Summer By Summer by Heather Burch
Back cover: He’s Everything she dislikes in a guy.
Fortunately for her, the feeling is mutual.
Unfortunately for them, they have nowhere else to turn.
When Summer took a job as a nanny for a family vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be the perfect break between high school and college in the fall. And while she adors her charge, Joshie,she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with.
Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But every time he’s forced to be around Summer, her dour serious mood sets him off. Not to mention she has a habit of bringing up what he already dislikes about himself.
Then the two find themselves on a dive trip gone wrong, stranded on a remote island. As they work together to survive, tensions between them grow in a way neither ever expected.
About the author: Heather Burch, the author of the popular Halfings series and One Lavender Ribbon, resides in Southern Florida. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Romantic Times, and Booklist magazine. When not working on her latest novel, she can be found planning a trip to the beach with her husband, John, who is her hero in every way.
Okay, now on to the review!
The book starts off okay. Summer is offered the job of being Joshie’s nanny and accepts. Then Bray is introduced…. and right away Bray and Summer make assumptions about each other, about how they are both shallow. Then in the next chapter they think about how attractive they both are. (meaning Bray though Summer was attractive and Summer thought Bray was attractive. It was written with both of there point of views in first person so I’m not sure how to word that.)
Then after hating each other for a little bit they get stranded on an island for about three weeks.
Well, the first thing I didn’t like was how, like I said, they went from thinking the other person was shallow to attractive. In my opinion, you can’t be both. Period. Then, at first with Bray, but then with both of them, he seemed to only be attracted to Summer because he thought she was beautiful (while earlier hadn’t liked the clothes she’d worn… so was she only beautiful because she’d been in her bikini?)
That was the biggest thing I didn’t like. But that was pretty much 80% of the book. They went from hating each other to in love and engaged in three weeks and that just seemed a little much. Like, seriously? You hated her, and now you’re going to give up on life for her….
I’m sorry if this is really mean and harsh…. But like I said it was the biggest thing I didn’t like. The whole surviving on the island (with a little twist near the end which I can’t reveal) was interesting. It was an easy read, too, so that was nice. J