Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: "Summer Girl" by A.S. Green (Contemporary Romance, New Adult)

Summer Girl
by A.S. Green

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Embrace)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Date: August 8, 2016

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Description from Publisher:
A songwriter is nothing without his muse. Sucks that mine turns out to be Katherine D’Arcy––hot as hell, but the very definition of country-club living and everything I came to this quiet little island to escape. The last thing I need is some live life by her day-planner summer girl screwing with my head, but I can’t stop thinking about her…those curves, silky brown hair, and those eyes… I left that privileged world behind when I came up to Little Bear Island hoping for some inspiration to write my songs. But here I am still, two years later, unable to write crap. That is until Katherine showed up to tend the lighthouse for the summer and drive me crazy. With her here, the writing has never been better. If only there weren’t that one inconvenient truth I’ve been keeping from her… Because when she learns what I’ve been hiding, I know I will lose her forever.

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My Musings:
I'm a bit torn with this one. I liked the romance, and really liked Katherine and Bennet together, and the setting of Little Bear and it's (sometimes quirky) inhabitants was wonderful. But Katherine's character annoyed me for a bit, especially her obsession with Andrew. I just couldn't understand what exactly she saw in him. And I liked the hero, Bennet, but didn't necessarily get to know him that well.

I really, really enjoyed the middle 3rd of this. Bennet and Katherine exploring Little Bear, Katherine making friends, the bond growing between the two of them... And the dogs. Seriously, loved the dogs! Which, coupled with the sort of strange drama that seemed to come from nowhere, sort of ruined things for me when Sam and the bear meet their ends. It was incredibly depressing and honestly felt needless. Their deaths added nothing to the story but sadness.

The way Katherine is towards Andrew even at the end was also disappointing. He has proven himself to not be much of a friend, yet she continues to act like he is her best friend. He is a VERY unlikable character throughout.

I felt that the first 1/3 was good, the middle 1/3 was great, and the last 1/3 was okay. There were some great suspenseful moments, like the near-drowning and the bear at the beginning, which I liked, but I feel like the part near the end was over-the-top and things really shifted right before the Summer Fest.

So, I liked this and would recommend it, but Dog Lovers be warned! :)
I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

I live in the cold, upper Midwest with my husband and three kids. I spend summers on Lake Superior, which is the muse for my new adult romance, Summer Girl, and I’m a sucker for down-to-earth men who work with their hands (if they play guitar, that’s an added bonus). I love all things Irish—particularly music, dancing, and Jameson. When I’m not writing or reading romance, I’m traveling, camping, visiting book clubs, or blogging for Writer Unboxed and writing YA (under my real name).
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