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Summer Lovin'

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Summer is here, and the loving is easy!

Slake your thirst for romance with Summer Lovin'—an anthology for lazy days and summer sunshine.

Go skinny-dipping in a disused quarry. Hang out with the boys in the band. Meet a bad boy made good, and one with a shy smile that hides a dark secret. Or maybe get your heart pillaged by a Viking re-enactor.

With gentle humour, hot sauce
Published August 14th 2013 by PinkSquirrelPress (first published August 12th 2013)
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Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
If you are not familiar with these authors, then this anthology is a fabulous way to have a little nosy at what they have to offer, it's an excellent read and one certainly not to be missed!

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I am a sucker for love stories and one that develops from a summer romance… well, that just about melts my heart. I am not however usually a fan of anthologies, my own experience of them thus far has been a couple of great stories with others seemingly thrown is as padding! NOT SO with Summer Lovin, first
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Winter Warmers and loved it so I knew I was in for a treat when I started reading this fabulous anthology and what a treat it was! Five decent length stories packed into an EXTREMELY reasonably priced book and not one of them a disappointment for me personally at all. All based around the idea of a Summer fling on both sides of the pond ( UK and US ) there's a lovely mix of humour, fun, angst, quirky and of course a huge dollop of hot romance. I thought each and everyone delivered on pu ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Aug 14, 2013 is currently reading it
Shelves: m-m, anthology
I'll be reading and reviewing each one, so this might take a while. :)

Summer Hire By Chrissy Munder 3.65*
This one started pretty fluffy, Jim has graduated and can't seem to find a job, his friend Cheryl gets him one working at a summer rental place and he immediately falls in lust with his new boss. Falls being the operative word here, it seems for some reason Jim is a total and complete klutz around Jim.
But as the summer goes on Jim becomes more serious and sees Aaron as more than just a r
Eli Easton
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading Macky's review, I thought I'd grab this since I love J.L. Merrow. Great value price on ARE($2.99)! I'll rate the stories as I read them.

Summer Hire by Chrissy Munder - 3.5 stars -- Jim is a new computer/software college grad who takes a job for the summer in a mechanics garage and is crushing on his muscular, tatted, hunky boss. This story promised a lot of UST and delivered for the bulk of the story. The romance was good if not especially unique. I really liked the setting-- a lak
J.L. Merrow
Aug 10, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the second anthology from Pink Squirrel Press, featuring stories by me, Josephine Myles, Clare London, Chrissy Munder and Lou Harper. The stories all have summer settings, and are all very different. Here's a little about mine, Lost and Found on Lindisfarne:

I've always been fascinated by Vikings, and growing up on an island (the Isle of Wight) other islands have a deep emotional pull for me too. So when I got the chance to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne up off the coast of Northumb
Lou Harper
Aug 13, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

It was two winters ago that the five of us published Winter Warmers, so it was high time to produce another one. This time all the stories are a bit longer. Mine, Werewolves of Venice Beach, came out to about 15,000 words.

There are many beaches along the coast of L.A. but I like Venice for its quirkiness. No wonder my first book, Hanging Loose, took place there too. The only area I don't like is the boardwalk--it's a grimy, tacky tourist trap. If you're new in town you must check it out once, i
Josephine Myles
Aug 10, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The starting point for my Summer Lovin’ story was the idea of wild swimming—and most particularly, swimming underwater. Now I’ve always been a water baby. I was lucky enough to grow up with access to a private swimming pool (not my parent’s, but their landlady’s), so I spent every summer swimming as much as I could. I was never all that bothered by swimming lengths competitively, but I loved messing about in the water and particularly swimming underwater. I could hold my breath for ages and used ...more
Sammy Goode
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The anthology Summer Lovin offers a variety of short stories from some of today’s most popular M/M authors. From the paranormal to the contemporary, this novel has something for most every taste. However, lest you think it is all light reading, there is a particularly dark offering amidst the lighter reads in this novel. All the stories come with happy ever afters and each gives us their unique spin on falling in love during the hot summer months.

First up is Chrissy Munder’s Summer Hire
Serena Yates
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, anthology
This is a refreshing, fun, and very summer-y anthology of entertaining stories that made me smile. All of them are set in the UK, and they all conveyed a feeling of lightness and enjoyment - even the one I kept expecting to take a darker turn. It didn't, and I loved that.

Summer Hire by Chrissy Munder captivated me right from the start. I mean, a story with a first sentence that reads "Jim Carlson had nothing against porn." is bound to be funny, right? Well, that or seriously hot. Turns out it is
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
Overall I'd give this one 3.5 stars.

Individual ratings under the spoiler tag;

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'Nathan Burgoine
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, anthologies
"Summer Hire," by Chrissy Munder

This was a cute and fun little story about a summer job. Jim is a techy kind of guy, a bit of a network nerd and more than a little clumsy, and when he first sees the man who will be his boss all summer, it's like he's watching the start of one of his porn DVDs - hot man, tattoos, mechanic overalls, muscles... Aaron is definitely fine - but he's also Jim's boss. That the chemistry between the two of them is obvious doesn't help, and neither does Jim's constant str
Jessa Ryan
3.5 rounded up
This anthology was a great mix of stories. From lust at first sight to love reunited, I really enjoyed the mix. Besides the theme of summer, another thing they all had in common was humor. I got quiet a few chuckles and would read this again anytime I'm in the mood for some extra sunshine.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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This anthology is a compilation of several amazing works in the M/M romance genre. Each short story features a summer theme and will give you a taste of all the flavors of summer romance.

Summer Hire by Chrissy Munder
3.5 Stars

Jim is a computer programmer without a job and Aaron needs another helping hand at the garage for his boat retail business. Despite their initial attraction, they are held back by their boss-employe
Rachel Emily
I'm really enjoying this anthology so far...I will try to leave little reviews for each story as I read them.

Summer Hire, by Chrissy Munder - 3.5 stars - I really enjoyed this. I thought it was very sweet and also thought that for a short story there was a lot of story in this too. Loved the ending and also really enjoyed the characters.

Lost & Found on Lindisfarne, by JL Merrow - 4 stars - I really loved this! Cute story and I loved the viking! Yum!

Salt ‘n’ Vinegar, by Clare London - 3 stars -
Liam Grey
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stories of summer love from five fantastic authors.

I liked all of the stories in this anthology. Clare London's "Salt & Vinegar" was the flattest for me. I loved the descriptions of the Brighton shore, but at the end, (view spoiler) It wasn't bad by any means, it just worked a little less well than the other stories for me.

All of the stories brought something di
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nh-g-anthologies
Overall 3.5 stars

This is a rare thing, an anthology which I have liked all the stories in. Some more than other ones, that's a matter of taste. But everyone with a really good quality threshold IMHO.

Summer Hire by Chrissy Munder - 3,5 stars

Lost and Found on Lindisfarne by JL Merrow - 3,5 stars

Salt ’n’ Vinegar by Clare London - 3 stars
Lightly sad

Werewolves of Venice Beach by Lou Harper - 3 stars
Very good and dissimilar characters

By Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles - 4 stars
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Summer Hire: 3.5 stars. Cute and fun, but the guys didn't quite catch me

Lost and Found...: 3 stars. Lovely, I liked the atmosphere a lot

Salt 'n' Vinegar: 1 star. Well written, but I didn't get the MCs

Werewolves of Venice Beach: No rating as I don't read shifters

By Quarry Lake: 3.5 stars. Lovely, but I wished for a few more pages to flesh out the reunion
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
Summer Hire by Chrissy Munder 3.5 stars
Lost And Found On Landisfarne by JL Merrow 4 stars
Salt and Vinegar by Clare London 2.5 stars
Werewolves of Venice Beach by Lou Harper 3 stars
By Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles 2.5 stars
Lisa The Novel Approach
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This Summer Lovin’ is truly a blast! A hot and sweet confection good enough on a cold winter’s night! “Lovin’” is an anthology worth reading. The main theme is summer romances that turn into something more when the weather turns colder.

Check out the 5 star review at The Novel Approach:
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
High quality fluff, exactly what I wanted. A rare anthology with not a dud in the lot, by authors who are mostly auto-buys for me. Some English, some American, some dabbling in a wee bit of angst, all enjoyable. If I had to pick a favorite, it might be JL Merrow's, but only if I had to.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of short stories as I feel a lot is skipped over. Some stories I liked a lot though and wished they were longer. The ones I did like were perfect summer lovin' niblets full of sunshine and lollipops.

The first story didn't really grab me but the others are all lovely.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not a big fan of the anthology. But, this is an exception to my rule. Each of the stories is fresh and engaging, without feeling like a beach movie gone bad. HIghly recommend.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Suze by: Won at Sinfully Sexy Books blog
I really liked all of these stories - lots of hot summer fun. The blurbs cover it all without spoiling but the feel of hot summer days come through. All well written and feel like longer tales.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable set of short, light, fun stories. All with fluff, sparkle and the promise of a HEA.

There's lovely :)
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: azw, anthologies
4.5 Stars
Lillian Francis
Oct 07, 2016 marked it as to-read
Lost & Found on Lindisfarne - Adorable. Castles, Viking re-enactors, a child that acts like a child, a deadlocked hippy, and monk-licking. All written with the author's familiar humour. Loved it. ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
2-3 stories that were okay, the rest were either 'meh' or worse.
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