Blissful Summer

Blissful Summer

Book - 2015
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Make You Mine Again. Supermodel Jansen Douglas is living her dream. Now a wedding in Paris is about to reunite her with the high school sweetheart she left behind. But Atlanta CEO Bradley Stephens won't let their stormy past stand in the way of reclaiming his first and only love.
Unraveled. Ona Tracy's plans to seduce her high school crush unravel when the reunion trip she books turns out to be an erotic-themed cruise to the Bahamas! Rather than abandon ship, she recruits blond-haired, silver-eyed Riker Ewan to be her hookup, unaware that the hot-bodied ex-marine isn't who he seems to be.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Kimani, 2015
ISBN: 9780373864119
Branch Call Number: BLISSFUL SUMMER
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Hodges, Cheris F.
Perry, Lisa Marie


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FindingJane Feb 05, 2017

The problem with romance anthologies is that the romance can be even more rushed than in novels running 200-odd pages or longer. In the first story, Jansen Douglas and Bradley Stephens have been holding torches for each other for three years. When they re-unite, they’re both laboring under misunderstandings, hurt feelings and a fair amount of resentment.

So how do they hash out their issues? By giving in to their powerful sexual urges and screwing. With respect, Jansen does hold out against Bradley’s blandishments initially, refusing him the first time he insists on coming up to her room. But the next time he talks about how much he wants her back (no talk about love, not yet anyway), all she has to say is that she’s wearing no panties and he sweeps her up and practically runs her back to her hotel. She calls that closure. He thinks it’s just step one.

Bradley behaves like a stalker, always following her around even when she insists she doesn’t want to see him. Jansen acts like a besotted groupie, moaning and quivering every time Bradley kisses or puts his hand on her. Some people grow up in three years and become different people, in spite of mutual longing. I guess such maturity doesn’t belong in a romance.

The second story begins with the female protagonist thinking that she needed a drink.

“She needed it tall, she needed it straight and she needed it to go down hard and wear off slowly.”

Rather suggestive, isn’t it? That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of this novella. Ona Tracy is booked accidentally on an erotic-themed cruise ship. Now that we know what to expect, the story yields few surprises. The hot hunk Ona had her sights set on can barely acknowledge her existence, even when she’s sitting on his lap. So instead she falls for the rough and rugged ex-Marine whom she uses to make the hot-and-hunky one jealous. You can guess what happens after that.

What I rather liked, much more than the predictable paint-by-numbers romance, was the interaction between Ona and the viperish Regan Waltz. Regan is like every rich, snotty, mean girl you’ve ever seen in the movies or on tv shows. She has been digging at Ona for her lower-class background for years. But she harbors a secret that unexpectedly draws the two women together. Admittedly, most of their exchanges fail the Bechdel test, seeing as they’re continually talking about the men in their lives. But it is an startling moment of solidarity between them nonetheless.

The second entry partially redeems this two-story collection. But, other than that, this is romance at its most lukewarm.


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