Summer Nights Review

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September 29, 2018 by kissandtellbookblog


Second Chance Romance by Rachel Van Dyken

Cruel Summer Series (book 3 of 3) is an iBooks exclusive

This series is more of a trilogy – one story separated into 3 books.  The first is Summer Heat, the second is Summer Seduction and the third is Summer Nights and ALL of them are out now.

Summer Heat review
Summer Seduction review

Book Boyfriend: 💋💋💋💋
Marlo grows on me in this third book.  He has gone from the spiteful, revenge sex, brooding boy to a caring, selfless man.  He realizes what he needs to do in order to make a relationship with Ray truly work… friendship.  Marlo recognizes and finally understands the deep seeded hurt Ray has experienced in her life and the thing she truly lacks are people that care about her.  He is able to put her needs above his own and fight for her needs and closure.

Strong Female Lead: 💋💋💋.5
Ray faces a lot of hurt and emptiness growing up.  She tries to put up a strong front but doesn’t really know how around Marlo.  She cries A LOT and changes her mind A LOT. I think she grows as a character but I wasn’t really connected to her as the story progressed.  The interactions with her parents were slightly confusing and I would have loved more detail. I feel like if RVD went into more detail of her past then I would be able to understand Ray more and connect.

Plot: 💋💋💋.5
I liked the idea of the setting being at this exclusive drama camp but I feel like the idea fell flat.  There were elements that just didn’t seem plausible – why would so many high-end agents come to a drama camp where the leads “sucked”?  I liked the growth of the characters and that they were able to face their demons but I wish the story went deeper. There were so many good things about this book that ended up par because the depth was lacking.

Steamy Factor: 💋💋💋.5
Is it just me or did this include more sexy business than normal for RVD books?  I don’t know. You can definitely feel the physical connection between these two characters and they act on that attraction.

Overall: 💋💋💋.5
After reading all three books, I am slightly disappointed.  There were some really good elements that I enjoyed – background and struggle of the characters, the camp setting (this was new), and the comic relief of the supporting characters.  But there were things that were lacking – choppy dialogue, need for a deeper connection to characters and elaboration of their story, and the actual use of the drama camp as the setting.  I’ve read most of RVD’s books and this just wasn’t one of the best. The three books are a quick, easy read and keeps you engaged but it wasn’t really what I was hoping for.

Book Summary from author:
The final installment in Marlo and Ray’s story of revenge, love and the thin line between hate and passion. They’ll fight to the bitter end.

And now that everyone’s counting on them.

They’re ready for the final curtain call.

Break a leg… right?

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