May 31 2012 4:00pm

First Look: Shannon Stacey’s Slow Summer Kisses (June 4, 2012)

Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon StacyShannon Stacey
Slow Summer Kisses
Carina Press / $2.99 digital / June 4, 2012

Anna Frazier is used to living life at 100 mph, but being downsized out of a job in the financial industry has her permanently stalled. With nowhere to go, go, go, Anna hails a cab to her grandparents’ neglected New Hampshire camp to plan her next move. It seems like a good idea—until she realizes there’s no takeout to be had and the boy next door has grown into a sexy but surly recluse.

Cameron Mayfield knows he can kiss his peace and quiet goodbye when Hurricane Anna blows in. She was loud and bossy as a ten-year-old—and besides developing some attractive curves, she hasn’t changed. Cam’s not looking for a relationship, especially not with a woman like Anna. He nearly broke down on that road once before. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

It’s not long before their sizzling attraction leads to smoking-hot kisses. But as the days get shorter, Anna must decide if she’s found a new road to happiness, or just taken a detour.

Reading a Shannon Stacey novel guarantees a great plot, wonderful characters and humorous banter. Slow Summer Kisses did not disappoint.

Anna was laid off from her high-powered financial job. She hightails it to her grandparents’ summer cottage to relax and regroup. When Cam meets Anna, he sees himself. He used to be a part of the rat-race but now spends his days doing odd jobs around the camp and fishing. Cam lives a stress-free life which quickly becomes more stressful thanks to his not so quiet and too sexy neighbor.

The characters are so real and I loved how they got under each other’s skin. As much as Cam doesn’t want to be neighborly and help Anna, he can’t help but be the good Samaritan and do the right thing. Watching Cam fight his attraction to Anna and then slowly give into it is amazingly cute because he is so grumpy about the entire situation.

“I think it’s pretty funny you don’t feel a need to apologize for being rude or calling me a pain in the ass, but you think I might be offended by a kiss.”

“I’m having a cheeseburger,“ Anna said. ”With fries smothered in vinegar and salt.“

”I told you I wouldn’t kiss you again. You don’t have to poison your mouth."

When the opposites attract trope in romance is done right, it’s very entertaining. Anna’s go-go attitude, which is at complete odds with Cam’s take it easy way of life, made for many funny moments. It was fun watching Anna try to relax and watch Cam try not to strangle her with his bare hands.

“I still don’t get it.”

“It’s relaxing.”

“It’s boring.”

Slow Summer Kisses is the perfect summer read. Even though it’s a novella, it reads like a full-length novel. The plot and characters are well-developed. The story is funny and sexy and the banter between Cam and Anna is hilarious. I love grumpy heroes and Cam is one of the grumpiest. The romance was believable, and so steamy and yet so sweet.


Marquetta: Reader, Blogger, Smut Lover.

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1. TracyS
I'm looking forward to this book! :)
Saundra Peck
2. sk1336
Sweet summer love sounds good to me!!! Love the idea of going home to a cottage AND camp!!!
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