Review: Summer Fling Anthology

Summer Fling Anthology
Authors: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, L.J. Shen, Willow Winters, Helena Hunting, R.S. Grey, Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: June 8, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ¼

Synopsis:

For a Good Time Call by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Ever see For a good time call scribbled on the bathroom wall of a bar? Sure you have. Ever wonder what would happen if you had a few too many drinks and actually called the number? Well now you don’t have to wonder anymore, because I’ll tell you… It blows up in your face when you suddenly realize who Mr. Good Time is.

Eternal Sunshine by L.J. Shen

Adam Mackay is my brother’s best friend, turned Hollywood heartthrob, who is now my brand new, infuriating boss.

Sounds complicated? You have no idea…

Stay Right Here with Me by Willow Winters

I can’t tell you how many mistakes I’ve made sitting in this very spot in this small town bar. Watching the iron doors swing closed as the broad-shouldered man who just walked in sits across from me, I already know he’s on that list of, “I shouldn’t have done that…”

Damsel Dude in Distress by Helena Hunting

I thought I was helping a damsel in distress. Turns out my damsel was actually a hot dude with some bad luck. It started with a broken down car and ended with a gross motel, an indoor campout and a set of Kama Sutra sheets.

The Beach R.S. Grey

I’m not supposed to be on vacation with my best friend’s older brother. I’ve wanted him for so long, and now we’re unexpectedly alone in a tropical paradise. Naturally, I packed a lot of bikinis, but I should have brought armor if I want to have any hope of surviving my week away with Noah Martin…or should I say, Dr. Martin.

Lucky Shot by Sarina Bowen

Rookie sports agent Bess Beringer gets a real education on the night of her first glitzy New York business dinner. But the things she learns have nothing to do with roster rules or contract negotiation. Luckily, rookie hockey player Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz is a pro-level teacher…


Here is a mini review for each book in this FREE anthology.

For a Good Time Call by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – This was one of the shining stars in this anthology. It was the epitome of a summer romance. There was the beach, hilarious moments, and a flirty romance. I really enjoyed it.

Eternal Sunshine by L.J. Shen – This was the short story that brought the book down for me. It didn’t feel summery at all. It felt depressing. I don’t know what the dude was thinking in the beginning, but it completely killed the story for me from the get-go. Eternal Sunshine is just another example of why I think I have grown out of L.J. Shen’s current writing style.

Stay Right Here with Me by Willow Winters – I loved Stay Right Here with Me. I would have loved for this to have been a full length novel or even just longer. I wanted to spend more time with this couple.

Damsel Dude in Distress by Helena Hunting – This was another gem that had me laughing. I loved these characters and their story. I would have read more of it.  It took me a while to figure out how the characters in this story relate to other characters in Hunting’s books, but once I did I was even more sold on this short story.

The Beach R.S. Grey – I was sad when this one was over. I really wanted more just so I could keep reading about this couple. It was so much fun. It had a summer vacation resort vibe that I loved. I would be on board for Grey to turn it into a full length novel.

Lucky Shot by Sarina Bowen – Lucky Shot was the reason I picked up this anthology, and it did not disappoint. I loved getting one more look at Bess and Tank’s relationship. They’re such a fun couple and have amazing chemistry. It was basically a prologue to Sure Shot.

9 thoughts on “Review: Summer Fling Anthology”

  1. What a great little collection. This sounds like the perfect book to have on hand when you’re relaxing in the sun and just want a shorter read to distract yourself for a little while. Love the sound of For a Good Time Call. And obviously I want to read Lucky Shot from Sarina Bowen. Not even seen this and now I need this collection in my life (even if the LJ Shen one doesn’t have the same vibes as the rest).

  2. I snagged this one last week or so when it released and, like you, the main reason was the Sarina Bowen story. I’m so glad Bess and Tank’s beginning didn’t disappoint! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I think you will like them. You probably won’t like Shen’s (knowing your romance preferences).

    1. Thank you! Yes, I did. I knew going in that one might be a problem for me, but I was hoping it wouldn’t.

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