Title: Summer of Love
It's only a summer fling...
Boutique jewelry designer Lily Thomas knows hating the boring ring her fiance gave her isn't a good enough reason to end a seven-year relationship. Especially when settling down with Edward is the only thing she's ever done right in the eyes of her mother--and her hometown. Besides, everyone else seems to be getting married: Lily's best friend Cora, her cousin, her friends from work. So why not Lily?
But when Alex Harper, Lily's high school crush, moves back to Felinfach, he shows her exactly why. She can't pretend to be someone she's not just to keep her fiance happy. It's a terrible way to start a marriage, and a terrible way to live. Lily calls off her engagement, but she still needs a date to all the weddings crowding her summer calendar.
Conveniently, Alex has a few weddings to attend as well. They agree to be wedding buddies, and soon the whole town is talking about them. If everyone's going to talk anyway, why shouldn't Lily and Alex make the most of it? As long as they both know it's only a summer fling...
CONTENT WARNING: May induce desire for pretty jewelry... A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance.
Author: Sophie Pembroke
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: 4 November, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A lovely little “local bad girl” makes good story where the prodigal ‘bad boy’ of this little Welsh town returns to make a new start. Sophie Pembroke has captured the sense of small town life, where your own past can feel as if it haunts you, even when those around you are more than proud of your accomplishments.
At the age when nearly all of her friends are pairing off to get married, Lily decides that her boyfriend of 7 years, fiancé of the past few months just isn’t the man for her. Her realization, although possibly long in coming, coincides with the return of her best friend’s cousin, and her girlhood crush, Alex.
I really liked Lily, although I do think she gave far more lip service to “make a decision and stand by it” than actually following her own mantra, far too willing to allow herself to be caught in her teen years when daredevil disregard for consequences was her stock in trade. Wounded by her father’s sudden and total disappearance, she doesn’t believe in love or marriage: they don’t work.
Alex has left the hustle and bustle of London to start anew in his childhood home after the death of his father. With both parents gone, and an idea for a more creative pursuit than accounting: Alex is tired of the bachelor life and has decided to settle down, find a wife and start a family. While he thoroughly believes in love: the right kind with the right person, his approach is wrong.
The two renew their childhood acquaintance, and with Lily’s newly single status, and a multitude of weddings to attend in the upcoming months, decide to be ‘wedding buddies”, serving as each other’s platonic dates.
Sparks are flying from the first moment the two lock eyes, and both are caught in the attraction but while Alex is willing to take the chance of a relationship, Lily wants their connection to stay as nothing more than a fling, from which they will part as friends.
From that point forward, the two are nearly inseparable: to the dismay of some and the delight of others. As fast as Lily runs, Alex is faster and ever the romantic, even as he finds himself holding back his instincts to rush to Lily’s side at every moment. While we aren’t privy to a wedding between the two at the end, the story is clever, fun and will leave you with a smile: thinking the ending is just perfect from the initial introduction to the characters.
Sophie Pembroke has mixed in clever secondary characters, drawn a wholly dislikable mother, a bland and rather dense fiancé and some clever twists to make the story shine. While there are allusions to great sex, all the action is behind closed doors but for a few well described knee-melting kisses. Pembroke has a way of presenting the characters that gives an instant emotional reaction to the reader: understanding their flaws or disliking their behavior, you will never be bored.