Love hits you when you least expect it, grabs you, sucks you in whole, and twists you around until you could hardly breathe. Love hurts like a sucker punch, that’s both glorious and beautiful. Falling for Summer was like that for me, every time. – Nat Donovan
The Donovan Brothers
Two brothers as gorgeous as they are dangerous.
Nat Donovan, the older more responsible brother with the passion of a starving man. Knows what he wants, but knows he can’t have it without giving up everything.
Drew Donovan, the really bad boy, the black sheep, the one who has a devil-may-care attitude, wants what he wants, but knows he would have to go through the ones he loves to have it.
Nat and Drew Donovan has known Summer Jones since they were kids. She had always been the girl next door who was best friends with their little sister Rachel and was cool enough to play with the guys. Now Summer is all grown up, gorgeous, and scorchingly sexy without even knowing it. Responsible older brother Nat, who had always tried to keep their friendship platonic, now can’t stop thinking of her and wanting more. Carefree Drew, who had always had a crush on Summer, but knew Summer’s heart was already taken, can only fall further for her. But no one had anticipated what would happen between the time the Donovan brothers fell for her and now. No one knew how hard they would fall.
There were some things that I really liked about Falling for Summer and there were a few issues that I had with the book. Let’s talk about the things that I liked first. I totally fell in love with the characters from Loving Summer. Summer is such a strong person and even though both of the Donovan Brothers are great, I am more partial to Drew. In this book, Summer’s emotions are all over the place. I felt so bad for the girl. She is basically all alone, just turned 18 and having to handle a ton of stuff. All while she is still grieving from the loss of her aunt. I still love summer, she is growing up and trying to find out who she is. She kind of gets her skank on in Falling for Summer. (there are three guys in this book) I wasn’t turned off to her by her actions though, I just wanted all the craziness around her to settle down so she could start her happily ever after. I am rooting for Drew. Drew, Nat, and Rachel were all totally there for Summer, and I loved that about them! They are all genuinely good people. Another thing I really liked about this book was the strong anti-bullying message it portrayed.
Falling for Summer is a spicier version of Loving Summer and I loved every second of that aspect of the book. I didn’t particularly like how quickly Summer flip flopped between guys, but like I said she was dealing with a lot so she was emotional and very vulnerable for most of the story. The writing also didn’t seem as good as it did in the first book. It seemed more awkward and there were some grammar issues. Nothing too major, but I did notice it in the first half of the book. (I did not have an ARC version of this book) Then I kind of got swept up in the story and I wasn’t looking as closely at grammar.
I enjoyed Falling for Summer because I loved the characters so much from Loving Summer, but overall I liked the first book, Loving Summer more than this one. I did enjoy Falling for Summer, and I do want to continue the series. I think fans of edgy new adult contemporaries will enjoy the Loving Summer and Donovan Brother series.
Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women. She has won multiple awards from the International Book Awards and the Green Book Festival. Selling over half a million books, Kailin Gow has been a bestselling author of over 100 distinct books which includes the Desire Series, PULSE, Wicked Woods, and the Frost Series. She has been professionally published since 2001. She was one of the first authors for young readers to write books for girls with supernatural elements. Her first book series about extraordinary girls guided by an angel in 2001, was a success, selling thousands of print copies in days, and inspiring girl book clubs around the U.S. In 2003, she came out with more series, including The Fairy Rose Chronicles, about fairies in Feyland. Her books have been recommended by PBS Kids, US Mental Health Association, the PTA, and homeschooling associations in the United States.
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