Wednesday, June 15, 2016

All Summer Long- An SF Romance

At first, when reading this book, I was not totally into it, to be honest. But as I kept reading, I started getting more involved with it feeling that it was going to be hard to put down. And it was. I finished the entire book in just a few sittings.

I have to admit upfront that I am a hopeless romantic. Like most Hollywood stories, it definitely had predictability to it- and that was okay. Sometimes reading books like that are a great thing. Like you can see where it is going and so it becomes an easier read.

Kind of like watching Maid in Manhattan or The Wedding Planner. A sweet romantic movie/book.

The Wedding Planner is great and the best analogy in the movie world.

Instead of it being Jennifer Lopez and the Doctor who is engaged to Fran and having to realise he is falling for his wedding planner when the family had plans for Dr and Fran because they had known each other for so long. He finally realises that he is not what he wanted- and went with his wedding planner.

Like that, Natalie, a lawyer, and Leo are engaged to be married on the same day that he has to pick up Tia. She is working on her aunt's boat and he is the captain. The aunt, Julie, doesn't realise that these two went to a boating summer camp back when they were teens. Even Natalie was there. Natalie and Leo's dads are both lawyers of the same firm- so when they find out they are engaged, they are wild with excitement. When Tia shows up for her job, not knowing that her and Leo are going to be working together, well, that throws a emotional wrench at Leo. He goes forth with wedding plans even though he is clearly not wanting to move that fast. Tia keeps as much to herself as possible and to her work, but miserable. How are they going to manage working together and how does this love triangle work out?

I felt the book ended faster than I would like only because the big turning point, which I definitely won't give away, was not as much in the middle, it was more towards the end. It would be have been nice to hear more about the blossom of the relationship of Tia and Leo instead of it quickly jumping into marriage. It would have been nice to hear more about how the investment of the other characters would have played out.

After all, once nice thing about books versus movies, is that the ending doesn't have to be more abrupt. It can happen slowly.

This was about adventure, life, and love. Finding oneself and being able to try to deal with heart break, life, work, and know that everything works itself out in the end. It was cute but could use more romantic details, to be honest. But very cute. I give it a 3.5-4 for what it is (a cute fluff piece).

 * I was given this book in exchange for my honest review *

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