Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Summer We Fell by Elizabeth O’Roark

The Summer We Fell by Elizabeth O’Roark is now live!

An Angsty, Second-Chance Forbidden Romance

He was my boyfriend’s best friend—and the bane of my existence. I wanted to hate Luke Taylor. I did hate him. I just never hated him enough.

Now, a decade later, tragedy has brought us back to the place where it all happened—my best times, and my worst.

Our lives have changed, but that pull between us is just as strong as ever.

Only this time, it’s more dangerous too.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

I have mixed feelings about The Summer We Fell. It’s a super angsty story, told in the past and present, about a forbidden love between Juliet and Luke.

I do love angst, and this book was full of it. I felt that immediate connection between Juliet and Luke, and how tortured they were by not being able to be together. When he begged her to leave Danny… oh, my heart! Plus, I will listen to anything Teddy Hamilton reads, and this duet narration with Samantha Brentmoor was top-notch!

However, there were a few things that didn’t mesh for me.

Each chapter alternates between the present and the past, so it was hard at times to keep the two timelines linear in my mind and not forget where things in the story had left off. Also, I really wanted Juliet to grow a backbone. She just let everyone walk all over her, because she didn’t think she deserved better, and it grew frustrating.

Most of all, I wanted to read MORE of Luke and Juliet as a couple. After all that angst, a decade of yearning, all the lies, everything that kept them apart… I wanted a bigger payoff when they finally got together.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Do I want to read more from about supporting characters? Also, yes. So that’s a win.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

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