Review: One Short Summer by Jasmin Miller

one short summerTitle: One Short Summer

Author: Jasmin Miller

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Dancer Monica ?

The hero: Writer Gabe Mitchell

The blurb: A sweet, flirty, and heartfelt romance with two roommates that spend one enthralling summer together.

After her car accident, Monica believes her dance career is over, despite the positive outlook everyone else has. Instead of trying to get back on her feet, she works on perfecting the art of couch surfing.

Famous author, Gabe Mitchell, doesn’t fare much better. On top of watching his roommate letting her life pass by, he also suffers from a major bout of writer’s block. Hoping a change of scenery will get them both out of their rut, Gabe takes matters into his own hands and whisks Monica away to his own personal haven.

What neither one of them expects is the attraction to each other to bloom even though Monica will leave Brooksville in a matter of weeks. Their time together is filled with skimpy bathing suits, sexy fantasy book inspirations, hot tub make-out sessions, and new job prospects.

It’s plenty to reignite their creative flames, but will it be enough to turn their one short summer into something more?

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Brooksville series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I enjoyed this book so much! Gabe and Monica have been roommates for a year after a serious injury puts Monica’s career as a dancer on hold. Gabe has been there all along, helping her through the dark times and lending support when she needs it.

When Gabe decides to get away to a vacation home he owns so he can try and work on his latest book, he persuades Monica to go with him. It’s while they’re holed up together that they finally take note of how in sync they are, how well they know each other, and how important the other has become in their lives. When they finally start to explore the slow burning desire that has been there for some time, they suddenly can’t get enough of each other.

But their summer romance threatens to be abruptly ended when Monica, who’s now recovered, finally gets the opportunity she’s been waiting for with her career… but it means leaving Gabe behind. Will she truly be able leave him? Will he be able to let her go? This is a well-written, sweet romance that draws you in and makes you want to read to the very end.

 

 

 

Review: Baking with a Rockstar by Jasmin Miller

baking with a rockstarTitle: Baking with a Rockstar

Author: Jasmin Miller

Year of publication: Officially out tomorrow, but Amazon released it early! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Baker Charlie Peterson

The hero: Rockstar Hudson Mitchell

The blurb: When a rockstar and a single mom become roommates, delicious sparks are bound to fly.

Rockstar Hudson Mitchell is over the glitz and spotlight of the music industry. Desperate for a break from the fast-paced life of fame, he retreats to the one place that has always been home.

Brooksville, California.

It’s the same place where Charlie has taken refuge, trying to build a life for herself and her young daughter. The quiet, small-town atmosphere and her new bakery venture are exactly what she needs to pick up the pieces of her shattered past.

As they spend more time together, neither of them is prepared for the effect Charlie has on Hudson, and how important she would become for his career.

Standalone or series: I believe this is the first in the Brooksville, California series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: If I had to sum up this incredibly good debut novel from Jasmin Miller in one word, it would be sweet. This delightful romance is about Charlie, a single mother who moves from one side of the country to the other after suffering some terrible losses. Hannah, her grandmother’s best friend, persuades Charlie to move to California with her baby daughter, Mirabelle, and open the bakery she’s always dreamed about.

The one thing Hannah didn’t mention is that a couple of her grandchildren are famous. One of them, Hudson, is a member of a famous rock band, and when he unexpectedly shows up back home, Charlie doesn’t recognise him. Hudson finds Charlie’s lack of recognition – and Charlie herself – refreshing. He’s tired of the spotlight, thanks to his scheming ex, and just wants a normal relationship away from it. So when he first meets Charlie, his love of music and songwriting is once again sparked and she becomes his muse.

When Charlie gets to know Hudson better, she’s attracted to him in every way, and seeing how good he is with Mira just makes him hotter. But Charlie is hiding a lot of pain and a few secrets, and she’s scared that once Hudson finds out about them, he’ll walk away. Will she be willing to take a chance on love again?

While this book did have sex scenes, they were not graphic and there is no swearing, which made it a light, enchanting read. It almost seems hard to believe this is a debut novel; I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this author gives us next!