Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Just One Summer by Carly Phillips Release Blitz

She was saving herself for The One.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carly Phillips comes a new story in her Dirty Dare series…

Gabriella Davenport is a gorgeous, twenty-two-year-old virgin with a trust fund, vacationing in the Hamptons for the summer and running from family pressure to marry someone she doesn’t like, let alone love.

Maddox James is a sexy bar manager, older than Gabby by a decade. Though he made his fortune on Wall Street, he has returned to his working-class roots with a healthy distrust of wealthy women.

The last of the Dirty Dare series is here. Don’t miss this sexy standalone novella!

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in The Kingston Family series!
For book one, Just One Night, click HERE.
For book two, Just One Scandal, click HERE.
For the novella, Just One Wish, click HERE.
For book five, Just One Dare, click HERE.
For book eight, Just One Fling, click HERE.
For book nine, Just One Tease, click HERE.


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Just One Summer by Carly Phillips

Book 9.5
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He settled his free hand on her other shoulder and she leaned into his protective grasp. “You deserve better,” he said in a husky voice. “You should have people in your life you can trust.”

She swallowed hard at the sincerity in his voice, pushing back the lump in her throat. It wasn’t often she let herself think about what she was missing in her life. It wouldn’t do her any good. Her focus had always been on looking ahead and making sure she held tight to whatever convictions she could. Like standing firm against her parents’ desire for her to date and marry Preston.

“I have my grandmother. She knows where I am and she’d never say a word,” she murmured. “I have my sister. And now I have you.”

His eyes opened wide, his surprise evident. She understood. She wasn’t sure what had possessed her to include him in her tiny circle, but her gut told her it was true. He’d given her a place to stay, allowed her to help at the bar he managed, let her paint in his house, and most importantly, he’d kept Preston away. Not to mention, he’d threatened him on her behalf.

Yes, she could trust Maddox James.

She also wanted him. Wanted him to kiss her without reservation this time. Wanted to see his muscled, sexy body naked and aroused for her, and to feel his warmth on her skin.

She wanted him to take her virginity.

There was so much he could show her, teach her, and make her feel. Though she knew, even if she convinced Maddox to let himself go, this thing between them could only be temporary. He’d already listed his reasons he wasn’t right for her.

Even if she knew he was wrong.

Despite the obstacles, Gabby wouldn’t be deterred. She met his hooded gaze and saw the desire in his eyes. He was feeling the same need.

“Maddox? Are you going to push me away again?” she asked in a whisper.

A long moment passed, and she waited, anxious and nervous. She couldn’t handle another rejection, but she’d never regret putting herself out there. She sensed he’d be worth it.

A low growl sounded from inside him and he finally caved, lowering his head, his mouth inches from hers. “I want you, Gabby.”



“I want you, Gabby.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Age-Gap Romance

This is a cute, super quick read. Gabriella is living a privileged life, but it comes with a cost. She hates the people who hang around her family and that includes her own family. Gabriella has a passion for art and she wants to use this, but to her family, she's just someone who should look pretty, not talk, and marry whom her parents want.

Gabriella's grandma is a hilarious character and I wanted more of her in the story.

Then you have Maddox. Broody, capable, and alpha. He knows that he has a bad opinion of people with money, but when he sees Gabriella and sees her spirit, he can't help but be drawn to her.

This is a quick romance. So quick that if you blink, you'll miss it. I do wish it was longer, because I felt that there was a little left unsaid, but it was cute.

This is a really fun novella which is very satisfying for a Dare fan, but also a good introduction to the author's style for a newbie.

We get to meet Gabriella, who clearly does not fit in with her pretentious and wealthy family's expectations... with the wonderful exception of her fabulously anarchic grandmother! She wants to use her brain and if she marries at all, it will be for love, not a deal.

Fate leads her to meet Maddox, once a financial whizz in the same firm as the intended husband for Gabby, who has left that life behind and is enjoying managing a trendy bar in the Hamptons (the Dare connection). In spite of the age difference and neither of them wanting to get entangled, that is exactly what happens... and we get ringside seats. I could have read much more about their romance, but inevitably the novella format means it is fun, intense, and quick.

Find yourself a hiding place, make yourself a drink, and enjoy!



“If you’re going to stay here, it’s hands off.”     “Lips too?”


Author Bio

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller, CARLY PHILLIPS is the Queen of Alphalicioius Heroes. Carly married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her crazy dogs who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram pages. The author of over 75 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters and is now an empty nester.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Just One Summer: A Dirty Dares Novella (The Kingston Family #9.5) by Carly Phillips to read and review.

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