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Peek Inside Just for the Summer

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here? Recently divorced, Matt is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay?

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His temptation. Her secret. Their summer.

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here.

Recently divorced Matt is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

Praise

Review

"This book is well written, the characters are well developed, and the story is not likely one you'll forget. Just For The Summer is an emotionally charged yet playfully sexy romance that is not to be missed." ~ Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
"Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland is a beautiful and emotionally deep romance that will touch your heart." ~ Yazmin, Harlequin Junkie
 
"Just For The Summer is one the books that makes my heart soar through the clouds. It was a quick and fun read full of love. One of those book where you love all the characters and the story." ~ Jena, Shortie Says
 
"For The Summer is a great story about forgiveness, hope and love. If you are looking for a sweet romantic read that is hard to put down and will have you both laughing and crying, I suggest you try Just For The Summer." ~ Amy R., So Many Reads
 
"This book was filled with playful flirtations and witty banter between Dani & Matt. Some of their dialogues are so spontaneous and lough-out-loud hilarious that you know you're going to have a blast reading their story." ~ Aman, Enticed by Books
 
"This was a refreshing love story on many levels. I hope there will be additional books about the other characters that were introduced in this book." ~ Donna McClaugherty, My Book Addiction Reviews
 
"What a sweet Contemporary Romance. The chemistry between Dani and Matt is undeniable from the beginning." ~ My Read Addiction
 
"Just for the Summer was fun, flirty, sweet, and a great family story. I definitely recommend it." ~ The Autumn Review
 
"I was immediately intrigued by the characters when I read the synopsis." ~ Kristin, Book Sniffers Anonymous 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668786
Series: Lake Bliss, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 1, 2013
Page Count: 131
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: fling, road romance

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By Lori March 17, 2013

A short story about a young woman that gave her son up for adoption eight years ago and now she wants to know that her son is loved and with a caring family. Her only mission in the beginning was to just check and see if her son, Sam, was ok and happy...until she came across Sam's SINGLE dad, Mat... ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" April 16, 2013

Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland is the first book in the Lake Bliss series. This was my first book by Jenna Rutland and it certainly will not be my last. I can not believe how much emotion this book wrung from me.

Dani Sullivan gave up her baby 8 years before and knows exactly where he is. S... ...more

By Autumn Review March 11, 2013

I really love reading these Bliss novels. They're quick easy reads that truly are enjoyable. I haven't found one I haven't liked yet. Just for the Summer was no exception. It was fun, flirty, sweet, and a great family story.

Dani's story broke my heart a little bit, but I felt that Matt complimen... ...more

By My Book Addiction and More March 20, 2013

This story was about Dani Sullivan who was taking a break from nursing to come to Lake Bliss under the pretense of writing a cookbook. She was actually there to check up on the son she gave up for adoption eight years before. What she found was her son being raised by Sheriff Matt Reagan who was... ...more

Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

5 Stars

This book should come with a hanky warning and yes, I know I’m a crier because hell, I cry at certain commercials but I really wasn’t expecting this story to be so emotional. I mean, I looked at the cover and read the blurb and I’m thin... ...more

By Aman March 22, 2013

Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

Entangled Bliss is turning out to be my favorite source for sweet heartfelt romances. I loved Just for the Summer. It was a perfect length, summer story that took place in a small town where a mother searches for the son she gave up for adoption 8 years ago and now want... ...more

By FicTalk April 22, 2013

Reviewed by Autumn

Lisa and I were just speaking about Entangled the other day. It really seems that the publishing house puts out some solid books. So far, I haven’t read one from them that I haven’t liked. They’ve really become a dependable “go-to” if you want a solid romance.

Just for the Summer... ...more

By Shona March 31, 2013

Review originally posted on http://beanieboo78.wordpress.com/

This book is only 131 pages long, which I didn’t know until I came to write my review. 131 pages? Doesn’t sound very much does it. How Rutland managed to fit this story into 131 pages is beyond me, but she did and it was great.
From the... ...more

By Kari March 14, 2013

I was so in the mood for a good romance this week and boy I got one with Just for the Summer. The book is well written and I stayed up late to finish it. The story isn't just a romance; it's about hope and second chances. I loved the flirtation between Dani and Matt. It was fun and really heated... ...more

*I received a free ARC of Just for the Summer from Entangled via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

This is one of the sweetest contemporary romances I've read in a while!

This and other reviews can also be found on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews.

When Dani arrives in Lake Bliss, just... ...more

By Irene May 16, 2013

4 stars

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading Just For The Summer.

The characters were all likeable and the sexual innuendo between Dani and Matt was fantastic. I'm never going to look at a weather report again without thinking of these two characters :)
I highly recommend readi... ...more

By Roxanne April 17, 2013

Some of the best sexual tension I've read in a sweet-category book! Loved the scenes with the son, especially the health issues. Well done! ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) April 11, 2013

Sappy yet satisfying. The premise relied on too many convenient coincidences, but I enjoyed the book anyway. Check your skepticism at the door and just go with the flow of this feel good romance.

Full Review:

When I picked up Just for the Summer, I was leery. The premise gave me pause. It relied on... ...more

By Jelena March 14, 2013

★★★★ BLISSFUL SUMMER STARS

I really love these short sweet reads and Just For The Summer was exactly that. It was a fun, very flirty, wonderful story about family, forgiveness and second chances.

Dani's story made my heart ache, she has come to Lake Bliss for the summer to work on her cookbook and... ...more

By Autumn (Fic Talk) April 22, 2013

Lisa and I were just speaking about Entangled the other day. It really seems that the publishing house puts out some solid books. So far, I haven’t read one from them that I haven’t liked. They’ve really become a dependable “go-to” if you want a solid romance.

Just for the Summer is a short light... ...more

By Brittany January 22, 2014

Four stars.




The main characters in Just For The Summer are Dani, a nurse/author, Matt, the sheriff of the town, and Sam, Matt's adopted son and Dani's biological son. All three of the characters are well-written. Dani is kind and protective. She's very protective of the son she gave up for adoptio... ...more

By Bette July 11, 2015

3.5 to 3.75 gladly bumped to 4 because it made me cry. That hasn't happened in a very long time. This book was more than I expected. Oh, it's definitely more on the light reading side, but there is more substance than I thought there would be.

Dani has rented a cottage that's in the middle of ren... ...more

By Kim Reads August 27, 2013

Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Just for the Summer is a touching, heartwarming story and completely different from what I was expecting. For a debut author, Jenna Rutland did an amazing job at telling a story and drawing the reader in.

Dani Sullivan is one amazing woman. She’s fun... ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson March 12, 2013

Entangled has done it again! Lord reading Just For The Summer has me so ready for the summer time. I love summer romances but this one really got to me. I love how one choice in life changed things for our main character Dani Sullivan. She mad a choice years ago and when the guilt gets to her and... ...more

By Jen April 08, 2015

Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Just for the Summer is the first book in the Lake Bliss series by author Jenna Rutland and was a heartwarming contemporary romance about a woman needing to find peace in a choice she made eight years ago and a single father who dreams of cr... ...more

By Andrea April 18, 2013

Just for the Summer was a really heartwarming, fun, and sweet story. I love the premise, a woman spending her summer intent on finding peace and healing, but gaining so much more. Dani's secret, and her struggle with doing the right thing to be so heartbreaking. And though parts of the story are... ...more

By Amy R March 27, 2013

Holy Cow did this book tug at my emotions. From Dani's personal story to the ending with Dani, Sam and Matt I couldn't hold back the tears. Dani came to Lake Bliss to get away from her lonely life, write a cookbook and see if her son is happy. She wants to make sure that her son has a good family... ...more

By Cristina ❤️ March 18, 2013

***SPOILERS***

Gosh, I love this book! It was so full of feelings and I felt all of them. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to read it. This book was amazing.

It's about Dani, a nurse who went to Lake Bliss to meet her son. Her son was sam, the sheriff's adoptive son. The thing is, the sheriff, M... ...more

By Nicola May 27, 2013

I started this after dinner and 4 hours later here I am writing my review. It was an absolute pleasure to read. It has wonderful endearing characters and a great storyline with humour, flirting, romance and sexual tension, but without the detailed act (we all have imaginations!). With heartwarmin... ...more

By Kristin March 15, 2013

Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this story!

I was immediately intrigued by the characters when I read the synopsis. Usually in a romance that deals with kids, the father is a widower who is forced to raise a kid alone. However, in this story, Matt divorced his wife shortly after adopting a baby... ...more

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Jenna Rutland

About the author

Jenna Rutland

Jenna Rutland lives in a small Michigan community with her husband, son and senior cat. Her daughter and son-in-law have recently given Jenna the awesome title of grandmother! While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance-stories of love, laughter and happily ever after. Guess which occupation is more fun? Jenna takes pleasure in spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, gardening and loves the challenge of a new recipe. Jenna welcomes the chance to connect with writers and readers.

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