Ex Libris Romance: Summer Fling!

As the summer winds down I am going to review the last of what I like to call the “summer fling” books.  These books are great for escaping as you cling to the last few weeks of summer.

Find out more about my romance ratings here.

overdueLove Overdue
Author: Pamela Morsi
Heat: Mild
Publisher: Harlequin/Mira
Release Date: 8-27-13
Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she’s committed to her prim and proper look. When she’s hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match-and she can’t wait to get her admin on. But it’s clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books. DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady’s attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part-because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn’t seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she’s been hiding from everyone-including herself – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was an adorable romance!  Not only does is revolve around a librarian, but the town itself is also adorable.  There is a lot of small town humor in this story, but it will suck you in an make you really care about the people involved.  I love the two protagonists and I loved all of the side characters just as much.It was a sweet and thoughtful romance with great character development.  A definite win for me!

 

fridayFriday Night Alibi
Author: Cassir Mae
Heat: Mild
Publisher: Flirt
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In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney. Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black., and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love. – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went back and forth about this one.  On one hand, I liked the plot and the romance was sweet.  However, at times it felt a bit preachy to me and a bit unrealistic.  I found myself liking Chase much more than Kelli.  If you want to make me feel sorry for someone who is extremely privileged, I’m going to need more character development.   However, I think that those that are looking for a cleaner NA romance will want to check this book out.  It reads more like young adult with New Adult characters.

 

playPlay Me
Author: Diane Alberts
Heat: Medium
Publisher: Entangled
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Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job. Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good. – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I usually like the accidental pregnancy trope, but this one just fell kind of flat for me.  The characters were woefully underdeveloped and everything just moved too quickly.  I never really got to know anyone.  The love scenes were steamy, but a good romance needs more than that, in my opinion.

I received these books in exchange for my honest review.

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Kate

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872 responses to “Ex Libris Romance: Summer Fling!

  1. I agree! Romance needs more than just lustful sex. When that happens in books it just gets me mad. I need to be swooned! Thanks for sharing these great reviews.

  2. I saw Love Overdue on Netgalley and it sounded so cute… gotta love that cover too. Glad to hear you enjoyed that one I think I’m going to go try and grab it now. 🙂

  3. I love that you call these summer flings, hah. I have been in SUCH a mood lately–I’ve read nothing but comfort reads, adult books, and series romances for the past six weeks. It must be a summer thing…or at least I hope so, because I need to get my head back in the game!

    And yeah, if it’s just sex, it needs to be shelved in erotica.

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