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One Summer Night

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  746 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
College professor Johanna Marshall swore she would never fall in love again. She especially did not want to become involved with someone who has a reputation as an extreme womanizer...someone like Kelly Sambino. But on a hot summer night, Jo finds herself unable to resist Kelly. What follows is something Jo would like very much to quickly forget. Embarassed after their nig ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Bella Books (first published 2000)
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Apr 17, 2015 MJS rated it did not like it

Reading this was painful, it may be my least favourite Hill book ever.
I'll save you reading it. Here's what happens.

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I upped to 4 stars because of Kelly because her saintly patience and all she did had me rooting for her. It sucked how Jo treated her.
I wanted to smack some sense into Jo the whole time. She lounged in the denial stage for too long then does the big revelation in an impersonal manner (yeah, she was excited I get it) ... arr.. like Kelly said, Jo sure knew how to choose her moments. bleh.. I would have loved it if there was more stuff about Kelly and her family.. I don't know.. maybe it's just m
Oct 02, 2008 Gill rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008, month-10
I've persevered with Gerri Hill but I think I have to give up now. The detective stories aren't bad but the romances leave me cold. This is a case in point: the central character is irritating and her behaviour incomprehensible.

And I've never known a group of lesbians to drink so much and to think nothing of then driving home!
May 29, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
Kelly has the patience of a saint
Mar 04, 2016 Ruth rated it it was ok
One thing I especially liked about this book is that it was populated with people who aren't twenty. In fact, the protagonist and her love interest are both well into their thirties and I really appreciated a queer romance about "older" women. I feel like it's an age group and a generation that isn't really explored in a lot of queer novels.

Aside from that, I loved how steamy it was! Although I'm amazed the central couple had time to actually fall for one another outside of all the sex they were
Jan 20, 2013 gabbeans rated it did not like it
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Jun 21, 2013 Estelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cheesy romance which I dig. The whole story was simple and decent, nothing overly done. I got a little problem with Jo 'tango dancing' with love committment issue. The character made me felt like i was watching a soap drama that dont intend to end. Call me pessimistic, I dont think Kelly exist in this world, her 'patience of a saint' attitude was far fetched. Even in the synopsis/blurb, potray as a player, her actions dont match. The most I would go on to label her, merely a very sociable modern ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Lee_wa rated it liked it
Okay say Gerri Hill is pretty reliable for a good read with characters you will most likely have met in your travels or have in your circle of (lesbian) friends! It covers a lot of ground really if you think past the pure romance/ sex (and there's quite a bit of that from right up front). The impact betrayal has on getting into another relationship and not becoming the bitch yourself; your reputation precedes you if you are considered a player and all of a sudden decide you are about serious; th ...more
Gaelle Cathy
Oct 22, 2015 Gaelle Cathy rated it liked it
In my quest to read all things Gerri Hill, because she has come to be one of my top five author, I knew there would be books that I would enjoy less. One Summer Night was one of those. Not that it didn't start ok. And it's an okay book, overall, but --to me-- the last hundred pages or so were such a drag to read. And it did take me an awful long time to read them. It felt like those last pages were pointless, only there to bring more sex scenes.
Feb 11, 2015 Kennedy rated it really liked it
Jo and Kelly...miscommunication, awkward situation, persistence, college campus, romance. My kind of story. Told from first person made it personal and allowed the reader to connect. Although you wanted to thump Jo on the head at times to make her snap out of her haze. Fun read.
M.E. Tudor
Sep 13, 2012 M.E. Tudor rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to M.E. by: Bella Books
I loved this book. It was the one that hooked me to Gerri Hill and I've been reading everything she has written since. I fell in love with her characters Jo and Kelly. I felt like I had been right there in their lives watching the love unfold.
Nov 13, 2014 Anne added it
Shelves: dnf, lgbtq, romance-lgbtq
really not that great, kinda boring, even for a cheesy romance. i'd like to check out other books by this author in the future, though.
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Jul 12, 2014 Adriana Hates You rated it it was ok
Jo no sabe lo que quiere, es una indecisa y una pincha nervios; y Kelly va detrás de ella como su perrito faldero, son las dos en su modo un poquito (por no decir muuuuy) insoportables. La forma de escribir no destaca es normal, sin líos. La trama no está muy currada. Conclusión: un libro de verano para pasar el tiempo. Fin.
Sheilah Coffey
Aug 15, 2016 Sheilah Coffey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book at least three times. It is one of my favorite books before the author began writing really weird works. It is a good read. It is entertaining and things happen that mant readers can relate to.
Aug 13, 2015 Jetree rated it it was ok
I think the book would have been more enjoyable if written from Kelly's perspective. She was the more likable person in my opinion.
Jul 09, 2015 Sian rated it did not like it
I found this book a real struggle to get through. I've really enjoyed Gerri Hill's other books, shame about this one.
Jan 15, 2016 Fin rated it liked it
This is a harmless little romance with one dimensional characters, zero character development and a fairly predictable and transparent plot. It's something to read on a rainy day and while it'll never make it on a best book list, it also probably won't have you tossing the book down and throwing your hands in the air in disgust.
Mar 02, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, lesbian, ebook
3.5 stars. I got a little irritated at the main character after she just kept jerking around her love interest. But everything turned out all right!
Jan 29, 2008 Weetniet rated it it was ok
Vind ik één van de mindere van Gerri Hill. Te veel lovestory zonder écht verhaal.
Oct 21, 2013 Ling rated it liked it
pretty quick read, main character got kind annoying though
Debbie Russell
May 15, 2012 Debbie Russell rated it it was amazing
Somewhere in my top 3 of all Gerri's work
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Gerri began writing lesbian romance as a way to amuse herself while snowed in one winter in the mountains of Colorado, and hasn’t looked back. Her first published work came in 2000 with One Summer Night. Many more romances have followed, with the occasional murder mystery in the mix.

Gerri’s love of nature and of being outdoors usually makes its way into her stories as her characters often find the
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