Genre: LGBT, contemporary romance
Taylor is a cocky Miami bartender with something to prove. Working at The Tide with her best friend Kade, she boosts her ego by seducing all the straight girls that Kade is interested in. After promising him that for the sake of their friendship she’ll quit her little game, he meets the girl who he thinks could be the love of his life. But Taylor also feels immediately drawn to her. Diem, a free spirited Bohemian girl, is like no one Taylor’s met before. But having sworn to Kade that she wouldn’t try anything, she’s going to uphold her promise and be a good friend. But as her attraction to Diem grows deeper, Taylor finds it harder and harder to hide it.
Diem is spending her summer break in Florida. Crashing at her friend Katie’s place, she’s positive this summer will prove to be her most exciting yet. It starts off without a hitch when she meets a gorgeous and charismatic man named Kade who sweeps her off her feet. Diem is beyond infatuated with him, but after having just broken up with her long term boyfriend, she wants to take things slow. As Diem struggles with her feelings for Kade, she befriends his best friend. Diem is intrigued by Taylor and wants to get to know her better. Although, Diem can tell that Taylor is attracted to her, Diem just doesn’t share her feelings. As the two grow closer, Diem brings out a side of Taylor that she has never let loose before. Diem makes Taylor feel more carefree than ever before, while Diem is sent reeling on a whirlwind path of self discovery. Despite Diem’s wavering feelings, Kade never gives up on making her his. Diem must decide between the man who’s perfect for her or the woman she can‘t imagine herself without.
After the line thinned out, Kade went back to walking the floor and checking on tables. Seeing Samantha had irritated me but it wasn’t what was on my mind. Diem had called me multiple times and yet I was too much of a pussy to answer. What was I so afraid of? I wanted to talk to her so badly, but I knew if I did that all the wrong words would come out of my mouth. I’d tell her how much I loved the feel of her in my arms and how soft her skin was or how good her hair smelled. I wasn’t even positive why she was calling me so much. I wondered if maybe she was mad about what happened. Maybe she wanted to tell me off. But what if she didn’t? What if she liked our kiss, too? She seemed to enjoy it at the time. But maybe she was having second thoughts about it now. What if she enjoyed kissing me? What did that mean?
I groaned and snatched up a new bottle of tequila from beneath the counter. I couldn’t do that to Kade. He’d been my best friend since I moved out to Miami and has been by my side through every shitty moment in my life thereafter. Every fucked up thing my mom said to me, every time my dad let me down. Even through all the shitty things I did to him. He stood by me. I couldn’t fuck all that up now. Even if it was for her. Kade’s feelings for her were strong and I had to respect that.
But it was hard to imagine that anyone could have stronger feelings for her than me.
Because of Summer by Elle Vaughn was a fantastic novel. I read this book in one sitting because I simply couldn’t put it down. There’s so much I want to say in this review, but I don’t want to post spoilers, so this may be short. I loved the characters so much! Taylor’s journey of finding herself through loving Diem is beautiful. Diem is every bit as incredible as Taylor and Kade think she is. The love story is sweet and hot. Because of Summer is full of twists and turns that kept me glued to my Kindle. This book stole a piece of my soul, and I can say that Elle Vaughn is one of my new favorite authors. This book is too beautiful to pass up, so I highly recommend reading it. You’ll thank me!
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Elle Vaughn is a total book junkie – especially romance novels. She always dreamed of writing but it wasn’t until later in life with the encouragement of her friends and family that she made the leap and wrote her first novella, Taming Anna, the first book in the Anna and Quinton series. After writing Taming Anna, Elle followed it up with Chasing Anna.
Lover of the Colorado outdoors, Elle loves running, biking, and hiking. And when she’s not watching trashy reality TV, she can be found chasing around her toddler, gardening and attempting to cook for her family!
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