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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Summer's Road by Kelly Moran

Summer's Road by Kelly Moran
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (300 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

"When you're talking about family, friendship, and love...there's bound to be a few bumps along the way

After her father’s death, Summer Quinn realizes just how alone she feels in the world. With no family to fill her life now, she finds comfort among friends, but yearns for true love, contentment, and family. When her boyfriend, Matt, suggests they raise their relationship to a higher level, Summer jumps at the chance to get everything she’s always wanted. Only she doesn’t expect the heat arising between her and her best friend, Ian--a man who never seems to settle down. A man the complete opposite of what she’s looking for. But when her estranged mother reappears after twenty-eight years, Summer’s world completely flips upside down. As secrets from her family’s past and Ian’s true feelings for her emerge, Summer’s now faced with choices she’s not sure she can make. The rest of her life’s happiness hinges on her finally confronting a past she’d rather deny and legitimately opening her heart to love, even if it’s not where she expected to find it.

When Summer's mom left her and her dad, she said she was fine. When people belittled throughout her childhood because she didn't have a mother involved in her life, she said she was fine. When her father got sick and died, she said she was fine. But Summer was not fine. She hid her emotions and thoughts away from the friends who stayed by her side. They never pressed her to talk about the feelings she had bottled up inside. Summer never really opened up before. And now, things are changing rapidly. It's time for Summer to make some very tough decisions, and open her life to emotion and love.

Despite the hardships life threw her way, Summer made it through. She's got the best of friends who are her only family, but they have always been there. They stick up for her, comfort her, and console her. Especially Ian, the boy she's known since diapers. Her best friend. Ian is a bit of a playboy, never staying with one girl for long. What Summer doesn't know and never expected, are Ian's true feelings for Summer. When someone mentions Ian in love with her, Summer pushes off the thought.

Throughout Summer's Road, at the start of each chapter, is a reflective glimpse of Summer's past. The author clues the reader in on signs of how Ian quietly shows his love for Summer. He's always been there.

When life gets intense, with Summer's estranged mother popping back in and then out again, and the choice to be made about taking a step further with boyfriend Matt, both Ian and Summer have a lot of thinking -- and talking -- to do. Summer's Road is the story about friends who will possibly take the step to much more, and the people it will affect, including them. There's the choice of letting someone in, and hearing the truth that needed to be said. Summer's Road is emotional, heartwarming, and dynamic. The characters are fresh and they face difficult challenges of life. This contemporary story is engaging, funny and charming.

Do you enjoy stories full of heart? Summer's Road will sweep you off your feet. It will make you smile, laugh and cry. You won't want to miss this wonderful story.