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Summer Love by J. Lum
Genres: Contemporary Romance
To appreciate the sun, you have to withstand the storm.
Free-spirited, poetic Casey Loughlin has had her fair share of rain, and she always manages to see the silver lining. During her teenage years, when she met Toby Cardona, she learned everything she ever needed to learn about love and loss—all in one year.
When Toby lost Casey, everything changed for him. The once caring and endearing boy, with dreams and hopes of his own, became the cold, broken, money-hungry man he swore he'd never be. Now, with Casey back in his life, it's up to her to show Toby that the second time around, love can still hurt, but it's worth every painful prick. Will Toby weather the storm, and embrace a second chance, with the woman he’s always loved?
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This book takes place after Summer Love and although it can be read alone I would suggest reading that book first. It is a novella and introduces us tot he characters in this one. The difference is they are now grown after having gone through the whole teenage love thing. This was one of the sweetest second chance romances I have read in a while. We have all had that summer, teenage love and then years later maybe wondered.
For Toby and Casey they get a second chance. They are brought back to brings them both back to the same beach where they fell in love as teenagers. Now they must face their past and their attraction to one another.
While the story was a little slow in places for me and I got frustrated with the characters a few times it was everything a second chance romance should be. I can’t wait for more in the series!
shouts into the phone, like she’s at the Kentucky Derby. I knew anything but a yes would get her upset. My last visit, she’d been pretty insistent that I take her up on her offer. Everyone has been handling my parents’ death with kid gloves on. Eventually they’d stop; I just didn’t think they’d wait so long. So here we were.
so you won’t be disrespectin’ me by taking the Lord’s name in vain, you ’ear?”
you got some big ones swingin’ right in front of you. I don’t want you goin’ through the rest of yer life regrettin’ you didn’t grab ’em. We all know, Danny and I know, you’ve been dodgin’ ’em.” She goes quiet for a moment, giving me a nice reprieve because all I can see are big hairy balls flying in front of my face, now that she’s brought them up.
I want you back, and enough is enough,” she says resolutely.
innocently. “Babygirl, I ain’t gettin’ younger. If you’re afraid of balls, maybe …”
wince as I hear my gran whispering something about big balls being nice. Leaning back, I take a few breaths as I stare at the ceiling. I make a mental note that I need find a way to wipe the corners of the dust bunnies collecting.
“Babygirl, you there?”
“Yes Gran, I’m still here.”
“I mean it, you can’t keep doing this to yourself. They wouldn’t want that.”