by Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: June 4, 2012
Genre: Adult Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon
*Novella/ eBook *sexual content
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.(synopsis from Goodreads)
Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey was a heart-warming romance. While this is a novella, the story felt complete and I enjoyed every minute of it. I quickly became wrapped up in this tale and consumed it in one sitting.
The tale begins when we meet Anna Frazier. Up until now she has been a go-getter in the financial industry. One could say she is high-strung and moving in the fast lane. She has recently lost her job, and rather than tap into her savings, she moves into her grandparents, New Hampshire camp home. She discovers her next door neighbor, is her childhood summer friend Cameron Mayfield, and boy has he grown into a fine specimen of a man. The tale that unfolds is sweet, as Cameron tried to avoid the high-maintenance, talkative but oh so beautiful Anna.
The characters in this novel are sweet, damaged and captured my heart. I laughed at their antics and became invested in their outcome. Stacey gives us plenty of humorous scenes which I thoroughly enjoyed. While the story line was predictable it delivered exactly what I was looking for. Watching the two of them fall in love was fun.
While this wasn’t a full length novel the story-line was fully developed. It does contain sexual content but it was mostly implied. I connected with both characters and Stacey did a good job of making me feel like I knew and understood where they were coming from.
Slow Summer Kisses is the perfect summer read. It is light, sweet and perfect for an afternoon escape. I plan to read more from this author. This is currently available as an eBook.
FYI..this story and others are available in a collection called Carina Press Presents: Editor's Choice Volume I: Kilts &Kraken\Negotiating Point\Slow Summer Kisses. Had I known..i would have purchased this.
I gave this novella 4 coffee cups out of 5.