Summer Nights by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Cruel Summer #3
Publication Date: September 27, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: The final installment in Marlo and Ray’s story of revenge, love and the thin line between hate and passion. They’ll fight to the bitter end.
And now that everyone’s counting on them.
They’re ready for the final curtain call.
Break a leg… right?
NICUnurse’s Review of Summer Nights by Rachel Van Dyken
Summer Nights is book three of Rachel Van Dyken’s Summer Heat series (exclusive to iBooks). These books are NOT standalone books, so reader be aware!
Ray grew up rich and was a part of the popular crowd in high school. She seemingly had it all. Marlo grew up in the foster system but was lucky enough to end up with a foster mom who loved him dearly. However, they were the hired help for Ray’s family.
Friends when they were younger, Ray shunned Marlo in high school and took part in his bullying at the worst, and turned a blind eye to his harassment at the least. Then she stole his scholarship–his one-way ticket out of the life he grew up in–and sealed their relationship mired in hatred.
Now, he’s the director at a prestigious summer camp for rising stars and she’s…just the help. When lines are crossed and truths are revealed, will they be able to overcome their past, or will it seal their relationship as enemies?
Summer Nights picks up with the fire and explosion in one of the cabins for the campers. Which is the point at where everyone wanted to throw their iPads in frustration at the end of book two. Obviously, things turn out all right since book three has more than 5 pages to it! And the push and pull, love and hate, back and forth between Ray and Marlo continues. More secrets come to light as Ray has to work through her own doubts and fears and learn to love her self, all while polishing the play that is showcased for industry reps and insiders at the end of the summer. The gang’s all back…and so are the hijinks and shenanigans!
NICUnurse’s Rating: As a child of the 80’s, there were so many elements that I loved about this book (and series). For many years, I dreamed of becoming a professional dancer. As a young girl, I binged on Fame and watched movies like Flashdance and Dirty Dancing over and over again, dreaming that one day that would be me. Spoiler alert: I became a nurse instead. Anywho…my point is that this book brought back so many great memories. Then tossed in the whole Can’t Buy Me Love feel as a bonus. And the push/pull, love/hate, rich/poor storyline would most definitely make John Hughes proud!
Just like the first two books, I was up entirely too late finishing this book because I couldn’t stop reading! I give this book (and the entire series) 4.5 propellers. Fans of angsty new adult contemporary romance (with all the expected humor we’ve come to love with Rachel Van Dyken), this is definitely a series you’ll want to grab right now!
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Meet the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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