Summer Loving

Cooper McKenzie
Summer Loving
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
May 2011
Book 3 of Welcome to Sanctuary
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

[Ménage Amour: Erotic Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, shape-shifters, sex toys]

When Summer Ryan arrives in North Carolina for her sister's wedding, the last thing she expects is to stay for more than a week. Her life is half a world away. Then Cole and Dawson claim her as their mate.

With their brothers claiming Spring and Winter as their mates they hope, but hardly expect to find their mate in the Charlotte Airport. She's not surprised by their abilities, but before they can fully claim her as their own, an emergency call comes, demanding their return to help find a lost child. Summer agrees to go with them, and then she makes a demand she wonders if they'll be able to fulfill.

Will Summer be able to give up her vagabond life for two shape-shifting Irish Wolfhounds? Will Cole and Dawson be able to commit to marriage as their brothers are doing?

A Siren Erotic Romance

Book Review by Rebecca
Aug 18, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
SUMMER LOVING is the third book in the Welcome to Sanctuary series. Again it's a short read with an intriguing premise which had potential, but just didn't quite deliver. This installment of the Sanctuary series focuses on Summer Ryan, sister of Spring and Winter. Believe it or not, she also finds her mates in one of the sets of Irish Wolfhound shifters.

When Summer arrives in North Carolina for her sister's wedding, the last thing she expects is to stay for more than a week. But then Cole and Dawson claim her as their mate, and there is no shock factor, no drama in their mating. While this makes for a sweet romance, it doesn't make for a very interesting read. Her reaction just seems way too simple and accepting of something so unbelievable. All the possible drama was overlooked and oversimplified so that the plot never completely evolved into enough to hold my interest.

The plot proceeds according to the cookie-cutter pattern McKenzie has developed for the series. The triad proclaims their status as mates, have sex, declare unconditional love, and move to Sanctuary to live happily ever after. Even the erotic scenes are overly similar to those in Spring's book.

The author fails to fully develop the three main characters, leaving out information that would have added depth. Summer, Cole, and Dawson aren't especially memorable characters and I'm not even sure I like Summer as a heroine. Snippets of emotion and connection eventually reveal themselves as the story progresses but never enough to convince me of any real feelings. This lack of connection combined with poorly developed characters equaled a disappointing read for me.

This series has simply died out. While it didn't start out especially strong, the first book was at least light-hearted and fun. I continued reading the series with the hope that the overall Sanctuary series storyline would develop further, but it's remained stagnant.
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