The Summer Deal (Wildstone #5) by Jill Shalvis [arc review]
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-sisters story… And then add in a love story (okay, two love stories). Shake. Stir. 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 pretty much the opposite of Brynn except for one thing: they're half-sisters. Kinsey is keeping this bombshell, and a few others as well. Long time frenemies from summer camp, there’s no way she’s going to tell Brynn they’re related.
But then Brynn runs into Kinsey's lifelong best friend, Eli, renewing a childhood crush. He’s still easy-going and funny and sexy as hell. 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 a sister, 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.
The Review: 3.5 Stars
That first paragraph in the blurb describes it perfectly: "a friends-to-frenemies-to-sisters story… And then add in a love story (okay, two love stories). Shake. Stir. Read on a lazy summer day at the beach."
It truly was a perfect read for a lazy summer day. It has enough to keep you interested but not so much that you can't put down while you have a drink or go cool down in the pool for a few minutes.
Kinsey has been battling a very serious disease her whole life and it is hard not to feel bad for her. The girl is difficult to love, but than, so many in her shoes would be too.
Brynn was interesting. From the outside looking in, specially for someone with a life as hard as Kinsey's, she has a good life. A loving family, perfect health... her ex messed up things big time though. And is not surprising she is feeling a little -ok, a lot- out of sorts.
I loved getting to know them from an young age through short glimpses at their journal entries. It was nice having a glimpse at the real reasons behind their 'frenemy' status.
They are both very head strong and stubborn. I suppose it is unsurprising than that they ended up finding out they are sisters.
The boys in the book were important to the story but they were not the highlight. I really wish we had a little more on on both their love interests actually. That being said, if you usually enjoy a easy to read women's fiction novel this will be right up your alley!
All in all I thought this was a very well written and charming story. Give it a try!
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