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Just One Summer

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  27 reviews
One summer, no regrets

Carly Reynolds does not want to work at her father’s Branson theater over the summer, but she has no choice. After wrecking his prized Mercedes on Prom night, she’s got to pay him back somehow before she leaves for college. Now she’s stuck working as the personal assistant to twenty-year-old Gracin Ford, former member of one-hit-wonder boy band Accent
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 2018 by Linda Murphy
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just One Summer was such a phenomenal read. I really loved the different feel Lynn Stevens brought to the frenemies to lovers story. Carly and Gracin are both hurting and no one seeing it except maybe each other. Their characters both come from completely different lifestyles but they soon find out they have more in common than they realize. I really loved Carly's character, it's usually the guys character I like the most, but in Just One Summer I saw myself in Carly, some of the same things she ...more
Caitlin Audet
Lynn Stevens is a brand new author to me and Just One Summer was a nice way of getting acquainted with her work. This was such a sweet romantic story with a bit of celebrity twist with a pop star. I'm happy that I got the opportunity to read and review this book, it was a nice change of pace from what I'm used to.

The title says it all for Just One Summer. Gracin Ford, a former member of a boy band, is trying to get his groove back with performances at a theater in the small town of Branson. Carl
Jen Zingaro
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice summer romance. It's sort of a rock star romance. Carly is forced to work as a PA at her dad's theater in order to pay for damages to her dad's car. Her "client" is a young rock star. A romance ensues with an agreement that it would just be for the summer until Carly leaves for school. Carly is a bit of a rebel and lives life on her own terms. Gracin is a once member of a pop band forced to tour in small towns. I enjoyed watching the relationship between the two of them bloom. It ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Both Carly and Gracin had some huge obstacles to overcome the summer they met. Their relationship started on rocky beginnings, but it soared quickly to love. I loved how they each supported each other in overcoming these obstacles in their lives. Carly had a great sense of humor and a take no shit sort of attitude that I really liked. Gracin tended to be a bit too timid for me. But I guess that probably is understandable considering he’d been in the limelight since the age of 12. This book is a ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for a bad boy musician with a heart of gold and Gracin Ford does not disappoint! JUST ONE SUMMER is the perfect beach read!

Lynn Stevens knows how to write a sweet, summer romance. The chemistry between Carly and Gracin heats up the page. From the beginning, I was rooting for Carly and Gracin. Both characters had a lot of obstacles to overcome, and it was nice to see them grow throughout the book. Just One Summer is a coming of age novel about growing up and becoming the person you’
Janette Lowey
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet coming of age book about Carly & Gracin. Carly had an accident with her dad's Mercedes and as part of her punishment she was to be the personal assistant to the "has been" twenty year old, one hit wonder, boy band member, Gracin so she can go to the college of her choice. Their first run into does not do much to change Carly's mind about how she is spending her summer. He comes across as arrogant and entitled and to make it even worse she hates all the music he is performing. As ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Just One Summer turned out to be a pleasant surprise! From the blurb I thought it would be a fun, light-hearted, hate-to-love-you kind of story. And it was- it was sweet and fun, cute, with just a bit of that teen-age drama and angst you'd expect in an upper young adult novel. But there were a couple more serious themes woven into the storyline as well, that gave it a little more depth than I expected.

Carly was a contradiction. We didn't start out on the greatest of terms, as I thought she was y
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me. I thought it would be a cute, easy read. Stevens hit this out of the park. Carly has to work for her Father for the summer to pay for damage to her Father's Mercedes. Her summer job is as a PA for a rock star playing at the family theater for the summer. Carly and Gracin don't hit it off well. But their chemistry is palpable through Steven's writing. Their magnetic pull is undeniable, but they only have the summer before Carly heads to college in Nashville and Gracin retu ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So here I am reviewing this adorable celebrity romance. Steven's character Carly was wonderful and I think we'd be friends in real life. I actually laughed out loud while reading this, not something I do often. It had just enough darkness without getting too heavy. I enjoyed the angst between Carly and Gracin and their romance had some sweet fluff too. I also enjoyed the development between Carly and her father, that felt so real to me. As someone who prefers a little more edge and strange I sti ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good summer romance between Gracin and Carly who push each other's buttons. Felt bad for them both. Gracin with his father issues and loneliness and Carly for the trauma she went through. They used each other for support and overcame their troubles. I really enjoyed the build up of the romance. The way they both kept to their dreams but still to each other was endearing. This was a one sitting read. Even with the serious issue that is addressed in the book this was a perfect summer read. I recei ...more
Jennifer Bodnar
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was sweet.
I really liked Gracins character, I didn't so much like Carly. I felt like Lynn Stevens created two different characters with her. She was too much at times and not enough at others.
I thought the love story was cute and it kept me smiling. The flow of the book wasn't too bad. I just wish we could have seen Gracin stand up to his father and bit more time with them spent outside of the Job they were working together. The HEA was perfect as well. I would read another book by t
Nicole Ortiz
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet summer romance story. I loved this book. Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. Loved the storyline and the characters. This was well-written. I especially l loved the banter between Carly and Gracin. I really didn't want this story to end.Can't wait to read more from this author.
I received an ARC and volunteered to leave a review.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read! This was a sweet story about young love between Carly and teen heartthrob Gracin Ford. The author Lynn Stevens really had me annoyed with Carly's stubbornness and I felt she didn't deserve Gracin but I was totally rooting for her by the end. Everyone READ THIS BOOK! ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and Family

A feel good , easy to read book . No drama , just love and family. A nice read between (heavy books with crazy plots or psychological books with bloody chapters.
Jennifer Pierson
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Lynn Stevens, and I really enjoyed the sweet story. Her talented writing style kept me turning the pages quickly, as I was drawn in from the beginning. It all starts out when Carly wrecks her father's Mercedes on Prom Night, so if she wants to get her college choice paid for, she must work as Gracen Ford's PA as a summer job. He's a former boy band member of Accentuate, demanding, and all around douche, so Carly isn't sure how she's going to get through the summer. But ...more
Cori Mcgowen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
❤️ Gracin

A very sweet YA story. I loved Gracin he was so likable once you got past the arrogant shell. I loved how he and Carly grew together and I also loved the ending but would kill for an epilogue a few years down the road.
Rebecca Paulinyi
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable New Adult romance, with good characters and a couple I was rooting for! Some emotional scenes as well as romantic, definitely worth a read.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carly is an amazing person , made a mistake and has to help her daddy out
With the CLIENT lol
He’s a twat but a hunky one lol
Two people who can’t stand each other sometimes turns into .......
This is fast fun and enjoyable
Linda Hill
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing and fun and angsty in a good way.

I save my five-star ratings for the best books and this one deserves them. The plot delves well into the background of the characters, giving the book both depth while keeping the excitement of the growing romance alive.

Highly recommended.
Ann-Maree Howarth
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have read Lynn Stevens and she had me glued to this book to the end. I just love the banter she wrote not just between the two main characters but the interaction in Carly's family as well. I received An Advanced Reader Copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review of it. This book is full of drama, obstacles to overcome, chemistry, family, dreams, attraction, change, growth, promises but most of all Love.

Bad boy musician Gracin Ford comes to town to help
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Lynn Stevens and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise! Carly's family owns a resort and theater in Branson, Missouri. Gracin is a former boy band member who is trying to make a name for himself as a solo act by performing at Carly's family theater for the summer. When Carly gets in hot water with her father, he requires her to work as Gracin's personal assistant for the summer. Their relationship starts out rocky but quickly turns into a simple friendship. The more t ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

I read this book in one sitting.The story & the characters gripped my attention. This is my first book by this author, it certainly won't be my last .
John Driscoll
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is probably a 3.5 at least. Were I more of a romance fan or if it had been a little less predictable, I might have gone up to 4 stars.

The first thing you should know is that I'm not normally a romance reader, and this isn't a book I would normally choose to read, so if this is your kind of book then you should probably take my review with a grain of salt.

So, here's the plot setup:
1. Carly is about to graduate high school.
2 .Her dad, who owns a small resort and theater in Branson, Missouri
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This New Adult Romance is easy to read, fun, entertaining and sentimental.

Gracin is a young musical artist with a bad boy reputation.

Carly is a rebel and a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

Gracin is making a come back at Carly's family resort. As a punishment for something that she might or might not have done, she is allocated the task of being Gracin's assistant. She would rather spend her summer outdoors with her friends, but if she wants to attend the college of her choice, she has no say in th
Shh... One More Chapter
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1st-past, ya
I was really into this book when I first picked it up, but man, it is so slow. I found myself putting it down more than once to read something else and each time I can back there was just nothing there to grab my attention. Clearly it's dealing with some serious issues, but even then I don't know if much thought was put into it. For someone to go through what the MC did and still jump into bed with someone? For me, the character were only a bit more than cardboard cutouts. Which is disappointing ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite teen romance. I found myself frustrated with the characters and the writting style throughout the whole book. It was trying to be different from the other teen romances but it wasn't. The storyline was predictable and the characters were not fully fleshed out or unique. ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just ok. Main guy not fleshed out enough. Hard to visualize him...kept coming up with a Liberace lookalike!
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