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Summer is here and it is getting more and more difficult to resist reading romance, especially when it it is as light and easy-flowing as Camilla Isley’s series First Comes Love.
Archibald Hill is handsome, single, and he’s going to his best friend’s wedding ready to make a conquest or two. After all, everyone knows weddings are the perfect setting to get lucky.
Summer Knowles used to have a life—friends, family, a sister who’d do anything for her—until she blew it all away with a terrible mistake. Now, attending her twin’s wedding as the party’s undesirable number one seems like more than she can handle. So, when a tall stranger with smoldering ice-blue eyes offers her a therapy of seven nights of no-strings-attached fun, she might even ignore that he has a beard and accept.
Problem is, Summer has never been good at keeping sex and feelings separate.
What do you do if you made a horrible mistake and in one swift motion ruined your best friend’s relationship, got practically disowned by your own twin sister and lost all your social life? Your former friends can’t stand the sight of you, your mother keeps asking ‘Why???’ and now you have to face them all at your siste’s wedding.
Summer Knowles had a secret relationship with her best friend’s Lana’s cheating boyfriend and broke Lana’s heart. It all worked out really well in the end, with Lana meeting somebody decent (and handsome) who loves and cares for her, and is much better suited for her. Generous and kind-hearted Lana forgave Summer, but not everybody did. She has been practically hiding for months, but now she needs to pluck her courage and face the consequences. Her twin sister Winter is getting married and there is no way Summer would cause her sister further pain by not being there. One thing is clear in her mind: she needs to own her mistake and make sure that she makes better choices in future. For the time being it means staying away from men. Winter’s future husband’s best man Archie should be no exception. He is clearly a player and all he can offer is uncomplicated fun. Seven nights (they can pretend there is nothing going on between them during the day) and then it’s over and they go their very separate ways with their hearts completely intact.
I liked the premise of telling the story of the shunned one, the one who broke one of the most fundamental rules of any friendship. Summer isn’t evil. Misguided, confused, lost, ashamed, embarrassed, Summer needs to forgive herself and move on with her life. Archie is really open-minded. He is Summer’s new leaf. He knows what happened, but he also sees a smart and beautiful girl who is clearly suffering. I also liked the way Winter was protective of her sister’s feelings. She knows Summer better than anybody else. Despite whatever the whole world may think, Summer’s heart can be easily broken and no-strings-casual-sex is a recipe for disaster.
There is something special about hotels. they are a liminal space where anything can happen and the events can change the course of your life forever. The same can be said about weddings: they are this special liminal time that separates two very distinct (and hopefully happy) phases of life and makes everybody look closer at their own relationships. We want to believe in love, romance, bright future and happy ever after. Having said this, the realistic (read ‘grumpy and old’) side of me agrees more with Winter. Some things were happening a bit too fast.
Camilla Isley has a lovely writing style and there was a lot of easy-going banter, so I really enjoyed this quick read. This is book six, but I think they can be read as standalones. Lovely characters, sizzling chemistry and attraction, fun, fun, fun. I would love to read the next book and get a glimpse of how Summer and Archie’s relationship works out in future.
Thank you to Rachel and the author for the review copy provided for free. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
About the author:
Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.
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