Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review ~ Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook…and to see if the baby she gave up for adoption eight years ago is happy.  When she’s done with her reconnaissance, she plans to return to Detroit without any doubts about past decisions.  But when she sees her little boy—indeed happy despite living with his single dad—she finds she can’t keep her promise to stay away…from her son or from his flirtatious father, who has no idea of her true identity.
Recently divorced sheriff Matt Reagan is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart.  Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye.  But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay?  Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

Just for the Summer is a touching, heartwarming story and completely different from what I was expecting.  For a debut author, Jenna Rutland did an amazing job at telling a story and drawing the reader in.

Dani Sullivan is one amazing woman.  She’s funny, kind and strong.  Nine years ago, she made a huge decision to have a child and give that child up for adoption.  Now, after the death of her mother, her only living relative is the son she gave up.  She has to know that he’s healthy and happy in order to start putting her life back together again.  

Matt Reagan has a lot on his plate.  He’s a single father to adorable eight year old son named Sam.  He’s recently been named the sheriff of Lake Bliss, Michigan.  And his mother has just moved in with him and his son.  Matt is unlike your normal romance hero.  Matt wants to be married and have a family.  Heck, he wants the fairy tale and he’s not willing to have a fling with anyone.

Matt has to really start to rethink that fling thing when he meets Dani.  The banter between these two is priceless.  She’s everything he wants, but she’s only staying for the summer.  Sam gets sick and is rushed to the hospital.  This event leads to Matt begging Dani to move in with them and help him take care of Sam just until he figures out everything. Matt and Dani realize that they are each what they want in a partner and that this is the family they want.

When Dani’s secret is exposed, hurt feelings and fears surface.  It takes the love of little eight-year-old Sam to bring these two people together in a traffic-stopping, tear-jerking, perfect recipe kind of way.  Be sure to have your tissues ready because you are definitely going to need them with this book.

Rating: 4.5

Release Date: March 11, 2013
Book Length: 131 pages
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled: Bliss
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading format: Available only in eBook

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  1. oh yay! I just bought this one and have it waiting for me on my tablet. Glad to hear you enjoyed it :)

    1. It was good. I didn't expect to feel this way about the book. If you don't write a blog review for the book, be sure to tell me what you thought of it.

  2. Thank you, Kim, for such a wonderful review! So happy you enjoyed it.


    1. You're welcome and thank you so much for stopping by and reading the review Jenna.


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