What it’s about:
Avery Patterson’s literally not the girl she used to be.
A past that haunted her for years turned out to be based on a lie. Her father was not an evil man. He loved Avery enough to die for her, and now she’s determined to live for him. She owes him that much, and so much more. Ever since she was fourteen, Avery’s been running and hiding from every challenge she’s faced with, but this time she’s determined not to run. She’s going to fight for the broken boy who not only helped to unveil the truth about her family’s past, but also showed her there was hope for the future.
The only problem is that winter is over. Spring is almost through, and Avery’s New York Cop has turned in his badge and taken up his guitar. It’s been three months without contact. Three months without a single word.
Where on earth is Lucas Reid?
It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. One minute you’re patrolling the streets in one of the world’s craziest cities, arresting felons, and the next you’re singing something you came up with in the shower to fifteen thousand people. It’s easy to forget what life was like before. Easy to blur out the events of a childhood that feels like it happened to someone else.
But it didn’t happen to someone else. It happened to him. Luke knows that in order to move forward with Avery, he needs to come clean. But how best to do that, when his demons are so dirty?
It’s easy to write a song. It’s easy to make a crowd chant your name. But finding the right words to tell a horrible truth?
Nothing’s ever been harder.
Summer (Four Seasons #2) by Frankie Rose is the follow up to Winter (Four Seasons #1). I didn’t read Winter first, and I would advise that readers read these books in order for maximum appreciation. The start of Summer jumps right into an intimate scene that felt abrupt since I had not read the previous book in the series.
Avery and Luke’s intense passion continues from the end of Winter. After a short visit to see Luke in L.A., Avery is back to New York with the only worry being how to maintain a long-distance relationship. Until Luke goes radio-silent and she can only presume that she has been dropped like a hot potato.
Avery and Luke each has a tragic past. In Summer, Luke’s past trauma is haunting him, and he feels out of control. As with most NA romance stories, he doesn’t trust his girl enough to communicate the issue. The resulting drama provides for the standard NA angst. Most of the book is about their individual angst over the losing their soul mate.
The story is told from dual POV with the insertion of Luke’s therapist’s notes on their meetings.
The plot points between their separation and the zenith of the story did not add much to the resolution of the conflict with two exceptions. Luke’s therapy clearly helped him work through his personal issue so he felt he could really be with Avery, and Avery’s (seemingly random) reconnection with a prior antagonist allows her not only closure on that past issue but said antagonist points out that she should not let the love of her life slip through her fingers without a fight.
Overall it was an okay read for me that might have been better if I had already been vested in the characters.
About the Author: Frankie Rose was born in Truro, Cornwall, but grew up in the north west of England. Now living in Australia with her wonderful husband, Frankie spends her time writing novels and scripts.
Among her guilty pleasures, she loves singing way too loud in the car with the windows down, dancing when she thinks no one is looking, and talking about herself in the third person. She really does like that.