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My Summer of Love

2.05  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  21 reviews
On the cusp of his senior year at Mercy High, Elliot Donahey, an out but terminally shy gay young man who keeps to the shadows—never wanting to be seen or noticed—suddenly finds himself in the arms of the highest profile jock on campus, local star quarterback, Marco Sforza. Their lives, and the ones of those closest to them, will never be the same.

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Published June 10th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Moony MeowPoff
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF: 6%
Just nope.
This book wasn't for me, i didn't tollerate any of the characters or how the story progressed.
That ship was not for me, sadly. I expected more and maybe different for this.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The cover and the title of this book are misleading. This is a coming of age story, a book about coming out in a town that has its principles written in stone. This is the reason I requested the book in the first place I thought it would be similar to The Scarecrow & George C, which I loved, but it wasn’t. I was annoyed about many (Almost all) decisions the characters made. The story was compelling at parts, but it mostly felt boring. As I said, the title is misleading. You think the book wi ...more
Waleska 'Wally'

I have conflicted feelings about My Summer of Love because there are parts of this story, I loved and others that annoyed the heck out of me.

Marcos and Elliot's story take place during their last year of HS, when they're both 18 years old. And typical of the hormonal havoc ,at that age, they're constantly thinking about sex and having sex.

Because , here is the thing ; Marcos is the captain of the football team and by all accounts, he is straight, but he isn't. He has been secretly, in
Sue~Always Reading~
Jun 03, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: releasing-june, arc
It always disappoints me when I cannot finish a book, an ARC especially. I want to love every book I read obviously but unfortunately that’s never going to happen. This book just had a rough narration and I could hardly stand Elliot’s voice. I feel like I am too old for this book. It had an immature feel to it that I couldn’t get past and I read books with characters in this same age group at times so I know it was the story and not the age of the characters per se.

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Nola Superba
I loved this story so much, especially from chapter nine and on ... . It was a perfect reading for me since I like the internal dialogues and the emotional conflicts of the characters more than the plot itself. Elliot is a very insecure 17 years old and he can't understand why “sex-on-a-stick Marco” is suddenly interested in him. Nonetheless, he decides to agree to everything Marco offers to him. The story is narrated from Elliot's point of view, and because of this we won't have the chance to f ...more
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Yeah, this just wasn't meant for me.

It had a strong beginning but then continually started to crumble.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was let’s say interesting. While I found it refreshing how raw and open our main characters were. I had some issues on how the relationship came to be. Elliot is a delight and Marco I feel like is so wrong for him. My biggest issue was the sexy scenes though. It felt like the scenes were repeated the whole time but written in slightly different words to make it seem knew. This disappointed big time.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Elliot works in the family business. They own a Dairy Queen. He thought it was going to be another boring day in the Q (me rolling my eyes... the Q!).
But nope.... Marco his crush from school walks in. After a very brief (and I mean brief) conversation. Marco starts kissing Elliot. They start rubbing up against each other. Then Bam! They are boyfriends.

boyfriend it is. Life’s too short to sweat the long courtship thing. right?

All that in the span of 10-15 min, tops! They never even talked up un
Charlie April
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m convinced there is an audience for everything. I just wasn’t it for My Summer of Love.

Where do I even begin?

I hated the first chapter. I’ll give it this: it perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the book — the first ten pages are boring; the narrator is all over the place with needless details and comes across as a scatterhead who lacks empathy; and everything falls effortlessly in place.

The chapter starts with protagonist and narrator Elliot, a.k.a. Cassiel Elliot Dohaney (yes, you read C
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
i'm not quite sure what to think about my summer of love, i thought it would be a sweet summer romance about a geeky boy and the jock he'd never thought he'd have in his arms. and i suppose it is partly that. but it ended up feeling like a super stalkery borderline abusive relationship.

the prose here is also done in journal style, which is not my particular favorite so that made it even harder to feel fully engaged with the story. i guess in the end, this wasn't quite for me. but different strok
Amy Dufera
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a love/hate relationship with My Summer of Love. SA Collins immediately captured my attention with the smart and sassy writing. Told in 1st person pov, it's got humor, as Elliott is delightfully funny with his thoughts. It's wonderfully done as if the main character is entertaining me with his tale in person.

Elliott works at his family store and soon Marco comes in, starting an amazing summer for the two. The two are still in high school, with Marco as a closeted football player. Persona
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, lgbtq
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the description and the first 20 or so pages. Interesting premise. What would it be like if someone showed up out of the blue telling you that they had loved you for two years? But, sadly I couldn't stick with this book. I stopped reading about 1/3 of the way in.

The intensity of the relationship between the two main characters was too over-the-top for me, unrealistic and made me feel quite uncomfortable. It certainly wasn't written as a healthy relation
Jennifer Shanahan
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was ok--the writing was really basic and choppy. The story was sweet though. Elliot is a geeky high school kid who is all the sudden romanced by the quarterback of the football team and the most popular, good-looking guy at his school, Marco. Like out of the blue. Apparently, Marco had been in love with him for quite some time and wasn't sure how to approach him but finally did and asked Elliot out which was adorable. They develop a close relationship and fall in love but then school s ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: My Summer of Love
Author: S. A. Collins
Publisher: NineStar Press
ISBN: 9781950412846
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
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On the cusp of his senior year at Mercy High, Elliot Donahey, an out but terminally shy gay young man who keeps to the shadows—never wanting to be seen or noticed—suddenly finds himself in the arms of the highest profile jock on campus, local star quarterback, Marco Sforza. Their lives, and the ones of tho
Stacey Jo
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing and Design in exchange for for an honest review.

Marco, the school football jock, has been watching Elliot "El" for the last two years before he finally has the nerve to approach him at work over the summer. He admits to knowing his schedule and that he's been outside watching him for a while. I get what his intentions are and this is a small bigoted town, and I can see why this makes him look like a stalker, but he was also building up hi
SARA  ~ ☁️ ~
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
*whispers* yooo what the fuck?

When you spend the first half of the book just waiting for the main character to realize how toxic and problematic the relationship was you just know that this is one clusterfuck of a book. There seemed no rhyme no reason to all the details he mentioned on and on over ten pages, except to delay the time character Marco Sforza would appear… which I can’t help wonder why as the characters swiftly declare their love to each other. Part of the appeal, in a romance, is t
Courtney Payne
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Not gunna lie, my expectations may have been a little high just because I didn't really know what to expect. Unfortunately, My Summer of Love just didn't do it for me, and I found myself seriously disappointed in the lacking story very early on.

Dee ♡
Jun 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
First of all, I would like to thank the author and publisher for giving me a copy of this book for my honest review.

Unfortunately, I DNF and put it down at 21 pages. I tried to push through and hoped there would be more storyline being built.. It just wasn't my type of book unfortunately.
Nicole Pinto
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sorry, but there is nothing I enjoyed about this book. I couldn’t get in to it and sadly it was a DNF for me which RARELY happens. Thank you to netgalley for the ARC.
Susan Mills
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May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I don’t feel qualified to review. I am not the intended audience. As a queer woman, I often enjoy gay & m/m romance but I think this book is written for gay men. I think that’s why I couldn’t appreciate a lot of the style/plot choices. The book features an instalove romance, which I don’t generally like. The narrator also spends a lot of on pop culture references and random tangents, and so the pacing is very up and down. But if you’re looking for a very instr ...more
Rhiannon Hart
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
The first chapter of this book was awesome. Elliot's character was well written and his personality was unique.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book wasn't for me and I stopped reading halfway through

I would describe it as insta-love on steroids. Early on in chapter two Elliot and his love interest Marco have a discussion about marriage and children, going as far as to mention egg donors.

There were also other scenes that were unrealistic and slightly odd.
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As a co-host of the WROTE Podcast, SA Collins hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his (legal) husband, their daughter and, wonder of all wonders because he only just broke 50, a whirlwind of a granddaughter. Their home is filled with laughter and love. A classically trained singer, and a theater actor for many years (under another name), Mr. Collins is all about the story tel ...more