The Girl From Summer Hill on May 3, 2016
Pages: 384 pages
Sparks fly as fiery Casey Reddick and brooding Hollywood actor Tate Landers clash in the Virginia summer heat. A chef who puts her career first and her love life second, Casey doesn’t see what every girl in town is swooning over. She made up her mind the moment she met Tate—he’s gorgeous, but stuck-up, nothing like his ex-brother-in-law, Devlin who’s playing the Wickham to Tate’s Darcy in local production of Pride & Prejudice. Casey makes the perfect Elizabeth Bennett—how could she be star-struck when she’s heard Devlin’s damning stories about Tate?
As they rehearse together, however, Casey finds herself attracted to Tate—he’s much more down-to-earth than she expected and any physical contact between the two of them literally gives her a tingling, electric shock. As opening night draws near, Casey has some difficult decisions to make. Whom should she believe? The seemingly sincere, slighted Devlin or Tate, whose rough, arrogant exterior may only be skin deep. She’s come to love that jolt she gets when they touch—but will she get burned?
Jude Deveraux and her romances played such a huge role in my romance education. I devoured her books in high school, hidden away in my bedroom…and hiding them from my mother. Not sure why I thought she’d disapprove of me reading racy, sex-filled books as a teenager…lol. She just rolled her eyes when I came out as a die-hard romance reader and sighed extra-loud after I started trading bags of romances with one of her friends and filling my shelves with finds from the semi-annual library book sales.
So, of course, I jumped on the chance to read the first book in the newest series from Deveraux.
It’s adorable. Light and fun, it’s a fantabulous (it is too a word) story to get lost in while relaxing poolside or burrowed in a comfy chair.
Deveraux took one of my favorite Jane Austen stories (Pride and Prejudice) and incorporated it into this story as a play while mirroring what was going on in the story/play with what was happening with our characters. After plowing through a variety of Austen-inspired stories that didn’t always hit the mark, this book was just different enough to keep me smiling and turning the pages (well, clicking the forward on my Kindle…).
Casey, an amazing chef, leaves her high-pressure fancy restaurant job in DC for a calmer life in Summer Hill and rents a cottage on a larger house’s property via a family friend. Tate, a well-known historical-swoon actor (it is too a description), arrives on his property, unaware that Casey is living in his guest cottage.
And thus we arrive at my absolute favorite scene in the entire book (possibly the scene of the year): Tate doesn’t know she’s in his cottage when he arrives on the porch to clean off…naked…in the cottage’s outdoor shower. Soaping his manly abs…and other parts like no one is watching. And, because she’s no fool, Casey grabs a cup of tea and watches the whole damn show. *high fives Casey*
There are instant sparks between the two of them and they spend most of the rest of the story both fighting that attraction and falling into bed with one another. This story reminded why I loved Deveraux. It’s fun with plenty of sparks and takes a traditional tale, turning it on its head and giving it a JD twist.
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