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Just for the Summer: A Lake Bliss Novel
     

Just for the Summer: A Lake Bliss Novel

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by Jenna Rutland
 

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

Overview

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?

Each book in the Lake Bliss series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Just for the Summer
Book #2 Just for Appearances

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622668786
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
03/11/2013
Series:
Lake Bliss , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
169
Sales rank:
241,529
File size:
2 MB

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Just for the Summer

A Lake Bliss Novel


By Jenna Rutland, Kerri-Leigh Grady

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Jenna Rutland
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-878-6


CHAPTER 1

One of these children could be her son.

Dani Sullivan clutched the windowsill of her rented Lake Bliss bungalow and watched the small group of boys who played at the water's edge. She searched each child for something familiar, desperate after eight years to see the sweet face of one little auburn-haired boy.

Would she recognize anything of herself in the child? Or would his features trigger an unwanted memory?

A woman clad in a floral one-piece bathing suit hustled out of a lawn chair. Her long blonde ponytail swayed as she rushed toward a boy wearing bright red swim trunks who stood near two other kids throwing sand. He wore a navy Detroit Tigers ball cap, and tufts of his brown hair peeked out the back. The shade reminded Dani of nutmeg, a color that matched her own curls at that age. The shape of his face and the way he'd run—swinging his arms like they were the source of his locomotion—seemed so familiar. So right.

Her son?

An image of a baby boy flashed in her mind. A newborn, wrapped in a hospital-issued blanket, dark-eyed with a tuft of auburn hair. Her beautiful baby, whom Dani had promised a happy life.

As another woman's son.

Fueled by an overwhelming urge to get closer, she scurried onto the screened-in porch and grasped a wooden beam for support. Outboard motors roared on the lake, drowning out conversation. The woman appeared to scold the children next to him then guided the boy to sit on the end of the dock where it met the beach. The others gathered around. The woman removed the boy's cap and tilted his head upward. The child swiped first at his right eye then at the woman's hand.

That could be her son's adoptive mother.

Nausea tightened Dani's gut.

Without thought, she pushed open the screen door and took a few steps toward the beach. The sun was harsh on her face; the mixture of dried-out grass and weeds pricked her bare feet. She pulled her sunglasses from on top of her head and slid them onto her nose.

The voices at the beach escalated, and the woman grasped the boy's hand. Once again, he swatted her away and rubbed his eye. She massaged her temple in apparent agitation.

Instinct kicked in. Dani jogged the few yards to the beach and made her way to where the boy sat on the dock covering his eye. "Can I help? I'm a nurse."

The woman turned, her eyebrow raised in question.

"I'm Dani Sullivan, the new renter in cottage three. I thought maybe the boy needed help."

The woman glanced at the child, then back to Dani. "I think he's got sand in his eye. He won't let me look, and I'm not sure what to do."

Dani removed her sunglasses and squatted to get a better look at him, and he pulled his hand away from his face for just a moment. Though his eye was red, she didn't see any sand on his cornea, and his eye was no longer watering. She took the opportunity to scan his eyelashes, his mouth, his nose. Did they resemble hers? She'd seen her son eight years ago for barely an hour. Would she even know if this boy was him?

He rose from the dock. The faintest hint of unease surfaced in his uncovered eye. "Don't even think about giving me a shot."

His comment surprised a laugh from her. She would have made a similar remark. "I promise—no shots. Okay?"

After a quick nod, he lowered his hand, uncovering his eye. She took a few steps closer, the sun-heated sand gritty between her toes. She concentrated on dragging the humid air into her lungs. "What's your name, honey?"

"Sam Reagan."

Sam. A name she knew but hadn't chosen.

Her son.

Invisible hands constricted her throat, and she fought away tears, thankful her back was turned toward the woman.

Despite the battle between joy and sadness she felt in this moment, she cursed her impulsive need to come so close. She'd promised herself that she'd keep her distance, and she'd agreed to a closed adoption with no contact before he turned eighteen. She had no ill intentions. Her only goal was to see her son, to know he was happy, to be assured he was healthy. Didn't she deserve to at least know how the baby had fared?

She swallowed. Swallowed again. She could do this. A child needed help. How many other children had she cared for over the years? Countless times she'd pushed aside her personal feelings and forced herself to act professionally. She was a nurse; she had a duty.

Dani sat where she'd squatted, within arm's reach of Sam despite his retreat. "It's important not to rub your eye. You don't want to scratch the surface. How about if your mom and I get you inside so we can remove whatever's in there?"

"She's not my mom." He ducked his head, kicking the sand with his toe. "I don't have a mom."

Dani pushed away the alarm his pronouncement gave her and turned a questioning look to the woman with the kids. What had happened to Sam's adoptive mother?

"I'm Rachel Clarke," the woman said. "Sam's with us today while his father's at work."

"My dad's the sheriff," Sam informed Dani.

She smiled at his obvious pride. "Hmm ... I got a parking ticket yesterday. Wonder if he gave it to me?"

"Dad didn't have to work yesterday. We went fishing." Sam stopped rubbing his eye but continued to squint.

"Want to know how I treat little boys who get sand in their eyes?"

He gave an enthusiastic nod.

"I flush it out."

The kids doubled over with laughter. Sam rewarded her with a grin that revealed two missing front teeth. He looked so darned adorable with the big gap in his smile. Her heart warmed. This was what her soul had craved.

Their laugh was contagious and she found herself grinning. "What did I say that was so funny?" Dani asked Rachel.

"You don't have boys, do you?"

Dani felt her smile diminish. "Nope."

"You say the word flush and they think toilet. That's pretty much all it takes to set them off. Whatever you do, don't pull their finger if they ask." More hysterical laughter. One little boy giggled so hard he fell off a child-sized lawn chair.

Dani motioned toward her cottage. "I'd like to run some water across his eye to see if we can get the sand out. Maybe when we're done, we could all have some homemade muffins."

Rachel nodded in agreement. "What do you say, Sam?" Dani asked.

His attention shifted between the two women. "Can everybody come?"

"Absolutely."

The boys ran ahead, scaring a group of squawking seagulls into flight.

"Thanks for the help," Rachel said. "You're good with children. Do you work in pediatrics?"

"Used to." But the craving to see her son had escalated with every little boy she treated. "After that, I worked on the medical/surgical floor. For the last year, I've been on a leave of absence while I took care of my ill mother. She passed away a few months ago."

"Sorry," Rachel said. "I know how hard that is." She stared down at her empty hands.

"Yeah. It's been difficult. I'm looking forward to a much-needed break before I return home to my job. A quiet summer in Lake Bliss will be perfect." Not to mention how it would help to know her son was happy before she returned to her life alone.

The boys waited patiently on the stoop outside the screened-in porch of her cottage. Dani ushered them inside.

"I noticed you were alone when you arrived yesterday," Rachel said. "Are you married?"

"Single."

"Sorry for being nosy. I'm divorced, so I'm always hoping to chat with other single women. Seems like everybody I know is married except for Sam's dad, but he's been even less prone to chatting since his divorce."

Dani smiled. "Came close once." Until she'd told her fiancé about the horrible night of her attack and Sam's conception. Stephen had run from her life so fast he could have won an Olympic medal for the 100-meter dash.

Once in the kitchen, Dani turned to Sam. "I want you to hop up on the counter next to the sink. Need a boost?"

The get real look on his face made her smile. He jumped up and waited for more instructions. At the close range, Dani took the opportunity to make a quick catalog of her son. He would never know where his features came from, but some of them were clear to Dani. Freckles dotted his sweet face—freckles that would disappear in his teenage years if he took after her. The slightly upturned nose belonged to her father. But the cleft in his chin ... that didn't come from her side of the family.

"Are you gonna flush my eye now?" He imitated a toilet flushing. Right on cue the other boys cracked up.

Dani gave him a slight push on his shoulder. "Lie down and Rachel will support your head over the sink. I'll pour a bit of water into your eye. Hopefully we'll wash out whatever's there. Any questions?"

"Nope."

Five minutes later, Dani blotted his eye with a towel. "Blink a few times. We'll see if the sand is gone."

"It doesn't hurt at all. It feels normal." He hopped off the counter. "Can we have the muffins now, Ms. Sullivan?"

"You can call me Dani." She opened a plastic container. "I made these last night. I've got blueberry and banana nut." She'd no sooner set them on the kitchen table than Sam grabbed one.

Rachel laughed. "You and your sweet tooth, Sam." She helped herself to a muffin.

Sounded like he had inherited that, too.

"Can't tell you the last time I baked." Rachel peeled back the paper liner. She took a bite and closed her eyes. "These are fabulous."

"Feel free to stop by if you ever have a craving. Baked goods are my downfall, so I usually have something around."

"Mom, can we take these down to the beach?"

Rachel gave the boys a thumbs-up.

"Don't go in the water until I get there." They tore out of the kitchen and down the porch stairs. "What do you say to Ms. Sullivan?" Rachel yelled before they got too far. The boys shouted their thanks then took off running. "And no throwing sand." She turned to Dani. "I better head down there. Nice to meet you. Thanks again for your help."

Dani walked her to the door. "Glad to lend a hand." Especially since it had allowed her to meet Sam. A twinge of guilt settled over her at violating the spirit of the adoption agreement, but she would never regret the opportunity to speak to him or to see him laugh.

Rachel paused at the porch steps. "There's a cookout tomorrow night, just a casual thing for all the guests. I'll pass around flyers later today. Hope you can join us."

Dani raised her eyebrows and nodded. "I'd love to, thanks." She should probably work on some new recipes for the cookbook she was contracted to write this summer, but she could spare an evening for dinner. And Sam.

"Take your parking ticket to the sheriff and tell him I sent you. He'll toss it in the trash." When she smiled, the tiny worry lines between her eyebrows disappeared.

After saying good-bye, Dani headed toward her bedroom to change clothes. What would be appropriate to wear to the sheriff's office? Because this afternoon she did plan to pay a visit to Sheriff Reagan—Sam's father—and she knew it would involve much more than an undeserved parking ticket.

She opened her closet door, but before she made a selection she sat on the bed. Maybe this idea needed more thought. Her original goal was to have no contact with the adoptive parents and instead simply watch from the sidelines. By going to meet her son's adoptive father, she'd be taking a huge risk of getting closer than she'd ever meant to be. But it was necessary in order to know if the man so essential to Sam's health and happiness was worthy of her son, since clearly he was now a single dad. She'd have to tread lightly and never let him know she was Sam's biological mother. The last thing she wanted was to complicate Sam's life. He seemed happy, and she meant for him to stay that way.

* * *

Matt Reagan shifted toward his computer, his chair creaking like an old man getting out of bed in the morning. One last detail to his first end-of-the-month status report. Next he'd work on the budget, where he planned to add a line item for redecorating. Nothing fancy, but nobody could argue that the mustard yellow walls and gray aluminum blinds had seen better days.

Finished.

Relief rolled through him. His first official document as sheriff of Lake Bliss was an excellent report, well worth the effort he'd put forth this morning. Even if it had taken him three hours.

He rocked back in his chair, clasped his hands behind his neck, and enjoyed the air-conditioned blast of cool air that hit the back of his head. After a quick read of his report, he saved the document, and tapped the send button.

The computer screen went blank. He shot forward in his chair to hit the escape key.

Nothing. He punched the on/off button a couple of times.

Still blank. A bead of sweat trickled down his temple. How could one single keystroke erase his entire document? Was it floating around in cyberspace? He slammed his fist on the keyboard. There had to be a way to recall it, but he'd be damned if he knew how. Not on these old behemoths that should have been sold for scrap ten years ago.

"Tiffany!" If she couldn't retrieve the document, he'd be in big trouble.

Where was Tiffany? Probably chatting on the phone with her boyfriend of the week. Cousin or not, she should have been fired long ago.

Tiffany's heels clicked on the floor. "Sorry, I was on the phone with Kent."

Matt looked up at her. "Could you try to limit personal tasks during regular working hours? I'll even tack on an extra thirty minutes to your lunchtime so you can make hot and heavy calls to whichever poor schmuck you've got dangling this month."

Tiffany leaned against the door frame. "You obviously don't remember saying the exact same thing last week. I could use an hour-and-a-half lunch."

"I need your help with my computer."

"Aw, the beast acting up again? I'll have to call the repair dude. Later. It's lunchtime." She turned to leave. "By the way, Dani Sullivan is here to see you."

Matt gritted his teeth. Just what he needed, another friend of Sam's wanting to see where his dad worked. "Give him a can of soda. I'll be just a minute." He enjoyed the occasional visit from Sam's friends and their parents when they were in town. He liked getting to know the kids, but now wasn't a good time.

Tiffany giggled before heading out the door. "As you wish, boss man."

Admittedly, this kid had Matt's curiosity piqued. Sam usually took a while to get chummy with the vacationers, but not so in Danny's case. When Matt had talked to Sam after the sand-in-the-eye incident, every sentence related to Danny. Danny knew how to fix his eye. Danny made everybody laugh. The muffins at Danny's were awesome.

Matt vaulted off the chair, hoping to catch Tiffany before she left the building, but he clipped the edge of a pile of paperwork, and it toppled over. File folders and papers sailed under his desk, and a few pieces wedged into the cracks in the linoleum. Reason set in. Any lost computer files wouldn't be any easier to find now. It could wait. He sighed and sank onto all fours to clean up the mess.

He crawled around under his desk to scoop up the fallen documents. He opened his mouth to yell for Tiffany again when the floorboards creaked and footsteps sounded in the office.

He let out a long exhale. "Dammit." Still on his hands and knees, Matt circled his desk to rescue some wayward papers. Expecting Tiffany, he stopped mid-crawl when he saw a pair of white strappy sandals. Next came sexy-as-anything legs.

Before he got to the neckline of her white T-shirt, he caught sight of the most incredible pair of breasts he'd ever seen. Round. Firm. Large. He wasn't ashamed to admit he was a breast man. Sure, he liked all the other parts, too, but breasts were the ultimate. When he finally locked eyes with his guest, those begging-for-a-kiss lips curved into a sly grin. His blood rushed south of the border.

"Hello," she said. "Wondered when you'd finally get this far."

He couldn't read the expression on her face. Interested or irritated?

Matt reprimanded himself for openly gawking at this woman and silently admitted to being a lecherous pig. What the heck was his problem? Had it been so long since he'd been with a woman that when he was finally exposed to one he turned into an idiot?

Get a grip, man. He'd never seen her in town, so that meant summer tourist. He reminded himself that he didn't want to get involved in a temporary relationship, although this seductive woman could surely make him second-guess his goals.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland, Kerri-Leigh Grady. Copyright © 2013 Jenna Rutland. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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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.

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Just for the Summer: A Lake Bliss Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## 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.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
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?
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
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
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
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!
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
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.
Dcall74 More than 1 year ago
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.
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
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.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
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!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. You want be disappointed. (144 pgs).
RoxanneSnopek More than 1 year ago
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!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago