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Slow Summer Kisses

Slow Summer Kisses

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by Shannon Stacey

Anna Frazier is used to living life at 100 mph, but being downsized out of a job in the financial industry has her permanently stalled. With nowhere to go, go, go, Anna hails a cab to her grandparents' neglected New Hampshire camp to plan her next move. It seems like a good idea—until she realizes there's no takeout to be had and the boy next door has


Anna Frazier is used to living life at 100 mph, but being downsized out of a job in the financial industry has her permanently stalled. With nowhere to go, go, go, Anna hails a cab to her grandparents' neglected New Hampshire camp to plan her next move. It seems like a good idea—until she realizes there's no takeout to be had and the boy next door has grown into a sexy but surly recluse.

Cameron Mayfield knows he can kiss his peace and quiet goodbye when Hurricane Anna blows in. She was loud and bossy as a ten-year-old—and besides developing some attractive curves, she hasn't changed. Cam's not looking for a relationship, especially not with a woman like Anna. He nearly broke down on that road once before. So why can't he stop thinking about her?

It's not long before their sizzling attraction leads to smoking-hot kisses. But as the days get shorter, Anna must decide if she's found a new road to happiness, or just taken a detour.

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All it took was a minivan with a taxi sign stuck on the roof sitting in front of the camp next door to take the shine off Cameron Mayfield's mood. He slowed his pick-up as he approached the driveway before his, which was the last on the dusty, beat-up dirt road, and cursed himself for forgetting the phone call from Jim Frazier two weeks before.

"My granddaughter, Anna—you remember her, right? She's going to stay at the camp this summer. She's had a tough year and she needs a little time to relax and get her head on straight. Keep an eye on her for me, wouldya?"

He didn't want to keep an eye on Anna Frazier. He didn't like Anna Frazier. Okay, so he hadn't actually seen her since he was twelve and she was ten, but he hadn't liked her then. She'd been uptight and bossy and really, really intense, even as a kid. He didn't think she'd have mellowed any, and he knew for a fact he didn't want her next door all summer.

But he considered Jim and Betty Frazier friends, despite the age difference, so he'd promised to keep an eye on their granddaughter. Then he'd promptly put the call out of his mind.

Until now.

As Cam passed by the Frazier's camp, the minivan swung out behind him, executing a few messy turns to get turned around and headed back down the dirt road. Even if she took a bus from her grandparents' house—where he assumed she'd started—to as far as Concord, the taxi must have cost her a wad of cash. But last he heard Anna had some fancy, high-dollar finance job in New York City, so she could probably afford it.

He pulled his truck in front of his place and killed the engine. When he looked over toward the Frazier place, he saw a mound of luggage and a smoking-hot brunette who looked like she belonged on one of those chick magazines they put next to the cash registers so normal women waiting in line would feel crappy about themselves and grab a candy bar or two. Anna had rich brown hair falling almost to her shoulders in a sleek, straight line. A tank top made of some shimmery, silky material draped really nicely over breasts he never would have guessed the scrawny ten-year-old would develop, and a pair of those things that were longer than shorts but shorter than pants hugged slim hips and showed off nicely sculpted calves. The shoes were an interesting choice, with the high wedge heel, but they did great things for her legs.

Annoying little Anna Frazier had grown up to be hot as hell. And she was going to break an ankle trying to haul in that luggage in those sandals.

Cam got out of his truck and the door slamming drowned out the curse he let loose. He wanted to sit on the dock and drink a beer, not play bellhop for a woman who didn't have the sense to wear sneakers. But, since he'd promised Jim he'd look after her, he might as well introduce himself and take care of the suitcases at the same time.

A line of trees had been planted between the two camps decades before to give some semblance of privacy, but they were thin enough to see through and there was a well-worn path from one yard to the other. Rather than go out to the road and walk down to the driveway, he just cut through the trees and came at the Fraziers' front porch from the side.

"You need some help?" Since she had her back to him and had been muttering under her breath, she must not have heard him coming because she jumped a foot and made a strangled squealing sound as she whirled around.

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and off-roading with her friends and family. You can contact Shannon through her website, www.shannonstacey.com, as well as sign up for her newsletter.

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Slow Summer Kisses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I just adore the way that Shannon Stacey writes contemporary romance and this book is no exception. This story is fun and heartwarming and I found it highly entertaining. Anna is high-strung, high-stressed, and entirely too uptight to fit in to the relaxed atmosphere of lake life. She lives by the never-ending to-do lists on her fridge and ever-present cell phone. Cam has lived on the lake for 4 years and embraces the lifestyle in full. He's okay just sitting on the dock for hours on end. His father died of a sudden heart-attack and it was a wake-up call for him and the life he was living as a lawyer. This is his new lifestyle now and he loves it. Together, they drive each other nuts, but it makes for some really fun reading and some snappy dialogue that is extremely enjoyable. I liked how these two very different people found each other and how to get along. The entire book is just fabulous and the setting perfect for a fun read. I loved EVERYTHING about this one. I had no idea how it was going to end, but *sigh* Stacey pulled it off perfectly.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
From the first time I picked this up I found a book I really enjoyed. Would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just like all of shannon staceys books, you laugh, cry, and get really into the book. Loved it! :)
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome summer read! It is light and sweet yet a little steamy, too. Cameron and Anna haven’t seen each other since they were kids. Cam lives next door to a house that Anna’s grandparents own. She decides to live there for a little relaxing while looking for another job, since her job was just cut. Cam has done the fast pasted city living and has decided that isn’t for him. Anna still enjoys the fast past city living and is a little bored out on the lake with nothing to keep her busy. While being neighbors, Cam and Anna begin to spend more time together and start to develop a hot, physical relationship. As time goes on they realize that they like spending time with each while fully clothed, too. Anna learns how to relax a little in the process and somewhere along the line they fall in love. I have read a lot of Shannon’s books and one of the things I love about them is the dialogue. She has smart, witty, fun and flirty dialogue with her characters. There are always fun situations that she adds to her books that make them such joy to read (liked the Sox/Yankees discussions and the cell phone scenes). She definitely keeps the story moving and you won’t want to put it down. I highly recommend this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read. It was very sweet with a happy ending.
CB36 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Loved the slw progression of their love. I liked that she put her priorities in perspctive and chose the love of a good man without sacrificing her dreams!
Mel93 More than 1 year ago
Great book-fun to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I really liked Anna and Cam. They drove eachother crazy but they ended up liking eachother. I like how Shannon writes. I liked the story from the start. I thought Cam was a little mean at first but he turned out to be a really great guy. I want to read more of Shannon's books. I highly recommend this book for those who like a great story filled with some fun and a little bit of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great beach read. I enjoy anything written by Shannon Stacey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book its too funny except for the ending it felt rushed but this book was well written and really funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Ms.Stacey! Her stories are romantic, funny and great reads! A must read for all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a cute story, but was too short, and the sex happened too fast. Could have had more build up to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice quick read and cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books by this author and absolutely loved them but this one really didn't impress me. The whole story felt rushed and I didn't really connect with either of the characters. The plot was weak. I am disappointed as I was really looking forward to a new release by this author.
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Sweet love story. Perfect for a quick afternoon read.
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Very short. Not enought enough build up. Predictable. Boring.
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