Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review - A Stardance Summer by Emily March

A Stardance Summer
by Emily March
Series: Eternity Springs, #13
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Return to the beloved small town of Eternity Springs in the newest installment of Emily March’s New York Times bestselling series with A Stardance Summer. 

Sometimes the end of one road
Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he's in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend's kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.
. . .is the start of another

Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she's put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

Heartwarming and fun, this was my first Emily March book and it certainly will not be my last!

There was so much to love in this book – a fierce heroine who is determined to find a new path in her life; a hero whose heart has been broken and still carries around some pretty deep scars; the Tornado Alleycats, a female RV group made up of mostly of older women who know how to have fun; the Callahan family, a tight knit, in your face kind of family who makes it their business to be in everyone’s business; and the entire quirky town of Eternity Springs.

Lili and Mark, aka Brick, have history, namely the “best friend’s little sister” kind of history that makes Lili off limits for Mark. Of course, their attraction is off the charts so staying away from Lili is not as easy as it should be for Brick. Lili knows that Brick isn’t long term relationship material, and even though she’s been in love with him since she was 9 years old, she knows that a summer fling is all they can have and she’s willing to take that, even if that means a bit of heartache.

I just loved Lili. She’s fierce, fun, and willing to put herself out there and try new things and discover what she wants from life. Mark was a bit frustrating at times, he was so intent on protecting his heart that he could be a bit callous in his treatment of Lili, and she definitely deserved much better from him at times. There was some awesome meddling taking place to get these two together, both from Patsy, the Tornados leader and Lili’s landlord, as well as Mark’s family – something I always love in these small town books! There were many moments that had me laughing out loud – there may have been some skinny dipping by the grannies and then the story about Lili and Patsy being arrested – and there were also some heartbreaking and emotional events that took place. And everything was woven together seamlessly to help tell Lili and Mark’s story.
Whistling beneath his breath – oh, hell, a KC and the Sunshine Band earworm was not a good thing – he approached the lake just as the full moon broke from behind a cloud and illuminated the scene before him.

He slammed his foot on the brake. He turned his head and squeezed his eyes shut, but not before the sight burned his brain.

He’d expected swimsuits, but they were skinny-dipping! They were…oh, jeez…naked grannies.

Brick appreciated a peep show as much as any other man, but this was just wrong. He seriously wished he hadn’t seen that. But even as he tried to scrub his memory, a new song entered his head. One from Sesame Street.

He’d heard it early this evening when he’d delivered the stinking kids to their parents. Gabe’s wife, Nic, had plopped the baby down in front of the TV to distract him while she cleaned up the twins. On PBS, Bob and Susan had been singing “One of These Things.”

“One of those things,” Brick murmered.

One of the female bodies standing beside the lake had been toned and taut and sleek as a mountain cat, with full breasts and curvy hips and legs worthy of a 1940s pinup girl.

“Most definitely, not like the others.”
Fun and sweet with a bit of whimsy, A Stardance Summer was a wonderful read that had me smiling all the way through. I have fallen in love with Eternity Springs and can’t wait to go back and read all the books in this series – I loved getting to meet some of the other residents in town and know their stories will be just as fun and heartwarming!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from NetGalley.

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