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review 2017-10-13 21:06
good read, great characters
One Summer Night (At the Shore Book 1) - Caridad Piñeiro

Tracy was in love with being in love and that worried one of  her best friend and maid of honor Maggie as tracy and her new husband were dancing. Connie and emma were Tracy’s other best friend as well as Maggie’s.   Maggie, Connie,and emma were the last three single females in their circle of college friends and business acquaintances. Maggie hadn’t thought about marriage in a long time as she had too much going on in her life . For years now Maggie had been dealing with her family’s business and it’s money problems. Maggie had mortgaged the property she had inherited to funnel money into the family’s struggling retail stores. Maggie spent way too much time at work which left little time for romance.  Maggie was told by connie Owen had been watching her all night but maggie said Owen had no interest in her. Owen and Maggie’s fathers had been friends until Owen’s father felt Maggie’s family had done him wrong. Now there was a feud between the two families.But owen and maggie didn’t feel that way. A while ago Owen and Maggie had shared a drunken kiss and since then fate has seemed to throw them together a lot both personally and in business. Maggie didn’t feel so alone when owen was around. But Maggie couldn’t get used to that. Owen had left maggie once when she had needed him most right after her mom's death.   Owen’s in and out of Maggie’s life proved she couldn’t count on him. Owen’s younger brother Jonathan was also at the wedding and seen Owen watching Maggie and said to Owen Maggie was just trouble and their father had declared the Sinclairs were off limits a long time ago and would have a stroke if he knew Owen and Maggie were together. Owen felt in a way he had been involved with Maggie forever. Owen had become intrigued with the woman Maggie had grown into as they had know each other since they were young. Owen and Maggie started spending time together which was risky and complicated. Maggie has to make her father understand they have to update the stores even though her father greatly fears changing the store his cherished wife had built. Owen wants to help Maggie with her problems but she doesn’t know if it’s just a ploy to bring her whole family down as Maggie had learned not to trust Owen being there for her.

I enjoyed reading this book. The story was a fun light read. This was well written and I liked the plot and pace of the book. I really enjoyed the build up of Owen’s and Maggie’s relationship. I didn’t like when Maggie didn’t believe Owen and that he really cared for her but understood why she felt that way. I loved how Owen respected and supported Maggie knowing what it may cost him.  I loved Maggie, Connie, Emma, and Tracy’s relationships and how they were there for each other. This was a little predictable but I still really enjoyed and liked this book. It was a modern day romeo and Juliet along with one struggling and one person rich. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2017-09-25 19:38
One Summer Night
One Summer Night (At the Shore Book 1) - Caridad Piñeiro

eARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley
Release date: Oct 3rd

 

There is a lot happening in this one. Maggie partially owns her family business with her dad (and other shareholders of course). The retail division is losing money, due in part, to her dad being rigid and not wanting to change anything. Maggie has mortgaged 2 of the family's properties to keep them afloat and she will lose her home (and vacation home at Sea Kiss) if she can't turn things around. 
Owen is part owner of his family's real estate empire. His father disinherited his brother Jonathon when he wouldn't do what he wanted. His father hates the Sinclairs and wants their retail properties. Owen walks a fine line trying to have both what he wants and his father's approval.
I enjoyed this one, in part, because of the family history. Maggie grew up next door to Owen and his brother in Sea Kiss. Things happen and they run into each other periodically as they grew up, attend college, and then in the city. I liked this for the slow burn romance at first, then it became so much more quickly. Maggie does grow a spine and talks to her dad about his refusal to make changes. I assume Maggie's friends, Connie and Emma get their HEAs in future books. (I'm hoping Connie's is first; I think some of her story was happening concurrently with Maggie's. I also suspect she is 

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text 2017-09-20 16:12
Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

Arggghhhhh I knew it!

 

*cries forever*

 

Why whenever I love a character, do they die? WHY???

 

Now I'm just pissed off.

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text 2017-09-07 18:13
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

Ugh, this book! I'm so attached to so many of these kids. So totally in awe of their bravery in the face of some terrifying occurrences that, let's be honest, would send me running for home and screaming my head off the whole time. I think I've said it before, but what's so powerful about books like this is the fact that all of this happens to kids. Parents are gone. Busy with their own lives. Unaware what madness their kids are currently facing. Or, worse yet, uncaring. It breaks my heart, but also makes me feel proud of these characters. They're made of stronger stuff then I would ever be.

 

Someone should have warned me though that a beloved pet dies in this book, rather unexpectedly, because this was me on the train this morning:

 

 

Don't worry, it's nothing gory. Just sad. And the scene later on in that chapter just made me want to sob more. I am nothing if not a sucker for good animal companions in stories. 

 

Also the relationship that one of these characters has with his bed-ridden grandmother has me equally feeling like this. Simmons is just tugging all the strings. Here making me feel dread. There making me feel pure terror. Then just making my eyes tear up.

 

I'm in love with this book. And also scared to finish it.

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text 2017-09-06 17:42
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

I had to renew this book, because it's really good but also a really slow read. Much like my favorite King books, the writing draws you in and makes you savor every word. I'm not going to lie, I skim read a lot of YA books. I'll get to a page where nonessential things are happening and kind of just glean what's happening before moving on. This book doesn't allow you to do that. It holds your attention, clamps down with an icy cold grip on your bones, and won't let go until something breaks you out of that spell. In my case, it was the train signaling that I was about to miss my stop hahaha. I ran through the doors at the last minute. Darn book.

 

I think it's safe to say that this book is definitely not one I'll be able to read before bed. The terror built here is REAL. It's through the eyes of children, so it's pure. I legitimately felt terror at part of this last night, and had to stop reading.

 

That being said, this book is also a tome. So it's going to take me a while to get through. I think I'm okay with that though!

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