We all need a sexy nerd like this one in our lives – this hero is adorable… and also kind of a caveman. I loved him, and I loved this refreshingly low angst rom com from start to finish. While the whole Summersweet series has been great, this is easily one of my favorite installments. The chemistry between this unlikely couple is obvious from their first encounter, and the roommates situation allowed for just the right kind of proximity. I loved watching these two discover all of the ways they could bring out the best in each other, and pairing a sweet and swoony hero with a firecracker of a heroine was so much fun. This also might be the HOTTEST installment of the series yet; once our shy and reserved hero starts falling for his girl, he can’t seem to contain himself – and I wasn’t complaining! The whole book was an absolute blast to read, and it reminded me why I always drop what I’m doing and dive into the newest Summersweet adventure as soon as it’s available.
The story follows Ryan, a math teacher who knows that he’s a nerd. He’s always been the shy and timid type, which was as much of a problem back in high school as it is today. It’s not that Ryan is embarrassed about who he is – he owns it – but being single again has reminded him that no girl will ever be happy with the boring guy for the long haul. So when a sexy, tattooed stranger comes crashing into Ryan’s life, it’s a shock to his system. Not only did Danica make one heck of a first impression, but Ryan also kinda-sorta agreed to let her come live with him. A favor to a friend has turned into something entirely unexpected, and it’s not long before these two total opposites are realizing just how well they complement each other. Danica brings out a side of Ryan that threatens to spiral out of control, and neither one is sure how long they can sustain that feeling.
If you’re new to the Summersweet series, no worries – this can easily be read as a standalone. It’s actually a great place to jump into the series. But… why would you want to skip the other books? They’ve all been tons of fun; carefree, comedic adventures that are full of romance. Spare Me has the same energy – upbeat, off-kilter, funny, and sexy. The sense of community has grown with every new installment, and the cast of characters is all part of the fun. Ryan and Danica are the stars here though; their love story is front and center. It was easy to see how perfect they were together, and I loved how Danica brings out a whole different side of Ryan. He’s a genuinely nice guy – a true cinnamon roll – which made his alpha side all the more impactful. I wasn’t expecting the level of spice between these two! That all made for one sexy and unpredictable ride. I devoured this in one sitting, and there was never a dull moment. I loved it.
Ryan Hutton has spent his entire life being the shy, nerdy, rule-following nice guy on Summersweet Island. He’s the high school bowling coach and algebra teacher who’s always predictable, and he’s always been fine with that… until a sexy, nut job of a stranger gives him the best kiss of his life in his favorite pizza place, and he suddenly doesn’t like being the quiet, obedient nice guy anymore.
When Danica Brewster first set foot on this beautiful island a few days ago, she just wanted a place to call home, far, far away from her family. A place where she could be wild and free without their judgment. When she finds out her new roommate is the stranger she kissed for free pizza, Danica knows this is a complication she definitely doesn’t need in her life right now.
But the memory of that kiss is making them both act out of character. Ryan and Danny soon realize you can’t ignore your problems and hope they’ll go away. Those problems will just come back with a vengeance, tossing everything into the gutter.
It doesn’t make sense for a nerd to fall in love with a nut job, but with the magic of Summersweet Island, anything is possible… especially if you have enough balls.
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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.
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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