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The Summer of Us

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,004 ratings  ·  234 reviews
It’s going to be a long hot summer.

John is an exceptionally good lawyer. He’s driven, arrogant and hides a warm heart underneath a façade of cool politeness. He’s used to people disliking him but for some reason when meeting Matt in London the other man’s open dislike of him bothers him. He’s therefore surprised to find himself offering Matt a place to stay in his villa in
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 228 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Lily Morton
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Sexy, enemies (eventually friends) to lovers, perfect HEA, and a villa in France. What's not to love?

Quite a bit actually.

1. The GFY was pitifully undeveloped; there's a hint that John might be bi (which of course he is), but it's brushed aside. For John it's all about Matt; hot and yet not, because bisexuals aren't unicorns, people.

2. Weird appearances by Matt's ex-boyfriend and John's ex-wife. Everyone just kept showing up at John's villa overlooking Cannes like it was a community center or
☆ Todd
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it

There was a good bit in this story to like, but it didn't entirely work for me, either.

I liked both John and Matt, but the pacing was pretty slow, so the story felt soooooo looooong.

I was less thrilled with the amount of steam, by which I mean that PENISES SHOULD BE PUT AWAY SOMETIMES.

I'm not a prude, but once I've had my fill of sex on-page, I'm looking for the fast forward button on the remote and pulling a big ole' commercial skip until that shit's tucked away again. :- /


Yeah, I thought it was ok.
It could very well be my mood. I was looking for an easy comfort read and I barely felt the hug or tug of my lips. Usually, Morton woos me and wins me over.
John and Matt = an opposites-attract, sexual awakening, walk into the sunset HEA.
All of the elements were there...I just missed the concoction mixing and blending like it always does with Lily's guys.
Maybe she's grown into her craft since this 'earlier' book?
Maybe I'm just having an 'off' day.
Not bad at al
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

This book had potential, I actually enjoyed the first 40% a lot. I love slow burns but I think if you stretch it too much you just kill the sexual tension and when they finally get together the reader has lost interest. That's what happened to me.

My 2 stars don't mean I hate the book. I thought it was ok, it was an easy read but I just didn't love it.
There was some unnecessary drama that made me roll my eyes. I say this with all due respect but authors please do not create Disney villains. Reade
This was LM's first foray into MM so my rating relfects this. Whilst I like it, it didn't blow me away like her newer work does and I think that was down to the pacing which I felt was slow in places.

I still enjoyed it so 3.5 stars from me.
Such a nice story ruined by bad editing. I cannot imagine how this was published like this. I think the author's and editor's laptops both were misding the comma key. Otherwise it's inexplicable how we ended up with this book. ...more
Pianka *call me PIU*
4.5 stars

“The Summer of Us” is a very sweet and romantic read which combines three tropes of GFY, “enemies to lovers” and also “friends to lovers”. There is very minimal angst in this read and I loved how the author beautifully writes the GFY part in the story. The romance is very engaging and passionate. Both the MCs were very different characters but in a very base way were completely similar with emotional baggages and past hurts. I loved them both and rooted for them wholeheartedly.

John Harr
Denise H.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In London and Cannes...
They begin with a misunderstanding, and five months later, Matt is being sent, by mutual friends, to direct a renovation in Southern France. He'll need a place to eat and sleep, so he's staying at John's villa. Before Matt leaves, he fires Ed from his job, and as his lover.
John is considering getting back with his ex wife, Bella, but why? * Matt is a PA for Bram,

and owns his own company. He's a shaggy haired blonde with brown eyes... a sleek body,

who likes running and su
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lily's first published MM and, while I know friends weren't as keen, I actually enjoyed it.

Not quite as much snark as her later books but still enough humour that I found myself sniggering a lot while reading.

A bit sweet, a lot steamy, not too much angst and although the dreaded "misunderstanding/miscommunication" trope reared its head, at least Matt did try at the time to do something about it.

As grand gestures go, I thought the final couple of chapters were utterly fab.
3,5 stars, rounded down because of Ed.

This one was one of the few Lily Morton books I had not read yet. It was her first mm romance, and I think that shows. Even though I loved Matt's and John's chemistry - I mean, they were really hot together! - I can't help but have a few issues that made this book work less for me than I'm used to with a book by this author. But I guess we can't love all books equally, can we? Even if it's written by one of your favorite authors.

The characters were interest
Lyndy Ann ♫
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 Summer Nights stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I really enjoyed this, it was a nice relaxing read spending time with two good men in a villa in the South of France, it felt like I was on a summer holiday myself.

When John and Matt first met there was a misunderstanding so they both disliked each other with a passion.

They have the same friends and one asks Matt for a big favour go to France for three months to manage the renovation of his house. John is already planning on going  to his own villa over summer so b
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 fantastic stars. Omg how I love Lily Mortons books.
She writes and describes the characters perfectly. This is a such a sweet story set mostly in France.
The absolute witty sarcasm combined with genuine love makes my heart melt.
The description of how one person can love another so deeply is truly inspiring. I went from laughing out loud to almost tears. Such a great read.
One of my favourite m/m writers. I highly recommend Lilys books. ❤🥰👌📚
May 05, 2019 marked it as dnf
*** DNF around 15-20% ***

The story may have been okay, but the writing was pretty bad. Hard to believe that this is the same Lily Morton that wrote Rule Breaker.
Ed Davis
Another wonderful story by Lily Morton. This book was a slow burn, gay for you, and enemies to lovers book. The first 40 pages were kind of slow, but then the story picks up and never lets you down. It’s one of those that makes you cry happy tears. Matt and John are just perfect together.
Aug 23, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf, mm-romance
While I feel like there could be a decent story unfolding, the grammar and lack of editing is so abysmal, that I can't even continue. ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Kept thinking I should like this more than I did. It's a slow sweet story, but unfortunately I never connected making it a long read.

I think a lot of the issue was first person present tense, being told by a character how they appear to others feels odd. And a little repetitive.

It's so slow-burn that the fizz was gone by the time they got together. In fact the frequently given chance for second thoughts were voiced so often I had second thoughts about the wisdom of it.
And all the getting to know
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, feel-good, gfy
That was very, very sweet.

The GFY aspect totally worked for me here. It's often not the case as several things tend to piss me off in this kind of stories but not here. This was done beautifully!

John and Matt were both adorable. The story was sweet and, as usual as I discovered with this author, The characters banter and quick wit were great and funny.

I'm so glad I found this author. her books are a balm of sweet, funny and hot...

Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
3.5 stars for this sweet yet snarky romance. I enjoyed the build between John & Matt and found them both to be unique characters. I can certainly see Lily's style now after reading two books in a row and the use of humour, sarcasm and sass is the main formula. This was fun and somewhat light. ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Liked this, but not as much as her lastest book.
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I started this in 2018 and never finished it. It didn't really pique my interest that much at the time but now that I have read pretty much all of Lily Morton's MM books, I thought I would give it another chance. It was very nice but kind of dry at least comparatively to her newer books which are hilarious. There's humor and the characters are lovely and clever but it doesn't rise to the top as her other books do for me. I still liked the story and as I said before, it was nice and I am glad I f ...more
B+ / 4.5 stars.

Read for the July prompt in the 2019 TBR Challenge (contemporary romance)

Unlike the historicals prompt, where I always have lots of books to choose from, the contemporaries one usually sees me scrabbling around to find something to read because I like to choose my TBR Challenge reads from books I already own – and contemps aren’t really my thing so I don’t buy many.  I did, however, find a handful on my Kindle and, having recently enjoyed Lily Morton’s Rule Breaker in audio, (seri
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying all of Lily Morton's M/M books and this one was also very enjoyable. It's an enemies to lovers story or if not enemies at least two guys who don't like each other much. However, there is a little bit of an attraction as well. However, once they end up living together for a little while they get to know each other and find out they really like each other. Of course there is a bit of drama towards the end to keep it interesting. Two great guys spending their summer "vacation" ...more
December 2020
I absolutely LOVE this book. John and Matt are great and I love them together even before they are together.
My favorite book by Lily Morton

June 2018
I love this book. I think I loved it the second time around even more than the first.
it is a great story which I really enjoyed

October 2017
I really, really liked this story. it was great to read about someone who discovers a great person and falls in love with him without throwing a tantrum because the gender is different than he expec
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I do loved this book. An enemy to friends to lovers and GFY story of John and Matt.

Gonna write more review later.
Andrea AKA Catsos Person
Note to self: See Dani's review for reason to pass on this book. ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A few issues but I did enjoy it so 2.5* rounded up.

I wanted to read Rule Breaker but as it was not yet released at the time I thought I would try out this book instead. I fairly quickly realized that it had characters from her prior books and I did feel a bit lost at times because of this. I don't really like joining in on a series part way through. So after finishing this book I went back and read the first three Beggar's Choice books. Because those books are M/F and each follow a different ban
Joyfully Jay
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

I fell hard for Lily Morton’s writing this fall when I read Rule Breaker and later Deal Maker, so I couldn’t resist going back to pick up this slightly older work by the author. The Summer of Us has that intensity that comes from two people spending a long, hot summer together, building a relationship during that magical time away from their regular lives. I loved the connection between John and Matt and the way their relationship bloomed, moving from men who did
I absolutely loved this.

Matt and John were funny, witty, open and just perfect for each other. They complemented each other and reading about their progress from friends, to lovers and then to partners was just a joy. It also didn’t hurt that the UST between them for most of the book was written perfectly. When they finally came together too, Wowza! I damn near swooned. *happy sigh*

Lily Morton’s writing here reminded me of why I love British humour so much. It always has a kick that leaves me la
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

4,5 stars.

OMG... I'm on a Lily Morton roll! Loved John and Matt so much.

After reading Rule Breaker and Deal Maker I was so glad to find another amazing M/M story written by her.

Highly recommended!
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars

Quite unrealistic and everyone was too rich, beautiful and kind expect the evil ex-wife. It got a little on my nerves how often they called each other "Johnny" and "Matty". Also the talk about John's sexuality felt incomplete. It was told more like a GFY rather than the MC discovering he's actually gay/bi.

Despite that I still enjoyed the story.
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She lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven't had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing because how else

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