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The Summer Deal

(Wildstone #5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,777 ratings  ·  787 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-sisters story… And then add in a love story (okay, two love stories). Shake. Stir. Read on a lazy summer day at the beach.

Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it rig
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Linda This book is excellent and so sweet. It's set in "Wildstone" but these stories are all separate from each other. Lovely books. All of the "Wildstone" …moreThis book is excellent and so sweet. It's set in "Wildstone" but these stories are all separate from each other. Lovely books. All of the "Wildstone" books are so enjoyable. The author is one of my favorites.(less)

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May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "...Family isn’t about blood. It’s about who you choose…" Stars!

We return to Wildstone for the fifth book in the series; The Summer Deal giving us (half) sisters and enemies since childhood; Brynn and Kinsey’s stories, interlinked by them and the men in their lives Eli and Deck respectively.

"You’re like… a Disney villain."

I’ll be honest and say that some of the books in the series have been more challenging to read than others. Being branded as Women’s Fiction, the drama, angst, secrets and
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I loved this book! I have been a fan of Jill Shalvis's books since I picked up one of her books a few years ago. I haven't read all of her books yet but I have kept up with all of her more recent releases. This book might be my favorite out of those I have read. I had such a great time with this book and found it really hard to put down. This book is the fifth book in the Wildstone series but each of the books in the series read as s
Stacey is Sassy
Loving someone, faults and all…

While going for my morning walk with hubby (in a social-distancing appropriate way), I was thinking about my review of The Summer Deal. I was contemplating about how this story made me feel, and how some families are born, and some are made. While reading a lot of Jill Shalvis’ stories, I find myself appreciative of what I have when compared to the lives of the characters. I am so glad that I didn’t have to make my own version of a family because I’m pretty stoked
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

I enjoyed the premise for this book a lot!

Setting up two romances into one book seems like the pattern in Wildstone series. In The Summer Deal, one is set between Brynn and Eli—her long lost childhood camp crush— with a slow burn relationship while the other one revolves around Kinsey (Eli’s best friend and Brynn’s childhood nemesis/secret step sister) and Deck, a male nurse I admit I would have liked to read more about.

Falling into like with Brynn as she navigates through her new life fresh fr
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Jill Shalvis
SERIES: Wildstone #5
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2020
GENRE: Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Smalltown Romance
RATING: 3 Stars


They all had a role here, she realized. And Eli’s role was the glue.

Family is a big theme in all books in this series but even more so in this one. Brynn was lucky to be born into a loving home of two women. Bullied at school for it her childhood and teenage
RaeAnne Thayne
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore everything Jill Shalvis writes.
Family-oriented series with sister centered plotline;
-book one-has sisters who found out that they are half-sister after one of them learns she is adopted Lost and Found Sisters
-book two - has sisters of heart, the one you choose to be your sister not by blood but life circumstances Rainy Day Friends
-book three- has estranged sisters The Lemon Sisters
-book four- has siblings where one of them is not only a sister but also raised them Almost Just Friends
-book five- has a half-sister that knew ea
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Book number 5 in the Wildstone series can be read as a stand alone. I loved the drama, I really loved the two romances. I thought about how messed up they all were and how well they fit together at the same time. I loved that they ended up close and never gave up on each other.
This is a 4 star read and one that you don't want to miss.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
3.5 stars

The Summer Deal was the perfect summer beach read.

Light-hearted, and fun to read. With some family drama (who doesn’t like that) thanks to a complex sibling dynamic, the story was a wonderful comfort read.

The author did the family/siblings dynamic very well. The characters felt real and authentic. Although they were flawed, in a messed up kind of way, they were still endearing, and easy to root for.

And even though I loved that we got two romances in one book, the most important relation
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audio, library
A sweet summer romance with flaws. The MC's deal with troubled family issues, bad relationships, life and death. There were parts that flowed well and some that were a bit cheesy and unbelievable. The cheese developed more towards the end. It started out really well for me I really liked where it was going. But, the love was too easy, too fast, to unrealistically understanding. These girls were horrible to the men and the men were all, it's okay I'm here for you no matter what...I really wished ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I am glad I had the opportunity to read this latest offering from Shalvis. The Summer Deal, the fifth book in the Wildstone series, turned out to be both my favourite read of the series and 2020. Shalvis created an awesome and heart-warming story, which featured a cast of lovable but sometimes irritating characters. Collectively they had suffered pain, loss and heartbreak and my heart broke for them all. Throughout the story, I kept hoping they would get the happiness they deserved.

The author tr
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, I have to give 2 stars because I have given several good but not great books 3 stars recently... and this book does not compare.

This is complete and utter fluff. Started pretty cute but really this was just a bunch of vapid and inane characters, acting and talking in a way no one actually does in reality. Completely predictable with completely unrealistic men. No, I don't think all men are jerks and incapable of sensitivity and romance, but this was beyond. Every guy was an idealized sexy
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brynn Turner grew up with her adoptive Moms in Wildstone before leaving. Kinsey Davis never left. The two have a history and were both awkward girls at summer camp. But Brynn has moved back and is feeling pretty beat up after her world fell apart.

Eli is best friends with Kinsey and has supported her through some gruelling times. He knows all of her secrets, including the fact that the girl he crushed on at summer camp is Kinsey’s sister.

The story that unfolds was wonderful and heartfelt. All thr
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
4.5 stars

The Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis has been a bit hit and miss with me, but The Summer Deal was a hit. While this book did contain not one but two romances (more on that in a bit), it is more of a women’s fiction story than an out and out romance. That being said, this book was completely entertaining and I loved reading it.

As a child Brynn attended school and summer camp with Kinsey who taunted her and was basically a bully. The only saving grace was Kisney’s best friend, Eli who alw
Bree Hill
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
‘Loving you had been the easiest thing I’ve ever done.’

The Summer Deal was such a great story, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! Why, I don’t know- it’s not like I really had any preconceived ideas going in, but it’s one of those stories that just kind of crept up on me and took me by surprise.

I loved how Brynn, Kinsey, and Eli’s lives were all intertwined. I loved the “found family” aspect of this story. Even though Brynn has 2 wonderful moms, Kinsey and Eli, and Max, were sorely lacking in the family department and created one of t
Samantha (WLABB)
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They shared a history as frenemies, and it seemed, they shared some DNA. Now, they will also share a home, and maybe, learn to open their hearts to the possibility of love.

I feel like I keep saying this with each successive Wildstone book I read, but they just keep getting better and better. I simply loved EVERYTHING about this book.

They shared some history

Brynn, Kinsey, and Eli all spent their summers together at camp, when they were growing up. Eli was Brynn's first kiss, but he was also, Kins
I read and listened to this one. I just loved Erin Mallon's narration. This is 3rd person POV & She did all the voices.
There are 3 main characters: Kinsey & Eli are best friends since childhood; and Brynn. All 3 meet at
summer camp when they're young kids. All 3 attend each year. Kinsey & Brynn's thoughts and feelings are told each year in a journal entry. Brynn thinks of Kinsey as a bully, and Kinsey is bitter about a chronic illness & is resentful of Brynn's happy homelife. Eli likes Brynn,
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.25 Stars****

This is a story of Brynn and Kinsley who were enemies as children and their second chance of becoming friends and family. Along the way, we learn about trust, truth, love, and life. The road isn't smooth but instead it being full of obstacles and many rocky paths...Brynn has a second chance with her childhood crush, Eli. And Kinsldy has to learn to let go and love her "friends with benefits minus the friends part", Deck.

I laughed...cried...and felt that overwhelming warm feelin
 Lori (Ficwishes)
It absolutely pains me to say that I didn't like this book. I am a long-time Jill Shalvis reader and never thought I'd find a story of hers that didn't, at the very least, entertain. I guess it's not fair to say that I wasn't entertained, because I did keep coming back and reading more, I just wasn't happy when I was through with it.

I will start by saying that I didn't hate everything about it. I don't want to mislead you. I did enjoy the periphery characters, but the main characters did not do
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of The Summer Deal. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

Shalvis has managed to create a cast of characters that felt so real to me! Sometimes, I wanted to slap them, and other times, I just wanted to hug them and tell them that everything would somehow be OK.
The intricate relationships, and the very different personalities of the characters were the two things that moved the story forward. And I am a big fan of character driven
Brynn Turner and Kinsey Davis have known each other since they were little kids. Their relationship has always been contentious and volatile at best. The girls attended the same summer camp year after year, and they never got along…then one summer, Kinsey stopped coming to camp. That’s when summer camp became fun for Brynn because there was no more bullying from Kinsey.

Now their paths have crossed again, years later. They become reluctant roommates, sharing a house with brothers Eli and Max. El
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shalvis-jill
Another fun book in this very entertaining series. ;)
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You may remember that late last year I finally discovered Jill Shalvis and in that short amount of time I’ve become such a huge fan. There’s a handful of authors that I can truly depend on to take me on a fun, entertaining escape and she is definitely one of them. Also, look at that cover, I mean have you ever seen a more perfect one for summer? The inside is amazing as well.

So this one is much more than just a summer romance novel. Yes, there is romance (two actually 😍🔥) but it’s also about fri
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

The Summer Deal is a love note to messy, wonderful families, both the ones we make and the ones we’re born into. Jill Shalvis’s fifth Wildstone novel features the imperfect characters and bumpy roads to a heartwarming happily ever after that I’ve come to expect and enjoy from this series.

Brynn has come home to Wildstone with a bruised heart and a lack of trust in her own instincts. Brynn is kind, quirky, and somewhat of a mess at the beginning but I lo
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Brynn Turner is forever trying to get her life on track but life seems to have other plans for her. Things will start to look up but life gets in the way and she has to take several steps back and change directions. When her personal life takes a nose dive she decides it's time to go home back to Wildstone for a fresh start. On her first day back she has an anxiety attack, her mom's rushing her to the hospital thinking it is something worse. While there she runs into Eli, her childhood crush, he ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's not the first time I say this, but Jill Shalvis have a knack for characters. Because no matter the flaws some have, they're always lovable. Friends, enemies, long-time crush and friends with benefits, the author explore all the dynamics in the 5th book of the Wildstone series. You can still read it as a standalone and while I enjoy reading all kind of books no matter the season, the cover doesn't lie; it's the perfect beach read! I've always loved stories where characters kind of become a f ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
After a bad breakup, Brynn returns back to Wildstone, California for the comfort of her home and her two doting mothers. Things aren't going well for Brynn. She suffers a panic attack and ends up in the ER. While there, she runs into her former friend from summer camp, Eli. This isn't just any camp friend from her teenage years. This guy is her first crush and her first kiss. Eli is at the ER with Kinsey Davis, his best friend who is seriously ill. Brynn and Kinsey did not get along at camp; in ...more
3.5 stars
One of Jill's better ones. I enjoyed the secondary storyline as well in this one.

THE SUMMER DEAL is book five in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis, but I find that you can really read these books as a standalone. I didn’t have very much expectation about this book, so I went in with a very open mind.

One thing I liked about this book is the fact that Shalvis can make light out of every situation. Whether it’s something grim or just the characters hanging out, she manages to infuse the scene with her trademark humor.

However, I just don’t think I was a huge fan of the c
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Multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city ...more

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