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Summer Heat

(Cruel Summer #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.

For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.

And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best nigh
Published August 2nd 2018

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SUMMER HEAT: Is the first contemporary novel in Racheal Van Dyken’s ‘Cruel Summer’ series.

My favourite mistakes. Finding myself in his room
Finding myself in his arms
Finding my mouth on his
Skin against skin
Tongue swirling around tongue
It had been the best kiss of my life.
We'd both been wasted.
And I'd ignored him the next day.

Marlon and Ray are your typical enemies which made for a riveting read, saying these two were a hot mess was an understatement, they were all over the place, the
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Excited :))


With “Summer Heat,” the first of the Cruel Summer trilogy, Rachel Van Dyken delivers on its title, turning up the temperature between two enemies who have so much passion between them they can't hide it and can barely contain it.

While Ray had looks and money, Marlon was the nerd foster kid who mowed her lawn and the popular kids picked on. All through high school she loved him from afar but wanted acceptance even more. She ignored him while others made fun of him, except for the night they had t
Carla Bulian
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3,7. Apesar de gostar bastante desse tipo de livro, não consegui me conectar com a situação. Achei surreal as coisas e sem explicação dos fatos.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken is your quintessential must read this summer! It’s one of those light easy reads that hooks you right from the start. RVD introduces readers to Marlon and Ray. Ray is your rich privileged girl and Marlon is the skinny foster kid, who mows her lawn. Ray and Marlon shared a moment but the next day, she ignores him. Fast forward four years later, Ray and Marlon meet again but this time around, Marlon isn’t the
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gawd !! RVD comes at ya with a sizzling summer read, full of sexual tension that might just melt your IPad, iPhone whatever device you use to read.

Marlon and Ray are enemies. Ray is the spoiled rich princess and Marlon is the foster kid who mows her lawn and gets picked on at school.

Years later these two meet up again and Marlon isn’t that skinny kid anymore and this time he’s set to make her suffer.

These two are like fire together and there is definitely no love lost whatsoever. That o
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ray and Marlon will pull you in all directions. I feel this is RVD's best work to date.

So what happens when the one person from your past, you really wanted to forget about - all of a sudden shows up at the Summer camp you are the director at? Well for Marlon - it brings up a lot of anger and maybe some revenge.

Ray and Marlon had been friends since they were little kids. With his foster mom working for Ray's family, she was always a part of his life. Until High School things changed. Ray was th
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Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Ugh, that cliffhanger. I need the next book NOW!! I feel like we haven't even begun to peel back the layers of both Marlo and Ray. We got the general backstory: known each other from childhood, she the popular girl, he the poor adopted son of the housekeeper. One heated night years ago, and the hatred that followed after. Now they're back together at 22, both counseling at a drama camp and none of the spark between them has dimmed in the slightest. He agrees with a fellow counselor that the best ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Drama de leve do jeito que eu gosto. A RVD tem uma escrita gostosinha.

Ray é a clássica pobre menina rica negligenciada pelos pais, que não lida bem com o fato de nunca ter se sentido amada. Marlon foi adotado pela empregada da casa da Ray aos 6 anos e eles são amigos até a adolescência.

Plot comum, que se desenvolve de modo bem previsível, mas gostei porque simpatizei com os personagens. Claro, que há partes mais dramáticas e uma leve forçada de barra para a Ray ser tão triste como é. Porém, é um
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken is book One in the Cruel Summer series. This is the story of Ray and Marlon. Ray is thought of as a 'Princess' and Marlon was the boy that mowed her lawn, a foster kid and one that the other kids picked on. They were never really friends, although both thought the other one was attractive. Ray did go along with the other kids sometimes to stay cool and which did cause Marlon to be hurt. Now years later Marlon is totally different and they find themselves together ...more
Escape into a Booksite
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibooks
*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.


RVD does it again with the first instalment of this series. I was captivated by the characters and their history, and getting to know them in by present. Watching them interact and trying to work out how they felt about each other was awesome.

This is a really fast read and with that ending I CANNOT WAIT for the next instalment to be released.

I really want to dig deeper into the story of
Tongan Book Lover
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nooooo! 😭😭 I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW! Omg. Im a sucker for brooding assholes, for enemies to lovers books & for second chances. There is so much depth to this baby, so much heartache, I felt my soul come apart while reading it. It’s such a hot book, because the chemistry between Marlo and Ray is sizzling. This is a book about betrayal, about love & about judging a book by its cover. It’s amazing and the next addition can’t come any faster!
Shorouk Abd Elhamed
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: page-turner
It was a good story. New adult usually not my genre and I hate many of its books but I liked this book . I liked listening from the rich princess for the first time . This story shows that a person could change and that appearances isn't everything.I wished the more deep meanings took most of the story but I think this genre defines how the story goes.I liked the author writing style,too.
Kelly (the book hussy)
A super quick read. Enemies to lovers. Set in a drama summer camp.

Ray is the former “mean girl”
Marlon is the former nerd, now hottie

The chemistry between these two characters sizzled! And that ending?! Saw that one coming. I’m glad book two is already out!

And part of me, the part that loved her fire, smiled and craved the challenge that she would bring. The fire that she hid beneath that pretty exterior. The fire just begging to be freed from its pretty prison. And maybe, that was the problem.
Flo Grugel
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That ending! I love how this was a novella, it's worked perfectly and I need more right now!!!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
😭 cant wait for the next two books!
Logan Hr
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best Rachel van dyken book to date!!!! The #hatewasreal
⭐4 Marlo stars⭐

“I felt her then. Maybe I smelled her first. Like the worst sort of sin I could commit in this lifetime — like both my enemy and my friend.”

I read the blurb and kept obsessing about this series, checking my husband's ipad like a lunatic.

The moment the last book was out I was like I really needed to kiss all the ipad angels for ending my misery.

I should admit that the book didn't stand a chance in front of the blurb. Yes, the blurb was so strong and interesting it gave me goosebu
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I have never been more happy that I read on an iPad than I am right now. I am sooooo glad I got to read this book by Rachel.

"I was asking for trouble. And heartache all in one. But his eyes? Those eyes, they haunted me."

I've read a lot of insta love stories the past few weeks, not by choice but because I signed up for them not knowing that they were that kinda story. Luckily they all turned out to be good books despite that aspect. The issue I have with insta love is that it takes away my fav
I am a sucker for hate to love, so when one of my favorite authors decided to feature this trope with a summer twist, I couldn't wait to dive in. Marlo is a little aloof in the beginning, but he quickly won me over. I adored Ray and ached for her struggles with abandonment. Ray and Marlo have a past but this romance is focused on the present. RVD does a fantastic job creating sexual tension and chemistry between these two. I couldn't get enough of the banter and stolen tender moments.

"Things are
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Gosh, this book defiantly brought the heat. I love this! Ray was a popular mean girl in high school. Marlo on the other hand was the boy who happened to mow her lawn and also had a crush on her. Several years later they end up at the same place, and Marlo is still angry with Ray. Among all the anger, tension and passion, this book also reminds us we should not judge others by outer appearances, you never truly know what's really going on in their life. I love the story line, it had me laug ...more
K's Secret Books
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
You guys can tell when I'm stoked about something, right? I am STOKED. I'm in love with this story. The Cruel Summer series is made up of three parts. Summer Heat is part one. It's exclusive to iBooks right now. This was my first time reading on my iPad instead of my kindle. I know shocker right. I loved it. So don't be afraid to try out iBooks if you aren't currently using it.

"You know how people have enemies and then the people you know would drown you in a pool of your own blood if they had t
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a free copy of this book from the author.

Marlo and Ray essentially grew up together, but one was privileged the other not. One night they shared something deep between them. The next day she couldn’t even stand up for him.

Fast forward through college and now he’s her boss for the summer. If you’ve had those high school hurts you know how difficult it is to get over it.

So of course you’d think he’d make her pay for it during camp. And that sort of happens but there’s also more.

Melanie Cesa
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a start to this series! Marlon and Ray have such a strong connection, and man, you can feel it pouring out of the pages. Woo! These two have a wild love/hate relationship that will have your head spinning. I love them!

Having grown up together, although in very different manners, Marlon and Ray both think they know all there is to know about each other, but things are quickly coming to light. Man, that ending has me dying for the next book. I’m so anxious to see what’s going to happen.
Diana Laura (The Bookish Sisters)
You can see my full blog post HERE.

2 / 5 stars
Now this is the epitome of an enemies-to-lovers story. Holy moly. I’ve never felt so much hate and sexual tension together in a book before. It was NUTS. And… I think that is exactly the reason I didn’t love this book.

For starters, I’m not a huge fan of enemies-to-lovers (The Hating Game is always my exception). You’re probably thinking “well, you shouldn’t have picked up this book!” and you’re right but I can’t say no to Rachel Van Dyken’s books so
Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
Summer Heat is a quick read that had me hooked from start to finish. An enemies to... (let's hope) lovers story, this first book in the trilogy is full of delicious tension. And, it brought me back to summer camp - truly one of my favorite places on earth!
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ray and Marlo are complete opposites. And you know what they say about opposites - explosive chemistry. These two are drawn to one another time and time again, yet there's an underlying fierce anger boiling in each of their souls. This story will leave you on your knees begging for more.
Queen of Shadows
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.25- Gostei
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken is the first book in her iBook exclusive Cruel Summer series and one of my favorite Rachel Van Dyken stories yet! The blurb alone gave me all the feels! A spoiled princess and the boy who was ridiculed and how years later, so much has changed. Sign me right up!

Ray watched Marlo for years. Then they shared one night, but the next day, she acted like nothing happened between them. Years later they are adults and he is not the man you laugh at anymore. But she is ev
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
copy received for honest review
Marlo/Marlon and Ray grew up together. At the the age of 6 they were friends for a summer. But then they grew up and things changed; they didn't mingle in the same circles. There was a brief moment when they came together but Ray wasn't strong enough to handle the fall out. She was the princess in the tower and he was, in his mind, no one important. Ray was the "mean girl". Marlo was the one everyone bullied. When they meet up again after college, they feelings are
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

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Cruel Summer (3 books)
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