Tuesday, June 12, 2012
All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
Rating: 5 stars
This book is #9 in a series but this is the first book by this author that I've read. I think it works as a stand alone book.
Clay is one of three brothers. He left home young and made a career for himself as a model & got married. He's returning to his hometown a widower and looking to make his new business in town and put down roots in the community. Charlie is an only child - her father died years ago and she is enstranged from her prima ballerina mother. Years ago she was date raped in college, and while this hasn't stopped her from living her life (she is a full-time firewoman), she hasn't been in any kind of intimate relationship with a man for 10 years. When Clay and Charlie meet, they are able to talk and form a personal connection. Charlie asks Clay to work on her intimacy issues with her so that she can heal emotionally. Her goal is to be more together emotionally so that she can make plans to have a child. The learning curve of seduction for Charlie & the interaction between her and Clay is very sweet. In the end they both kind of heal each other. The sub-plot involving Charlie's mom coming to town was good too - realistic and not too syrupy. I would read more books by this author.