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Remember Summer

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,321 ratings  ·  34 reviews
New York Times bestselling author ELIZABETH LOWELL revisits the unerring passion of Summer Games to re-create an exquisite contemporary tale of danger, desire, and irresistible temptation.



The most grueling challenge of Raine Smith's equestrian career looms before her - the Olympic Games. Little does she realise that she's about to face greater perils i
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Avon (first published July 1984)
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Raine is a vivacious, stubborn and competitive rider competing at the Olympics. Her horse, Devlin’s
Waterloo is just as stubborn and just as competitive. A character in his own right. He loves his rider with a fierceness that people fear. Being the daughter of an important military official has made Raine pretty fearless when going after what she wants.

Along comes a man called Cord Elliot. A military man himself, he is hired by Raine’s father to keep her safe when a threat is made in her father’s
Lori P. Arnold-Mann
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know a re-issue of this book had been done I was re-reading it for the umpteenth time. I bought it as Summer Games, I didn't put it down the first time. It was even more interesting because my brother lived near the course site in San Diego at the time. It was easy to picture Dev and Raine streaking through the land. Emotional and filled with raw energy, it has been one of my favorites that I have picked up and enjoyed for years. It is well worth another read. ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Slow. Not the best romance novel. it certainly never 'grabbed me. ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another of her early books, but my favorite, but shows the beginnings of the amazing author she came to be.
David Westhead
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Elizabeth Lowell does it again. Absolutely a masterpiece. Beautifully written. Fabulous characters. Made me want to jump on a horse and gallop away!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old Elizabeth Lowell story, but I enjoyed my vice.
Deborah Tomlin
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lowell always has good research behind stories. Utilize s figures of speech, other wording in line with main story subject.

I always learn new words and information. And about new places.

Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm starting an Elizabeth Lowell binge and I love her stories. My one issue is that there's not much epilogue and I'm all for epilogues ...more
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, ebooks
In the last of my Elizabeth Lowell Summer 2009 Marathon, I'm jumping out of the historicals and into a contemporary, Remember Summer. I was hoping that I'd get closer in general flavor to the sorts of suspense novels Lowell's been writing for much of her recent career, and at least in some ways, that's what I got; it was easy to see the progression from her historicals to this novel and on up to her later work. Still, this one's got its feet planted way more on the romance side of the fence than ...more
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Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I recently read Beautiful Dreamer and loved it, so I tried this book. I wasn't overly impressed. Elizabeth Lowell improved a lot in 20 years between Remember Summer and Beautiful Dreamer. Summer wasn't a bad book it just wasn't good either. The love at first tackle (hehe) scenario was over done and not believable, but the rest of the love story was better. The theme of a "rambling man" meets special woman and changes his ways to stay with her, was done amazingly in Beautiful Dreamer, but doesn't ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Seriously? Talk about seductin at warp speed! You gotta read it to understand, but...okay...I might just need to read (instead of listen to) chapters one and two again 'cause I obviously missed SOMETHING.

No, she was an unwilling victim (yet really willing) to be seduced by a man who had just knocked the wind out of her thinking her a terrorist.

Okay. Sure.

I so wanted to finsh this book, that I found myself actually skipping over some of the more detailed riding passages! Call me impatient. I was
Nov 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-hated
I read this book when I was young and I must have liked it because I kept it. I found it on audio and was excited. I was confused less then an hour in. I picked up the book to see if the audio book missed a few chapters, but nope, there was no mistake. It baffles me that this book made it to the shelves. In less then ten pages the two main characters meet, lust after each other, and fall madly in love. I felt like I was being punked and there was a hidden camera and soon I'd find out it was not ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was published in 1984. As long as you remember that while reading it, you'll do fine. About 10 pages in I realized it was Old School and had to check the publication date. Once I did, I just gave up any requirement for "reality" and enjoyed the ride. Heh. The heroine is feisty and inexperienced; the hero is older and jaded from his years as a secretive operative. You can figure out how the romance is going to work from the first chapter on.

Still, it was fun to read and a bit of a time
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I did like it. Its an easy read - the Olympic setting was interesting. And I gave leeway for when it was written. I could deal with the fact that it wasn't action packed, but I really wanted more background on the terrorist and what Cord was up to previously. My biggest peeve was the fact that her family seemingly has never told her anything at all about what Daddy does and seems to have little to no connection to her. Yes, her father is a senior diplomat secret agent person, but he really could ...more
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Audio Book #6 of 2009

I first read this book back in HS. Picked up, no doubt, because of the equestrian theme. I've read it twice, I believe, and enjoyed it this time. So when I was looking for an Audio book to listen to when we went to Buffalo, and I remembered this, I tought, why not? We've listened to two other Elizabeth Lowell audio books this year, so I though it would be tolerated.

What I didn't remember about the book was how little action took place. Most of the book seemed to be about the
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the parts about the Olympic equestrian competitions however the story was supposed to have some suspense/intrigue which it lacked. The background on the assassin was also missing. The end felt very rushed.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. Always in depth characters that anyone can identify with on some level. ...more
Anne Martin
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
interesting, as, soon after the rules changed, and the 2004 Olympics introduced the short format. I don't know how many horses were injured previously, but one is already one too meany. The romantic story did not add much to the book. ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Good story, "Cord" seems a little too good to be true. Ah, if only men did talk like that. ...more
Lori Baldi
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed this book about the equestrian events more than the other parts of the story. I learned so much that helped me to follow the International Games held here in the US in 2010. Very exciting!
Mar 29, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
The 1980s patina is very heavy on this one.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I so totally agree with another reviewer. Gave it a 2 only cuz I finished it

the fact that I survived the book is a miracle - dear god, how bad
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I almost gave up after the first chapter. The first time they meet is redic, I mean come on. Anyway, the only thing I like about the book was the end was pretty sweet.
Clara Smith
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lowell-elizabeth
You can tell it was written in the 80s and is primarily a romance with not much suspense but well developed intelligent characters and a good Olympic flavor.
Petie McCarty
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Listened to this as an unabridged audio. This was an enjoyable read and the excellent narration by Laurel Merlington [the best at audio books] turned an average story into an exciting read.
Christine US
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
the fact that I survived the book is a miracle - dear god, how bad
Reader's Palace

The most grueling challenge of Raine Smith's equestrian career looms before her - the Olympic Games. Little does she realise that she's about to face greater perils in the arms of a stranger than she's ever found on the back of her horse.


Cord Elliot is a man trained to deflect disaster and his mission is to ensure that Raine Smith remains untouched by sudden gunfire at the Summer Games. Yet from the moment Raine meets Cord's ice-blue glance, she knows he's more hazardous to her heart
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more

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