A Man for the Summer by Ruby Laska.


166 pages
Published November 4th 2012

Book Blurb: Dentist Junior Atkinson left her tiny home town to see if she would fit in better in the big city. She definitely didn’t. Now she’s back, living in the house she grew up in, friendly with every citizen of the two-stoplight town. Things couldn’t be more wonderful. Well, maybe if her patients paid her regularly. If there was an eligible man in a fifty-mile radius. If she hadn’t just been told that a medical condition meant she had only a few more fertile months despite her tender age of twenty-eight. Junior barely has time to digest this news when she finds hunky travel writer Griff Ross in her chair with a hell of a toothache.

Note: It’s just occurred to me that A Man for the Summer is probably the type of book that’s best read when you don’t know too much about it. The above blurb is accurate, but it also focuses on stuff that is hardly mentioned in the novel – like Junior’s travelling to the big city. I’ve written a more involved and accurate blurb, but don’t read it if you think it might spoil your reading experience! This is only a short book, so maybe it’s nice to just go in kind of blind, if you know what I mean.

My Revised Blurb: Griff Ross has a hell of a toothache, and manages to get an emergency appointment with Junior Atkinson. While the drugged Griff seems to be sleeping, Junior and her assistant (also her aunt) are discussing the fact that Junior’s doctor has just told her that she only has a few months left of fertility. The aunt suggests that if she wants a baby, she should just go for it with the hunky travelling writer. This big-city man is much more ideal of a sperm donor (really, that’s all he would be) than any of the guys in her small town – and soon he’ll be gone, out of Junior’s life forever. Unfortunately, Griff overhears the women talking – only he mistakes their meaning. He thinks that Junior is a dying virgin, just wanting to have sex before she dies.

Another Note: I was going to write even more, but I’ve changed my mind – I will not spoil it!

So like I said, A Man for the Summer is very short (it’s also quite sweet). It’s a cute little romance about what happens when opposites attract and you come to a fork in the road and your life takes a different turn, etc.

That stuff in the original blurb about Junior moving to the big smoke was only briefly mentioned once or twice. It’s really only about the initial romance between a city boy and a small town girl.

I liked Griff and Junior. Sometimes I thought that their once-very-strong opinions were adapting too quickly, but on second thoughts, I decided that I didn’t mind so much.

I would suggest you read this if you are looking for an in-between kind of novel. It’s a quick and easy romance to act as a bridge between heavier books. At least, that’s what I used it as, and enjoyed it quite a bit.

My rating: 3/5

Goodreads rating: 3/5


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