Summer Reading

Berkley. May 2023. 480p. ISBN 9780593545720. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Samantha is back in her childhood home of Martha’s Vineyard after quitting her job as a high-profile chef in Boston; she’s been tasked with taking care of her little brother for the summer while her parents go on vacation. On the ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard, she accidentally knocks the book out of a hot guy’s hand and into the ocean. She soon finds out that the hot guy on the ferry is Ben, the interim director at the local library, who’s in town looking for the father he’s never known. Serious sparks fly between Samantha and Ben when he asks for her help on his search, and they prowl around the island together looking for clues. But although love and lust blossoms between them, Samantha’s insecurities, rooted in her dyslexia, and the fact that they’re both leaving town when the season is over, threaten to split them apart.
VERDICT With a picturesque setting and plenty of entertaining storylines and well-developed characters, this fast-paced, steamy rom-com from McKinlay (Royal Valentine) will enchant book lovers and foodies looking for an upbeat beach read.
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