Riley Clifton can't remember a time when she wasn't a part of the Six. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn't even know it.
Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation.
When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that's not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.
Will Riley and Ace's love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?
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It is 430 in the morning , and I haven't cried that hard since reading a Nicholas Sparks book. I am completely devastated at this point and have to read the next book right now! I shed more tears through this book than I have in a long time. At first, I was sniffling as I read about these eight friends and watched as they embarked on a new chapter in their lives saying goodbye to the past and embracing their unknown future. I had flashbacks of doing the same thing as I graduated from my school over 20 years ago. As the book progressed, I found myself feeling very nostalgic and laughing as they made memories. I loved seeing Riley grow and spread her wings but again this book left me in tears. I highly recommend this book, but I also highly recommend a good box of tissues and maybe a glass of wine beside you as you read and maybe your old yearbook to remind you of times gone by. I received this book from the author for an honest review. For more reviews, go to my blog at bbsbookreview.com
I'll be the first to admit that YA or even New Adult contemporary fiction isn't at the top of my favorite genre list. I tend to mostly stay away from them, unless they have a description that hooks me. Normally, I would've looked at this book, read the description - and then rolled my eyes and walked away. They all seem to sound the same to me anymore. There must have been something there that sparked my interest a little bit, so I read the book. I'm so incredibly glad that I gave it a chance! Granted, it does have all the mushy bits along with a roller coaster ride of emotions - just like all the others. So what was it about this particular book that made me love it? I'll try to break it down and explain it to you. The first thing I noticed was obviously the writing. How can you not? I know I'm reading a well written book if the author is able to suck me into the story within a few paragraphs. I haven't honestly come across many of these cases, but this novel definitely falls in that category. I was caught up in the world the author created almost instantly - and I didn't come back out until way after I was finished reading the story. I always come back to the point of view that an author uses - mostly because I think this is a huge part of of the book. It effects everything from characters, world building, the story, and the writing - to name a few. By far, my favorite point of view is first person. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll note that I say this in just about all of them. To me, the point of view the book is told from is essential, and can either make or break a book for me. By using the first person POV, the reader is able to get an inside look at the character - their thoughts, emotions, dreams, hopes, fears - what have you. We also get to experience everything that happens in the book through the narrator's eyes, which makes it feel like we were there with them when it all happened. In my opinion, this is the best POV writing style an author can use - and when it's well written with strong characters and a solid plot - you've got me hooked. The book's main character and narrator is Riley - a country girl who just graduated high school along with her friends - that just happen to be six rowdy guys that she's basically grown up with. The boys are called the "Sexy Six" by just about every girl in their school, but Riley sees them as best friends that are always there to protect her and to have a good time. Somehow though - without Riley really knowing it was happening - she finds herself falling in love with one of the Six - Ace. He's gorgeous, smart, and completely out of her league (so she thinks). As the story progresses, so do Riley's feelings toward Ace - and we learn that he's been in love with her for a really long time now. *Cue the typical mushy music and a collective sigh.* There are obstacles in their way, of course, but now that they finally know how the other feels about them - there's no way that they'll let anything come in between them. Enter the requisite obstacles and more roller coaster emotions until the ending - when we get to see if they're love can withstand everything they've gone through. Normally, if I would have picked up this book and decided to read it - this pretty predictable plot and all of the feels would have made me roll my eyes and/or quit reading the book. I'm not sure if I happened to read it during one of my die-hard romantic moments - but I was seriously hooked to these characters, their relationship, and the story. My emotions were all over the place and I have to admit that it really got to me - to the point where I was feeling visceral reactions to the story - which almost never happens to me. I know I cried while reading, but I'm not sure how many times in total. Whether it was the author's amazing writing talent or the timing when I read it - probably a combination of the two - I fell in love with this book and everything about it. I couldn't stop reading and by the time I finished it, I wanted more. Luckily, this is the first book in a series - so although I might not get to revisit Riley and Ace again, I'll get the chance to follow the rest of the Six and see where they end up. Very highly recommended for fans of the genre as well as those who enjoy YA contemporary fiction and romance novels in general. I've already got my eye on the second book - which is already out (thank goodness!) and I'm definitely keeping my eye on the rest of the series and the author. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The Summer I Fell was a book that captivated me from beginning to end. You will become attached to these characters as they learn that life does not always go as expected. But friendship? That's forever. The story begins with the end of high school for The six (Josh, Jake/Ace, Aiden, Jared, Mark, Eli) and Riley. Now that graduation has come and gone, they must face something they knew was coming, but not prepared for-life without each other. Sounds different right? Well this is not an ordinary group of friends. The love between this funny, rowdy, sexy group of friends run deep. Throughout adolescence they have always been a tight knit group. Facing adulthood is inevitable. And they all have plans. But that’s the thing about life. Life doesn’t care about your plans. As the end gets nearer where the six must split and go their separate ways, Riley and Ace become closer than before. The six always protected Riley. It was an unspoken rule. It was just known. And Riley has always been off limits. Until the feelings between her and Ace can no longer be ignored. Their chemistry truly ignited the pages. You felt their passion and yearning for each other. But there is that rule. But love? Love doesn’t follow rules. It breaks them. “It couldn’t have been love, because love, real love, makes you crazy and selfish. You wanted to be with that person so badly that you forsook the consequences.” The emotion felt in The Summer I Fell was not expected, but definitely felt. While I expected a romance, I got so much more. This group of friends is unforgettable and will stay with me for such a long time. I was worried as there may be too many characters to keep up with. But I found the the story flowed nicely. The character developments was very strong in that every character made a special contribution to the story. And I loved every single one of them. This book surpassed my expectations. I felt like I was in the story rather than reading it. “Hearing someone say I love you brought a sense of joy. Feeling someone tell you that they loved you? It was deep. Soul deep...” I found myself wanting to be part of the six. To have deep meaningful, lifetime friendships is something that anyone would want. But the six? Their friendship surpasses that. Giving away the plot of the story would be a disservice. This is the type of story that you experience. You become so engrossed in the story. You will laugh and cry. The ending? Did not see it coming. I had no idea how to FEEL. But don't let that deter you. There is no doubt I will be reading the next book in this series.