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The Summer Deal

(Wildstone #5)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  54 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 thats left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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RaeAnne Thayne
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore everything Jill Shalvis writes.
 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
Peggy Jaeger
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Jill Shalviss new womens fiction book, THE SUMMER DEAL, Ms. Shalvis just may have given us one of the best friends-as-family stories Ive ever read.

Brynn Turner described herself as a loser. In life, in love, and in her career. After being left high and dry be her user-boyfriend, she comes back home To Wildstone to lick her wounds and try to find her self. What she finds is something she never expected to: family, love, and acceptance.

Kinsey Davis made Brynns life miserable when they used to
Linda Zagon
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Summer Deal" by Jill Shalvis, William Morrow, June 2020

Jill Shalvis, author of "The Summer Deal" has written an intriguing, memorable and entertaining novel. The Genres for this story are Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, and Romance.  There are two time-lines in the story, with the same characters, and the present takes place mostly in Wildstone and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The author describes her characters
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed that this book fell a bit flat for me. I thought Brynn forgave Kinsey too quickly, especially after the way she had treated her in camp. Kinsey comes across as a coward. She had known Brynn was related to her since they were teenagers, and she couldnt bring herself to tell Brynn despite Elis urging, nor could she bring herself to tell Brynn the truth about their father. All she had to do was be honest, and so much of the drama could have been.

I started off liking Eli, but by
Melanie Sligh
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Summer Deal review:

Kinsey and Brynn have been enemies since summer camp as kids. Eli is Kinseys best friend, and Brynns first kiss (at said summer camp) After a failed relationship, Brynn finds herself in the hospital with a panic attack and stumbles back into the lives of Kinsey and Eli. What happens next is a whirlwind of events to pick up the pieces of Brynns life and start anew.

I loved how the girls had their journal entries start each chapter. It really gave us depth on their enemy
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I absolutely loved this book. I did not want to stop reading it and every page was a surprise! I loved the relationship between Brynn and Kinsey reconnecting and then frenemies turned life-long sisters. Brynn realizes that there is more to life than what she knew from the past. She reconnects also with
Like a 4.5ish rating. I liked it (yep, totally pounced on a digital arc from the publisher!), but it didnt have the exact same vibe as the others in the series. Kinda closer to the Heartbreaker Bay series in the friend zone.

Okay, well kind of the same vibe for the wildstone books (obviously the setting is what they are named for), in that the relationship between the sisters is at the center, and the romantic love is more secondary. I enjoyed this whole cast of characters though. Definitely
Cathi - LovesBooksMore
Kinsey and Brynn meet up as adults after suffering through the same summer camp for years. Each girl has memories of the other being a bully at camp and cant stand the thought of a happy reunion when it unexpectedly happens.

When Brynn comes home after her boyfriend dumps her - she is afraid to let anyone in again.

Kinsey has had a life of disappointments with medical problems, family drama and has a wall built around her miles high.

Can either girl let love in when it comes crashing in? What
KindleJo Jo
It was everything I expected and then some. Full of love, struggle, humor, and one overly loving lab this book was just what I needed. I'll reread it and post a full review closer to the release date. If you're a Jill Shalvis fan, don't sleep on this one it will hit you right in the feels.
Visionary Druid
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review courtesy of Romance Junkies

Eli Thomas is a marine biologist for a nonprofit organization. He is close friends with Kinsey Davis. Eli offers Brynn a room to rent in the hopes that she and Kinsey will bond. However, having her under the same roof allows him to act on the feelings he has had since childhood. Can Eli convince the two women to forget their differences? Will Kinseys secrets destroy that hope? And will their conflict stand in the way of his relationship with Brynn?
Brynn Turner
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brynn Turner's moving home at almost 30, not exactly the plan she had for her life. After her latest boyfriend scammed her and took off with almost everything, the contents of her bank accounts included, she needs some time to reset and get her life in order. When a panic attack lands her in the ER the last thing she needs is to bump into Eli, her childhood summer camp crush and friend of Kinsey Davis, summer camp mean girl. Kinsey Davis has spent her entire life in and out of the hospital, most ...more
Mar 12, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Brynn just moved home after being dumped by her boyfriend. She doesn't know what she wants to do, but when her moms call an ambulance for her because they think she's having a heart attack, its only a panic attack, her life changes.

Kinsey is at the hospital because she needs a kidney transplant and she was informed one was on the way. Her best friend Eli is there as well, worried. He decides to go to the vending machine for snacks and runs into Brynn. They are surprised to see each other, she
Brynn, Kinsey and Eli went to summer camp together for baby years. Brynn and Eli were each others first kiss. Kinsey and Eli are like brother and sister. But Kinsey and Brynn actually are sisters and Brynn doesnt know.

Brynn just got out of a bad relationship and goes back to her hometown. She winds up in the hospital after a panic attack which causes her to run into Eli. She hasnt seen Eli in 14 years.
Eli is at the hospital with Kinsey. Kinsey and Brynn were frenemies at best and they havent
I could not put this book down. Jill Shalvis just gets better with every story she writes. The Summer Deal features Brynn, who is back in town after a bad breakup, Kinsey, a childhood frenemy of Brynn's from camp and Eli...another camp friend and Brynn's first kiss. As the three come together, new and past relationships are revealed and, as the story got deeper, i found myself warmed by the idea that friends can really be the family you choose.

Brynn is the girl who is just trying to find her
Tracie Gutknecht

Thank you to M&M Books for this ARC.

First, I love Jill Shalvis and normally I really like everything she writes. I liked this one but didn't love it.

Brynn has returned to her hometown after her previous boyfriend took off with her heart, her money and her pride. She immediately runs into the boy she first kissed at Summer Camp when they were 14/15 years old. Their chance meeting is at the hospital where Eli is checking up on Kinsey, who is waiting for a new kidney. Kinsey just happens
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
Brynn can't seem to get her life together. After being scammed by her boyfriend and losing her job, she comes back home to Wildstone in defeat.

Meanwhile, Kinsey is dealing with kidney failure and has thrown up a tough outer shell to protect herself and those she loves. When they were kids, she and Brynn did summer camp together...and loathes each other. But when Brynn comes back to town, Kinsey has to figure out just how to tell her that not only is she her long ago nemesis, but they're also
Caitlin Siciliano
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brynn has returned home with her tail between her legs. After a bad breakup, she flees to Wildstone to her two loving but smothering moms. A chance meeting with an old friend, Eli, brings her nemesis Kinsey back into her life; Kinsey and Brynn were bunk-mates at camp and notoriously disliked each other. But now Brynn is roommates with her crush Eli, his brother Max, and Kinsey.

Kinsey is hiding a few secrets from Brynn, and it's hard to tell which is worse: that Kinsey in renal failure or that
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jill Shalvis is a go to author for me. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author and am leaving an honest and unbiased review .
This is ultimately a story about friendship and familial love, showing you sometimes choose your family and it's not always blood that bonds.
Bryn and Kinsey have a strained relationship , caused by unkind actions when they were children . The two reconnect after years apart , when Bryn moves back to Wildstone , after a bad breakup with her boyfriend leaves
Moira Smith
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful story of family, by blood or chosen, you'll laugh, cry and ugh! Brynn is a self proclaimed hot mess, one she feels she's been all her life and this book starts with her coming home with her tail between her legs after her ex dumped her and left her homeless. Coming home wasn't easy, she didn't want her moms to know how bad her relationship was nor the fact he cleared out her bank account and ran up her credit card, a real gem, but home she came to be smothered by her caring ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book continues the Wildstone series, which while not having recurring characters is set in the same town of Wildstone. If you have read previous books in this series, this book continues in the same vein. It revolves around Bynn and Kinsey who are half sisters with only one of them knowing about it.

As in most of Ms. Shalvis' books the relationships are the most prominent feature, and this is no exception. Brynn returns home devastated from a busted relationship and runs into her old friend
Jennifer Wilson
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is about Kinsey and Brynn. They went to summer camp together all their childhood, but didnt get along. Kinsey had fought health problems all her life, and that led her to not wanting to let anyone get close. Brynn, grew up being bullied. When Brynn returns home, to get over a bad relationship she meets Eli, who was the first boy she ever kissed, years ago at summer camp. And this leads to her moving in with him, Kinsey, and Elis brother Max. Each one of them have their own issues and ...more
darin chew
I recieved this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After being scammed by her boyfriend and losing her job, she comes back home to Wildstone. But Brynn can't get her life together.

Kinsey is dealing with kidney failure after battling serious health issues her whole life. To protect herself and those she loves she has become distant from most people and isn't as easy going as she once was.

When they were kids, Kinsey and Brynn went to summer camp together,& they loathes each
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There isn't a negative thing I have to say about this book, I have to be honest at first I was going to but then I got deeper in it and I changed my mind. What more can you want from this book? You have family love, romance , friendenemies and a sibling rivalry. The ending was better than I thought it would be. I have always been a fan of the books that Jill Shalvis has written. She grabs my attention by making the characters seem real.. If I had the chance to ask her a question , it would be ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book. It had a bit of a slow start, but the main characters, especially Kinsey, were well-developed and the dialogue as well as Kinsey's personality were very realistic. It is the story of two girls who first met at summer camp and became each other's frenemy. Ten years later they meet up again when Brynn rents a room from the owner of the house where Kinsey lives. Turns out that the reason Kinsey is so mean to those near to her is because she doesn't want to ...more
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3 stars
total shocker...I requested this book because of the cliche is that? Fuller is a hunky captain of the basketball team jerk face, I mean jock who thinks life is all about popularity and basketball. (Two things he has in spades). Wren is the cute nerdy girl who has been hounded by bullies since 7th grade. When the two are forced to study together things get heated in good and bad ways.
I enjoyed the cute high school romance, the fleshed-out characters, and the momentum/ length of
Sharon Collins
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jill Shalvis has the unfathomable ability with each and every book to make me bundle all my feelings, put them in a dice shaker, and after a few hearty shakes, toss them all on a table for a full inspection -- just as raw and exposed as each character that she writes. I got sucked into this story and found myself going through a myriad of emotions with each page. One minute I hated a character, only to find myself sobbing over the very same character within a few paragraphs. I didn't know ...more
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