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The Summer Deal

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Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins/William Morrow for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. 

I enjoyed The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis. It was a little different than her usual style, a little more women's fiction and I liked the change. 

Frenemies meet up again as adults when a mutual summer camp friend invites her to live with them and we find out they are really half sisters. There is a lot of distrust, secrets and insecurities but with a little help from friends and loved ones they learn how to love themselves and others. 

I overall liked the book - I was a little confused in the beginning on who was who and thought Brynn accepted that they were sisters a little too easily but overall a great beach read!
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The story of of Brynn and Kinsey, not at all friends during their growing up years and then, years later, finding themselves thrown together in very unusual circumstances.  Throw in a old crush of Byrnes, dysfunctional families and unique friends....you will find yourself laughing out loud and then getting teary eyed.
This is a perfect beach read, well written and entertaining.
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author, Jill Shalvis, for the opportunity to read and give my honest review about this book.
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As soon as I got this book I read. I could not put this book down. I believe this is by far my favorite Jill Shalvis book!!
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Eli Thomas is a marine biologist for a nonprofit organization. He is close friends with Kinsey Davis. Eli offers Brynn a room to rent in the hopes that she and Kinsey will bond. However, having her under the same roof allows him to act on the feelings he has had since childhood. Can Eli convince the two women to forget their differences? Will Kinsey’s secrets destroy that hope? And will their conflict stand in the way of his relationship with Brynn?
Brynn Turner returns to Wildstone, California, to get her life back in order. On her first night home, she runs into Eli Thomas, her childhood crush, at the ER. Brynn reluctantly agrees to rent a room from him to escape her mothers’ smothering. She never expected to find her nemesis living in the same house. Brynn learns some startling information about Kinsey. Can Brynn and Kinsley mend their differences? Will Brynn let her insecurities interfere in her budding relationship with Eli?
Eli is such a sweetheart! Despite a crappy childhood, he still manages to maintain a selfless personality. I adore Eli’s devotion and caring for the people he considers family. There is little he would not do for them. Basically, Eli is the type of friend that everyone needs in their life. What I adore the most about Eli is how he refuses to pressure Brynn into anything she is not ready for. He is aware she has been hurt, so he would rather Brynn be certain about starting something between them.
Brynn took me a while to warm up to. She came off hypocritical at times. I understand her need for people, especially Kinsey and Eli, to be truthful with her. However, she should have extended the same courtesy to them. I empathize with Brynn’s need to feel as if she belonged and not feel like an outsider. I have been in her shoes when I was a teenager. What I like the most about Brynn is how she used her past connections to help Eli. She has witnessed his selflessness in helping others without asking help in return. She took initiative and reached out to get what he needed.
THE SUMMER DEAL is book five in Jill Shalvis’ contemporary romance series, WILDSTONE. This story can definitely stand alone because characters from the previous books do not make appearances. I notice how this book, along with ALMOST JUST FRIENDS, has a different formula than what is normally found in romance stories. It makes me curious to read the first three books and novella to see if the trend holds with them also.
THE SUMMER DEAL is an emotional tale that emphasizes the fact that family are not always blood. I really like the new direction the author is taking with this series. I cannot wait to see who in Wildstone gets their story told next.
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The Summer Deal review: 

Kinsey and Brynn have been enemies since summer camp as kids. Eli is Kinsey’s best friend, and Brynn’s first kiss (at said summer camp) After a failed relationship, Brynn finds herself in the hospital with a panic attack and stumbles back into the lives of Kinsey and Eli. What happens next is a whirlwind of events to pick up the pieces of Brynn’s life and start anew. 

I loved how the girls had their journal entries start each chapter. It really gave us depth on their enemy status, but also how their personality was shaping.

This isn’t just about two frenemies that are technically half sisters. This isn’t just about childhood camp crush hoping for that spark once reunited. This story goes deeper than that. It’s a story about hope, living life on limited time, a love story about loving yourself and the company you keep. (Faults and all). Brynn is trying to find her second chance at life with a new start. Kinsey is trying to find her second chance with a new kidney. 

I kept getting the girls names confused, I won’t lie. I kept thinking Kinsey was Brynn, vise versa. With the diary entries, it almost read like a YA, but had romantic moments to even it out. This was my first Jill Shalvis, and I definitely plan on reading more.

The Summer Deal comes out 6.2.2020. Be on the lookout! Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow for the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for my opinion.
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This book continues the Wildstone series, which while not having recurring characters is set in the same town of Wildstone. If you have read previous books in this series, this book continues in the same vein. It revolves around Bynn and Kinsey who are half sisters with only one of them knowing about it.

As in most of Ms. Shalvis' books the relationships are the most prominent feature, and this is no exception. Brynn returns home devastated from a busted relationship and runs into her old friend Eli who offers her a rental room in his house. She accepts, not knowing her arch nemesis from camp Kinsey is renting a room there already. The plot revolves around relationship growth. Between the 2 half sisters and the loves of their lives. I enjoy books that are character driven and loved this. If you have enjoyed the previous books in this series you will not be disappointed with this one,

Received as an ARC from Netgalley
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Another winner by Jill Shalvis! Brynn and Kinsey were rivals who thoroughly disliked each other at summer camp, where Brynn shared a kiss with Eli, Kinsey's best friend. When they re-connect many years later, not much has changed. But Kinsey has been hiding big secrets, and new developments lead to new discoveries and new paths. This is romantic women's fiction that will appeal to a large audience.
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Jill Shalvis is my go to for all things romance. However, lately I’ve absolutely loved her women’s fiction novels. Heart. Friendship. Heat. And so many wonderful  things wrapped into one great package. The Summer Deal is exactly that. I love this one as much as I loved her first women’s fiction novel. I’m so lucky I got to read an advanced reading copy. Thank you Netgalley!! The only downside is that I’m hungry for more books written by this author. If you love Jill Shalvis, this is a must read.
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I enjoyed this book, not what I'm used to from the author but I did like it! 4 stars for this!
We follow a few people in this story, but our main characters are Brynn, Kinsey & Eli, and a bit of Kinsey's not friend but with benefits Deck.
Kinsey has a secret, Eli knows it, and it has to do with Brynn. Kinsey has been a thorn in Brynn's side for years every summer at camp. When you find out the secret you will be shocked! But there is other things going on with these two and the other characters that will hold your attention throughout the book. Will the woman be able to let love into their fragile lives? You'll have to read and find out!
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Jill Shalvis never disappoints. She spins a tale of friendemies turned best friends in this summer’s go to beach read.  I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest review.
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Cute beach read- I did not know this book was a part of a series,  I read it as a stand alone and it was good but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read the first four.
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I found out after I read this, that this is actually part of a series.  I read it as a stand-alone and I was not lost.  I enjoyed this book.  Fans of Jill Shalvis will also.
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I usually love Jill Shalvis’s book but found myself bored at the end. A story of two women who did not like each other since childhood and found out they were half sisters. Just didn’t hold my interest. I appreciate Netgalley and William Morrow publisher’s for the chance to read and review this.
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THE SUMMER DEAL is book five in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis, but I find that you can really read these books as a standalone. I didn’t have very much expectation about this book, so I went in with a very open mind.

One thing I liked about this book is the fact that Shalvis can make light out of every situation. Whether it’s something grim or just the characters hanging out, she manages to infuse the scene with her trademark humor.

However, I just don’t think I was a huge fan of the concept of this particular story. This book has three main characters. There’s Brynn who suffers from panic attacks. Then there’s Kinsey whose body is rejecting the organ she’d just had transplanted. And there’s Eli who has been best friends with Kinsey for his entire life. There is a romance that occurs in this book, but the relationship between Kinsey and Brynn is also quite important to the storyline.

In theory, I liked the sound of it. However while I was reading the book, I just thought that it was a bit grim. There were some parts I would have liked to see more of and other parts that I would’ve liked to skip over completely, so with that being said, I didn’t love all aspects of this book.

I do think that Shalvis is making a bigger effort to make her books less of just a romance and a put more Women’s Fiction elements into it. I just don’t know if I’m always going to be in the mood for this kind of writing all the time.
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Brynn does not have her life together. Things just seem to keep crashing down around her. Kinsey has been pushing through obstacles her whole life, and now she is just marking time, or so she tells herself. Eli just wants those he loves to be happy and safe, and now he has a chance to make that happen, and to maybe find a little of that for himself, too. One summer. 3 people who were once all connected at camp, and now have a chance to re-connect on a different level, and maybe make a difference. Shalvis once again hits the mark with a book that incorporates humor and love in all of its forms, and characters that feel as though they could walk right off of the pages.
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Little bit coming of age, little bit family drama, little bit romance. Excellent writing, solid and snappy dialogue, relatable-ish cast of characters... though I had to remember back a million years ago to my 20s! Enjoyable read for sure.
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Kinsey and Brynn meet up as adults after suffering through the same summer camp for years. Each girl has memories of the other being a bully at camp and can’t stand the thought of a happy reunion when it unexpectedly happens. 

When Brynn comes home after her boyfriend dumps her - she is afraid to let anyone in again. 

Kinsey has had a life of disappointments with medical problems, family drama and has a wall built around her miles high. 

Can either girl let love in when it comes crashing in? What happens when friends will do just about anything for you?
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I absolutely love and adore Jill Shalvis. Her writing style is amazing! 

That being said, this book was no different. I absolutely loved it! The characters were precious, and made the story that much better. 

All in all, I thought this book was great, and was  a nice light read.
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I’m in the minority with my 2 star rating but I’m sad to say I just cannot connect to any of the characters! I was hoping it would get better but the more I read, I found myself skimming pages and just not enjoying it at all. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
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It absolutely pains me to say that I didn't like this book. I am a long-time Jill Shalvis reader and never thought I'd find a story of hers that didn't, at the very least, entertain. I guess it's not fair to say that I wasn't entertained, because I did keep coming back and reading more, I just wasn't happy when I was through with it.

I will start by saying that I didn't hate everything about it. I don't want to mislead you. I did enjoy the periphery characters, but the main characters did not do anything for me...at all. I really loved Deck. He was an incredible character. He made limited appearances, but he stole the show for me for real. I adored his and Kenzie's relationship.

Now for what I didn't like...

I feel like Brynn accepted the fact that Kinsey was her sister WAY too readily. She didn't ask for proof or even time to accept it. It didn't match with all of the previous interactions between the two.

Also, Brynn was definitely a hypocrite. She went around telling everyone that they had to be honest and there could be no more secrets, no more lies, blah, blah, blah. Then when she was looking for their dad, she say, "Sometimes people keep secrets because it's easier than the hurt and disappointment that knowing those secrets will lead to." She was quick to judge everyone around her, but then ran to hide when people turned the table on her.

And then there was Eli... he was a bit stale to me. He was very complacent and just a drab character and I didn't connect with him at all.

Overall, it just wasn't what I'm used to from this author.
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