Monday, April 7, 2014

Summer Sky (Blue Phoenix #1)
by Lisa Swallow

* Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

Sky Davis is heartbroken when she comes home to find her boyfriend of 5 years in bed with another girl.  She needs some time away to clear her head, so she takes off to her grandmother's beach house. On the way, she gets rear-ended by a pretentious guy in a very expensive car. He doesn't want to share his contact information with her, which freaks her out, so she decides to flee the scene.  Imagine her shock when he shows up at her grandmother's house.  Turns out her grandmother accidentally double booked the beach house. 
Sky has no idea that the pretentious guy is a rock god.  Dylan Morgan is the lead singer for Blue Phoenix.  I wish we could have gotten a chance to see him perform!  He is tired of people telling him how to live his life and decides to bail out on the band for a little while to think.  Like Sky, his family also spent time during the summer at the beach house, so he has happy memories there.  They both end up stay at the house....together.  Their interaction was really cute and the chemistry was great.  I found myself smiling a few times.
"Every funny thing you say, every time you blush, even just being in the same room fills me with an unexpected urge to kiss you."
Sky is so different from the girls that Dylan is used to meeting.  She's not a groupie or fake. She's curvy and not afraid to say what she thinks.  I thought she was funny.  They have a great time together until Dylan is recognized and their trip is cut short.  She agrees to leave with him, but at the last minute her insecurities make her flee.  It was so frustrating to see her go back and forth.  She was really insecure, which I guess would be understandable after being cheated on, but still, it was frustrating at times.  

Dylan realizes he's in love with Sky and doesn't care if she doesn't fit into his world.  He doesn't even want to be a part of that world anymore.  Harassment from the paparazzi brings them back together and Sky decides that she wants to be with Dylan.  But when she finds out the he's been keeping a huge secret, she isn't so sure anymore.
What knocked this book down from 4 to 3.5 stars for me was the insta-love.  I couldn't wrap my mind around Dylan, who only sleeps with girls once and never talks to them again, falling in love with Sky in less than a week.  Don't get me wrong, the book was entertaining and the cliffhanger left me wanting to read the next.  Yes, you read that right.  There is a big cliffhanger at the end.
3.5/5 Fangs

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