The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis
(Book 5 in the Wildstone series)
Expected publication: June 2, 2020
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
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I received a digital copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own (obviously).
Fellow summer camp-mates are reunited years later when one of them returns to Wildstone to get a fresh start.
When Shalvis reached out to me to ask if I’d like to receive a copy of her June release, I was ecstatic because she’s hands-down one of my favorite romance authors. But I was even more excited when I realized this book was the next installment in her Wildstone series. I had read the first two books and loved them and since The Summer Deal is book 5, I immediately read books 3 and 4 in preparation.
All of the Wildstone books can be read as standalones. Characters from each installment are not related in any way that’s significant or would spoil other books for readers.
I will almost always side with the former bullied and like the dependable and charming Eli, I wanted to hug Brynn as tight as possible so she wouldn’t run away. But I would do the same thing if I found out one of my new roommates was my former summer camp bunk-mate who used to torture me growing up. While I had a hard time liking Kinsey, she is well aware of how hard she makes it to love her. She’s had it tough, that’s for sure, and believing yourself to be a walking-talking expiration date can severely impact how many people you let close to you.
I think Deck and Kinsey’s relationship is so sweet, but I really could not stand her when she refused to tell Deck she loved him under the guise of “protecting him,” but still being selfish enough to hold onto him. But something I really appreciated about this book is that no one puts up with Kinsey’s crap–they are not afraid to be tough on her and call her out when she’s being unfair or unreasonable, and it’s all out of love.
The development of Brynn’s and Kinsey’s relationship was both endearing and comical. Readers who have the same sisterly dynamic in their own lives will love their snarky attitudes towards one another, as well as their tough love.
The ending felt a little rushed, but it didn’t negatively influence my overall opinion of the book which is that this book was at least as great as the previous books. Shalvis explores various types of romantic, platonic, and familial relationships throughout this entire series and I believe every reader will find one that resonates with them–maybe hitting a little to close to home or maybe shedding some light.
Let me know if you’re interested in picking this one up or if you’ve already read it too!