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A Taste of Summer

(Beyond the Mathews Family #1)

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A standalone, parallel novel in the USA Today Bestselling Mathews Family Series.
Most people know Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Summer, as Ryan, no last name required. But once upon a time, he was just Summer to Carrie Ann—before a decade of blockbuster hits skyrocketed his success into superstardom.
Summer was smart, gorgeous, and cocky as hell. Nothing was out of his reach.
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Paperback, 275 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by self
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Red Cheeks Reads
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
“He was the love of her life…until he broke her fucking heart.”

Thirty-four year old Carrie Ann Lowell, a successful philanthropist and an LA socialite, knows what it is to have loved and lost. She lost her mother at a young age to heart disease, and it affected her so profoundly that as an adult she formed a charity to raise funds for heart disease. While in college, she met the love of her life, Ryan Summer. Carrie Ann and Summer were happy together; they were very much in love, and they knew
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
The scars of broken trust...
Beverly Preston's Mathews Family Series continues to get better and better with each book. One of the things that really, really entertained me was Carrie Anne's sass from the very beginning. I couldn't quit smiling as I read A Taste of Summer. Yes, there are some very serious and painful experiences that are covered as we explore the past and the beginning of Summer & Carrie Ann's love story. But interspersed throughout is witty banter and sweet moments that will
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Danielle
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I really liked about this story was that although it's part of the Matthews series in a way, you don't have to read any of the other books since this is a standalone.


I enjoyed Ryan and Carrie Ann. They had a history but they both still never got over one another but their time apart only helped them see the picture of them better. I enjoyed the plot. It was unique with her coming from a good family and him working his way up to becoming a well known actor.


Ryan was freaking hot but he was
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MJ
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
Beverly Preston has done it again. Just when I think I can’t fall in love with her words more, she goes and gives us A Taste of Summer. Another gem in the Mathews Family Series, this one solidifies for me, just how talented this author is and how much I truly enjoy losing myself in these books.

This second chance love story is about Carrie Ann, Shayla’s best friend, and Ryan Summer, Hollywood Heartthrob. They’ve been apart for 10 years, but when they have a less than coincidental run-in at a heal
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BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Carrie Ann Lowell has guarded her heart for the past 10 years due to a soul crushing heartbreak. She tries to become seriously involved in her relationships but they are all just missing something. Deep down she knows it is because she still has very deep rooted feelings for the man who crushed her soul, Ryan Summer.

Ryan Summer is known as just Ryan in the Hollywood world but years ago he was only known as Summer by Carrie Ann. They were c
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Three Chicks
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Review by Natasha Gentile
This is the first time reading this author and although this is part of a series it can be read as a stand alone.
Most people know Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Summer, as Ryan, no last name required. But once upon a time, he was just Summer to Carrie Ann—before a decade of blockbuster hits skyrocketed his success into superstardom.

Summer and Carrie Ann dated in college. They fell deeply and madly in love with each other and vowed to be together forever. Till he l
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Jennifer
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The One that got away. Sigh...

Beverly Preston is back in amazing form with A Taste of Summer, her companion novel to the The Matthews Family Series, and I have never been more in love. In my opinion, this is her best work to date (I'm a die hard fan). Mrs. Preston has the uncanny ability to take you on a vacation with her writing, it's spectacular. She transports you into the lives of her characters with her prose and style. Few authors have the ability to write in a way that you can see every
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Jen Campbell
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTE MUST READ!!!
WOW…. Yes, Beverly Preston has done it again. I have LOVED each of the books Mrs. Preston has written. She has made getting to know the Mathews family a page turning journey, and the ride continues in A Taste of Summer, with Ryan and Carrie Ann.

This couple is complicated; the author does a wonderful job at taking the reader into the depth of feels that these two have for each other. We are given the characters emotions and transported to the scene. There were many times du
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Courtney
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I absolutely adore reading books by Beverly Preston. She never cease to amaze me with her stories and the way she writes.

A Taste of Summer is part of the Matthew Family series and I can attest that you can read this book as a standalone without having read any of the others.

Carrie Ann and Summer have a run-in after not being in each others lives after 10 years. But it seems as though that some things just never go away, even after many years apart.

I love the whit and humor that just flowed out
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Pearls
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore the romance found in a Beverly Preston book. Ryan and Carrie Anne were once a couple; now she won't speak to him. What's a guy to do but whisk her away on a vacation at a remote Montana cabin with no internet or phone service. With no one else to talk to, the two slowly find their way back together. The passionate connection between them is real. Can he forgive her secret? Can she deal with her jealousy? Together, they must find a way to balance their relationship with the dem ...more
Karen
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
There needs to be a 4.5 rating. That's what I want to give this book. I loved it, but am held back from giving it the same 5 star rating I give to my absolute favorites that I can't live without that changed me forever. This book didn't move me quite as much as that, but I loved the emotion in the characters and the little plot twist at the end.... I actually had to go back in the book to check something so I was sure what happened really happened. Great beach read romance. Beverly Preston has n ...more
Emmbooks
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Preston, where the heck have you been all my reading life??

A fantastically written book that had it all. Laughs, tears and some seriously smoking hot sex. Ryan Summer is the PERFECT amount of cocky with just the right amount of romance thrown in. it's impossible not to love him.

now I need to go read every other words you've written.

5 stars.
Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Beverly Preston that I have read and it is not going to be my last. I feel this book can easily be read as a stand alone. I could pick out the focus of the other books without knowing anything about them. However, it didn't keep me from connecting with the characters and completely enjoying the book.

I absolutely loved Carrie Ann. She was such a strong character with a little sass to book. She was all sweet at times, but when he needed put in his place, she wasn't afrai
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Renee at Book Happiness
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I received this for an honest review.. I have to say this book pulled me into this world that I just fall in love with more and more with every book.. From the minute I started reading to the minute I finished I was in FREAKING LOVE!!!

This book can be read as a standalone but in my opinion should be read as a part of the series because you get to see the characters from the other books!!

Beverly does an amazing job with this book. While I was reading this book there
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Night and Day book blog
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars I was given this book as an arc by the author for an honest review.
I found this story to be very touching but hot. Ryan Summer is a man you just can't help but love and lust over. He's got a reputation though and Carrie Anne knows first hand how he is. She will never go back down that road again or will she? I truly felt every emotion that came from this book it has a little of everything. The playful banter and stubbornness of Carrie Anne brought the characters more to life for me. T
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Roksana
DNF at 34%

I still don't know what the heck is going on in this book...I want to know WHY they broke up so I could understand it better, but NO! I am kept in the dark and its not funny! There is absolutely no chemistry between Hero and heroine..she mostly hates him and i don't even know WHY? I cannot connect to either of these characters!

And that line completely put me off! meaning the Hero in one of his films with OW!
A vision of his tongue shoved down his co-star’s throat and her naked breast
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Lorena  Garcia -- Brittany's Book Blog
I absolutely adored A Taste of Summer. Something about these second chance love stories always gets me hooked and this one was no different. Two people who leave each other due to misunderstandings that they were unable to resolve 10 years ago and now that they have a second chance at love will they take it!!

We get to experience what goes on now and what happened 10 years ago. Why the wounds are so deep and Carrie Ann just can't forgive Summer. She is relentless and doesn't want to hear his expl
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The Book Avenue
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The One that got away. Sigh...

Beverly Preston is back in amazing form with A Taste of Summer, her companion novel to the The Matthews Family Series, and I have never been more in love. In my opinion, this is her best work to date (I'm a die hard fan). Mrs. Preston has the uncanny ability to take you on a vacation with her writing, it's spectacular. She transports you into the lives of her characters with her prose and style. Few authors have the ability to write in a way that you can see every
...more
Natasha
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review by Natasha Gentile
This is the first time reading this author and although this is part of a series it can be read as a stand alone.
Most people know Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Summer, as Ryan, no last name required. But once upon a time, he was just Summer to Carrie Ann—before a decade of blockbuster hits skyrocketed his success into superstardom.

Summer and Carrie Ann dated in college. They fell deeply and madly in love with each other and vowed to be together forever. Till he lost his fo
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Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
Ah Beverly, you just can't go wrong really with a Beverly Preston book. She writes hot romance with emotion and she writes it bloomin' well every time.

Summer and Carrie Ann were childhood sweethearts and the events of the end of his football career also ended his relationship with Carrie Ann. Ten years later they get a second change, manipulated a bit by Ryan, he certainly took advantage of circumstance and leapt in with both feet.

I kept thinking as I was reading through, would I be able to take
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Katrina Lampkin
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Summer....


Oh my, what was I thinking. Clearly I wasn't! When I looked at the title I think I was anticipating something different. Although I'm also not quite sure what that is. Summer is not referring to the season but to one of the main characters, the heart throb as he is referred to throughout the book. The rest of the title is to your imagination and to be realized when you read this book. So make sure you buy this book and read it. I received an Arc for an honest review and wasn't disappoi
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Marissa
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC Kindle Copy for Review

Most people think they know Ryan Summer the Hollywood heartthrob but before that he was just Summer to Carrie Ann a decade ago before his stardom. Summer had the world at his feet as he planned to used his football to get the fame and wealth but then he got hurt and his football career was no longer.

Carrie Ann Lowell was the love of his life until he broke her heart when she found him with another woman. He was going to propose on her birthday but it never happened as t
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Michele McMullen
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hats off to Mrs.Preston. She has given us another fabulous couple to fall in love with in her new book a Taste of Summer.

Carrie Ann Lowell and Ryan Summer were meant to be together forever. Unfortunately sometimes life has a way of getting knocked off course.
These two strong willed, feisty individuals collide once again 10 years later. The attraction is not only still very apparent but is undeniable. Carrie had her heart shattered and will not be making that mistake again with golden boy Summer
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Ebbie ~Author Groupies
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Rating: 4.5 Stars
A Taste of Summer is a parallel novel to the Matthews Family Series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the series but was able to follow the story and the characters without any problems. This is a great second chance love story.

Summer is a top Hollywood star know as Ryan but to Carrie he was always be her Summer. Carrie is an independent, strong female lead which makes it harder for Summer to get back into her life. He has a cocky side and a dirty mouth...very sw
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DCT
Summer is hot, sultry, and sizzling just like the season.

Beverly has added another wonderful story to the Mathews saga. She has a beautiful way with words, which draws the reader in, making you feel truly absorbed in the story. Carrie Ann is the best friend to Shayla, who is Tom Clemmins niece and married to John Mathews, whom we grown to love from previous editions. Ryan Summer is s hottie movie star, but when he and Carrie Ann were together in college, he was a rising football star, until an i
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Karrie Mellott Puskas
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beverly sure knows how to make your panties melt! Book after book she writes these men. When I don't think she could top the other, she does! I was so in love with Reed from Surviving Broken. But darn it! Ryan Summer of A Taste of Summer may just have gone above Reed for me! And I hate it well not really! ;)

Carrie Ann and Summer have a history together and over the years they haven't spoken. One night at a bachelor/bachelorette auction changes things. Ryan swoops in as Carrie Ann's knight in shi
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Indies Heart
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Carrie Ann and Summer's story. They began and ended ten years prior to A Taste Of Summer in what would hold them both hostage to hurt, grief, anger, and a love that neither of them can let go. Both have made their way, forging ahead despite the past, albeit, not easily. With Summer's new career putting him in the spotlight, and Carrie Ann pretty much keeping private due to the guilt and grief she carries daily, when their worlds once again collide, can they put everything else a ...more
Latochia Bell
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book from this author and I fell in love with the characters.
A Taste of Summer is part of the Mathews Family Series, but can definitely be read alone. I was worried about being lost in their world, but I was not.
Ryan & Carrie were old loves who were back in each other lives. Whether by chance or by other means, they are starting to see a lot more of each other. But do to old scars and issues, Carrie is not so sure about all this.

I do love second chance lov
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Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

The story has laughs, second chance at love, and heartbreak.

This is Carrie and Ryan’s story. After Ryan broke her heart years ago now he’s back and thinks he can get another chance, no that is not happening as far as she is concerned. So what’s a guy to do about that? Take her away from it all and make her listen? The more they talk the more you can see they still love each other even if they don’t want to admit it. Secrets will be revealed. Will they be able to move past there history an
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