Hot Dog Summer by Lola West

Published: May 30, 2022

Lola West

Pages: 52

Genre: Romantic Comedy

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Lola West is the queen of sweet, intelligent, silly, sexy romance! She has a Ph.D. in women’s studies and a flair for the dramatic. She likes cotton candy, astronomy, kitten heels, and small-town hunks. Lola is a pen name. The mind behind Lola is just like you – an everyday person living a regular life, happy to daydream about sexy men and the sassy women they love. LONG LIVE THE BOOK BOYFRIEND!

Carter and Natalie sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
In the seventh grade, when Carter “Hot Dog” Wilson gently fluttered his lips against hers, Natalie momentarily considered the possibility that he was the most magical human on the planet. Then, he laughed and said, “Loosen up, Matthews. Nobody wants to kiss a dead fish.”
Six years later when he got signed and became a pro skateboarder, she heaved a gigantic sigh of relief. Hot Dog was without a doubt the villain in her glow-up story – always calling her prudish and stuck up, always pointing a finger at her need to make things beautiful and just so.
Which was why she was ready to kill her best friend Alice for inviting him to stay at their place on the night of their high school reunion. She knew her anger was a little irrational. Honestly, how much harm could he do in one night?
If only he wasn’t still so damn smexy. *&*@!!*& Argh.

“Maybe I always wanted him.”

Natalie has flourished from the shy girl she used to be. After planning her 10-year high school reunion and knowing it would blow everyone’s minds, the one aspect she is not ready for is Carter. Her first kiss. Also, her bully. Carter is coming home for the reunion, and he’s looking forward to teasing Natalie. He isn’t sure why, but he feels like he has to do anything to get her attention.

I love Lola’s novellas. She can create such a dynamic world in a few pages, and it’s simply delicious.

I loved Natalie; organized, type A, and polite. But also able to maintain her beloved vehicle. She has spunk and charisma that makes her memorable.

Carter starts as your typical jock. He is slightly cocky, with a touch of arrogance, but secretly insecure and desperate to make his feelings known.

This was very cute. I enjoyed the reunion scenes and how Natalie and Carter found their resolution. Lola writes a love story that is so well developed, and she leaves us wanting more.

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