Author: Cate Farren
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 1 Star
A year has passed since Clover Kwon witnessed the brutal death of her boyfriend, Frankie, and even with the help of a therapist she is unable to come to terms with what she saw that night. Not only did she lose Frankie, but Clover’s best friend, Saskia, hasn’t spoken to her since.
Jared Van Clayborne seems to have it all. He is a gorgeous, newly-turned vampire, an heir to a fortune. On the inside, he’s a mess. Atrocities he’s committed in the past year torture his thoughts. Jared is forced into counseling, but because he must keep his vampirism a secret, it hasn’t helped.
Jared makes a desperate decision one night, but fate brings him face to face with Clover, a girl he had a crush on when they were in elementary school. A passionate magnetism draws them to one another. They both have secrets, but find solace in each other’s arms.
Things begin looking up when Clover is finally reunited with Saskia. The young women are determined to figure out what happened to Frankie, and launch an investigation to bring those responsible to justice. As Clover and Saskia start piecing together clues, it draws the attention of some powerful individuals and puts their lives, and everyone around them, in jeopardy.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I pushed and pushed to get through Summer’s Deadly Kiss by Cate Farren, I really did… but at nearly 70% into the book, I’d had enough.
The plot/premise of this book wasn’t bad. It isn’t that I even particularly disliked the characters… but the writing itself is what ruined the book for me. Everything was so contrived, so utterly forced, that I couldn’t enjoy it. The romance between the main characters was a joke. There was no tension, no romance… they hardly even knew each other, but the author threw in a weak backstory of the two being in puppy-love as 10-year-olds to explain their instant love for one another. It was gross. I’ve never seen a romantic relationship as fake and forced as this one.
The technical aspects of the story were no better. There were many misspellings, missing words, wrong punctuation, and general typos. Whoever the editor was, they clearly didn’t do their job.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book – it was poorly written, and you shouldn’t waste your time.