Long Past Summer

HQN: Harlequin. Aug. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781335448828. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Mikaela hasn’t seen Cameron since he knocked up and married her best friend, Julie. Heartbroken, she threw herself into her education, then into the long climb toward partner in a New York City law firm. Now, almost two decades later, a divorced Cameron is staring at her across a boardroom table. Mikaela’s firm is representing Glamazon, a fashion magazine, in a lawsuit filed by Julie who claims she never gave consent for her image to be used on their cover. Mikaela never wanted to see Cameron again, but now he seems to be everywhere. With more to lose than ever, can Mikaela trust Cameron with her heart again? In this deftly written and engaging novel, Mikaela and Cameron are well developed but flawed protagonists whose scenes together are filled with heated arguments and hotter sex. Flashbacks to their shared past provides glimpses of what they lost and why their present is so tumultuous. Secondary characters guide (and push) the couple through to their happily ever after.
VERDICT Readers of angsty, drama-filled storylines will enjoy this love triangle, second-chance romance. Librarians might be interested in the publishing backstory: Kirwan submitted this decades-spanning debut novel via HQN’s open call for un-agented Black authors.
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