Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Cruel Summer #1
Publication Date: August 2, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.
For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.
And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.
But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywood’s most exclusive summer camp.
And I’m on his staff.
Now it’s his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.
He’s no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now the look in his eyes tells me he’s going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don’t know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I’m his lucky target.
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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Holy Crap! What did I just read?!?!
I had a feeling this book was going to be good after reading the synopsis. What I didn’t know was how much it was going to suck me in to the point that I was a mess of emotions when I got to the end. (P.S. There is a cliffhanger and it almost killed me 😭)
“I watched the princess in her glittery tower. My eyes burned with hatred, my anger was barely in check as I pushed the mower back and forth, back and forth.”
As you might have guessed from that quote, this story is no fairytale. Marlon is far from a prince seeing as he would rather see Ray De Lato’s life go up in flames than sweep her off her feet. His hatred towards Ray begins in high school after enduring the wrath of her and her friends. Marlon’s only hope is to get THE scholarship that would help him move on from his life of being the foster kid who mows the princess’s lawn. That is until Ray gets the scholarship, thus derailing his plans. Little did he know that four years later, the tables would turn in his favor.
“Ray and I? The princess and the pauper?
I think we’d rather kill each other.”
If you are a fan of angst, strap yourself in because there is a ton of it. The prologue gives you a little taste from Marlon’s POV and then it just builds and builds and builds. And I loved every second of it. It is a hate-to-love romance in its truest form. Ray is just looking to survive the summer in hopes it will help in launching her acting career while Marlon wants nothing but to get revenge, even if certain feelings are starting to re-surface. Even as the sexual tension between these too continued to build, thanks to a few flashbacks sprinkled throughout, you are also able to see that once upon a time Marlon and Ray no where near hated one another.
Of course, it is only the beginning of the summer for these two. While I was not a fan of how this book ended, mainly because I did not want it to end, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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