Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Ask Me To Stay by H. D’Agostino

Title: Ask Me To Stay
Author: H. D’Agostino
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 2, 2022
The Bradshaws have owned a beach house down the coast from ours for as long as I can remember. Every summer since I was six, we’ve vacationed there.
Russell, their youngest son, was my best friend growing up. He taught me how to spit and punch like a boy. He gave me my first beer and first kiss, which was terrible by the way. We spent many days and nights commiserating together about how our parents knew nothing and were so uncool.
Casey Bradshaw, Russ’s older brother, was everything I thought I wanted in a boyfriend. He was cool, mature, and very hot. Each summer I tried and failed, to get him to notice me as more than Russ’s friend and the girl from down the beach. The last summer I was there, he broke my heart.
It’s been six years, and my best friend Aimee has decided we need a vacation. The last thing I expected was to be back at the beach. Sometimes we don’t realize what we need has been right under our nose all along, and sometimes it takes a little push and some alcohol to admit we were wrong.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars
Ask Me to Stay had me hooked from the blurb, but I felt that it was just kind of an okay story overall.

This book goes back and forth between a past summer in 1995, and present-day 2001, exploring Russ and Willow’s friendship as teenagers (where she had a crush on his older brother) and then them reconnecting 6 years later. We hardly got to see them out in the real world, and I needed to see that to really buy them as a couple outside of the beach community where they spent the summer. If the epilogue tells us that they are madly in love and have made a long-distance relationship work all year, I wanted to *see* that. I also felt that some of If dialogue was forced, and didn’t flow naturally, which is a pet peeve of mine.

That said, Ask Me to Stay is a good beach read — light, minimal drama, set in the summer with a HEA.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, dog, and two cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the track, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’

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