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Just a Summer Fling

Cate Cameron


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  • Mass Market Paperback
    $16.94
ISBN: 9780425282052
ANNOTATION:
"Berkley sensation contemporary romance"--Spine.

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"Berkley sensation contemporary romance"--Spine.

Publisher Description

Lake Sullivan, Vermont, has plenty of attractions for movie star Ashley Carlsen-pristine nature, local color, and a handyman with a bad reputation for all the right reasons . . .

Ashley's movie-star life is starting to feel like an act. She's desperate to be taken seriously, and after her boyfriend's affair with a costar, she's ready for a new scene. A vacation at Lake Sullivan with Hollywood power player Jasmine McArthur might be the answer to all her problems. And according to Jasmine, all Ashley needs is a hot summer fling with local stud Josh Sullivan.

After one look at the handsome handyman, Ashley has a hard time saying no. But Josh is tired of playing boy toy for rich women like Jasmine and her friends. As determined as he is to stay away, he can't shake the feeling that Ashley is different-and he can't help noticing her auburn hair and dancing green eyes. But when their budding romance hits the tabloids, will it be another Hollywood scandal, or happily ever after?

'A heartfelt story set in a warm and wonderful small town, where love and laughter are around every corner. Readers are sure to fall in love with Lake Sullivan!' Shirley Jump,New York Timesbestselling author ofWhen Somebody Loves You

'A quirky, feel-good romance. I loved this book!' Jennifer Lewis,USA Todaybestselling author of the Desert Kings series

'A happy escape into a lovely, heartwarming story.' Alison Bliss, author ofRules of Protection

'A bright, warm, intelligent love story from a promising new voice in romance.'Kirkus Reviews

'Cameron's characters are complex and well crafted . . . this is a summer to remember.'Publishers Weekly

'A light-hearted, sexy romance that readers will not be able to put down . . . immensely enjoyable.' RT Book Reviews

Author Biography

Cate Cameron's life path may not be a straight line, but it has definitely zigged in some interesting directions. With a work history that ranges from historical interpreter to garden designer, office manager to school librarian, she's had a lot of experiences and tries to bring these to life in her writing. She is the author of the Lake Sullivan Romance series, including Just a Summer Fling.

Review

"A heartfelt story set in a warm and wonderful small town, where love and laughter are around every corner. Readers are sure to fall in love with Lake Sullivan!"--Shirley Jump, New York Times bestselling author of When Somebody Loves You "A quirky, feel-good romance. I loved this book!"--Jennifer Lewis, USA Today bestselling author of the Desert Kings series

"A happy escape into a lovely, heartwarming story."--Alison Bliss, author of Rules of Protection

"A bright, warm, intelligent love story from a promising new voice in romance."--Kirkus Reviews

"Cameron's characters are complex and well crafted . . . [this is] a summer to remember."--Publishers Weekly

"A light-hearted, sexy romance that readers will not be able to put down . . . immensely enjoyable."--RT Book Reviews

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"A heartfelt story set in a warm and wonderful small town, where love and laughter is around every corner. Readers are sure to fall in love with Lake Sullivan!"-- New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump

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Lake Sullivan, Vermont, has plenty of attractions for movie star Ashley Carlsen-pristine nature, local color, and a handyman with a bad reputation for all the right reasons . . .

Excerpt from Book

One ASHLEY CARLSEN WAS drunk. She''d been drinking at the lake house all afternoon, and then they''d piled into the car and been driven to town where they''d found more delicious alcohol, and now? Drunk. It wasn''t unheard of for Ashley to have a few drinks too many when she was at home with her friends. But she''d never been so reckless as to lose control of herself out in a public place. She had an image to cultivate and maintain. Now that she''d dared to cut loose, though? She thought maybe she liked it. "I love this band!" she told Jasmine McArthur just as their song ended. "I think you''ve loved everything about this bar so far," her friend replied with a laugh. "The name, the neon sign, the wooden door, the sports posters, the mismatched tables, the servers'' aprons . . ." "It''s a good bar!" Woody''s wasn''t fancy, but that was fine by Ashley. She squinted up at the stage and saw the musicians packing up. "Wait a second! Are they leaving?" "Just taking a break, I think. There''s a jukebox if you want to put a song on." A jukebox. Like they were in the fifties or something. It was too damned perfect and Ashley absolutely did want to put a song on. Jasmine pointed to the far wall, past the bar, and Ashley craned her neck to see. Her gaze got caught on a broad set of shoulders before she found the jukebox. The man was facing away from her, but even from behind he was worth paying attention to. When he half turned, giving her a look at his silhouette, she forgot the jukebox entirely. "Oh," Ashley said. It came out more like a moan than it should have. "Nice." Jasmine draped herself over Ashley, leaning across to see what had caught her eye. "Oh," she said with a bit less enthusiasm than Ashley had displayed. "He''s lovely," Ashley said. But that wasn''t the right word. "He''s . . . God, what is he?" "A bit of a whore," Jasmine answered. "He''s a local handyman. He takes care of our place, and quite a few others. But that''s not all he takes care of, if you know what I mean. He''s a handy man when husbands aren''t in town, as I understand it." Ashley didn''t have any reason to feel so disappointed. This was just one more man unable to keep his dick in his pants. She''d come to this small Vermont town to escape one man-slut and no sooner had she stepped into a public space than she''d encountered another. It was tedious maybe, but certainly not a reason for her to feel let down. "Oh," she said quietly, and took a sip of her wine. "I''m not saying he''s off-limits, Ashley. . . . He''s . . . well, I''m having trouble thinking of any man who''s more on limits than Josh Sullivan." "Josh Sullivan ? Like . . . Lake Sullivan? That kind of Sullivan?" "According to him, his great-grandfather was one of the first settlers to the area." Jasmine sounded bored. "Who knows if that''s true. But, yeah, he says the lake''s named after the old guy." She shrugged. "Honestly, though, who cares about his family?" Her face grew more animated and her smile was almost crafty as she said, "He could be just what you''re looking for after that mess with Derek in the city! I know you say it was just your pride that was hurt, but even if that''s all it was, it still has to sting. Getting a little action from a rugged country boy? That could be the perfect antidote to a bad case of cheating-boyfriend syndrome." Ashley had only been staying with Jasmine for two days, and she''d already figured out that the woman liked drama. If there was none naturally occurring, she''d go out of her way to create some. Ashley tried to laugh it off. "Oh, I don''t think Derek made me sick enough to need any medicine." "So maybe it''s not about Derek, then." There was something new in Jasmine''s voice, something Ashley wished she was sober enough to puzzle through. But she and Jasmine didn''t know each other all that well, and Ashley couldn''t get a read on what Jasmine meant when she said, "You''re looking for something new, aren''t you?" Was she? Professionally, yes. But that couldn''t be what Jasmine was talking about. "Something new?" "You just got dumped. You''ve flown across the country to escape a messy breakup. You should live a little. Take your tight little ass over there and let Josh Sullivan know he''s yours for the night." That was not Ashley''s style. Not even close. Her best friend, Charlotte, was the take-charge type; Ashley usually just sat back and watched. She had a pretty good come-hither stare, but it only worked if the man would look in her direction long enough to get stared at. And that was about as forward as she''d ever gotten. "It''s the twenty-first century," Jasmine said firmly. "You say you want to be in control of your life and your career. But you''re still sitting around waiting for some man to notice you and decide whether you''re worth his time! You decide, Ashley!" "It''s just not really--" "You''re scared!" This was ridiculous. They were both grown women but Jasmine was acting like a little kid. And not a very nice one. "I''m not scared," Ashley said as calmly as she could. "I''m just . . . There''s a difference between admiring someone''s appearance and wanting to have sex with him." "Why? Because you''ve got a boyfriend to be faithful to? Oh, nope, you don''t. Because you''re saving yourself for . . . Oh, no, there''s no way Derek Braxton dated you for two years and didn''t get any sex out of the deal. Unless that''s why he had to go and sleep with his little tramp? Because he wasn''t satisfied at home?" Ashley stared at Jasmine. She knew her mouth was hanging open, but she couldn''t pull herself together enough to close it. Jasmine watched her with an arched eyebrow, then smiled almost sweetly. "No," she said. "That''s not what happened. Derek cheated because he''s an asshole, not because you''re a prude. Right?" "I''m not a prude," Ashley managed to say. At least she got her mouth closed at the end of the sentence. " I know that." Jasmine was almost motherly now. "But does anyone else? I see how they treat you at home, like some kind of frilly little ornament. Because they still see you that way. They don''t think you''ve got the guts to be a strong woman, the kind who sees something she likes and then takes it ." Ashley had no idea how she''d gotten into this conversation. She felt like anything she said would be stepping into one of Jasmine''s traps. And she couldn''t afford to offend Jasmi≠ she was part of one of Hollywood''s biggest power couples, and she wasn''t afraid of throwing her weight around. The invitation to the McArthur summerhouse had been a professional dream, but it would end up a nightmare if Ashley pissed Jasmine off. "It''s just . . . it''s not really my style," she said. "You want to play with the big boys? You''ve got to act like the big boys. And the big boys don''t see something they like and then decide it''s not their style to go get it. They fucking take it." Ashley wished she''d had a little less to drink. "Okay, I think maybe we''re talking about something a bit beyond picking up people in a bar." "It''s all the same. You''ve either got the fire or you don''t." "I have plenty of fire!" "So prove it," Jasmine said with a cocky grin. "I''ll bet you . . . lunch at The Warwick when we get back home. You chicken out, you owe me lunch. You go over there and take that rugged lumberjack home, and you win twice over. Sex, plus I owe you lunch." "This is ridiculous," Ashley protested. Jasmine smirked. "I''m serious! This is not . . ." Not what? Not her style, she''d said, and that was true. But what the hell good was she getting from being true to her style? Her acting career was stagnant, her last relationship had just publicly imploded, and she''d practically run away from home. Maybe Jasmine was right and it was time to change her style. "I could go talk to him," she said. "You have to actually leave with him," Jasmine warned. "This isn''t a points-for-effort situation. You take him to bed or you lose." Ashley looked again at the broad shoulders by the bar. Josh had turned away and she couldn''t see his face, but she remembered enough of it to know that she''d really like to see more. And getting an up-close view might be nice, too. Bet or no bet, she''d rather talk to that man than to Jasmine McArthur. All she had to do was find the guts to approach him. She looked at her empty wineglass, then reached for Jasmine''s vodka tonic and lifted it to her lips. She had it drained in two gulps. "Okay," she said. "I''m doing it." Jasmine clapped her hands. "Fun!" There was no point in thinking too much more about it. So Ashley stood up, straightened her clothes, and then headed for the bar. She tried to look confident, as if this was something she did every day. Josh Sullivan was standing at the bar, his back turned to the crowd. He seemed to be dividing his attention between a baseball game on the television behind the bar and a few casual comments to the guy sitting next to him. And, damn it, the guy next to him was the tall, blond lead singer from the band that had just left the stage. Shoulders as wide as Josh''s, so the two of them had to sort of angle themselves in just to have room next to each other at the bar. Two handsome men were even more intimidating than one had been. How exactly was Ashley supposed to do this? If he''d been at a table she could have snuck around to the far side and caught his eye, but as

Product Details

Author
Cate Cameron
Short Title
JUST A SUMMER FLING
Pages
304
Publisher
Berkley Books
Language
English
ISBN-10
0425282058
ISBN-13
9780425282052
Media
Book
Format
Mass Market Paperback
Series
Sullivan Lake Romance
Country of Publication
United States
Audience Age
18
Year
2016
Publication Date
2016-03-01
Audience
General/Trade
Series Number
1