Hello everyone and welcome to my very, very happy stop on the Lost In Love tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, I have a double review of the first two books in the Summerhill Series and a link to the event-wide sweepstakes for you. Thanks so very much for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a fantastic day 🙂
Title: Say You Will
Series: Book #1: Summerhill Series
Author: Kate Perry
Format; Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published: December 4, 2013 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.
Rosalind Summerhill is on the verge of becoming the next Vera Wang, as far away from her family and their drama as she can get. The last thing she wants is to leave San Francisco for London, especially not to deal with her father’s latest scandal—dying in his mistress’s arms. At least she can find comfort in knowing she can leave after the memorial.
Little did she know.
Not only is her father’s will missing but, according to his lawyer, her mother will lose everything if it’s discovered. Reluctantly joining forces with her sisters to seek and destroy the will is the only way of ensuring her father doesn’t win in the end. meltingly hot. But Nick’s motives aren’t as pure as they seem, and the secret he’s keeping may tear Rosalind’s family and fortune apart.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
For ten years Rosalind Summerhill has not returned to her family home in England. The excuses for not returning are easy enough when there is an ocean, several time zones, an assh*%le of a father and, a successful business in play. Though she would enjoy having a closer relationship with her sisters and her mother, dear old dad and his abhorrent personality have all but ensured the family will never be close. And then one miraculous day, the ass*&le dies an Rosalind is called home for the funeral.
For all but one of the Summerhill women, the death of dear old dad is not a sad day but one to be celebrated and sung about. The late Earl of Amberlin may have had a title and a nice home but that’s where the culture ended; for decades Reginald Summerhill made anyone and everyone around him miserable and made damn sure each of his six daughters and his wife knew just how little he cared for them. Saddled with a wife he didn’t love, six daughters and, no son to carry on his title, Reginald took out his anger and frustration on his family and openly cheated on his wife. Though his passing is certainly a time of celebration for most, that celebration is tempered by the fact that Reginald died with his mistress and his will is missing thus throwing into question who precisely will inherit what is left of the Summerhill fortune.
On the plane ride over, Rosalind decides she will perform her duties to the best of her ability and then promptly board a plane for the return flight to San Francisco. Never, in a million years would Rosalind consider that by walking through the front door of her family home her whole world will turn upside down and it will have little to do with her father. Arriving late to the funeral, Rosalind immediately notices a smokin’ hot man in the back row, a petite and beautiful blonde woman who looks vaguely familiar and, most of her sisters and her mother sitting stoically as the service moves forward.
Adding to the list of things Rosalind didn’t expect is the presence of the smokin’ hot man in the back row. Though she initially assumed he was with the petite blonde, Rosalind quickly discovers that not only is Nick not with the blonde (aka Summer) and is absolutely attracted to her (Rosalind). After a brief encounter and feeling just a bit naughty, Rosalind decides that Nick will make for a perfect fling. As if fate is aligning, Rosalind also meets Summer, instantly likes her and discovers she will get to put her creative side to use and design the perfect wedding dress for the cute little blonde. Even more unexpected, with the exception of prissy little Portia, all of Rosalind’s sisters and even her mother are coming together and beginning to forge a new and healthy relationship with one another. With all the good going on and her assh*&le dad dead, how can anything go wrong? Oh, but everything does go wrong and in some seriously epic and entertaining ways. First and foremost there is the missing will and how its’ discovery will impact everyone’s future, there is the matter of the mistress’s kid (what????), there is the small matter of the ginormous lie Nick has told Rosalind (what????) and, there is the moment when all the dirty laundry gets aired and everyone must make some very big decisions.
The Bottom Line: LOVED this read!! Kate Perry introduces a variety of personalities among the Summerhill women and Rosalind is definitely the free-spirit in the bunch. She is creative, bright, successful and just the tiniest bit naughty; she is unafraid of speaking her mind and owning up to the things she wants, needs and desires. The dynamic between Rosalind and her sisters changes and evolves throughout the read as does her relationship with Nick. Though the read revolves around Nick and Rosalind and the finding of the will, the other members of the cast factor in prominently making the read all the more enjoyable. The drama of the will and the airing of the lies amps up the drama significantly and keeps the read flowing smoothly and quickly from start to finish. There is no slow burn here just a fast-paced and enjoyable read that is filled with interesting characters, snappy dialogue, some fine naughty bits and, just the right amount of twists and turns to keep you from putting this book down. By far, the strength of Say You Will lies with the characters. Whether major or minor, each character (except Summer!) is thoroughly entertaining and completely consuming. It took me little to no time to make my way through this read and highly recommend it to all fans of HEAs, contemporary romance and quite simply, well-written reads!
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Title: Lost in Love
Series: Book #2: Summerhill Series
Author: Kate Perry
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: February 12, 2014 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.
Portia Summerhill feels like a loser.
Thirty-something, jobless, and living at home… How could she not? Next to her accomplished sisters, Portia’s achievements—or lack thereof—are that much more noticeable.
The one thing Portia can claim is expert knowledge on antiques and her ancestry, and in a moment of serendipity, the perfect job lands in her lap: curator at the Museum of British Peerage. There’s one caveat: the museum won’t hire her unless she brings the family jewels with her. Or, more specifically, the infamous Summerhill tiara.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Portia Summerhill has a serious problem, she is in her thirties, has never had a job and, she still lives at home. With the exception of her exceptional knowledge of English peerage and antiquities, she has no skills and her recently deceased rat bastard father sold the only piece of property she ever, ever wanted to possess, Suncrest Park. Adding insult to injury, her sisters (ALL of them!) are extremely talented and successful, her mother has just brought her an advertisement for a job and, Suncrest Park is being turned into hotel/resort.
Determined to do something, even if it’s the wrong thing and on the advice of her mother, Portia decides to apply for the job. It’s a museum dedicated to English peerage and antiquities; surely Lady Portia Summerhill, member of the English peerage is qualified, right?? Portia strides into the interview with confidence, a snappy suit and, the stunning pearls of her ancestor, Lady Catherine Summerhill. Unfortunately for Portia, the director of the gallery is quite concerned about her lack of skills/training/a degree – you get the idea – but is willing to take her on if and only if she can bring with her the famed Summerhill Tiara. Agreeing instantly and determined to become gainfully employed, Portia strides out knowing good and well that the tiara was at Suncrest Park which is now in the hands of someone decidedly not a Summerhill.
Jackson Waite is a tried and true Texan with the hat, boots, manners, accent and, tight fitting jeans to prove it. What Jackson Waite also has is a job he hates! When his dad was forced to retire due to health concerns, Jackson was forced to take over the family business and he is not pleased; what pleases Jackson even less is the trip to London he is being forced to take. Checking in on a musty old property that is currently being refurbished is the damn last thing Jackson wants to do but his dad is a hard man to refuse and very, very stubborn. Thankfully, Jackson will be able to continue on with his side projects while his second in command, Quinn and their personal assistant Meredith will oversee all the real work. Oh, how little Jackson knows 🙂
Neither Jackson nor Portia are at all prepared for their worlds to collide but collide they do! Portia is intent on getting the Summerhill tiara and her job and Jackson is intent on getting far, far better acquainted with the Lady Portia. Though the two are certainly interested in one another and the attraction is undeniable, there are a lot of obstacles to a relationship. First and foremost is the arrangement the two have between them for the Summerhill tiara: Portia has agreed to help Meredith sort and catalogue all of the antiquities from Suncrest Park and in turn, Jackson will hand over the tiara and everyone can go back to their happy little lives. HA!!
As with book one in the series, Kate Perry throws all kinds of obstacles in the path of Portia and Jackson on their way to a wonderful HEA. There are the sisters (YAY!!) who must approve, there is Jackson’s father who hasn’t quite gotten over his son “losing” his former fiancé (who happens to be Meredith by the way!), there’s the great pond between the two of them and, there’s the small matter of Portia finding her self-worth and realizing she really does have skills, talents and, the ability to love someone so very unlike her miserable father. Believe it or not, there is a life to be had for a thirty-something peer who still lives at home, has no degree, and no appreciable skills.
The Bottom Line: I am the new (and totally self-appointed!) cheerleader for Kate Perry’s Summerhill series!! I just love the Summerrhill sister’s and the every-changing and growing dynamic they have between them. I love that Perry didn’t immediately bring all the girls back together as one big happy family as soon as dear old dad died; the girls are working their way back to one another and real relationships in the midst of living their own lives. Even though the story revolves around Portia and Jackson, the rest of the family plays a part (major or minor depending on the person) as do some of the other characters such as Quinn and Meredith. Though there is a large cast of characters, Perry does a fine job of keeping everyone separated and clearly defining their roles. In truth, Perry’s super power is creating very real, very relatable characters that sort of just suck you in. Her secondary super power is inserting those characters into fun scenarios and situations that keep the plot moving along quickly and most interestingly. In all, Lost in Love is a very fine read and very good addition to a delightful series. RAH!!
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About the author and where to find her:
Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.
Kate’s the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She’s been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she’s big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love. Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she’s wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh…
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