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by A.S. Green
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: Entangled: Embrace, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis: A songwriter is nothing without his muse. Sucks that mine turns out to be Katherine D’Arcy––hot as hell, but the very definition of country-club living and everything I came to this quiet little island to escape. The last thing I need is some live-life-by-her-day-planner summer girl screwing with my head, but I can’t stop thinking about her…those curves, silky brown hair, and those eyes…I left that privileged world behind when I came up to Little Bear Island hoping for some inspiration to write my songs. But here I am still, two years later, unable to write crap. That is until Katherine showed up to tend the lighthouse for the summer and drive me crazy. With her here, the writing has never been better. If only there weren’t that one inconvenient truth I’ve been keeping from her… Because when she learns what I’ve been hiding, I know I will lose her forever.
When she discovers her mother has used a significant amount of the trust fund money supposed to finance her next year of studying to pay part of their mortgage, Katherine D’Arcy has to abandon her intern plans and get a job, quickly! She’s lucky enough to find one on, courtesy of her friend, and it will entail moving to Little Bear Island house sitting for the summer and the earnings will more than cover the missing money. When she gets to the island she finds much more than she’d anticipated, including the opportunity her friend had talked about for her to find out more about what she actually wanted from life rather than spending her life trying to meet the expectations of her Mum and her best friend. As Katy gets to know the people on the island her outlook, expectations and relationships all undergo significant changes – especially as she develops a relationship with Bennett who has worked for the ferry company for two years but still feels an outsider. He resents that she seems to be more easily accepted into the community but then falls for her himself – which also helps get him more accepted, too. However he is keeping a secret, a very relevant secret and one which, when Katy discovers it, could end their possible HEA…..
This is a highly enjoyable read with surprises being uncovered along the way, ensuring this is no smooth road to romance! The characters are well portrayed and the development of Katy’s relationships with the islanders and Bennet are appropriately paced. There are plenty of twists and turns on their journey to ensure this is an engaging story which has the reader just hoping things will work out well in the end!
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
An excerpt to whet your appetite:
It’s official. Katherine D’Arcy is the worst painter ever born. I chuckle low, under my breath. She’s so beautiful, I assumed it would translate into beauty at the end of her brush. Hardly.
Fuck, if she doesn’t look adorable trying to make something of the muddy puddle of paint. Annnd…now it’s dripping off the edge of the paper. So funny. So damn irresistible.
Why am I sitting so far away from her again? Oh, right. Because if I were any closer I’d have her on her back and neither of us would be getting anything done. This day is for her. Keep yourself in check.
Katherine frowns at her work, but I’ve got to give her credit. She doesn’t give up. I can admire that more than any painting. I wish for the same perseverance because the song I’m working on is seriously kicking my ass.
This is not because I’m distracted by Katherine. Far from it. I wouldn’t have the words I do have if not for her. She gives me so much to work with I don’t know where to start. She’s like a fairy princess sitting there on that mound. Her dark hair is set off against the lush green of the woods. Tiny red flowers lie like confetti in a circle around her. She leans in close to get a better look…
If I could paint a word-picture to capture this moment, and find exactly the right chords, this would be something to show Jordan. For now, there are only a few lyrics in my notebook:
Traveling girl, sets my heart in a whirl
Eyes so bright in a face so fair, painted flowers in her hair
Traveling girl, pack my bags and go
To a place I’ve never known
It’s close to something good. Not quite right, but there’s promise.
A. S. Green lives in the cold upper Midwest with her husband and three children. She spends summers on Lake Superior, which is the muse for Summer Girl, and she is a sucker for down-to-earth heroes who work with their hands (if they play guitar, that’s an added bonus). She enjoys all things Irish––particularly music, dancing, and Jameson. When she’s not writing or reading romance, she’s traveling, camping, blogging for Writer Unboxed, and writing YA (under her real name). You can find her online at www.asgreenbooks.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook at @asgreenbooks.