Title: The Summer Before Forever
Author: Melissa Chambers
Date of Publication: August 22nd, 2016
Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.
Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.
Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.
But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…
Chloe’s father is getting married, and Chloe and her friend Jenna are going to stay for the summer with her father, fiance, and future step-brother. Chloe finds herself instantly attracted to Landon, but she knows he is hiding something, as is she.
I liked this book, but I did not love it. I felt insta love right off the bat, and Landon and Chloe wanted to kiss each other by like the second page. This book was a little confusing on whether it wanted to be a serious book or a romance book. I have read plenty of books where they combine the two, and it works, but it felt off here.
I liked Chloe for the most part, but there were times that she got on my nerves. Landon was my favorite character, and his situation was one I haven’t read about so that held my interest. I loved the relationship between him and Chloe minus how attracted they were to each other in the beginning.
I liked the family aspect that surrounded Chloe and her Dad as well as the friendship between Chloe and Jenna. I didn’t find the “forbidden relationship” odd because the parents weren’t even married yet, and Chloe and Landon are practically adults and had just met.
Although, slow at times, I did find this a nice light read for anyone that likes romance mixed with issues and family issues as well.
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