Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Blog Tour: Summer Reading Review

Hello, all!

Whenever the weather starts getting warmer, I start to crave all the romance. If you're the same, then you should check out Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay. Big thanks to the publisher for the copy!

Pub Date: 5-16-23
Adult - Contemporary

Samantha Gale was looking forward to spending the summer lazing around her family's cottage on Martha's Vineyard, figuring out a way to resurrect her career as a chef. Instead, she's chaperoning her younger half-brother while he attends a summer robotics program at the local library. Being dyslexic, Sam has never felt comfortable in libraries, and her unease grows when she learns that the new director is none other than the handsome man she met on the ferry-- right after she accidentally dropped his book into the ocean.

Bennett Reynolds has taken a temporary position on the island to research the summer his mother lived there and find out who his father is. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but that doesn't stop them from engaging in a little fling. Soon, Sam is helping Ben track down his father, and Ben inspires Sam to start that cookbook she's always dreamt of. As the weeks pass, their feelings only grow stronger, and they realize what they've truly been looking for might've been in front of them the whole time.

I read another book by this author that I thought was cute, so I was eager to pick this up. Again, it was cute. The setting was great; I loved the beachy, small-town vibe. I loved the representation of dyslexia and ADHD. I even learned a few things, such as how there are specific fonts that are easier to read than others. I also loved watching Sam form a bond with her brother. It was so sweet. But my favorite aspect was the cooking. My mouth was watering every time Sam mentioned a dish she was making. Adding the recipes at the end was a nice touch as well. My problem with this was the characters. Sam and Ben felt flat, and I wanted more build-up to their relationship because it developed quickly. I wanted more tension between them. I still thought it was good, and would recommend it if you're looking for a beach read.

Rating: 3/5

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