Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Kian O’Reilly is flawless as a killer.
Well-practiced in the art of making murder look like an accident, he is selfish, wealthy, and totally arrogant as a soul-stealing immortal. But when he ends up stranded on Cape Cod with a stolen car and a dead drug dealer in the trunk, he thinks his luck couldn’t get any worse.
That is, until Ana Lane shows up.
Gifted as a mechanic and surfer, feisty Ana is not a fan of the entitled Frat Boys who show up every summer, messing with local girls. Believing Kian is one of those typical rich brats, she fixes his car and ruthlessly dismantles his cocky ego . . . which intrigues the dangerous soul thief.
Determined to spend more time with the prickly mechanic, Kian sets out to understand what makes Ana so fierce. Soon, however, he uncovers the painful truth behind the real Ana Lane, and the decision to save her, may destroy them both.
** This is the prequel novella to UNDERTOW and is based on the story of Kian and Ana the summer they met. While it can be read at anytime in the series, it is meant to be read after UNDERTOW and STORMFRONT.**
REVIEW by Bobbie Jo: Wow! That about sums up my feelings on CRUEL SUMMER and for the author KR Conway. It didn’t take long for her to make it to my favorite author list.
I was given the opportunity to read an ARC of Cruel Summer. I will tell you that when I first heard from the author that I would have to wait to get the book that comes after STORMFRONT (can you say cliffhanger) until after this prequel my first thought was “oh crap”. But as I support how an author feels they need to share and tell the stories, I took a deep breath and waited for Cruel Summer.
This story is all about Ana and Kian (with some MJ who is really deep down my favorite). I didn’t think I could love Ana anymore than I already did, but this girl is one amazing character. She is tough and witty, and down right brilliant in how she handles Kian. Kian – a Mortis, soul shark – is struck by Ana’s presence and moved to get to know her, protect her, be near her. They change each other – they protect each other – their relationship is beautifully described and well written. As a reader you feel right there with them – right in the cabin of Cerberus (which I would love to ride on one day). I also liked seeing how the relationship between MJ and Kian grew – all in their shared love for Ana. This trio is something else.
I am so glad that the author wrote this book before the last in the series. Getting the opportunity to know Kian and Ana, see how their relationship blossomed and then fell apart – well it was PERFECT. Having this story brings so much more to both UNDERTOW and STORMFRONT – although I would still recommend reading CRUEL SUMMER after those two books.
I give CRUEL SUMMER 5 Stars and completely recommend this book, this series, and this author.
Big thanks to ReadingDiva for allowing me to guest review, yet again!
Do I recommend this book? Yes, Yes, Yes, and YES!
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