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1983: Cruel Summer (Love in the 80s #4)

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From Amazon Bestselling Author Amber Lynn Natusch

Isadora Lancaster is in hell.
She passed on a European vacation with her parents, choosing instead to spend an amazing summer with her boyfriend. But that plan changed when she walked in on him and another woman.
Now Izzy’s stuck in a town she’s avoided since high school, and has to face uncomfortable truths about her past—
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Kindle Edition, 106 pages
Published April 29th 2016 by WaWa Productions
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Elle's Book Blog
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
:: 4.5 Pretty Little Stars

This is another GREAT addition to the Love in the 80's novella Series. This is probably my second favorite out of all five. Its fun, fast paced, has a pretty cool heroine AND little love story that is absolutely adorable. It's also a second chance romance.

This is a really cool little series of novellas that are quick and easy to read. Each story features a new set of characters in the 1980's as they navigate the difficulties of life and love. For those looking for a
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Paula  Phillips
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it

Travel back to the year of 1983 with Bananarama and their hit song "Cruel Summer" and with Amber Lynn Natusch as she brings us Book #4 in the Love in the 80's series. Isadora aka Izzy Lancaster has always felt like she never fitted anywhere in the small town where she grew up and only had one set of ties in the town - her boyfriend, Jason. Not having spent a lot of time with Jason lately, Izzy has decided to skip her family's vacation to Europe to spend it at home in Johnsonville and see Jason.
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Stephanie
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, romance, series
phoebess
I really liked Cruel Summer until that over the top ending—or last plot twist, if you will. That didn't sit well with me.
My Bookbag by Karen
This is a good novella. While some of the plot follows a somewhat standard design, (i.e. woman scorned, stuck in town she hates, forced to get a job, runs into first love), there are facts added throughout the story to make it belong solely to Natusch.

I like these characters. Braxton and Izzy, were cruelly manipulated apart many years ago. The circumstances surrounding that manipulation are creative, imaginative, and maniacal. The truth, once revealed, fractures everything Izzy thinks she knows
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Kristy
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
I grew up in the '80s , and loved the references to that time – cassette tapes, VHS etc. This a quick read that includes everything you'd expect from this writer (sass, swearing, great characters) and more.

The story is told from college student Izzy's point of view, as she heads back for the summer to the small town she fled straight after high school. I enjoyed the characters, especially getting to know Izzy and Braxton.

This is a standalone, with no cliffhanger and the perfect book fo
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Tatiana Chavez
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cruel summer is part of a series of standalone novellas from the 80s. Featuring Izzy Lancaster and Braxton Bryant (major swoon) in a summer off from college, in a small town trying to rekindle a broken friendship.

Even though this is a short read I loved the way the story doesn't have the hiccups that all the other stories do. I love how everything was to the point... Without adding the drama and the suspense all of the other romantic stories have and all those really sick twists that break the p
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
May 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2016
I tend to save my one star ratings to books I really dislike or books that doesn't make sense. This book fits the latter category.

Anyways, her father is connected to the mob. What the hell. That came out of nowhere. Her father was also a major asshole and the ending made me disappointed.

But in this book's defense, I did like the conflict shared between the two characters. It was complicated and could not easily be undone by a simple explanation.
Valentina
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Left me wanting more....

Not in a good way :( I know these books are supposed to be quick reads and I realize its hard to fut everything you want into them but I felt rushed through the whole book. The storyline was good it just left me wishing for more meat on the bones of the story lol
Sheryl
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*

I just wished this had been longer...
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AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of p ...more
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Love in the 80s (10 books)
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