Summer on Blackberry Beach

Author: Belle Calhoune
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Romance
Source: Forever ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: A faux summer fling seemed like the perfect solution . . .  until they start falling in love for real.

Teacher Stella Marshall’s summer break has just began, but the gossip is already sizzling: Luke Keegan’s back in town! Stella’s high school crush is all grown up and smolderingly sexy. She might even consider a fling with the former Navy SEAL, if she hadn’t already sworn off all romantic entanglements. But there isn’t a single thing she can do to stop the rumor mill whispering about her and Luke being together—unless . . .

showmance! Luke never thought he’d propose a fake relationship, but it’s the only way to stop the runaway speculation about their love lives. Pretending to date a woman as stunning as Stella is easy. Not actually falling for her is the hard part. Luke isn’t sure he deserves a hometown happy ending, when members of his SEAL team never made it back at all. But there’s real attraction buzzing between him and Stella . . . and he knows she feels it too. Could their faux summer romance lead to true love?

Ope’s Opinion: This story would be perfect as a Hallmark movie. It was very predictable, but that is part of the charm of the book. It was a quick and easy read. The characters were fun and the small town setting was a great part of the story.

I think my only real frustration was some of the repetitiveness. I believe we were told that Luke was a Navy SEAL at least a dozen times each chapter.

On the positive side – it was very wholesome ( which I really enjoy ) and very cute! I do like the sub-genre of faking the relationship until it becomes real.


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