* Review * THE SUMMER DEAL by Jill Shalvis

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* Review * THE SUMMER DEAL by Jill ShalvisThe Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #5
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on June 2, 2020
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five-stars

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-lovers story… Add in a few secrets. Shake. Stir. Then read on a lazy summer day at the beach…

Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it right. In search of a place to lick her wounds and get a fresh start, she heads back home to Wildstone.

And then there’s Kinsey Davis, who after battling serious health issues her entire twenty-nine years of life, is tired of hoping for . . . well, anything. She's fierce, tough, and she’s keeping more than one bombshell of a secret from Brynn -- her long-time frenemy.

But then Brynn runs into Kinsey's best friend, Eli, renewing her childhood crush. The good news: he’s still easy-going and funny and sexy as hell. The bad news: when he gets her to agree to a summer-time deal to trust him to do right by her, no matter what, she never dreams it’ll result in finding a piece of herself she didn’t even know was missing. She could have real connections, possibly love, and a future—if she can only learn to let go of the past.

As the long days of summer wind down, the three of them must discover if forgiveness is enough to grasp the unconditional love that’s right in front of them.

 

Jill Shalvis always delights with her quick wit, laugh out loud snark and lovable characters that always wrap themselves around a reader’s heart within a few pages of dialogue. This most recent visit to Wildstone is no exception!

Eli Thomas was definitely the star of the book for me. He’s kind, he’s loyal and he loves hard. His childhood crush on fellow summer camp attendee Brynn flares back to life quickly the moment he runs into her again.

Brynn Turner is easy to like. She finds herself once again trying to pick up the pieces after a man lets her down, and she’s not so sure she ever wants to let her guard down again. Running into Eli reminds her that there is good in the world … she’s just not sure she can take the jump to letting herself see it.

Kinsey Davis is your typical mean girl, but as we get to know her, we see the soft side hiding behind all of her biting words. She’s Eli’s best friend and secrets she doesn’t want to share endanger the life he wants to throw himself into.

I highly recommend this story and the entire Wildstone series to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt romance with an equal amount of drama, love and sass. It’s always a joy to visit this town!

five-stars

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