Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family's business. Her options are dwindling, and she needs someone who can turn things around--fast. Problem is, the only person who can help her is trouble with a capital T. The Sinclair and Pierce families have been feuding for nearly 30 years, but that hasn't stopped Owen Pierce from noticing Maggie. And he likes what he sees--a lot. But getting involved would mean risking his family, his inheritance, and above all, his heart. Can Maggie and Owen keep their simmering attraction at bay--or will mixing business and pleasure bring nothing but heartache?
A Romeo and Juliet-esque plot set against the Jersey shore and uptown New York City sounded like just the thing especially when you throw in an author I’ve been meaning to try for some time. One Summer Night had some sparkle and sizzle even while following the path of many romances that have come before it.
Owen and Maggie grew up side by side as friends and a tentative shot at first love while their father’s feuded, but then they drifted apart and haven’t crossed paths much until now when Maggie’s family’s business is in trouble and it is Owen who can come to the rescue.
From the wedding encounter and all the way through, I found myself liking and cheering on both Maggie and Owen. They come from powerful business families and enjoy following in their respective father’s footsteps though the feud isn’t something either buy into, thankfully. I had a suspicion of what it was really all about and I wasn’t wrong. Just like I wasn’t wrong of how the romance would progress or what would cause the final conflict from early on. Yep, you guessed it, One Summer Night was very predictable. I confess that this did dampen some of my enthusiasm and I skimmed a tad, but this did not quench my interest completely and I found many things to enjoy and love about this one.
I loved Maggie and Owen, her circle of friends and his brother. I can’t wait to get the next story seeing how Maggie’s lawyer friend and Owen’s brother seemed to be showing some sizzle of their own in the background.
I also loved the settings of the shore and the city, the upper class and the business settings, Maggie’s struggle to keep her mother’s dream- the store- alive, both their finding themselves and standing up to unreasonable parents, and just the sparkle of the story.
So, in summary, I liked it more than loved it, but there was plenty to keep me engaged and willing to go back for more. Contemporary romance fans are definitely a great fit.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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