Jesse Austin has led a troubled life. Abandoned by his parents at a young age, Jesse chose to run with the wrong crowd and found trouble with the law.
Summer Jacobs is stuck living her mother’s dream of becoming an Olympic Figure Skater. An avid reader, Summer prefers visiting her grandfather’s ranch, where she finds peace and happiness under her favorite tree with her most beloved stories.
Needing a break from everyday life, Summer and her friends visit the ranch one last time before they enter their senior year of high school. For her friends it’s the trip of a lifetime, but for Summer, it’s a struggle distinguishing between finding peace and falling in love with a troubled boy.
Summer & Jesse
EMOTIONAL YET VERY SWEET
So, when I started reading this, I though for sure this has got to be a YA book and even though I was told it’s not, I still feel it could fall in to that category for sure. It’s a fairly clean book, yet actually incredibly emotional. Lots of strong feels!
Summer is in the prime of her teenage years. Just about ready to graduate from High School and looking to change her direction in life, she visits her Grandfather every summer on his ranch that takes in wayward kids. On a trip with her girlfriends Summer meets back up with Jesse (a ranch hand who is one of the wayward kids) and sparks seem to start flying, but are quickly extinguished when Summer receives some troubling news. Shipped back home immediately, she doesn’t see Jesse or Grandpa Carl for a long while.
Jesse is a young man who came from a terrible life. As a child he witnessed more heartache and violence than anyone should have to in any life. He made some bad choices in order to survive, but those bad choices brought him to Carl and his ranch. I have not doubt that Jesse was in love with Summer from the very beginning, but believed himself not good enough for Carl’s granddaughter.
The supporting character cast is pretty good… Grandpa Carl is my fave by far. He’s never condescending to anyone. He always sees the good in everyone. And he’s living a life I think a lot of us would kill for. Summer’s friends are pretty damn funny too. That Angie with the crazy hair and foul mouth made me crack a smile a time or two.
So, this is a very lovable, very touching read. The characters were good, the writing style splendid, and the pacing excellent. The tension leading up to the climax was first rate and the dialogue flowed nicely.
Alyson enjoys bringing characters to life and has been writing since she was a little girl. Her first published book was in elementary school where it was put on display in the library for others to read. Alyson’s love for books is what compels her to write and create new worlds of her own for others to enjoy. She enjoys writing everything from erotica to suspense thrillers. Deception is the first book in the Fixer Series, which is both an erotic romance and suspense thriller.
A Colorado native, Alyson loves to travel. She has visited Ireland, Mexico and most of the United States. Her favorite vacation hideaway is Hawaii. She has a love for the ocean and enjoys swimming with sea turtles in the wild. Alyson is a former accountant who has traded in her abacus for a full-time writing career.
She has been happily married for twenty-four years to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of two. Her love of quilting keeps her busy in the winter months when she isn’t writing. Alyson’s favorite past time is spending time with her family, watching football and laughing together.
“What do you think of this one, Summer?” Angie asked, showing off a white, strapless dress.
“I think it looks great on you, if you’re looking to get married.”
“Ugh. Why is this so hard?”
“Probably because your hair is the color of a rainbow, and everything clashes with it.”
I laughed. “You know it’s true.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
“Why don’t you just go with black? Everything matches that.”
“You know, that’s probably what I’ll end up doing.”
“That’s what I’m wearing.”
“Shut up. You’re wearing black because your boyfriend Jesse isn’t taking you to prom.”
“What would you do if he showed up?”
“What? What kind of question is that? You know he’s not going to, so why are we playing this game?”
“Oh. Oh. Oh. Because I want to know. What would Summer do if her hot bod, boyfriend showed up to prom?”
“Well, he won’t, so…”
“Come on. Spill it, Jacobs!”
“I don’t know. Dance?”
“Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Give me a break!”
“Well, isn’t that what you do at prom?”
“No. There’s a lot more that you do at prom.”
“Um…okay. Like what?”
“Stay out all night.”
“Alright. If Jesse showed up, we’d go to dinner, then the dance.”
“B.O.R.I.N.G.,” she yawned.
“What do you want me to say? That I’d take him to a hotel room, rip his clothes off, and have wild and crazy sex with him?”
“You’re ridiculous, Angie.”
“Why? Because I made you admit that you want to see him naked and have wild and crazy sex with him?”
“No. Because your mind always goes straight to the gutter.”
“You know what they say about girls that have dirty minds, right?”
I rolled my eyes. “No, do tell me.”
“That makes absolutely no sense. You do realize that?”
“It’s true. I read it in my teen magazine. They said that girls with dirty minds masturbate more often; therefore, letting their endorphins kick in. It has something to do with releasing a certain chemical into your brain, and that’s why it makes you smarter.”
“So…if you’re a horny girl, you’re smarter?”
“Yep. They’ve even proven it with science.”
“I’m calling bullshit on that one, Ang.”
“Whatever, Summer. Science doesn’t lie.”