Monday, July 13, 2020

Review for Summer of Love by Carly Phillips

Summer of Love

(Costas Sisters #2)


Carly Phillips 

publication: July 7th 2020 by CP Publishing

Zoe Costas is a security specialist and a Costas through and through. Her eccentric, rather dubious family runs an Atlantic City spa that's just this side of legit. So Zoe isn't inclined to trust handsome, charming Ryan Baldwin when he shows up claiming to be related to Sam, the girl the Costas family is about to adopt. But Ryan is Sam's uncle and one of the famously rich and snooty Boston Baldwins.

Ryan's search for his sister has led him to news of her death, and to a niece he's never met. But someone else has also tracked Sam down — someone who never wanted the child to be found. Ryan is determined to protect Sam and find out what really happened to his sister. And Zoe is just the woman to help him do it. Neither expects to lose their heart in the process.


I read Under the Boardwalk, the first Costas Sisters book, and wondered about what Zoe’s story would be.    Would she be tough?  Would she be open to love?   Had I already met the man that would win her heart?    I had so many questions that I needed answers to.   Summer of Love gave me all the answers plus it let me get to know Sam, the foster sister, and learn more about her story.


Zoe is tough as nails; she loves her family and will do anything to protect them including her foster sister Sam.    When Sam’s uncle shows up at their house she steps in and keeps his true identity a secret.    They play the game of him being a social worker and checking on Sam’s well being all while he starts to get to know the niece he never knew.   I liked how Ryan played along with Zoe, he realized that Sam was safe and loved and that coming into her life would only disrupt it so he had to be careful.   Ryan won me over with the care and respect that he showed the Costa’s family.


During Ryan and Zoe’s care of Sam they developed feelings, circled around each other, and learned to open their hearts.   Zoe was careful and held back from giving her heart easily and Ryan knew that he had to be careful.   The relationship between the two of them was sweet, fun, and steamy.    It was fun.


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NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter (below) and receive TWO FREE books at


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