Sunday, June 5, 2016

Melody Carlson: All Summer Long

By Kelly Bridgewater

Tia Gets a Second Chance at Love When an Old Crush Suddenly Reappears
Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, upscale wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When the self same Leo Parker turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the bay at sunset.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

I have never really read anything by Melody Carlson, but the cover for the book All Summer Long looked really interesting. I'm all about pursing your dreams no matter the cost. Dreams are a huge part of what makes our life worthy doing. All Summer Long is a contemporary romance, so I knew it would have a predictable romance that would meet resistance along the way.

Of course, the romance had to have its up and downs. From the first part of the book, Tia leaves everything behind in her small town in Washington to move to San Francisco to help her aunt with a boat diner. I'm proud she was able to pack up and move to pursue what she wanted to do with her life. But as soon as she runs into Leo, an old flame from her teenage years, Tia doesn't really show any emotions. Their first encounter at the restaurant seemed unbelieveable. Tia was calm and acted in a way that I had a hard time swallowing. I was in Tia's perspective, so why did Carlson not allow me to see how uncomfortable that Tia actually was?

The story was predictable, even if it centered on a unique setting of a dinner boat. I knew pretty early on how the love pairs would disolve and finally appear.

As for the plot, I was completely bored. I kept flipping through pages just to move through the story quickly. But fans, in my humble opinion of contemporary romances might enjoy this book. I just really didn't like the slow movement, especially when I knew how the different relationships would end up.

Not enough action to my suspense loving taste, Melody Carlson's All Summer Long made me yawn as I flipped through the pages, begging for something to spice up the predictable romance. Even though I struggled with the novel, fans of Amanda Cabot might enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of All Summer Long from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

What keeps you returning to a predictable contemporary romance?

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