The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy

Published: July 18, 2023

St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 392

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Elle Kennedy is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. Elle currently writes for various publishers.

College student Cassie Soul hasn’t spent an entire summer in Avalon Bay in years, not since her parents divorced and her mother spitefully whisked her away to Boston. Now that her grandmother is selling the boardwalk hotel that’s been in their family for five decades, Cassie returns to the quaint beach town to spend time with family, ring in her twenty-first birthday…and maybe find herself a summer fling.

On her first night in town, she finds the perfect candidate: Tate Bartlett, Avalon Bay’s fun-loving golden boy.

Tate, sailing instructor and lovable player, is no stranger to flings. In fact, he’s always down for a good time. But the moment he meets Cassie, he knows she’s not the girl you play games with. Cassie is gorgeous, hilarious, and, frankly, the coolest person he’s ever met. The last thing he wants to do is risk breaking her heart, and so he reluctantly puts her in the friend-zone…only to realize he made a huge mistake. Soon, his attraction to Cassie becomes impossible to ignore. He wants that fling now. Big-time.

And maybe even something more.

As Cassie and Tate walk the line between friends and lovers, they’re about to discover that their situation is the least complicated part of this equation. Because Avalon Bay is full of secrets―and their relationship might not survive when those secrets come to light.

“There’s always a silver lining.”

Cassie is spending the summer in her hometown with her grandma, where she will help pack up her home. She is also planning to find herself a summer fling. Tate wants to have fun and sail fast. He is known for not getting into relationships. And he is housesitting right next door.

THIS WAS SO SWEET. My teeth hurt from all the sweetness. This was a charming book: the build-up, the romance, and the connection. I loved it all!

Cassie was such a sweet character. I enjoyed her journey into discovering herself and learning to stand up for herself. Her growth was fantastic. Tate was a swoon-worthy captain with charisma that radiates from the page.

This was a perfect blend of romance, spice, and drama. The storyline flows engagingly, and your heart will capsize at the end.

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