The Summer I Fell
by Sonya Loveday
Publication date: July 27th 2014
Category: New Adult
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
“So you wanna be part of the Six, huh? You wish…”
~Jared, Ace, Mark, Josh, Aiden & Eli
Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.
Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn’t let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.
When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.
Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.
Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?
The Summer I Fell begins as a sweet story about lifelong friendship. Six guys — Jared, Ace, Mark, Josh, Aiden and Eli — and one girl, Riley. Technically, they are The Seven, not The Six but who am I to spew about semantics? The story starts out the summer after high school, and moves the characters into college, which automatically lands it in the new adult category, but I felt it was a bit less mature. Not in a bad way, but not typical, or what I expected, either.
The flow of the storyline was fantastic, and kept me reading long into the night. It takes an unexpected and very dramatic left turn at about the mid-way point, though. The story goes from sweet and happy to … well, not so fun-loving and fancy-free anymore. Big things happen that change the dynamic completely.
The characters were good, but not as developed as I would have liked. I need a bit more history and depth to become fully invested. The cliffhanger at the end… WHAM! Right in the chops. You’ll definitely want to grab both books right off the bat. There’s just no getting around that.
Overall, The Summer I Fell is a good book, with a few surprises, that lovers of contemporary and romance will definitely enjoy! I will certainly recommend it to my friends.
~About the Author~
Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to the realization that this was the answer to the nagging persistent feeling that ‘there’s got to be something more’.
The dream came alive in 2009 when she purchased her laptop and began the tedious step of becoming a published author.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s sleeping, shuttling her children back and forth to school, letting the dogs and cats in and out of the house for the umpteenth time in the last hour and dreaming of a clean house.
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