just one thing that attracted me to this book, I think all three (Title, Cover & Synopsis) held equal points as to why I fell in love with the book and had to read it. Seriously, do you see the cover? I was entranced, and the title was well chosen not to mention the synopsis sounded really good. So yes, I definitely had to read it.
I love summer-y books. I mean, where I live summer is awful unless you go to the seaside, so yeah this was basically the best part of the summer, beaches and cute romance. It's also great getting to see people from your childhood, going down memory lane with them, yet, at the same time you're not the same people so you're struggling to get to know the new them as well as make them discover the new you.
I seriously didn't like Drew's character though. He didn't sound plausible or convincing enough for me, also Rachel was a bit contradictory. But I did enjoy the siblings badgering and annoying one another, that was really fun. I wasn't sure about the whole love triangle thing going on, well more of a love square or something, because I really hate those in general not to mention two of them were siblings, but it went well I think and I managed to enjoy it.
This is actually my first book for Kailin Gow, though I've seen some of her books around - they all sound equally as good in my opinion. I enjoyed her writing quite a bit and the story was so light, and quick that I managed to find myself finishing it in no time. I also- as per usual- enjoyed the change of points of view throughout the book to get to know everyone's side of things.
Posted November 30, 2012
Summer hasn't seen her childhood friends Rachel, Nat, and Drew in three years but this year they will all be together again at aunt sookie beach house. This summer, Summer will have to choose between three guys Nat who she has always had a crush on and was her first kiss, The movie star Astor and Drew who is not what he seems. There will be heartbreak, loss, love and some hard decisions they will have to make.
I really enjoyed reading Loving Summer and I'm looking forward to reading book two. At first I wanted Summer and Nat to be together but that changed after a while and now I would love for her to be with Drew. I can't wait to see what happens in book two.
Posted November 26, 2012
So I have a new appreciation for Kailin Gow, because I really love her contemporary books and the more I read from her the more I’m addicted to her writing. I’m intrigued and I’m ready for any scenario she’s ready to throw at me.
Forever Summer is a love story but on many different levels, because there are at least three people who are all in love with the same girl. She seems to go back and forth some but who can blame her because I can only imagine what the guys look like in real life because they are described quite deliciously and all very differently. Maybe if she combined them all together, he he.
First let’s start off by saying that its summer and the first time these group of friends have been together in about three years. The main characters of this lovely story are Summer, Nat, Drew and Rachel, with Astor and Sookie thrown in for a bit. Summer is used to spending her summer’s with her Aunt Sookie and sometimes the Donovan children. This summer is different though because they haven’t seen each other in a while and there is so much going on. All have grown up very differently but still they will always be one tight knit little group.
Summer has blossomed quite a bit and for someone who has always been in love with Nat, is excited that he might feel the same way, although he tends to string her along with the whole yes but no but yes but no. Then there is Drew who has actually been in love with Summer for probably as long as she has been with Nat, isn’t that always the case. Rachel is Summer’s best friend and the only girl in the Donovan clan, she luckily meets someone who is on the same path as her.
Throughout the book you see the different relationships that Summer shares with all the characters, and even a budding romance with Astor who is an actor in a show and is taking lessons at her Aunt Sookie’s theater school. There are conflicts between all the boys and Summer because they are all vying for her attention. It gets all a little cumbersome for her at times, I really don’t know who she will end up with but I know who I am rooting for. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. It was all really fun to read and to learn about these great new characters.
I love the cover too, I just hope the guy in the picture is the guy I want for her, Ha! Who knows it could be either of them. Really great story!
Posted December 25, 2013
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