Review: Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken

August 1, 2019 Book Reviews 0

by Rachel Van Dyken
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Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.

For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.

And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.

But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywoods most exclusive summer camp.

And I’m on his staff.
Now it’s his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.

He’s no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he’s going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don’t know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I’m his lucky target.


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Revenge is a dish that is best served cold. That is the reality that Ray is facing in her current situation. Repercussions from her teenage years are coming back to haunt Ray’s situation today. Years ago – Marlon was the handyman for Ray’s family. After one night together, the two found their lives spiraling out of control. The direction that both planned for the future didn’t quite work out as either planned.


Seeking employment at a local summer camp, Ray finds herself answering to a boss that definitely holds a grudge against her. Nothing could have prepared Ray for discovering Marlon would be the one that held her life in his hands for the summer. Determined to seek revenge for all the heartache that Ray cause, Marlon begins to find that it’s harder to hate the one that held his heart all those years ago.


What happened all those years ago to make Marlon have such intense distain for Ray? As the two are pushed into the day to day operations of this drama camp, their past begins to unravel in the most unexpected ways. Will the two find a way to overcome the hurt and heartache?


Tainted love is always an interested twist on a love story. Ray and Marlon will take you on a journey of teenage crushes and society expectations in Summer Heat. Rachel Van Dyken will lead readers on this journey with a little heartbreak and a cliffhanger that will definitely leave you wanting to uncover more about the characters. Summer Heat adds just the right touch to your summer reading list.






About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is a New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. When she’s not writing about hot hunks for her Regency romance or New Adult fiction books, Rachel is dreaming up new hunks. (The more hunks, the merrier!) While Rachel writes a lot, she also makes sure she enjoys the finer things in life—like The Bachelor and strong coffee.

Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, son, and two boxers.

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