Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Summer Heat by Jill Sanders

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Sanders is back with another steamy session of adult summer camp.

Though Elle Saunders grew up in Florida, life hasn’t always been sunny. When she and her best friends take over the summer camp where they met as kids, things start looking up. But the camp, now a sexy getaway for wealthy guests looking for fun and romance, is definitely a handful. And the hunky brothers she hired to help manage things aren’t making life any easier—especially that Liam…

Liam Costa wrangled this job to confront the woman he thought had seduced his father and lured him away from the family business. But Liam didn’t count on Elle being so mesmerizingly beautiful, and suddenly he’s having trouble focusing on, well, anything but her.

Elle and Liam have been dancing around each other all summer. He’s powerfully drawn to her, and she to him, but Elle doesn’t trust herself with love. She’s had bad luck with men, and he’s a sexy distraction she can’t afford.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in the series and I definitely was happy that I had read book one first – but you could read them the other way around too!

Running in parallel with Summer Nights, but concentrating on the original Wildflower, Elle, I loved how I knew the underlying plot, but got to see another side of the story. Given it was a few months ago that I read the first book, I had enough in my mind to quickly catch up, but then could relax as I got to remember events but see them from a different viewpoint. We also get more of the mystery of the di Costa brothers' father, Leo, but not everything. I am excited to see who gets their story next and how we find out more of just what is going on.

Elle inherited all her much loved grandfather's assets, but the camp is for all the Wildflowers to run and enjoy together. The band of friends from summer camp are very close, but also very different. Even though they have kept in touch, they are also quite reserved about their lives, so Elle keeps her feelings for Liam to herself, well as much as she can. And as we know, Zoe is doing the same about Dylan – so I am guessing future installments will reveal further dalliances too! There are hints after all.

I just loved the concept of the tree house with the hidden ladder, and it sounded very well appointed, even in its most basic state. Add in the fact that they used it as a place to 'meet,' and it is no surprise that both Liam and Elle held great affection for it too. It was great fun that they kept finding chances to meet up and advance their relationship, and it was refreshing that Elle did not feel intimidated by Ryan's brashness.

I definitely recommend this series, as it has love, family, humour, mystery, and a bit of drama. Escapism at its finest!

The second Wildflowers book belongs to Elle and Liam. We get to see the camp reopening from Elle’s perspective and the Costa brothers’ hunt for their father from Liam’s.

Elle is a likeable, engaging character. She’s a survivor of terrible childhood trauma and she’s the leader among the Wildflowers. Liam is more enigmatic. It is disappointing that all we really get as a description for Liam is a comparison to Jason Momoa (I had to google the name) and I kept wanting to know more about his art and woodworking talents. Much of the connection between these two feels like romance novel paint by numbers and I didn’t feel terribly invested in their relationship.

This second book takes place at almost the exact same time as the first. As a reader, this is pretty disappointing. We get a slightly different perspective on the events of the first book, but the few new revelations come at the very end of a long book. And while the first book took time to properly introduce readers to the characters and their camp, this second book only skims the surface. I feel like I’ve finished a disappointing re-read of a book I really enjoyed the first time.

So far, there really isn’t enough substance or suspense around Leo Costa’s disappearance to keep my attention and I don’t think I can face another three books recounting the same events to find out. I still love the idea of the Wildflowers sisterhood and I love the camp the women are rebuilding together. But this book is lacking the humour and warmth of the first book and I’m not sure I’m invested enough in the series story arc to continue with the third book.

Also Available in the Wildflowers Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Summer Nights post.

Jill Sanders is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pride Series, Secret Series, West Series, Grayton Series, Lucky Series, and Silver Cove romance novels. She continues to lure new readers in with her sweet and sexy stories. Her books are available in every English-speaking country and in audiobooks and have been translated into several languages.

Born as an identical twin to a large family, Sanders was raised in the Pacific Northwest and later relocated to Colorado for college and a successful IT career before discovering her talent as a writer. She now makes her home along the Emerald Coast in Florida, where she enjoys the beach, hiking, swimming, wine tasting, and—of course—writing.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Summer Heat (Wildflowers #2) by Jill Sanders to read and review.

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