Review: One Summer Night by Caridad Pineiro

Review: One Summer Night by Caridad PineiroOne Summer Night by Caridad Pineiro

Series: At the Beach #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 3, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Audible
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three-half-stars      three-flames

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?

The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #266 CR
New Release #153
Books N Tunes #39
Frankie Valli and the Four Season’s Oh What a Night

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
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    This one sounds pretty good Super Sophia with that perfect chemistry. I remember that song too! Hugs…RO

    • Oh yes, we had the Jersey shore so we must have the Jersey Boys. LOL The chemistry was good stuff, Radiant Ro! 🙂

  • This seems pretty cute, even if it was a bit predictable. Sometimes I don’t mind that in romance, and sometimes I do.

    • Yes, exactly, Quinn. It was adorable and that sparkle definitely outweighed or made the predictability less consequential. 🙂

  • Yes, it really did, Geybie. I enjoyed it, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen what was coming from nearly the first chapter. But then again, sometimes I’m in the mood for something that I can see coming. 😉

  • This sounds like a quickie read that is enjoyable, easily devoured but forgotten 6 months from now. Which is fine, because sometimes I want predictable and easy.

    • I’m pretty sure you’re right on the money both the result after and during. I agree about wanting an easy one now and then for cozy reading. 🙂

  • This sounds like a great summer-y read! Too bad it was a predicable, although I often find that contemporary romances can be a tad predictable especially when it comes to the conflict. Glad to hear the setting and the group of friends was well done! Great review!

    • I would have like at least one surprise twist, but you’re right, many CR books are easy to foresee what’s coming. But this was a good one for all the elements, regardless, especially the friends and the settings. 🙂

  • oh the background for these characters alone is catching, a bit romeo and juliet esque I guess. i’d be cheering for them myself!

    • Yes, I do love that the author chose to do a modern story influenced by the classic without all the doom and gloom of course. 🙂

  • Too bad this one was predictable. I hate that. It does sound like it has some great aspects though. Great review!

    • Yes, I can sometimes like knowing what is coming when I’m in a certain mood, but usually, I want to be surprised at least a little. It was a lovely story overall.