Book Review: Summers’ Love by Stu Summers



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Synopsis

Following the collapse of her interior design business, Kate Winston moves to Georgetown with hopes of making it as a sales rep for Tasmania, a company selling personal protection devices for women. With rapes, robberies, and domestic violence on the rise, the nation’s capital is a ripe market. But Kate’s stun gun party implodes when her guests demand she sweeten the deal by providing autographed copies of In Heat, the latest best-selling novel by Stu Summers. With creditors breathing down her neck, Kate drives to Page Me Books, where adoring fans clamor for an autograph with the New York Times sexy and single romance writer.

Stu expects the flirty smiles and women fawning praise, but when his editor phones to inform Stu that his latest manuscript failed to impress the publishing board, his carefully crafted career begins to unravel. Stu has one week to deliver a complete rewrite that meets his reader’s demanding standards. And he would if only he could write. But he can’t. Not a lick.

For years Stu has paid a church secretary to ghostwrite his novels.Only now Hattie May Hall feels God calling her to write paranormal prairie Amish thrillers with an evangelical, Cinderella twist. With Stu’s career on the line and Kate’s big taser sale in jeopardy, an unlikely pair of hearts collide, providing a shocking climax at the world’s biggest stun gun ball.

Review

A tongue-in-cheek whirlwind romance. A woman with heavy baggage and serious trust issues finds herself falling for the “master” of love–bestselling romance author Stu Summers, but soon finds he’s not who he seems. Stu decides to give love a try and use it for fodder in his next novel endeavor, only to find himself falling for the main character. A cute and funny romance with lots of jabs at the CBA market as well as a few plugs for other authors.

Stu is an anti-hero, a bit of a jerk, and terribly dishonest – accustomed to using people to get ahead. In the beginning of the story, this made him fairly unlikeable. As the story progresses, the reader discovers his checkered past and grows to like the man behind the mask. Kate, on the other hand, is a strong, independent woman who is writhe with bad choices and has such an unforgiving nature to the male sex that she’s virtually unbelievable. But combined, their romance works, although it will be a roller coaster, for sure. The breakneck speed at which their romance goes from just met – to friends – to I love you – was a bit too hurried for my taste.