Wednesday, June 29, 2016

All Summer Long (Follow Your Heart #2) by Melody Carlson

Title: All Summer Long (Follow Your Heart #2)
Author: Melody Carlson
Pages: 315
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     She’s ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn’t expect is an old flame.

     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, posh 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 Leo Parker himself 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.

My review:

     This is a wonderful contemporary romance!

     This is a totally stand-alone story. There are no characters that are the same from the first book and it takes place in a completely different location.

     I thoroughly enjoyed the character development in this story. Both Tia D’Amico and Leo Parker are multi-faceted. They are introduced and then their backgrounds and personalities are slowly presented. I really liked the fact that they begin as friends and a relationship builds from that point.

     The story about the boat that is being remodeled to be a dinner cruise ship on San Francisco bay is extremely interesting. There are enough details about the steps that have to be taken to really build the story around it. At the same time they don’t bog the story down in any way.

     Part of the charm for me in this book is that even while building the friendship between Tia and Leo they were also trying to remain in the boundaries of Leo’s existing engagement. The need to speak openly and honestly with people that you are in any type of relationship is really explored and I liked that a lot.

     I am giving this charming story a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it. I’m looking forward to seeing what Melody comes up with next time.

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