Welcome to my stop on the tour for Falling for Summer by Kailin Gow, hosted by SupaGurl Tours. Falling Summer is the sequel to Loving Summer, but can also be read as a stand alone.
Falling for Summer (Loving Summer #1.9)
by Kailin Gow
Published December 15th 2012 by theEDGEbooks.com
Love hits you when you least expect it, grabs you, sucks you in whole, and twists you around until you could hardly breathe. Love hurts like a sucker punch, that’s both glorious and beautiful. Falling for Summer was like that for me, every time. – Nat Donovan
The Donovan Brothers
Two brothers as gorgeous as they are dangerous.
Nat Donovan, the older more responsible brother with the passion of a starving man. Knows what he wants, but knows he can’t have it without giving up everything.
Drew Donovan, the really bad boy, the black sheep, the one who has a devil-may-care attitude, wants what he wants, but knows he would have to go through the ones he loves to have it.
Nat and Drew Donovan has known Summer Jones since they were kids. She had always been the girl next door who was best friends with their little sister Rachel and was cool enough to play with the guys. Now Summer is all grown up, gorgeous, and scorchingly sexy without even knowing it. Responsible older brother Nat, who had always tried to keep their friendship platonic, now can’t stop thinking of her and wanting more. Carefree Drew, who had always had a crush on Summer, but knew Summer’s heart was already taken, can only fall further for her. But no one had anticipated what would happen between the time the Donovan brothers fell for her and now. No one knew how hard they would fall.
YA-Mature/New Adult Contemporary
* Continues where Loving Summer left off, featuring mostly Drew and Nat's Point-of-View.
My Thoughts: I really loved Loving Summer and was excited to be able to read more about the Donovan brothers in Falling for Summer. Nat, Drew, and their sister Rachel have known Summer since they were kids, spending summers together, and after a 3-year hiatus, had resumed that tradition in the first book in the series. What they didn't expect was to see Summer so grown up and so beautiful. Both of the guys had also grown up a lot, especially hot bad boy Drew. Drew has had a crush on Summer since he was a kid, but now he is quite the lady's man, so he has had to work extra hard to prove his sincerity in how he feels about Summer. Summer on the other hand, has had a crush on Nat since she was little, which up until now, he has pretty much shut down, because of family issues and responsibilities, though he really loves Summer, just like his brother Drew does. Talk about complicated.......let's just say that is an understatement as things heat up between Summer and the Donovan brothers.
Lets talk about the characters. I really liked Summer. She's a sweetheart and I felt bad for her because of her circumstances. She has lost her aunt, who has pretty much been her rock. She has had a rocky relationship with her movie star boyfriend. She just turned 18, though she has been an emancipated minor before that point, not having a really close relationship with her mom. While she was sweet and innocent in Loving Summer, in Falling for Summer, she gets a little spicier and sexier, as do her relationships. The Donovan brothers, well, you couldn't as for two hotter guys, though I am totally team Drew, and I was actually a little disappointed in Nat in this book. Yes, he is sexy and finally gives in to his desires and feelings for Summer, but is he really willing to commit? Has he thought about what this will do to his brother Drew, who he knows loves Summer? Drew, on the other hand, has and is doing everything he can to prove his love and feelings towards Summer. While I do like Summer, I didn't like the way she jumped between guys in this book. First is was her movie star boyfriend, she was making out with Drew and had feelings for him, and then when Nat makes a move, she makes out with him to. I know she's confused, but this bouncing between brothers is causing problems and when one of them really gets hurt, Summer has to face her feelings, but is it too late to win back the brother she loves?
As far as the story, while I did like Falling for Summer, I didn't like it nearly as much as I did the first book in the series. It was much sexier, which I liked a lot, and it did have a strong focus on anti-bullying, which was really good. The story itself felt a little rushed, there were some minor grammatical errors, which are not usually seen in Gow's books, and it just didn't live up to the standards I usually see it Kailin Gow's writing. That said, I will still continue reading the series. I love the new adult contemporary romances that are coming out, and I will be looking forward to see what happens with the Donovan brothers in the next book in the series.
You can read my review of Loving Summer here.
Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women. She has won multiple awards from the International Book Awards and the Green Book Festival. Selling over half a million books, Kailin Gow has been a bestselling author of over 100 distinct books which includes the Desire Series, PULSE, Wicked Woods, and the Frost Series. She has been professionally published since 2001. She was one of the first authors for young readers to write books for girls with supernatural elements. Her first book series about extraordinary girls guided by an angel in 2001, was a success, selling thousands of print copies in days, and inspiring girl book clubs around the U.S. In 2003, she came out with more series, including The Fairy Rose Chronicles, about fairies in Feyland. Her books have been recommended by PBS Kids, US Mental Health Association, the PTA, and homeschooling associations in the United States.
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