This book deserves more than five stars. Though fictional, as someone who works with at risk youth in real life, I have heard these words and similar This book deserves more than five stars. Though fictional, as someone who works with at risk youth in real life, I have heard these words and similar kinds of experiences far too many times. Our alternative high school is a trauma-informed school where, as a staff, we are all trained on culture and adverse childhood experiences and how those cultures and experiences shape the brains and thinking patterns of our youth. We strive to make connections through belief and positivity and being the safe support system our students need. This book is vitally important is so many different ways. Absolutely stellar read, for the truth in which it tells and the hope and humanity in which it reveals. ...more
The Summer Deal is the fifth book in author Jill Shalvis’s Wildstone series and deals with themes of friendship, hope, fear, forgiveness, secrets, lovThe Summer Deal is the fifth book in author Jill Shalvis’s Wildstone series and deals with themes of friendship, hope, fear, forgiveness, secrets, love, and family, both the kind you are born into and the kind you find. Brynn discovers this fact when she comes home to Wildstone, broken, disappointed, and scared to fail again. Kinsey discovers this when Brynn returns to town and forces her to confront the things—and feelings—she tried so hard to keep buried. And though they do not have an easy road to travel, they do travel it and they do discover things about themselves—and each other—that they failed to see in their rocky, sometimes contentious past.
Eli is a good fit in this story. Steady, loyal, and full of equal amounts of hope and fear. He is a constant source of friendship for Kinsey, and a promise of a hopeful future for Brynn. Such a great connector for the story. Absolutely loved his character and felt for his position throughout the book.
Brynn and Kinsey were the perfect counterpoint to each other. Both the truth teller and the secret keeper. Stubborn, prideful, and so full of caring they scared themselves into believing they were not capable of doing it right. Wonderful, fascinating characters who bickered but also extended the rope enough to pull each other back when they started to fall. Excellent family and friendship dynamic.
A beautiful tale filled with family, friendship, love, and forgiveness, The Summer Deal is a must read for Jill Shalvis and contemporary romance fans. Wonderful characters, great storyline, and the perfect message for learning how to love someone who doesn’t always make it easy....more
One of the things I love best about Mia Sosa’s work is her ability to draw me into each story’s world, allowing me to see and experience life through One of the things I love best about Mia Sosa’s work is her ability to draw me into each story’s world, allowing me to see and experience life through the eyes of her characters. Through life, love, humor, fun, and authenticity, Sosa manages to capture the essence of what makes her story people tick—and why I should care about what happens to them. Even when they display serious lapses in judgment, there is always something uniquely human lying just beneath the surface, and those genuine glimpses of humanity, of modern-day human difficulties, is what I love the most.
In The Worst Best Man, Sosa introduces us to Lina, a wedding planner left at the altar, and Max, the best man who is both responsible for abandonment and related to the groom. As one could imagine, things do not go well when Lina and Max are suddenly thrust together on a job, and yet, they also don’t go as badly as expected.
With heart, humor, intelligence, and plenty of passion, Sosa delivers a charming, refreshing, and romantic tale about love, life, family, friendship, and forgiveness. About what it means to finally let go and allow all color of emotions to find their place inside. About acceptance, belonging, and owning who you are and what you want in life, and coming to terms with the idea that what you thought you wanted might not be what you truly need inside.
If you’re looking for a delightful story with amazing characters, witty banter, and fun, involving scenes, pick up a copy of The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa. It’s a stellar read, and in my opinion, a masterfully entertaining romance novel....more