JUST A SUMMER FLING  by Cate Cameron


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Invited to Vermont by a Hollywood acquaintance, movie star Ashley Carlsen meets local handyman Josh Sullivan, who has a reputation as a local player but doesn't seem to want anything to do with her.

Josh has had enough of summer people and their casual condescension toward him and his community. Josh learned the hard way that blurring the social lines with people who come to Lake Sullivan on vacation is a bad idea, especially if you occasionally do odd jobs for them or if they’re just out for a good time. Josh has too much pride to feel good about the boy-toy reputation he’s developed, so he’s taking himself out of that particular sandbox. When household name Ashley propositions him at the local watering hole, she makes it almost easy to turn her down: she’s a tipsy movie star in the company of the Hollywood viper who made him change his ways in the first place. Even so, he can’t deny there’s a spark, and despite a few missteps on both sides, soon Josh and Ashley find themselves in each other’s arms. Ashley may play against type—she's generous, genuine, and adorable—but Josh knows the score: sooner or later she’ll be headed back to LA and he’ll be left behind, so he’s determined not to get emotionally involved. Except somehow, the memo never gets delivered to his heart. When the moment arrives, Josh is stunned at how devastated he feels and at how passionately Ashley argues with him to fight for them, to give them a chance. Maybe, in seeking a solution, Josh and Ashley can discover that, for them, home isn’t a place but a person. Cameron pens a tale that could easily have fallen prey to stereotypes and over-the-top scenarios, but instead we are treated to a subtle study in character as two opposites attract, resist, and come together in a smart and gratifying way.

A bright, warm, intelligent love story from a promising new voice in romance.

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-425-28205-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2015


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