The Summer Deal: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From New York Times best-selling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-sisters story....
Add in a few secrets. Shake. Stir. Then listen 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 29 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 longtime 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.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 58 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 02, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#43,584 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1,015 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,847 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,189 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Famous last words…I mean thoughts…
Geez, my family can drive me insane with all their caring, thoughtful attentiveness and stuff. I swear my mother thinks I’m an idiot sometimes. She likes to forward me articles with helpful tips on finance, health, education, food, fashion, living with boys and a million other random subjects. It's like she's forgotten that she's already taught me how to be a good, law-abiding citizen with a brain in my head.
I should probably take all of that back but it sort of has a bit to do with The Summer Deal. See, a lot of this story is about dealing with your family whether it be the one you’re born into or the one you have made for yourself. By the end, it was very clear to me that it doesn’t matter if it’s born or made, they’ll always drive you insane but they do it because they care.
I really liked Brynn, Eli and Kinsey and found them to be extremely annoying. I think it is realistic to like characters but also find them frustrating too because nobody is perfect. In this case, Brynn is returning home from a failed relationship and she’s suffering from “I’m such an idiot” syndrome. Eli, well the poor bugger has, “my life goal is to take care of everyone else…” syndrome. And, finally, Kinsey has, “I’ll scratch your eyes out if you dare look at me with pity” syndrome. In other words, these three are MESSED UP!!
Now, you might be asking how we have three main characters but we’re not talking ménage. Well, Brynn and Eli are our love interests and Kinsey is connected to them both. I can honestly say, that Jill Shalvis does a fantastic job of convincing me that there are no romantic feelings between Eli and Kinsey, even though they have been connected since they were kids. Her way of convincing me is Deck. Wow!! I LOVED Deck! I may even be a little sad that this wasn’t Deck’s story. Not saying I didn’t enjoy Brynn and Eli's love story… but DECK. 😍
Story-wise, The Summer Deal was a wee bit emotional. This is the kind of story where all of your emotions take a rollercoaster ride. As with each instalment of the Wildstone series, this is not just a romance. The love and relationships are familial, friendly and romantic.
Brynn and Kinsey started out rocky because of old hurts, betrayals and secrets. Kinsey knew for years she had a sister and Brynn was completely blindsided when she found out.
Kinsey and Eli’s relationship, while mostly like a brother/sister, there was a lot more of Eli giving and Kinsey taking. This may come across as selfish on Kinsey’s part, but in some ways, she was giving Eli what he needed most. Someone to focus his shelter and protect nature on. Eli does have his little brother Max for that too, but Max is an adult and doesn’t need Eli as much anymore.
The relationship between Eli and Brynn was rocky to start with because they both had to learn to trust. This one probably needed the most work because Eli was keeping a bunch of secrets when they first got together. They weren’t his secrets to tell but it wasn’t a great way to start a relationship.
If I had one problem with the story, I’d have to say that Kinsey drove me crazy and Eli enabled her. There is NO WAY Eli should have let Kinsey keep her secrets from Brynn as long as she did. He was jeopardising his budding relationship by keeping his mouth shut. I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving as Brynn when all the truths had been shared. I get it, Kinsey was sick. I just found it frustrating that the secrets went on through the whole story.
Sorry, this was a wee bit of a rambling review. I really enjoyed reading The Summer Deal and I would have been quite happy if it went on and on and on. I loved the dynamics of the relationships and the closeness between them all. I loved Brynn’s Mums, Raina and Olive, Max, Eli’s brother, and Deck, Kinsey’s boyfriend, but not really boyfriend. I wanted more and I was sad when it came to the end.
If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis, you will not be disappointed in The Summer Deal. While it was an emotional journey that at times brought a tear to my eye, I did finish with a big goofy smile on my face. I can’t wait for more in this series.
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
Eli is Kinsey's best friend and also went to camp with her and Brynn. Eli and Kinsey's relationship was strictly platonic. They were like brother and sister. When Kinsey got sick and then had to have a kidney transplant, Eli was there for her. This is where the story really begins. Kinsey's body starts to reject her new transplant. Her whole attitude changes and she becomes sarcastic and mean to everyone. She considers herself to have an expiration date. Without a new kidney her days will be numbered.
To watch how the relationship between Kinsey, Brynn and Eli develops makes you smile at times and also shed some tears. Jill Shalvis can really tug at your heartstrings and she did her job in The Summer Deal. If you are a fan of hers I hope you won't hesitate to read this book. Maybe you have never read her before then this will be a good book to start with. I loved every minute of it and finished with a smile in my heart.
Eli Thomas was definitely the star of the book for me. He's kind, he's loyal and he loves hard. His childhood crush on fellow summer camp attendee Brynn flares back to life quickly the moment he runs into her again.
Brynn Turner is easy to like. She finds herself once again trying to pick up the pieces after a man lets her down, and she's not so sure she ever wants to let her guard down again. Running into Eli reminds her that there is good in the world ... she's just not sure she can take the jump to letting herself see it.
Kinsey Davis is your typical mean girl, but as we get to know her, we see the soft side hiding behind all of her biting words. She's Eli's best friend and secrets she doesn't want to share endanger the life he wants to throw himself into.
I highly recommend this story and the entire Wildstone series to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt romance with an equal amount of drama, love and sass. It's always a joy to visit this town!