Blissful Summer features two stories by authors Cheris Hodges and Lisa Marie Perry. The first story, Make you Mine Again, by Cheris Hodges, introduces high school sweethearts, Jansen Douglas and Bradley Stephens. These two are reunited at the wedding in Paris after Jansen left Bradley to become a supermodel. Bradley is determined to rekindle the relationship and make Jansen see they are meant to be, but will the past keep these sweethearts from finding love again?
In Lisa Marie Perry’s Unraveled, readers meet Ona Tracy and Riker Ewan. The two meet while on an erotic-themed cruise to the Bahamas. Ona’s initial plan was to seduce her high school crush and she enlists Riker’s help to make her crush jealous, but the explosive attraction between her and Riker, has Ona second guessing her agenda.
Blissful Summer was a quick read, and I enjoyed both stories. Cheris Hodges is not a newcomer but this is her first novel under the Kimani line and readers will glimpse Jansen’s struggle to trust Bradley and her need to run when he reveals his feelings and hopes to reconcile. Jansen is afraid Bradley has not changed and wants her to give up her career, and Bradley is determined to have her and make her realize his views have changed.
In Lisa Marie Perry’s story, Ona is portrayed as a flighty event planner but in actuality is trying to outgrow her unpopular status in high school and finally latch her high school crush. In addition, her high school crush still views her as invisible, so to make him really see her, Ona meets ex-marine Riker Ewan. The attraction between these two is apparent and as the two spend more time together, each realizes there is something there they want to explore. However, Riker is keeping a secret and once Ona finds out, will their relationship survive? Readers will need to pick up a copy of Blissful Summer to find out.
-Reviewed by: Deborah A. Fortner