Saturday, June 6, 2020

Review: The Summer Deal (Wildstone #5) by Jill Shalvis

The Summer Deal
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #5
Publisher: William Morrow/Harper Collins
Published: June 2, 2020
Source: ARC for review

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-lovers story… Add in a few secrets. Shake. Stir. Then 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 she’s keeping more than one bombshell of a secret from Brynn – her long-time frenemy.

But then Brynn runs into Kinsey's best friend, Eli, renewing her childhood crush. The good news: he’s still easy-going and funny and sexy as hell. The bad news: 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 real connections, possibly 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.

In the 5th installment of Jill Shalvis Wildstone series readers are introduced to a new set of characters with a whole new set of issues. Newly single and nursing a wounded heart, Brynn returns home to essentially lick her wounds. Not really wanting to live with her kooky moms, Brynn accepts a room for rent from Eli, a childhood friend and first kiss. Things turn upside when Brynn realizes that one of Eli's other roommate is non-other than her childhood tormentor, Kinsey. As if that wasn't bad enough, Kinsey has a secret bombshell that nobody is prepared to drop.

The Summer Deal was one of my favorite books in the series. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I'm pretty sure that one of the reasons is the chemistry and history between all of the characters. From the romance between Brynn and Eli, which was adorable and sweet, to the butting of heads between Brynn and Kinsey. Watching Brynn and Eli grow closer together was almost as fun as watching her butt heads with Kinsey not knowing that they are more alike than they think. The only thing missing from this book, and the rest of the series really, is that there is no connection with the previous characters. Instead of the series being built around the community of Wildstone, each book is usually build around a handful of characters that have a previous history with each other. Honestly, I am missing that community vibe, but I do love the family and close friendships that is moving the series along. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Summer Deal. It had characters that I wanted to spend time with, Jill's writing style that I've come to love, and a whole lot of memorable moments all wrapped in a pretty summer book.

New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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