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The Pleasures of Summer Paperback – 30 May 2013
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Move over Fifty - this gives far more pleasure ... a thrashing good read (Irish Independent)
One of those rare books that has stolen my heart, my mind and my soul ... a flawless, exciting and down-right steamy read that will stay with you long after your finish. (Totally-bookalicious.co.uk)
This book blows Fifty Shades out of the water ... I unabashedly adored this book (Ravingbookaddict.blogspot)
A combustive and sizzling tale, not soon forgotten ... There were times, while I was reading that I found myself so emotionally engrossed within the story and the characters that I found my heart skipping and tears welling up. (Romancing-the-book.com)
If you're looking for something hot and steamy with intense chemistry then you can't go wrong with this one. (Feelingfictional.com)
About the Author
Evie Hunter is actually two authors Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley who met at a creative writing workshop in 2010. On discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends. In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an online publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger. Eventually, they emerged into daylight, clutching The Pleasures of Winter, saying 'Never again'. Thankfully they soon forgot the agony and The Pleasures of Summer is the result of their second marathon writing adventure.
Top customer reviews
After reading the pleasures of winter I had waited for other books in the Pleasures series to become available.
Has my eyes opened if you know what I mean!
Need to get myself a Flynn.
Ill definitely have ice with mine...
Can't wait for more
The prologue was tense and full of action, it set the scene well - I was immediately thinking of questions: Who was the guy in the van? Why was he after Summer? What happened next? It was clear even from that point that I would be hooked by this storyline!
Six months later and Summer was still facing security issues so her father put his foot down and demanded that she have a bodyguard. I had a bit of a chuckle as Summer proceeded to get rid of a string of bodyguards one by one using some very sneaky tactics. Then came the sexy and powerful Flynn, someone who was not going to be quite so easy to get rid of.
I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about Summer to begin with, she seemed too spoilt and manipulative for my liking - I just couldn't relate to any side of her at the start. I soon realised though that her attitude and rebellious streak was mostly a front put on for other people's benefit and inside she wasn't half as confident. Her initial curiosity into the world of Doms and Subs got her into a dangerous situation which put her off a bit but not completely, it was obviously a desire that was deep-rooted so I knew it wouldn't be long before the issue came up again.
I absolutely loved the feisty chemistry and battles for power between Summer and Flynn, they were definitely well matched and this made their time together fun to read (they were very entertaining and I found myself laughing quite a few times when they clashed).
The writing style was captivating, it drew me in so that it felt like I was part of the book too. These authors certainly know how to write good erotic fiction because once again the sexual parts were sizzling hot but I didn't feel like they overwhelmed the actual storyline - this is important to me when reading this genre, it has to be about more than just the sex!
I was utterly gripped by the action-packed events leading up to the end, it was so exciting and really got my heart pounding. This will be added to my one-day read list because I just couldn't put it down and I can easily say that Evie Hunter's books are so much better than the Fifty Shades series thanks to the fantastic storylines and wonderful characters.
Warning: The Pleasures of Summer contained strong language and sexual scenes so if you are likely to be offended by this then it probably isn't a book for you.
This was another sizzling read with an exciting, dangerous twist - I would definitely recommend it!
I warmed easily to both Summer and Flynn. He's sexy, full of fire and wit and is dominant and protective. As a Soldier, he is always cool, calm and collected, however his latest mission tests his resolve to the max. Summer. Daughter of a wealthy airline owner, she's the proverbial spoilt only child and she has a stalker. Feisty, strong-willed and stubborn she resents having a bodyguard. Particularly one who is dominant and bossy...in more ways than one.
Scratch the surface and both Flynn and Summer are deep, interesting chracters. It is well written, flows wells and their stubborn argumentative banter and disagreements lead to some very hot action. The Dom/Sub aspect isn't over the top or shocking and befits the storyline perfectly. With twists, surprises and some action heading towards the finish line, it was a book I couldn't put down.
A great read that I would definitely recommend.
Enter Flynn Grant, a former Army Ranger with little patience for spoiled little rich girls. Summer's tricks won't work with him. He may not like the job, but since he has been hired to keep this girl safe that is exactly what he will do. And what is more, he will do it on his terms; Summer will just have to get used to following orders.
Unsurprisingly it is a major culture clash when these two characters meet, but despite the anger and exasperation they ignite in each other there is no denying the attraction between Summer and Flynn. When Summer goes a bit too far while satisfying her curiosity it is only Flynn's timely arrival that prevents her from ending up in a situation she was completely unprepared for. Flynn however is furious and this anger combined with the attraction he has been feeling leads to a night that more than answers Summer's curious questions and gives them both something to think about.
A month in a remote Scottish hiding-place takes Summer completely out of her comfort-zone and gives both her and Flynn the opportunity to discover sides of each other that they never expected. Flynn may be on a mission and getting intimate with his principle may be against all his rules but when the attraction is this strong and the location this isolated it is almost impossible not to give in to the sexual tension.
When the threat against Summer finally catches up with her it will take a heroic effort from Flynn as well as everything she has learned in her month in the middle of nowhere to ensure her survival. But even that may not be enough to ensure their happily ever after.
I enjoyed this book. It is well written and Summer and Flynn are exciting characters to read about. Not to mention that the attraction between them and the way they handle it make this one steamy read. But, this is much more than a work of erotic fiction. There is a real sense of danger all through this story. The erotic scenes alternate nicely with those that explore the rest of Summer and Flynn's relationship and the thriller-like aspects of this book.
I liked that there was so much more to Summer's character than the flighty, spoiled young heiress we meet in the first few chapters. It was wonderful to see her grow into herself and really develop. Flynn goes through some changes as well, although his are less pronounced. I also enjoyed the brief reference to Jack Winter and Abbie Marshall from "The Pleasures of Winter". Although these books are definitely stand-alone stories the mention of Jack and Abbie's upcoming wedding brings a little bit of continuity to this series of books without creating the need to read them in order.
And this is one hot read. With Flynn being a Dominant with a lot of experience when it comes to BDSM and Summer being curious about the life-style, there is a lot of room for a good dose of steamy action. As it is I would call this BDSM-light. There is some bondage and quite a bit of spanking but it never gets so heavy that it might leave the reader uncomfortable. Having said that, I have to admit that I was both surprised and intrigued by the alternative uses that were found for both Alka-Seltzer and tiger balm in this story. Who knew?
There were a few things in this book I was less than charmed with. First of all, I had the identity of the threat to Summer identified as soon as they made their first appearance in the story. Also, I did get a bit fed up with the way in which both Summer and Flynn kept on going backwards and forwards as far as their feelings were concerned. And finally, I wasn't convinced that this book needed the addition of Flynn's former submissive and her upcoming marriage to his brother. Having said that, these were minor issues for me and didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book. Because this is a fun, tension filled and a very sexy romance, sure to give its reader hours of entertainment.