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A Taste of Summer (Beyond the Mathews Family Book 1) by [Preston, Beverly]
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"Beverly has an amazing ability to write such emotional, beautiful and heart aching love stories, she has definitely outdone herself with this one. A Taste of Summer is a delicacy that will leave an aftertaste and definitely leave you hungry more." - Love N. Books

"Sexy, jealousy, secrets, hurt, dominance, sexy, HOT. Ryan Summer just did it for me in a way that left arousal in the wakes." -  Reading by the Book

"Carrie Ann Lowell is hands down one of the best female characters I've read in a long time. She's strong, determined and a true ball buster." - Mama she's crazy, about Books

"Beverly sure knows how to make your panties melt! Book after book she writes these men. When I don't think she could top the other, she does!" - Panty Dropping Book Blog

"Beverly's writing is delicious. I loved this story! Summer and Carrie Ann are hilarious! I laughed out loud, got hot and bothered, yelled and cried. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended!" - Two Book Pushers

"Enter stage left, Ryan Summer, Hollywood heartthrob. He's made it, he's got it, and he knows it. Enter stage right, Carrie Ann, she had him, she knew him, and she wants nothing to do with him. I've never been more in love! Beverly's best work yet!" - The Book Avenue

"Ryan Summer is definitely one hot male! I loved the humor in this book as well as the secretive, sexy, sassy parts." - Hooked on Books

"I was invested immediately and unable to put my kindle down till the last page. I wanted a 'taste of Summer' myself. *fanning self*" - iScream Books

"I LOVE second chance romances. This is hands down my favorite I've read this year!! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would." - Cat's Guilty Pleasure

Product Details

  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0111N2CO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beverly Preston has done it again. Just when I think I can’t fall in love with her words more, she goes and gives us A Taste of Summer. Another gem in the Mathews Family Series, this one solidifies for me, just how talented this author is and how much I truly enjoy losing myself in these books.

This second chance love story is about Carrie Ann, Shayla’s best friend, and Ryan Summer, Hollywood Heartthrob. They’ve been apart for 10 years, but when they have a less than coincidental run-in at a health-club, their well hidden and buried feelings for each other come right back to the surface. You can tell just by their long-held gazes and deliberate responses that these two have a ton of unfinished business. Their nicknames for each other, Summer and Red, easily roll off their tongues and those 10 years simply seem to vanish.

As their worlds seem to collide more often than Carrie Ann can stand, with her successful working relationship with Tommy Clemmins in the Bare Your Soul campaign for her Have a Heart Foundation, and Summer being a friend and associate of Tommy’s, things are bound to get complicated. For Carrie Ann, her heart has never fully recovered and with a long-held secret, she’s not sure she’ll survive another round with the love of her life. Summer, however, has other ideas and he’s not losing his girl again.

An unplanned week together, ‘stranded’ at Summer’s house in the mountains, starts a journey for both Summer and Carrie Ann to try to find their way back to each other. This could either be the start of something wonderful or the final chapter to their intense and painful past. With the hope of a new beginning, get ready for an adventure filled with lust and want, pride and patience, desire and regret. It truly has it all!
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Beverly Preston's Mathews Family Series continues to get better and better with each book. One of the things that really, really entertained me was Carrie Anne's sass from the very beginning. I couldn't quit smiling as I read A Taste of Summer. Yes, there are some very serious and painful experiences that are covered as we explore the past and the beginning of Summer & Carrie Ann's love story. But interspersed throughout is witty banter and sweet moments that will touch your funny bone and your heart. The details unravel slowly and I was going crazy waiting to find out what the damn secret was that Carrie Ann never shared with Summer. I mean really, she can share her sexual fantasies with me so why not her secrets too? I was inside her head, but apparently only as much as she allowed because I knew enough to cause me to hold my breath and worry about how Summer would react to the news when she finally shared it, but I didn't know what it was either! I'm kinda offended actually. I thought we were closer than that, my feelings are hurt. At least she told me about Mr. Effing Perfect who was napping in her panty drawer. I got a good giggle-snort over that one. Fellow fans of the Mathews Family will be glad to know that Carrie Ann is Shayla's best friend. So, some of our favorite characters are involved, but it's not about them. You might also want to know that it didn't take 10 years for the hollywood hottie to be H-O-T, he was already that way. Yup, those two had a burning connection from the beginning, so unfortunately, they knew exactly what they were missing when nobody measured up to their flaming memories. I could feel the sexual tension as they nursed their hard feelings toward each other while at the same time they mentally undressed each other every time they were in the same room together.Read more ›
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I absolutely loved A Taste of Summer. This book created a slow aching burn in my chest the entire time I was reading it. I couldn't put it down and it is a top recommendation from me.

Summer and Carrie Ann fell madly in love while they were in college. They were each other's everything until their world crumbled when things didn't go exactly as they planned. Ten years have passed since then and Summer has decided it is well past the time to fix their relationship. He wants Carrie Ann back and is ruthless in his dedication to prove himself and his love.

Except Carrie Ann is holding on tightly to her pain and a few secrets. Even though no one has touched her the way Summer did all those years ago, she is stubborn in her refusal to forgive. It left me wondering and anticipating what would be the moment when Summer finally reached her. What would it take for her to forgive and more forward?!

I felt so much while reading their story that my heart hurt. I felt the anxiety and stress of their reunion as well as the passionate connection that could not be ignored between these two main characters. Their journey was emotional and painful at times but their moments of sweetness blew me away. I laughed out loud at the witty banter. I shed a tear when I learned the truth of their destruction. Basically, I fell in love with Carrie Ann and Summer.

Each book in this series is incredible. To experience the romance and attraction between Beverly's characters is something you do not want to miss out on. Their stories unfold well and I am always caught up in the drama as well as the love story. Definitely check out the Mathews Family series, especially A Taste of Summer.
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