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Summer Seduction

(Cruel Summer #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,043 ratings  ·  161 reviews
I wanted revenge.
And I got it in the best way possible.

Ray has always driven me insane, now that we're older, all I want is to make her feel the pain she put me through for four years.

And then suddenly, everything shifts and I realize I just want her,
It's bad enough that I'm the camp director — her boss.

Our love is equal to our hate for one another and the burning tension
Published August 30th 2018
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This really took me back to summer camp.

Great book, Rachel Van Dyken is a terrific writer and really develops the characters well. She gives them so much depth and feelings that you end up feeling for them. The relationship between Marlo and Ray is growing in this book and even though they are both immensely afraid to put themselves out there for fear that the other will end up rejecting them them, they are building something slowly.

While the camp is putting together the production of Dirty Dan
Rachel Van Dyken continues turning on the heat with the second installment of the Cruel Summer trilogy, Summer Seduction which picks up right where Summer Heat left off.

The die has been cast, Marlon wanted revenge over Ray for the four years of suffering she inflicted on him during high school. They loved each other, but she pretended otherwise. Now that he’s the director of a prestigious drama camp where Ray is the new instructor, Marlon has the upper hand. And after braking her heart just as
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken picks where it last left off in Summer Heat. This book is definitely a quick read as it quickly jumps into sexual tension that is brewing between Marlo and Ray. Since this is a quick novella, I will just say Marlo and Ray continue to dance around their feelings for one another and oh yeah ends in you begging for the next book.

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I was obsessed with the first installment and this second book is no exception. The first book of the Cruel Summer series ended with a cliffhanger, A MAJOR ONE. One that made me want to throw my kindle at the wall because I was so consumed with the story, I didn't even notice it was coming to an end.

The cliffy at the end of this story is no different. If anything, it's worse. It's the kind of cliffy that will make your jaw drop while simultaneously ripping your heart out of your chest. The rela
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Stars! This was an ok read.
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

Holy freaking hell. Are you kidding me RVD? You’re killing me here with that cliffy! How am I supposed to wait A WHOLE ENTIRE MONTH before the final book comes, when you just threw that at me? Jesus Christ woman!

I have been looking forward to continuing Marlo and Ray’s story since that cliffhanger in the first book, and I was instantly hooked right back into their story and their feelings from the moment I opened this one. I sped
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the cliffhanger on book one - we finally get to see what's next with Marlo and Ray. The sexual tension between these two is off the charts. But will Marlo ever be able to get over the hurt from the past and will Ray ever be able to show him that not everything is as it seems?

Once again Rachel has taken her writing to an all new level and sorry but yes this book ends on a killer cliffhanger too! But it is all so worth it.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though I knew there was another book in this trilogy, the cliffy in this instalment still got me lol. Marlo and Ray continue their back and forth dance of love and hate. I really like the intensity of their chemistry. In this second instalment we get to glimpse a little more into both Marlo and Ray's past. We also get to see more of what makes Jackson, Jackson-- I hope he gets a story.
This is a great summer read with the setting at teenage summer camp for performing arts.
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Are. You. Kidding. Me???!!!
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marlon and Ray’s story continues in Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken and picks up right where we left on. Marlon wanted revenge for everything he suffered, but he realizes that maybe, he wanted so much more. They may hate each other, but hate is really the flip side of love. We get to see the chemistry and sexual tension between these two skyrocket in this book!

I loved reading Ray and Marlon’s back and forth and banter and add the fact that Marlon is now her boss and we have sparks flying e

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This has been an entertaining novella series from RVD. It has a Dirty Dancing vibe and is the perfect, quick summer read. There is not too much torture in finding out what awaits Marlo and Ray. I devoured the 100+ pages in just a few hours. Thus far, it has reminded me a great deal of RVD's early work; all the intense emotion but a balance of light hearted moments. I enjoyed it immensely and felt these two characters have really matured throughout the book.

After whining about the last cliffhang
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
"And I realized that even though we were at a ceasefire..
Even though I knew she was off-limits for now...
I hadn't woken up that happy in a really long time."

I figured we get some cute, swoony, maybe some angst, fun summer series. Nope. Rachel decided to bring her A game and run my emotions over with a bulldozer. THEN she decided to back up and do it again at the end of this book. I.DIED. Probably a thousand deaths. The devil probably cleared out a spare bedroom and welcomed me home because I d
Prads N
Oct 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
To all my safety gang readers- this book is prolly isn't the one for you. After the aftermath of their one night stand gone wrong years ago, the h hadn't been intimate with anyone until she met the H again five years later whilst our dearest H was busy sowing his wild oats. And when asked about his adventures, his beautiful reason was:-

“she was my replacement for you”

Are you fcuking kidding me?!?!
Heather Carver
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why Rachel why? How can you do this to me? I need book three NOW! I don’t believe we have to wait a month for the next book.

I’m really intrigued about Jackson and Jen. I really hope they have more in the next book or that they get their own story!

I really fell more in love with Ray and Marlo in this book. I really hope they get the chance to make things right. Love and hate two emotions that are so close! They are both so closed off they need to break down their walls.

I love this series and e
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
⭐4 sunshine stars⭐

“Our mouths fused. She tasted like my sunshine, like light. She tasted like she was finally free. My head swam with possibilities while my heart pounded against my chest. Finally. Fucking… finally.”

Summer Seduction is the second book in the Cruel Summer trilogy. So far it's my favorite.
Full of so much tension, seduction and heat to light a fire.
Filled with pain, hurt and heartbreak to damage a soul.

In this book we'll see Ray and Marlo tip-toeing around their love and hatred

Review to come
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think we all know you cannot go wrong with picking up a Rachel Van Dyken book. And this Cruel Summer series definitely does not disappoint. This is book two in the series. I'm going to be perfectly honest. You will want to read book 1 in the series, HOWEVER, a friend of mine read book 2 without reading book 1, and still understood everything that was going on. So, do with that what you may. ;)

Story Line: Ray and Marlo's story picks up at his camp (he's the director and she's the choreographer)
Rosie (The Hopeless Romantic Bookworm)
What the hell did I just read?!?!

If you read my review for the first book in the series, Summer Heat, then you know that I started off that review saying pretty much the same thing I did above. That is because this series has wrecked me emotionally, especially after the heart-wrenching cliffhanger this second book ended on. Rachel Van Dyken was cruel ending the first book the way she did, but now she is down right evil after this ending. This is your warning; prepare yourself because I still ha
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads, 2019

That fucking ending!

I had a good time reading this book, though I found way more things that hindered the story for me this time around. For starters, the male character's name is written as both Marlon and Marlo. I don’t know if it was a typo but it is literally like that throughout the whole book, so I’m confused. I mentioned this in my review for the first book but, I think that in this book was more noticeable the fact that we needed a more detailed back story of how their hatred and love
Melanie Cesa
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The darkness has a way of covering things you didn’t want seen. But the light? It demanded you see it all. ‘Watch’, it said.”

Ahh! Man, this story! Marlo and Ray are so afraid to let go, afraid to let each other in, afraid of rejection, and rightfully so. Their past together is filled with hurt feelings and wrong doings. I love the build of their connection. They are fire and ice, yet they burn for each other. They see each other for who they really are, not the person they allow others to see.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omfg what in the ever loving faccccckkkk !!! Excuse my lack of composure here but I’ve just finished this book and I’m reeling.

It was bad enough that I’m my hear was in my throat at the end of book 1 but now !!! Ahhhhh.

This is the continuation of Marlo and Ray’s story. Enemies to lovers and back to enemies again. These two are in what seems to be this never ending cycle between love and hate. Emotions are high in this one, chemistry is hot and that wall that Ray has built is coming down slowly
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summer just got a little hotter. Wow the story of Marlo and Ray continues. This book is amazing, there is so much tension and so many emotions throughout this part of their journey, you can’t help but to just get sucked right in. This book was hot and steamy, but not in a way that made me shy away from it. I personally do not like graphic sex scenes, but the intimacy in this book was written in way I didn’t mind it, it basically just drew you in. I not only love Marlo and Ray but the other chara ...more
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews
Ray and Marlo crew exponentially in this read and I’m smiling and laughing then bam Rachel twirled her mighty pen and kicked me right in my lady jewels at the end and left me breathless. I need the third book like two hours ago cause I’m still sitting here stunned in the most epic way.

I fell deeply for these characters as they evolved and the story progressed into what I’ve come to love from the mind of RVD. Levels upon levels of love and growth with feels and swoon and crazy chickens. I can’t
Bibliophile  Chloe
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This second installment in this summer series is fabulous!

This story starts right off of Summer Heat.

Ray and Marlon are still trying to figure out what they truly mean to each other.

There is humor (the secondary characters are phenomenal), there is steamy heat and there is a fantastic story line as well.

This story makes me wish that I had gone to summer camp as a kid.

Ms. Van Dyken’s writing is fabulous and this series is just another testament to her fine writing!

Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a free copy of this book from the author.

Wow! What a great second book in this series. Ray and Marlo definitely have their work cut out for them.

Of course you know there’s more to the story. There always is ... but we won’t get the full shebang until Summer Nights. Which I’m looking forward to reading!

Rachel Van Dykan has written a fantastic summer series focused on dance, music, acting and what it means to bear your soul for those really watching.
Kelly (the book hussy)
Wow!! Helluva cliffhanger!! Now I have to wait until the end of September to see what happens.

Ray and Marlon are finally getting to a good place. Jackson is in a dark place (I’m loving this guy btw). Hopefully he’ll get his own book. We’ll see.

"I just wanted to feel you, Marlo.”
"You are feeling me.”
"I wanted to hear your heart too.”
"So, I could remember the way it raced when I told you… I love you.”
I exhaled a shaky breath.
“There it is.” She sighed happily.
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Summer Seduction is the second book in the Cruel Summer series. You can not read this as a standalone so if you haven’t read Summer Heat then what are you waiting for. Go. If you haven’t read it then maybe skip this review. I will make it as spoil-free as possible, just in case you don’t listen. Lol

Ray still hates Marlo. Marlo still hates Ray. Just as much as they love each other. Their story continues after he gets revenge on the princess who made his life hell in high school. Was it worth it?
K's Secret Books
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I NEED MORE!!!! I'm loving everything about these series. I'm living for the love and hate between Marlo and Ray. These cliffy's are making me want to break shit. I am hanging on by a thread waiting on these two to get to their happy place.
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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)
  • Summer Heat (Cruel Summer, #1)
  • Summer Nights (Cruel Summer, #3)

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