Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Book Review: 'Summer Fling' by Jerica MacMillan

Idaho author Jerica MacMillan is a romance writer who has published thirteen books and some sets or bundles of her various series of books. She lives in north Idaho and warms her self and her readers with sweet chick lit romances that infuse enough erotica to keep everyone happy.

SUMMER FLING is Book 1 in her Players of Marycliff University and throughout this first book she gathers that spiky college attitude that makes for a fun read. We meet her main character Abby in medias res in the first lines of the book – ‘“Hey! Watch it!” The jerk that bumped into Abby didn’t even bother turning around when she yelled at him. He’d made her spill her drink, and now Jack and Coke was splashed all over her hand, bare legs, and new sandals. “Great. What a jerk.” Switching her cup to her left hand and shaking the excess liquid from her right, she started to weave her way through the crowd of drunken Marycliff University students to find the kitchen. She’d somehow let Megan convince her that coming to the party would be fun. She’d even made a token effort—a flowy lightweight tank with spaghetti straps, her favorite denim shorts that showed off her legs, and her new strappy sandals. Sandals that were now covered in liquor and soda, and would probably be sticky once they dried. Megan had abandoned her over an hour ago, shortly after they’d gotten their drinks. Abby had seen her doing body shots a little later, and the last time she’d seen Megan she had been making out with a guy against the wall in the hallway. Abby could only imagine what had happened since. She finally managed to get to the kitchen, which was just as crowded as everywhere else. A breakfast bar with cups and drinks laid out dominated the room. The real attention grabber was the keg and the idiot doing the keg stand. Abby elbowed her way through the crowd, trying to get to the sink so she could try to clean up a little. She didn’t feel like spending the rest of the night sticky….’

But the story is tight – ‘One summer is all they have ...Lance is a notorious player on and off the football field who never sees a girl more than twice. But with graduation now behind him, his days of carefree flirting are numbered. As soon as his summer internship is over, his parents expect him to return to Texas to take his place in the family business. He's done everything he can to delay the inevitable, and he's determined to live it up his last summer as his own man. Abby comes from a world where men don't stick around. Lance's interest does nothing but put her on guard, especially when she finds out he'll be leaving in less than two months. With two years left of college and a mom who relies on her for everything, Abby doesn't have the patience for relationships that are doomed from the start. But Lance's persistence wears down her defenses. Abby convinces herself they'll just have a summer fling, and she'll be able to come through unscathed. Will Abby be able to maintain her distance? Or will they both be heartbroken when the summer ends?’

Solid Chick Lit romance with enough steam to satisfy. Grady Harp, December 17

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