Megan Reid doesn't like to be noticed, she just wants to be left alone. She's never felt comfortable around people--her past has taught her that it's safer to avoid them. Her job at the library lets her spend time with the books and children she loves. Between her work and her dog, she has everything she needs. Summer Lake seems to be the perfect place for her to live out the quiet little life she's been hoping for.....until she meets Michael.
He is everything she's not, he's fun, funny, charming and outgoing--and oh, so sexy! He's about to turn her world upside down. If she sticks around long enough to let him.
Michael Morgan is back in Summer Lake after fifteen years in Australia. It's time for him and his son to settle down to a life that includes his family, his friends, and the work he loves as a small town doctor. Life is good, but he has to wonder if it wouldn't be even better with the timid little librarian by his side.
These two embark on a journey laced with apprehension, insecurity, the shared love for a small boy, and a whole lot of laughter. But is it a journey that will eventually lead them to each other, or will past hurts always get in the way?
This book is intended for adult readers 18+
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 - Smoke and Laura
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding
Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!
Book 1: Mason
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta
A Chance and a Hope series
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.
Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance
The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.
Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies
The Davenports Series
The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.
Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid
About 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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved this book. I think this was my favorite in the series. I laughed and cried. Little Ethan was so adorable, he had me laughing out loud!!!! Waiting for the next book in the series.
I hope a story will be written about Ben
Once again SJ has hit it out of the park with this latest book in the Summer Lake series. “Laugh Like You’ve Never Cried” has all the elements that I loved in the other books; Romance, humor, emotion and steamy sex! Megan is hiding, hiding from her past, hiding from the future. Preferring to stay invisible, moving to the small town of Summer Lake seems like the perfect place to disappear. Things were going according to plan until she caught the eye of the sexy and charming Michael! Michael is back in Summer Lake after living in Australia for the past 15 years. He is ready to settle down with his 10 year old son, Ethan to a quiet life at the Lake. When the shy and frumpy local librarian walks into his life Michael is intrigued. Megan can’t imagine what the good looking doctor would ever see in her but despite her misgivings Michael is persistent and determined to break down her walls! These two develop strong feeling fast but will their individual responsibilities prevent them from moving forward together? These two have amazing chemistry and have a hard time keeping their hands off each other! Michael, who we had met in a couple other books, has always come across as a fun and playful guy but we really get to see a softer and sweeter Michael in this book as well. Megan has definitely had a not so easy life up to this point and it was really awesome to see her open up and gain her confidence with Michaels help. This book was an absolute joy to read and as always, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Favorite Quotes: “He had revised his opinion of her this evening. She wasn’t the cold and calculating creature he’d thought her to be at all. She was just too smart in some respects – and too clueless in others.” “If she were easy, he wouldn’t be so intrigued by her. Although he’d let the joke slip by, he couldn’t become someone else completely for her. He was dialing it back, but he couldn’t help winking as he asked, ‘Do you like sausage?’” “The way Michael had kissed her goodnight, had made her wish she was someone else. Someone who would have invited him to come in with her and continue the conversation their bodies had started.” My Review: I adore S.J. McCoy’s writing, she has what she calls a “'Sweet N Steamy” style, and I for one believe she has perfected it. This is the fifth book in the Summer Lake series, which is a series that I hope continues on into infinity. Summer Lake and it’s inhabitants are so appealing, I want to live there and be friends with this supportive group of attractive, intelligent, and witty people. Ms. McCoy’s characters are likable, realistic, and smartly written. They continue on through the series yet each book can stand-alone; although if you have read one, you will undoubtedly want to read them all. The writing is humorous, insightful, observant, and heart-felt without constant angst and conflict. The main characters in this story were good for and to each other throughout the story. Megan was painfully shy, socially awkward, lacking in self-esteem, physically clumsy, and prone to stammering. I reveled in how she blossomed through her association with the group of friends as well as in her romance. I am already eager to start the next book.
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