Review: Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken (Cruel Summer #2)



Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Cruel Summer #2
Publication Date: August 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance



I wanted revenge.
And I got it in the best way possible.

Ray has always driven me insane, now that we’re older, all I want is to make her feel the pain she put me through for four years.

And then suddenly, everything shifts and I realize I just want her,
It’s bad enough that I’m the camp director — her boss.

Our love is equal to our hate for one another and the burning tension between us refuses to relent. If anything it’s gotten worse.

I push her.
She pushes back.
Passion, whether it be born of love or hate — is a powerful beast, one I’m refusing to tame.

Marlo and Ray’s story continues…


SUMMER SEDUCTION is the second book in the Cruel Summer series. You need to read the first book in order to understand this second one so keep that in mind! You can read my thoughts on the first book, Summer Heat, HERE.

Oh gosh, y’all. I wish I could say I loved this second book way more than I did the first one but I unfortunately didn’t. Well… I don’t know. In a way, I disliked it more than the first book and at the same time I feel like I liked it more. I know that probably doesn’t make any sense but that is exactly how I feel. Like a mess of emotions.

I disliked this book a bit more than the first one because I feel like it is way more sexual in a not very romantic or classy way if you know what I mean. I felt like the characters were pretty rude/nasty to each other—calling each other names and whatnot—and I don’t like that at. all. How is that even romantic?! How can a couple who supposedly has strong feelings for each other, aside from hate that is, call each other names and take it as teasing/foreplay? I don’t even know but to each their own I guess. Usually I prefer the cliché, cheesy, happy-go-lucky romances way more so blame my tastes on this one.

The reason I liked this book more is because of the ending. BOY, the ending deserves a complete star (hence the three stars on this one) for being the most exciting ending ever. Okay… and I also have to admit I liked getting to know the characters on a deeper level but let’s go back to the extremely exciting ending. You know when you’re reading/watching something and then a scene comes on and it leaves you gasping from the shock and you just want to know what’s going to happen next but you’re left hanging? That was exactly how I felt when I got to the end of this second book. It blew my mind away and as much as I’m going to sound like a terrible person by saying this, I needed and LOVED all the pain and the drama because now I’m actually excited to pick up the next book and find out if Rachel is going to take the story back to the same old, same old or if she’s going to give us a major plot-twist. I’m kind of hoping for the latter to be honest. But I’m honestly so excited to find out.

If you haven’t picked up the first book in this series yet then you seriously need to consider picking it up because the third book is going to be released soon and  I can already feel it is going to be beyond thrilling. I can’t wait for y’all to jump on the bandwagon of hate/love and share your thought with me!


3 / 5 flowers




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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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