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Picture Perfect Summer

(Kings of Castle Beach #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  64 reviews
He was supposed to be a summer fling, but Duke King made me fall in love with him and I spent the most perfect summer by his side.

Then I met his wife—his pregnant wife.

And I had no other choice but to leave Castle Beach for good.

Ten years later, I’m back to sell my parents’ house and leave behind the memories of that perfect summer, once and for all.

But my plans for a
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Published January 22nd 2019 by Valentine Publishing LLC (first published November 27th 2018)
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Lady Heather
Gahd! I forgot how much I loved Marquita's writing!

This was a great second chance/people who had a past, and who were destined to be together story.
The chemistry between the characters was amazing and the story was really well written.

This book can be read as a standalone (and I thoroughly enjoyed it) but I think I would have liked to have read the previous books so I knew the King family's history better.
No worries, however, I'll be buying this series backlist pronto!

"I voluntarily read a copy
Three Chicks
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review by Trinette Dungee

“The shape of your smile is carved in my heart”

Who knew Duke King would be so romantic? I sure didn’t. We first met Duke in Picture Perfect Lie and Big Talking Man/Picture Perfect Marriage books for his younger siblings, Knight and Quinn; and he just came across as this brooding older brother who happened to be a single father. We knew he’d been hurt by love and his ex-wife had left him to raise their daughter on his own, but color me surprised to find out that it wasn’t
Avidez Literaria
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Why don't you believe in the power of love?
This time tears fall. "I do, just not for us. There's always something in the way."
"But that's what makes it so powerful, honey. Love conquers everything in its way...well, if you allow it. If you stay and fight for it."

What would the picture perfect summer look like for you? For True Prince, it starts with a challenge. And ends with a broken heart.

When challenged by her best friend to flirt with a handsome surfer, she ends up in the arms of Duke King.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Social Butterfly PR***

Duke is the oldest brother, the one in charge of the family business and making sure everyone stays together as a family after a number of serious tragedies.

True was the one who got away, the one he fell in love with 10 years ago but life, and his wife (it's a long story) get in the way of their relationship progressing.

10 years pass, and the attraction hasn't faded for True or Duke, even though each have lived reasonably full lives in the
Sofia Lazaridou
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will be completely honest here. I skipped half of the book. I did that because I knew I wouldn't be able to read the book if I had to go through the ten years ago phase. From the blurb, I got the idea that the story would begin in present time, but that, unfortunately, doesn't happen. On the bride side, we saw some scenes with Laird and Ophelia. In a way, I can understand why a big part of the book was dedicated in the past. It allowed the reader to understand what happened to the main charact ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm always excited whenever I receive news about reviewing another ARC!

I didn't really like the the last Marquita Valentine book that I've read (sorry!) so when this came up and I read the blurb about the heroine's boyfriend having a pregnant wife, it caught my interest... thought it was scandalous and exciting. So I signed up and counted the days when the ARC will be delivered... I was so ready for this one.

I always love a good build up... an organic development of the relationships and the cha
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
3.85 Stars

So when I started this book, it captured my attention and I was hooked, until I got to the second part of the book and I wanted to pull my hair out.

Duke King was in a situation that he didn't want to be. His father committed suicide and has left Duke as the new CEO, however the business was not doing well. The IRS was investigating them and all their assets were frozen. Except for Duke's inheritance, so he was responsible for all the employees of the business and also looking after his
This is the first book from Marquita Valentine that i have read and i was really captured by the synopsis of the book that i wanted to read about this second chance at love. I really love books that have to do with missed opportunities at love, but then you are given a second chance to fight for you one true love and i was hoping to get that from Picture Perfect Summer.

True Prince and Duke King were a cute couple in this book, sometimes a little cheesy but cute. There are some great romantic lin
Pennie Morgan
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I love this series! This one is about Duke and True and takes place in two parts. The first part Duke is at loose ends, his life is falling apart and he is divorcing his wife and trying to keep his company intact, a company he never wanted to be the CEO of. It is while surfing he meets True and his life changes. She is the one, the ONE for him. True has graduated from college and trying to decide whether to start her teaching career in Arizona or in North Carolina where her parents are. Afte ...more
April Symes
The Kings of Castle Beach is a fantastic series. Picture Perfect Summer is book 3 and it tells Duke and True's story.
Duke and True meet by lucky chance and fall into love. Theirs was a beautiful summer romance, with them deeply in love-
perfect for one another but their beloved story doesn't last long and one shock after the other ends up tearing them apart. Sadly, they don't fight against the cruel circumstances or for one another. Fast forward 10 years on and True is back to sell her parents h
Tanja Kezmic
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been patiently waiting since summer(!!!) to finally see this couple getting their HEA.

Duke and True had a lot going against them when they met and I was just hating on his ex-wife so much while I was reading the part 1. It was so evident how much they loved each other and yet life happened and drew them apart. I was a sobbing mess (again) when True left. But I had the biggest smile on my face while reading Duke's determination not to let her slip through his fingers. He really is a dream m
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read blurbs, but this one I did read and I was curious as to how the story was going to be..after all I first thought of Duke to be the cheater but I was in for a surprise!
Duke's life has been a rollercoaster and when he meets True it is still the case but these two have so much fire between them he can't stay away..
Ten years later and that chemistry is still there..he now has a second chance with her and he isn't going to waste time.
I loved the story..Sweet, quirky, gave me butt
Isha Coleman
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Kings of Castle Beach is a great series. Valentine drew me in with haunting romance and tempting delight. Picture Perfect Summer is a tale of two lonely hearts. Duke and True meet by chance and tumble into love. When life gets in the way of their happy ending, can the hands of fate and the sands of time help them find their way back to each other? Love is not always pretty, but if you can survive the pain, the experience is a rewarding one. True and Duke prove there is beauty to be found fro ...more
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PICTURE PERFECT SUMMER was a like diving into a little slice of paradise!

This sweet and swoony second chance romance marks my first ever book by Marquita Valentine and it exceeded ALL my expectations.

Set in the NC coastal town of Castle Beach, this book is split into two sections. PART ONE features the whirlwind romance that unfolds between True Prince and Duke King during one idyllic summer. After accepting a bold-faced da
Meghana Sarathy
Picture Perfect Summer was a sweet and fullfilling read that left me with a wide smile on my face. It was a simple yet complete and 'picture perfect love story'. It was my first book of the author and the first book that I read in the Kings of Castle Beach series. It was a very good start and a light hearted read - exactly what I needed at this point in time.
Delving into the details - it's a simple and cute love story' between True Prince and Duke Kind, who meet eventfully during her summer vac
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author
OH MY!! Words fail to describe how much I loved Duke and True’s second chance story in Picture Perfect Summer by Marquita Valentine, book three in her The Kings of Castle Beach series. There are two parts to this story, ten years apart, both during the summer. True met Duke because of a dare, but once she started seeing him she was a goner. He was only supposed to be a summer fling instead she fell in love with him. Duke felt the same love for True and did not want her to leave at the end of sum ...more
Christine C
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
True meets Duke at the beach when she is home in NC visiting her parents for the summer between college graduation and starting her teaching career back in Arizona. She thinks they'll have a summer fling, but real feelings develop. She is resisting her parents' arguments about staying in the area, but Duke could be the one to convince her. Then she finds out that Duke is married - although separated and waiting for the divorce to be finalized - and they both learn that he is about to become a fa ...more
Luisa Rivas
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I started to read this author’s book when she wrote the Holland Spring’s series. I loved that series! Even though there were some blips in the plot, the characters were engaging, the story line was great, there was humor and angst and a great love story. Then there was the Boys of the South series and I loved that one too, great characters and plots. After this, I felt that the quality of her writing went south, conversations between characters that didn’t make any sense, a plot that was scatter ...more
Bubbles The Book Pimp
Third book in series and able to be read as a standalone.
What starts as a wonderful summer romance story quickly morphs into true love for True Prince and Duke King.

A not so Chance meeting turns in to the sweetest of romances. With a family feeling for the suicide of their father and employees livelihoods on the line Duke is feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders... meeting True is like a breathe of fresh air and all his burdens become easier to carry... until his meddling wife, whom
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have mad love for the Kings of Castle Beach series of books. Marquita Valentine once again gives her readers a wonderful second chance romance with Picture Perfect Summer. I've wanted to know more about Duke King from the moment we first met Duke and realized his ex-wife wasn't the reason he was heart broken. When I discovered True Prince was the reason for his heart break, I needed to know how they met and what caused them to be apart. Ms. Valentine gives her readers everything they could pos ...more
Melody Dawn
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picture Perfect Love is the story of the King family's eldest. Due to a tragedy with his father, Duke is left with the task of running their shipping company, one that the IRS has seized their funds due to a question of whether his father was involved in something shady. He's trying to keep the company going, his family together, and now he has met the love of his life, True. Unfortunately, there's an unwelcome appearance of someone in Duke's life who makes him unavailable and True leaves Castle ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The summer they spent together had been magical, and so unexpected, but then his soon to be ex-wife dropped a bombshell in their laps, and that's when True decided her future was not in North Carolina. So she packed her bags, and never looked back.

Ten years have since passed since that summer, and True now finds herself returning to a place that holds so many fond memories... and a few hurtful ones too. She's hoping she can sell off her parents beach side home and quietly sneak back out of town
Glorimar Irizarry
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-reviewed
Was given ARC for honest review.

This is the first book from Marquita Valentine that i have read and i was really captured by the synopsis of the book that i wanted to read about this second chance at love. I really love books that have to do with missed opportunities at love, but then you are given a second chance to fight for you one true love and i was hoping to get that from Picture Perfect Summer.

True Prince and Duke King were a cute couple in this book, sometimes a little cheesy but cute.
Cee Cee Houston
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love will conquer all!!

Picture Perfect Summer is book 3 in the ‘Kings of Castle Beach’ by Marquita Valentine. Here we get the oldest brother, Duke’s story.
Duke runs the family business. He’s the one that makes sure they all stay together and wants nothing more than to keep everyone safe from harm. They’ve had enough tragedy and don’t need anymore. Even he feels like he lost something once. Well, he knows he did. Not something, but someone.he let True slip through his fingers ten years ago and ev
Kari Hansen
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Duke is the eldest King sibling and at 25 his life was in turmoil. His personal life is in shambles and the weight of his professional responsibilities are a burden that are becoming harder to bear. The summer he met and spent with True was the happiest of his life until he receives life changing news that had True leaving him and their relationship behind.

True is at a crossroads in her life as she has finished school and is preparing to start her career. Meeting Duke was the best thing to happe
Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
Duke!!!!! Oh my! He is the eldest of the Kings siblings and he is a breath of fresh air. Watch out! There is a new book boyfriend that will make your heart melt! True is the ray of sunshine as she is portrayed in Picture Perfect Summer. Duke has the weight on his shoulders, but somehow, True helps demolish the turmoil for a little while.

Marquita writes the perfect summer romance! True and Duke has their whole lives ahead of them, until it was no longer theirs. So much happens! Before you know i
Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
Marquita Valentine where have you been all my life?! I can’t believe this is the first book by her I’ve read! Picture Perfect Summer is everything you think it will be from the blurb times like a billion. This book wasn’t just a roller coaster, it’s one of those roller coasters you see in viral videos that makes you go “OMG where is that!?” and it’s in some beautiful exotic location with gorgeous beaches and so you start a whole list to try to take your dream vacation just to ride that roller co ...more
Michele A.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance
True and Duke get a second chance after a decade apart. True comes back to Castle Beach to prepare her parents' house for sale. She knows running into Duke is a real possibility but claims that she has a new life and is over him. Duke has never gotten over True and realizes that this is his second chance. His has raised his daughter, River, pretty much on his own and wants to do something that will make him happy for once. True was pretty much scared and timid the entire book. Duke was correct w ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 stars for me as I was a TRUE fan of Dukes from the beginning. The weight of everything was in him and he took in in strides. Sacrificed his happiness for family on all fronts. Loved hard and with no apologies. Fought for not only his happiness but that of his daughter. No one was immune not even True. Shoot even his ex had problems letting go of what was the best man ever....

This story was perfect, the choses in which a parent makes for their child. How they forget to live for themselve
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Marquita Valentine is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance.

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south.

Her next release Seducing the Billionaire's Brother is coming Spri

Other books in the series

Kings of Castle Beach (3 books)
  • Picture Perfect Lie (Kings of Castle Beach, #1)
  • Big Talking Man (Kings of Castle Beach, #2)