Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tour Review: Falling For Summer by Kailin Gow


Loving Summer: Donovan Brothers #1
by Kailin Gow
Publication Date: December 15, 2012
Publisher: The EDGE Books
Pages/Format: 246; Paperback, ebook
Love hits you when you least expect it, grabs you, sucks you in whole, and twists you around until you could hardly breathe. Love hurts like a sucker punch, that’s both glorious and beautiful. Falling for Summer was like that for me, every time. – Nat Donovan

The Donovan Brothers

Two brothers as gorgeous as they are dangerous.

Nat Donovan, the older more responsible brother with the passion of a starving man. Knows what he wants, but knows he can’t have it without giving up everything.

Drew Donovan, the really bad boy, the black sheep, the one who has a devil-may-care attitude, wants what he wants, but knows he would have to go through the ones he loves to have it.

Nat and Drew Donovan has known Summer Jones since they were kids. She had always been the girl next door who was best friends with their little sister Rachel and was cool enough to play with the guys. Now Summer is all grown up, gorgeous, and scorchingly sexy without even knowing it. Responsible older brother Nat, who had always tried to keep their friendship platonic, now can’t stop thinking of her and wanting more. Carefree Drew, who had always had a crush on Summer, but knew Summer’s heart was already taken, can only fall further for her. But no one had anticipated what would happen between the time the Donovan brothers fell for her and now. No one knew how hard they would fall.

YA-Mature/New Adult Contemporary

* Continues where Loving Summer left off, featuring mostly Drew and Nat's Point-of-View.
What is so amazing about the characters that entertain in the Loving Summer series, is their unconditional love for one another. Kailin Gow brings that love from Summer, Nat, Drew and Rachel while introducing Falling for Summer, a Donovan Brothers novel. The story digs a little deeper into the minds of the men woman have come to know and drool over...er, appreciate. While Nat and Drew Donovan may be brothers, they are rivals when it comes to claiming all of Summer's heart. Their macho head-butting seen in Loving Summer continues, but more is at stake than their own pride, Summer's reputation.

Kailin has always been a conscientious author when writing about social issues that affect so many. Falling for Summer strongly focuses on bullying and how it affects someone in the limelight, or an everyday kind of person. Summer, having taken over Aunt Sookie's acting school, is targeted by haters and die-hard fans of Astor who wish to have him all to themselves. She's the subject of entertainment news gossip and insulted via blogs and even people standing right in the same room as her. She enlists the help of Nat to track down the source of vandalism and hurtful gossip. The story's theme is very important and thoroughly executed, but the characters' reaction to it is a bit preachy. It wasn't so much their actions, but how they spoke about it and processed it. Nat, Rachel and Drew's actions, though, speak unbelievable volumes about the power of friendship when someone has been targeted. Summer had all the love and support she needed to get through a troublesome period.

Falling for Summer is the first in a spin-off series to relate Nat and Drew's love for Summer Jones. I expected it to be solely Nat and Drew, but there are chapters from Summer's point-of-view, as well. The addition of Summer's thoughts is great, but I can't help picturing what the story would've been like written in novella style with just Nat and Drew narrating. The plot is definitely a continuation of Loving Summer, showing how the group is fairing after the death of Aunt Sookie and putting the pieces of their life in place for the next move, but the end of the novel doesn't show much more progress in their story than that. The overall status of the relationship between Astor, Summer, Nat and Drew has only minimally changed, like it's ultimate purpose is to set some kind of basis for the next Loving Summer novel.

If this is the first novel you're picking up in the Loving Summer world, don't fret. It's a great stand alone, and if you continue reading the series, a perfect bridge between the tragic events of Loving Summer and surely anticipated Perfect Summer!
*Ebook provided via author in exchange for an honest review*

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