Ah, summer. Itâ€™s a time thatâ€™s ripe for romance, donâ€™t you think? I love it when
weather places a central part in the story. Sounds kind of crazy but hey, if
itâ€™s cold outside, donâ€™t you want to snuggle up with a big, warm man under a
cozy blanket? Or stare at that gorgeous guy wearing only swim trunks as he
struts around the pool on a hot summer day?
Yeah. Me too.
Currently in central California (where I live), we are in the depths of summer.
Weâ€™re talking itâ€™s bone melting hot. Add smoke from nearby fires and the air
quality is awful. This doesnâ€™t make me feel very romantic. It just makes me wish
for cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice lattesâ€¦
But I digress. What I do adore is a fun summer romance novel. There are so many
out there, I canâ€™t name them all, and yeah, Iâ€™ve read too many to count. Jill
Shalvis is my go to for a solid, sexy contemporary romanceâ€”and she uses weather
in her stories almost like a secondary character. I love that!
I like to lose myself in the summery details. The characters are hanging out by
the pool or the beach. Or maybe theyâ€™re on a boat out on the lake. Theyâ€™re
barbecuing hamburgers and eating potato salad and saving room for dessert
because theyâ€™re having homemade ice cream. The stars are bright in the sky, the
breeze is warm and the green, green grass is softâ€¦
Well, that last part is a total lie. Grass can be pretty sharp and itchy if you
donâ€™t watch it.
Yet again, I digress. Back to romances.I took the summer theme a step further in
my new YA novel DARING THE
BAD BOY. The entire story takes place at a summer camp for kids and teens. I
knew when my editor put out the submission call for summer camp-themed YA
romances, that I had to write it. Sounds like fun, I told her. But hey, guess what?
Iâ€™ve never been to summer camp before!
My editor reassured me that I could handle it. I read a couple of cute romances
featuring summer camps. I watched the movie Wet Hot American Summer
(hilarious and crazy). I reached into the far depths of my brain to pull up
memories of my week at ecology camp in the sixth gradeâ€¦
That was the closest I ever got to going to summer camp. We spent five days and
four nights at a camp near Whiskeytown Lake in Redding, California (where I grew
up) in the springtime. I was with my sixth grade class along with a few others
from nearby schools. Our counselors were teenagers from the local high schools,
and I adored them. We went on a night hike and explored a cave while
knee deep in water. We mined for gold (of course, I found nothing), we told
ghost stories, we put together skits for the talent showâ€”it was everything I
couldâ€™ve ever wanted from camp!
My friends and I cried on the bus ride back to school where our parents were
waiting to pick us up. We didnâ€™t want to go home, we wanted to stay at the
magical camp where all of our dreams came true! Where we flirted with cute boys
and played tricks on each other and gossiped about the weird adults who ran the
place and ate awful food. It was wonderful and exciting, the complete opposite
of what our lives were usually like at home.
But I never had a romance while at camp. I was barely twelve when I went in the
sixth grade, and not totally interested in boys yet, so I guess that was no
surprise. As I got older though, I started to wonder what mightâ€™ve happened if I
couldâ€™ve gone to summer camp and had a romance with a cute boy. How much fun
would that have been? Ah, teenage me wouldâ€™ve been in swoon city.
This is the great thing about being a romance writer. Yeah, maybe I didnâ€™t get
to experience that summer romance while at camp, but guess what? I could
write about one, create my characters and let them have the dreamy,
swoony romance that I never could. And thatâ€™s exactly what I did with Annie and
Jake in DARING THE BAD
BOY. I hope you enjoy their sweet summer romance as much as I enjoyed
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to
drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who
will melt your heart.
Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems
like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herselfâ€”gain some confidence, kiss a
boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, sheâ€™s already set her sights on
ĂĽber-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where
Kyle is always hanging out.
Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior
counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid
no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or
Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach
her how to snag Kyle.
Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessionsâ€¦but thereâ€™s
more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jakeâ€™s headed
straight to juvie, but Annieâ€™s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.
New Adult | Young Adult
[Entangled Crush, On Sale: August 22, 2016, Paperback /
e-Book, ISBN: 9781682812716 / eISBN: 9781633757219]
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