by Criss Copp
Barnes & Noble
New Adult (mature content). Recommended for readers 18+ due to explicit sexual content, harsh language and adult themes. Please be advised that some content is graphic and sensitive in nature.
has known two lives. The secret and nightmarish life she endured prior
to her move to Northport, and the angelic life she has known since.
Her best friend Blake has a secret of his own that once shattered his soul.
years they skirt around their attraction to each other... until in a
moment of necessity, secrets are divulged and a new relationship is
However, past lives have a way of coming back to haunt you... even the lives you thought were angelic. Determined to face the hardship together, the question remains... How much hardship can two people endure?
Well, that was just....huh?
3.5 stars...I think?
books have had my review-dar all over the place. All. Over. Totally
bipolared! I'm usually very certain and confident with my ratings, but
recently I've been second guessing me...a lot. Either I like it...or I
don't. That simple, right??? HELL NO!
Always Summer had some 4-5 star elements, but it also had some 2-3 star elements. Both strong, both fighting each other until the very end.
started off extremely intense. Criss Copp tackled an insanely difficult
issue, an issue which was very difficult to read, but at the same time
it completely hooked me. I felt right then and there that I was finally
about to read something different. Something to break the mold.
What I loved was best friends falling in love, alternating POV's and an addictive...ADDICTIVE plot.
buildup between Blake and Summer was perfect, the climax and the strong
ending had me at the edge, but somewhere in the middle the under wire
snapped and it began to sag. This is where one of the book's strongest
elements simultaneously became one of it's weakest. The sex!!
sex between Summer and Blake was...it was...it...WOW!! Talk about
feeling it...everywhere! However, somewhere in the middle, and before the
end, the plot lost some of it's substance. The sex was too much. Say
what!?? (Yes, there is such a thing) This is when the plot slowed down, but at the same time I was still hooked. I
feel like such an oxymoron.
The sex also tainted the epilogue.
The way it ended cheapened my experience. It was hot, it was HEA, and
it was sexy, but after that journey, to end it there? Literally, literally in there. Just wasn't for me.
what the hell am I trying to say?? I thought this book was finally
something different. Despite my negative feelings, I could not put it
down! I enjoyed the journey, I really enjoyed the book. I saw its flaws,
but I kept going....the story gave me a reason to. I needed this book to
break the monotony and it did. Criss Copp (makes you wanna jump, jump)
reminds me a little of Kirsty Moseley. The story is what gets you and I
will definitely read Criss again!!