SHADES OF SYDNEY
Sydney West enjoys sampling summer boys, but this year, one refuses to be a one-night stand… Twenty-one-year-old Sydney doesn’t believe in relationships. Her parents’ toxic divorce has taught her love is nothing but a sinister fairy tale. So every summer she parties, hooks up, abandons her lover before dawn, and repeats. That is until she meets gorgeous local surfer Jason King at the beach… When Jason fails to flirt—or even give her a second glance—she decides something must be wrong with him, and it’s safer to stay away. But when Sydney and Jason’s best friends hook up and become Malibu’s hottest couple, they are forced to spend more time together than either of them cares for. Armed with a sharp tongue, Sydney works to keep Jason at bay… In a moment of weakness, Sydney lets her guard down and confides in Jason, realizing he’s more than just a hot guy—he’s also a friend. And when Sydney’s need for a summer boy results in her falling into bed with Jason, despite her better judgment, she runs away from him by morning. The problem is, he won’t accept being another one-night stand, and will do anything to prove… Love really does exist. BREAKING DOWN SYDNEY Sydney West’s new relationship might have survived Malibu, but her transformation from party girl to girlfriend isn’t complete… Sydney is back in Arizona, and with the fall semester at her doorstep, doubts about her so-called summer love start to plague her. A bad girl can only stay good for so long. Jason King changed her and made her wonder if love was real. But now, far from his charm, and with the party scene on campus in full swing, the magic is fading… Jason isn’t willing to let distance drive a wedge between them… A surprise reunion and a romantic cabin getaway is enough to reignite their summertime spark, but Sydney isn’t convinced this whole monogamous, meet-your-parents thing Jason wants is possible. No boy has ever met her mother. Then, when a sudden family tragedy strikes, it sends her spiraling into her old habits of booze and boys. Sydney can only hide from her past for so long… In the fog of drowning her sorrows, Sydney realizes her former party lifestyle won’t make her happy. Her one-night stands ended with Jason. As much as she wants to believe in that far-fetched fairy tale ending, she’s afraid if Jason finds out about all her summer boys, he will abandon her just like her father did. Jason refuses to settle for the superficial shell Sydney keeps between them, though, and is determined to… Break Down Sydney once and for all. PIECING TOGETHER SYDNEY This year’s annual voyage to Malibu will be unlike any other... Sydney West is no longer a party girl looking for summer boys to occupy her nights. She has found love with Jason King and agreed to marry him. With wedding plans in full swing for the July deadline, everything seems to be perfect. Until someone from Jason’s past interrupts their summer getaway… When Jason turns cold and distant, the party scene beckons Sydney to return to her old drink-all-night ways. Only this time the guys at the bar don’t hold her attention, but when Sydney's drink is drugged by a so-called friend—she kisses one of them. When Jason finds out, he leaves the beach house to clear his head, but a couple hours quickly turn into days. It’s hard to have a wedding without the groom… This summer is nothing like what Sydney had planned, and for the first time she's afraid of the future. Sydney finally figured out what she wants and she isn’t willing to let Jason go without a fight. But is it already too late? Sydney will risk everything to… piece herself, and the life she wants, back together again.