All I Ever Wanted (A Summer Love Novel, #1)

All I Ever Wanted (A Summer Love Novel, #1)

by Katrina Mills

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You Can’t Go Home Again…Except For Summer Love.

Eat a stick of butter or return to her hometown? School teacher, Kinsley Bailey, would rather risk the caloric overload. Staunton, Virginia is laced in bad memories of a mentally ill mother, an estranged father, and the first boy who broke her heart. Yet the news of her father’s death has forced her return to the nightmare. Now in the heat of summer, Kinsley’s left unraveling the mysteries surrounding a house, an antique gun collection, a flabby basset hound, and a safety deposit box that no one in the family wants to discuss.

After a series of tough breaks, army soldier, Bastian Harris, desires the serenity of small town life in Staunton. Even with women signing up for his shooting courses and emphasizing their desires for a different kind of target practice, he keeps his nose down and his gun in his holster. Yet when a certain auburn-haired blast from the past comes blazing into his shop to sell her late father’s antique gun collection, he might have to reconsider the tranquil life and take up arms for the one woman he never could forget.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153167459
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: A Summer Love Novel , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,100,209
File size: 1 MB

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All I Ever Wanted 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite All I Ever Wanted is the story of school teacher Kinsley Bailey, called home due to the death of her estranged father, who took off when she was eight - never to return. On top of that there’s her childhood best friend, Sebastian, who also happens to be her first heartbreak. Now that they are both back in their hometown, just about anything can happen. In the years since they’ve seen each other, a lot of changes have taken place in their lives. Kinsley went from a high powered executive to a teacher and Sebastian joined the army, came home, and had a little girl. When they meet up again the sparks do fly! Despite the time that has passed in All I Ever Wanted, there is still a spark of something between them, but there are plenty of reasons they shouldn’t pursue it, and Kinsley was well aware of them all. Katrina Mills does a good job of weaving together an entertaining story of a second chance at something. I hesitate to call this a second chance romance because there wasn’t really a romance all those years ago, but more like a crush that never went anywhere. The story was solid with well rounded characters and there were moments that made me laugh out loud. What I liked most was that Katrina Mills sprinkled in a bit of mystery with the secrets and the safe deposit box because, as a child of divorce, Kinsley certainly didn’t have all the details. The only thing that niggled was the fact that Kinsley seemed so bothered by their lack of anything romantic when they were children. It seemed extreme, considering how much time had passed.
LaceyTrickiin More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I came across it when a friend shared a photo of the book signing. For Katrina Mills' first book, it is phenomenal. There were times when I laughed out loud and could not put it down. The characters are well-developed and kept laughs coming (the TIC TAC PIE! You need to read this book so you can find out what it is!) It has a good amount of funny, drama, and a couple of steamy, detailed/descriptive sex scenes. I would recommend it to anyone older than 20. I can't wait for more of Mrs. Mills' stories.
KarmelRead2665 More than 1 year ago
Making Peace With the Past. Received the free book for an honest review. Man this book could resonate with someone who comes from a family of divorce and secrets. This book is not dark in nature but it mirrored life just a little bit. The main character Kinsley is a child of divorce and has harbored hard feelings about her father as a result. Her life has been a series of disappointments, struggle and academic achievement. She grew up and cared for a mother suffering from bipolar disorder and it shaped some of the choices she made in life. Kinsley now must return to the town where her world fell apart and lay to rest the past. On her first day in town she meets Bastian a childhood friend that she still has unanswered questions from when they were children. Will she be brave enough to seek the answers that have eluded her since she was twelve regarding him? I know really she could not get past it. She will receive answers to the questions regarding her parents that she least expected and will have to deal with the feelings that arise from this confession. This is the first book I have read by Katrina Mills and I was impressed with the fluidity of her writing. Remember the saying , “Don’t judge a book by its cover” holds true for this book. I looked at the cover and thought this book would not be an interesting read. So wrong with that thought that once I started this story I did not put it down until I finished the book. Not sure how to describe why I got so caught up in this book other than to say I needed to know what the secrets were. This book is not a gripping mystery or drama driven story but more of a story explaining the actions of the adults in this woman’s life when she was a child.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This book starts with Kinsley getting a card reading when she was thirteen years old. The psychic tells her that she will never date her current crush, Bastian, and that the week before her 34th birthday she will be murdered. Kinsley is a school teacher who has been summoned home after the death of her estranged father. She doesn't look forward to returning home to a town that holds a lot of bad memories. She hopes to be in and out after the will reading but of course nothing can be that easy. Bastian has returned home after years in the military and is running a gun shop with his cousin. He constantly pushes off advances from the women in his gun training class until Kinsley returns to town. I could not put this book down! There were so many emotions and an immediate connection with the characters in this story. I kept looking for references to the psychic and was hoping that she would be wrong about all parts of Kinsley's fortune. This book had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion and at the edge of seat for a few parts. I'm definitely looking forward to more books by this author! I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.