Hot grandparents, cougars, and flings are all things I tend to avoid when reading romance, but I couldn’t resist a trip back to Summersweet, so… here we are! Did I find these characters relatable? Not in the slightest. This couple is the same age as my parents, so I might be a little mentally scarred from the steam, lol. But I loved returning to this excellent series and getting more of the light, sexy vibes it emits from every scene. It’s another low angst installment that’s got humor, heart, and a fulfilling HEA – and a very strong focus on the full cast of characters rather than just the couple.
The story follows Laura (54), everyone’s favorite single mom. She has spent the last thirty years raising her daughter, who is now getting married. It’s putting some things into perspective for Laura – she’s now the only one who isn’t coupled up, because she closed off her heart years ago. Decades of having flings with younger guys has left Laura a little jaded, but one of the wedding guests has the potential to change everything. Laura has heard about “Uncle Dean” (57) for years, but she never imagined that the man would be so sexy and compelling in person. Neither one is looking for love, but it’s not long before Dean is starting to fall for everything – and everyone – in Summersweet.
I don’t know how I feel about the fact that the steamiest book in this series features a couple my parents’ age. Wait… yeah, I do know how I feel about that, lol. I definitely prefer reading about younger couples, but Laura and Dean are both worthy of their own HEAs, and it was great to see how perfectly they fit together. While their relationship is front and center, it did feel like the book was more about ALL of the couples we’ve read about in the past – there are only a few scenes where Laura and Dean are actually by themselves. The timeline is also pretty quick. But every book in Summersweet is quirky fun, with such a lighthearted, easygoing feel and plenty of humor. I don’t know that I’d recommend this as a standalone, but if you’ve been following the series then it’s certainly worth a read.
Laura Bennett has spent her life taking care of other people and running the Dip and Twist. Happily spending her time being single and carefree, she has no intention of settling down or falling in love. With an ever-growing family, she’s a mother to them all, and she loves every minute of it. But her baby is getting married, and her oldest has her own life changes she’s dealing with. Suddenly, being all alone doesn’t sound so appealing anymore.
Dean Campbell has been the black sheep of his family since the day he was born. The only one he cares about is his nephew, Palmer. Deciding at the last minute to attend Palmer’s nuptials, Dean knows he’s going to need to try his hardest not to be his usual, grouchy self. He doesn’t like people, and he really doesn’t like weddings. But the sexy and sassy mother-of-the-bride has him wanting to check Plus-One on his invite. He’s never had more fun getting under someone’s skin, and it doesn’t take long for all the people, noise, and chaos that surround Laura Bennett to become a few of his favorite things.
Laura thinks a fun wedding fling is just what the doctor ordered to get her out of this funk. But Dean’s been sprinkled with Shepherd’s glitter and the magic of Summersweet Island. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her that, with this fling, she just might change her mind about falling in love again.
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This series is EXCELLENT, with some seriously funny books. Kiss My Putt made my Top 20 of 2020 list, and Swing & a Mishap was a definite contender for the list as well. They both have tons of sexual tension, humor, and great intimacy – easy 5-star ratings for me. Dashing Through the No is a fun, slightly ridiculous, holiday novella that’s perfect for fans of the series, and First & Tension is another great full-length love story. While each book will stand on its own, they’re better together.
With This Fling
About the Author:
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She writes in a wide range of genres including Romantic Comedy, Romantic Comedy/Mystery, Romantic Suspense, New Adult Drama, Contemporary Romance and Psychological Thriller. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
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