Such an awesome set of stories! Summer love at its finest! Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs This story was lovely. McKenzie's journey shows her growing up and learning that there's more than looks. Dylan is so sweet. Such a winner! Exquisite Torture by S.D. Wasley I loved this story. It was so cool getting Ryan's perspective on a budding relationship, and it was great to see his attitude change. I absolutely love Connie's style, and the little paranormal twist is super cool! Forbidden by Melissa Frost Frost said in an interview that she was going for a story that reminds readers of Taylor Swift's Love Story. This does that without fail. Olivia and Gavin's story is classic and beautiful. So good! Taking the Plunge by Dianna Stager This story was so raw and real. I've never read a romance with a teen mom protagonist, and it was such a unique perspective. Jessica grows up so much in this story, and Erik is so willing to help her get fully on her feet. This is a great story! Boarderline Love is my contribution to the anthology. Since I'm not going to review my own story, I'lll say it was a blast to write and that I hope people enjoy it. :) An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall This story held so much passion. Lola and Sarah such interesting, complex characters. I wanted more of their stories. I feel like there's a world to explore here. Just so awesome!
Summer Crush: A wonderfully romantic boxed set of Upper YA short stories by today's hottest authors.
Summer is the time for lazy days at the beach, sun-kissed hair, flip-flops, and sizzling nights with a new crush. Those stolen glances and first kisses can quickly spark a flame. However, the road to love isn’t always a smooth ride.
Every Summer has a story, whether it’s a second chance on love, seeing a friend in a different light, or taking a step in a new direction with someone special. Love and long days create endless possibilities, but can a summer crush really last?
14+ due to sexuality, adult situations
Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs
Exquisite Torture by S.D. Wasley
Forbidden by Melissa Frost
Taking the Plunge by Diana Stager
Boarderline Love by Deanna Dee
An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall
Good quick read each story was different then others, some where better than others... An Ocean of Their Own was a uniquely surprising story... In addition this was for a more mature young adult read...
My Four Star Review: Each story was a little different but all focused on a summer romance and maybe taught you a little lesson along the way. I truly enjoyed each one of them. Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs: “After breaking Dylan’s heart last year, McKenzie returns to Sutton Lake for another summer. McKenzie realizes love was in front of her the entire time, but is it too late for Dylan to forgive her?” This was a story to remind you it’s not what’s on the outside that matters but what’s on the inside that really counts. It was a hard lesson for McKenzie to learn but with the help of her Aunt Jenny, it ended up being a summer McKenzie will never forget. Exquisite Torture by S.D. Wasley: “16 year old Ryan thinks he’s in for the summer from hell, stuck at his Gran’s farm in a remote town … until he meets the adorable Connie. But why is she so cagey about her past?” There was a bit of a mystery with this story. Ryan isn’t very excited about going to his Grandmother’s house but he ends up being very proud of everything he accomplishes. He meets Connie and all is definitely not what it seems. You’ll be wrinkling your forehead trying to figure out what’s really going on. Forbidden by Melissa Frost: “The new guy in town has a bad reputation and a bad boy demeanor to go with it. Even so, Olivia can’t help feeling drawn to Gavin. Can she convince her mother he’s not the delinquent everyone believes, or will his past tear them apart?” You don’t always have to believe what you hear and it’s okay to come to a conclusion about someone or something all on your own. Olivia was drawn to Gavin and I’m glad she took the time to really get to know him. Taking the Plunge by Diana Stager: “Overwhelmed and alone, Jessica is a teenage mother struggling to give her son the best possible life. Erik, a lifeguard at the local pool, never expected the girl of his dreams to have baby in tow. They have issues, but will it keep them from pursing the relationship, or are they willing to take the plunge?” Jessica really impressed me with how she wanted to live her life and take care of her son. She struggled along the way but she still wanted what was best for her and him and got them help she needed when she needed it. It was nice to watch the love blooming between her and Erik. Boarderline Love by Deanna Dee: Nearly drowning wasn’t part of Dalya’s vacation plans. Neither was being rescued by a guy with a perfect six pack and a haunted look in his eyes. Mason reminds Dalya too much of her over-protective older brother, but when he offers to teach her to surf, she can’t say no. Can Dalya get past her frustration with her brother to realize how much Mason means to her? This story made me smile, laugh and even cry. It was a truly entertaining story and fun to watch young love bloom to life. An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall: “Lola spends her days trawling the sand dunes in search of the perfect subject for her art. She finds it in a solitary, beautiful girl. Sarah doesn’t just fill the pages in her sketchbook, she enchants Lola’s heart too. But how can Lola tell her family about Sarah?” Sometimes when you fall in love, you just fall. This was a very cute story of two young woman finding love on a summer beach. I hold a very special place in my heart for Lola’s parents. If you have a young adult reader at home or you like a good YA book, I would highly recommend this one.
This was a gem of an anthology. All 6 of these stories were heartwarming and cute. The character development was perfect for short stories and the theme of love, hope, and young summer love was perfectly captured in this wonderful collection. If you are looking for the perfect set of YA romances for the young reader at home or even an older audience, Summer Crush is just what the book doctor ordered! I loved all of it!