⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Improves on the first book in the series

Summer Heat

Sexy and a little sentimental, Summer Heat is a great addition to this fun series. While I enjoyed the first book, Summer Nights, it got bogged down by the many characters involved in the story. Anyone who reads this as a standalone will probably feel the same about this book, but those who have read the first are not likely to have an issue keeping up. With a much more focused romance, I found this to be a satisfying read.

The story follows Elle, one of five friends who recently opened a camp for adults. She doesn’t have the best experience with men, but she finds herself attracted to Liam… despite the fact that she knows he’s keeping secrets. One of three brothers who recently started working at the camp, Liam seems to be snooping around a lot. The two are a little mistrustful of each other but a lot attracted, so they tentatively start something between them. Secrets stand in their way, and they have to work through them before they can have something lasting.

There are a lot of things that worked better in this story for me than the last, especially the increased focus on the romance and the lack of deception between Elle and Liam. Sure, they both have secrets but that’s out in the open so it didn’t feel slimy. I also really enjoyed Liam – he may be young, but his sole focus was Elle from the start. It was easy to feel the chemistry and root for them. While the overarching storyline for the series got a little overwhelming at times, it didn’t take away from the book as a whole. I’m definitely curious about the next book, since these all follow along the same timeline and we’ve gotten glimpses of what that story will entail. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Summer Heat by Jill Sanders. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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