Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: Ride Like You've Never Fallen (Summer Lake #11) by S.J. McCoy

Ride Like You've Never Fallen

(Summer Lake #11)

by S.J. McCoy

Nate and Lily's story - January 27
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Lily's family left Summer Lake when she went away to college. She tried to make her way in their world, but money and status didn't mean much to her. After calling off her engagement and giving up her career, Lily's back at the lake. She's finally happy. She has a life she loves, and she's pursuing her passion running the riding stables. There may not be any other kind of passion in her life, but that's okay, or it would be if it weren't for Nate. Nate's her friend. Nate sleeps around. Nate is most definitely not the guy she should want to get passionate with, but, unfortunately, he is.

Nate's enjoying life in Summer Lake, too. His boss, Pete, may have warned him off the local women, but that's okay, there are plenty of fresh tourists every weekend to keep him busy. He'd rather get busy with Lily, but that's a bad idea. She's his friend. She means more to him than just a quick hookup.

When these two finally do hook up, they'll have to decide if it's worth putting their friendship at risk for a relationship that might prove impossible anyway.

The Summer Lake series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other. 

This book is intended for adult readers 18+ 

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

He was thinking too much, and it didn’t suit him.  He did all his thinking at work, and he was damned good at it too.  He figured his brain needed a rest on his time off, so on the weekends he made most of his decisions from his pants.

You don’t know it yet? … That the guy’s nuts about you.  That you’ve got his head turned so far around he’s meeting himself coming back?

You know me.  I just like to be realistic.  Perfect is great, but perfect doesn’t last.  Life is a bumpy ride…

My Review:

 Summer Lake has consistently been such a pleasurable, sweet, amusing, and enjoyable series.  Each couple has been easy to like, endearingly imperfect, and people I’d like to know and spend more time with.  Lily was tiny yet feisty, practical despite her privileged upbringing, and prided herself on being a realist.  She kept telling herself that a player was not a safe choice for anything beyond the friend zone, yet there was something about Nate that kept calling to her.  Nate’s sudden transformation seemed too good to be true, he was so sweet and patient - I kept holding my breath for fear he was going to blow it.  But I never would have guessed that a party boy/hook-up king who had never been in a relationship or spent time with the same woman for more than a weekend, would have the soul of a romantic hidden underneath.  Swoon.  Ms. McCoy has given us another adorable installment from my favorite resort destination. 

Empress DJ

The Summer Lake contemporary romance series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

There are currently Eleven books available in the series, with more to come.
Emma and Jack in Love Like You've Never Been Hurt
Holly and Pete in Work Like You Don't Need the Money
Missy and Dan in Dance Like Nobody's Watching 
Smoke and Laura in Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded
Michael and Megan in Laugh Like You’ve Never Cried
Kenzie and Chase in Sing Like Nobody’s Listening
Gabe and Renée in Smile Like You Mean It
Missy and Dan’s wedding in The Wedding Dance
Ben's backstory in Chasing Tomorrow
April and Eddie in Dream Like Nothing's Impossible  


About the Author  

Hi, I'm SJ. A coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.
I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non-fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.
I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships, and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.
These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles, and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)

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