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S'more to Lose

(The Campfire Series #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  845 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Four years after her life-changing summer, Gigi Goldstein thinks saying goodbye to Camp Chinooka means saying hello to a brand new life. Now faced with a second chance at her career, she is filled with more hope than she's felt in a long time. Her design house is taking the fashion world by storm, even attracting notice of Victoria Ellicott, the fashionable British sociali ...more
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Published December 5th 2017 by Ink Monster, LLC
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Lisa Mandina
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I really did enjoy the first book, One S'more Summer. But let me say that I devoured this book in only one day! I picked this up on a break at work on Thursday, continued reading during my lunch break, and then couldn't stop reading, had to finish before bed! It was a little easier to get into now that I know Gigi better and am past how she started off in the first book. One thing that always makes me crazy when I'm reading, but in a good way, is knowing something happened, but not knowing ...more
Paula  Phillips
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Set four years after the first book finished and we learn that unfortunately the romance between Perry and Gigi has ended and things seemed so positive for them. It looks like their careers got in the way of their lives as Gigi and Jamie created their fashion line and is currently in the bid to win the Princess's Wedding dresses. Perry is a big star on Broadway now, and in London, like his play, Elizabeth 1 has taken the world of theatre by storm. Gigi has avoided everything to do with Perry and
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(edited to change rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. I figured after rereading this book twice since I first read it a week ago that it was due the 5 stars!)

"Gershwin, Gigi, always Gershwin."

I have been pleasantly surprised with how much I’ve enjoyed this series. The writing is fantastic, the plot is interesting without being overdone, the characters are realistically flawed. I really enjoyed the first book and getting to know the characters and was anticipating the release of the second book. It
Another American who CBA to do the tiniest bit of research. Lazy. A London hotel with only a dozen tv channels? A woman who is going to be the ‘future queen of England’ who is, apparently, marrying the Prince of England ?? Rolls eyes here.

First person past tense, the usual I, I, I, I.... Me me me ..... I’ve read better fan fiction.

dnfing before I throw my Kindle across the room.

Not rating at this moment.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ended up on my Kindle account for free somehow. I don't remember getting it, but I was getting ready to take a camping trip and thought it seemed like a fitting book. I didn't realize it was about people who used to go to a camp. This whole book is set between London and NYC, minus a few pages at the mythical Camp Chinooka. (And I confess sleepaway camps are forever ruined by my personal experience the summer after 3rd grade.) But all that aside - it was actually an entertaining, short ...more
Lex W
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the ache in my heart that it evoked reminding me of something in my past, to the happiness I felt that reminded me of my present and possibly future, this book was the perfect mixture of fairytale and reality.
A bit frustrating.

It's filled with mundane details. There are no steamy scenes. It's like a bowl of Wheaties when you wanted Count Chocula. Then the heroine is utterly foolish and makes bad choices. Why must authors make their heroines so stupid?
Teresa Corcoran
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Just the perfect read to make you forget the world. Loved the history and fashion! Really good! Sure the next one will be just as good
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I liked Beth Merlin's "S'more to Lose" even better than the first book in the Campfire series. Main character Gigi seemed so much more confident in herself and her abilities this time around, despite the brief crisis and case of designer's block that sent her back to visit Camp Chinooka one more time in the middle of the book. Rather than running away from her problems, she seemed to be running towards inspiration, which showed just how far her character has come since the beginning of book #1. ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I have not read the first book in the series but Beth does a good job of subtly filling in the background. I liked that the book was not just about the two llove relationships. There was good character building of all the players and the event thst pulled them together. Getting the next book now!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I was rather hesitant to start this book particularly after the ending of book 1 (which seems perfect actually) because I've grown to love Perry and Gigi, and I couldn't bear the thought of them not being together. Of course, curiosity lured me in - I couldn't resist returning to the warmth of Camp Chinooka!

What I did not expect was to fall completely in love with the series for the second time, and even though it ended with a cliffhanger that left you pulling out your hair (at le
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Nice Clean Fairytale Read

Nothing objectionable, which I'm okay with. No real surprises. I would have liked less Perry and more Gideon interactions. This book just needed a little something more.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the 1st one. I don't want to spoil it for any one, but in the end, I'm glad she chose ... ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Because I hadn't read the first book, this felt like walking in on the middle of a conversation. You can follow along and eventually catch up with most of the important points, but no matter how carefully you listen there will always be things that you never 'get'. There were constant references to the events in One S'More Summer. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend reading this until you've read the first book. Now, on to the review.

What I liked:

The book was really well written. I can't say t
Jill Jemmett
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited to be reviewing this book today! I loved it.

This one is even better than the first book. The characters are more developed and have a of history together. I'm also a little biased because I love everything British, so this story was perfect for me!

The beginning is unexpected since usually in the sequel to a romance, the main couple has gotten together. Though Gigi and Perry were together at the end of One S'more Summer, they have broken up now. I liked this unconventional way to b
Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
I received a ebook copy  from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This is the second book of the Campfire series
It starts with Gigi or Georgica and Jamie meeting Victoria the future queen to discuss on her wedding gown, as G Malone, their design house is one of choices. Then they realize that Victoria has chosen to design not only her wedding gown, but her other dresses leading to the wedding. They are ecstatic. Gigi is afraid of meeting of meeting her ex, Perry, whose has become a celebr
Fiona Leung
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
S'more to Lose is the follow up instalment to One S'more Summer. Four years have passed since that summer at Camp Chinooka. Gigi was in a relationship with Perry but they haha since split up.

Gigi's label G.Malone was in the running to design the wedding dress of the century for the future queen of England and that's where her path crossed once again with Perry. Gigi found it really difficult to bump into Perry all the time while maintaining her professionalism and she suffered a design block.

Valerie Edwards
I realize this is the middle of a three book series. While the romantic aspect is interesting, I'm actually English and a fashion designer, designing for the royal family? I don't think there is a royal family in the world where the royals themselves don't wear clothes designed in that country by a designer of that country, think all the British royal weddings, Princess Mary in Denmark and so forth. Part of the job of being royal is to promote the goods of their country. So the story would have ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and Ink Monster for the opportunity to read and review S'more to Lose by Beth Merlin! Four years after the first book, this sequel finds Gigi and Perry in London and at an impasse in their relationship. They have moved on from their relationship, by all appearances. Perry is famous for writing a popular musical and Gigi and Jamie have built a growing, productive designer business, G-Malone. Prince Alexander and Victoria Ellicott are planning their wedding and want G-Malone to ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is the sequel to One S'More Summer, there is a huge gap between the end of that and the start of this. And it is a bit of a disconnect to be honest, until you get back into the swing of things.

And then the book turns into a bit of a tease as the past 4 years of her relationship (or not) are revealed in increments.  Add to that the hoopla with the dress, the Viscount and that ending, and you have a significantly more drama laden story than before.

Overall, this is a more complex
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn’t read the first book, I was still able to enjoy this one. I would put it down to try and focus on something else only to find myself going right back to read more. I can’t say how much I loved this story enough. The characters were all so lovable and so funny. Gigi’s mom was my absolute favorite, I couldn’t help but laugh while reading about her. Since I haven’t read book one I’m going to go read it so I can better understand this “S’more To Lose” and I’m sure that I’m only going t ...more
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Well, this book is a really easy read. I didn’t expect to finish it so quickly, especially since the first half of the book I was all, “really? Georgia, have you not grown as an individual in the four years that have passed since the first book? Do I really need to read about your crippling, self-inflicted insecurities? Maybe instead of running away from your problems or drinking alcohol, you should invest in some therapy.l

But then, the book improved. Girlfriend got a backbone. She was almost al
The second in this "Campfire Series" had moments of unexplained and "neat" segues with a predictable ending. I did not enjoy this second of the three in the series as much as the first, mostly because Gigi, the protagonist, just irritated me. Her immature and emotionally stunted behavior did not square with the magnitude of her creative talent and professional success. Jamie, her best friend, and most honest supporter, had repeatedly warned her of the potential consequences of keeping the secret ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great free download thru bookbub!

Honestly, after several intense books in a row, I was just ready to read something lighthearted and unchallenging.

What I actually got, was a rollercoaster of drama, romance and fashion intrigue, wrapped up with a huge slice of England and all the things I love about Gloucestershire.

This was a wonderful breath of fresh air and just what I needed. I would happiliy recommend this story to anyone who wants to curl up with a cup of hot Earl Gray tea, needs a
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This sequel to One S'more Summer takes place four years after the previous book, and all sorts of things have happened. Gigi Goldstein and her design partner have created a successful business and are in the running to design the wedding gown for the bride of one of the (fictitious) princes in the English royal line. The man she fell in love with at the end of the previous book is a successful playwright of a award winning musical, but unfortunately they have split up in the interim. Naturally t ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and the one before totally surprised me. I chose them mainly because of the price ~ and just wanting some "fluff". Was anything but....
I think to fully appreciate the base of this story, one needs to have experienced overnight camping. I was transported back in time to my happy place. This could have been Camp Seneca, and the camp's owner could have been the owners of my camp.
Friendships- life long~ summer romances~ sometimes life long~ re-inventing oneself~ living 10 for 2....
If you
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I hated putting it down and doing real life activities. The detail in the fashion and designs is amazing. I loved seeing Gigi grow as a designer. I could envision everything perfectly in my mind because of Ms. Merlin’s attention to detail and amazing writing. You can see the growth of the author from book one to book two. The ending made me want to throw my Kindle, but in the best way possible me because I NEEDED the third book IMMEDIATELY. Stop whatever you’re doing and read ...more
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Beth is a native New Yorker who loves rom-coms, Broadway, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth's debut novel. ...more

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