So. Much. Fun. This series has been low angst delight so far, and I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s playful and funny with characters you’ll root for and slow burn romance that will have you hooked. I loved this couple; they’re former classmates who reconnected as pen pals of sorts, and it’s clear from the start that they’re meant to be together. We’ll call their miscommunication style the classic “boys are stupid” scenario. Shepherd is a fantastic hero, so kind, caring, sexy, compassionate… but he can also be kinda oblivious. While I wish it hadn’t taken so many years for our couple to get together, their love story makes for a very fun, sexy read.
The story follows single mom Wren and the guy she’s been crushing on since she was thirteen. While Wren was reserved in high school, Shepherd was prom king, a popular guy, and now lives the life of a sports star. Though they haven’t been in touch since high school, Wren and Shepherd reconnect through social media. They spend a year becoming true friends through messages… until Shepherd cuts off contact. Turns out, Shepherd thinks Wren is with her child’s father, and his growing feelings for her have just gotten too complicated. After suffering a career-ending injury, Shepherd is ready to apologize for cutting Wren out of his life. But when he comes to town and discovers that she’s actually single, it’s a whole different ballgame.
Though it’s a slow burn romance, this relationship escalates quickly… and I kinda loved that. Instead of the whole reluctant hero thing, we get a guy who is so obviously into our heroine. He’s ready to be in a relationship, ready to step up with her son (no, it’s not his son), and he’s got zero hesitation in moving forward. While I didn’t love the drama with his ex or the situation there, I can 100% understand the reasoning behind it. Shepherd thought Wren was in a relationship, so he never let them out of the friend zone – until he found out the truth. It’s full steam ahead from there, and nothing’s sexier than a good guy hero who is determined to get his girl. That’s the story here, and it’s a playful, funny, sexual tension-filled read with little angst and a lot of heart. It’s the kind of rom com that will have you laughing, swooning, and fanning yourself in equal measure. I can’t wait for more Summersweet because this series has been outstanding so far.
“Hawks fans still in shock after centerfielder, Shepherd Oliver, sustained season-ending injury last night in the 5th inning of the playoffs against Chicago.”
Two years ago, I was a pretty big deal. I thought I had it all, until a blast from my past popped up on my social media feed, keeping my ego in check and reminding me how basic I am. Except sassy Wren Bennett isn’t just a blast from my past. She’s the only woman I ever saw a future with.
Even though my soul leaves my body every time she says she hates baseball and has never watched me play, a year’s-worth of messages filled with laughter and sarcasm only remind me how amazing my “pen pal” is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how fine I look in a pair of baseball pants; I’m still 3,000 miles away, and she’s taken… or so I thought. Maybe I should have thought a little harder before I dropped her like a seeing-eye single into the outfield.
When an injury has me questioning everything about my life, I can only think of one place I need to go and one person I need to see. Home, to Summersweet Island, to get back my “pen pal.”
Now I just need to make sure single mom Wren knows I didn’t come back for a change, and I didn’t come back for a job. I’m swinging for the fences, and I’m finally coming home to make her mine. If only she’d stop insulting me and stay in one place long enough for me to tell her. She wouldn’t try to drown me with a tub of ice cream, right?
I’m sure it’ll be fine.