One Hot Summer is a collection of seven novellas featuring entertaining and heartwarming summer romances. I enjoyed each of the stories in the anthology; however, the focus of my review will be on Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery.
I enjoyed this story for what it was, short, fun, flirty and entertaining.
Amanda and Luke proved an interesting pair. Amanda’s relationship ended 5 months ago, while Luke has been a widower and single father of three for two years. From the moment they met sparks flew. They both wanted a no strings attached relationship, which should not be a problem as Amanda would only be in Sitka for two weeks. If only life was that simple. The more time they spend together, the harder it gets them to maintain their arrangement.
Although the relationship between them developed rather quickly, I found their connection believable. They made an ideal match. The entire time I was rooting for their happily ever after. So you can imagine my disappointment when the ended so abruptly. However, after reading the author’s explanation for the abrupt ending, my level of disappointment has decreased to an extent.
Conclusion / Recommendation
Single in Sitka is a testament to the writing skills of Katy Regnery. Although this was a short story, there was enough substance to keep me engaged from start to finish. Now that I know the full story is releasing in October, I am eager to get my hands on a copy. That is how invested I am in the story and in the lives of Amanda and Luke.
Seven brand new novella’s to finish off your summer!
Melanie Moreland – The Summer of Us
She was the light in my dark life. The sunshine that warmed me and made me smile.
We had one summer. One perfect summer, until the day it ended.
Years later, she walked back into my life. Older. Sadder. More beautiful than ever.
How can I prove to her that summer was real?
How do I make her see that boy that loved her then, still loves her now?
How do we get back to the summer when we were us?
Amy Briggs – The Inheritance
In the affluent seaside town of Port Henry, New York, Riley Maxwell inherits a house with more than one surprise she doesn’t intend to keep. When the local veterinarian meets her, he can’t resist pursuing a new summer fling. But, when secrets are revealed, they find themselves in more than just a summer affair.
Caisey Quinn – Summer Seduction
Emersyn Tyler is having one rough summer.
When her mom’s violent temper and recent diagnosis send her dad packing, she’s left to take care of her little brother alone.
Forget basking in the sunshine, she’s busy working full-time and taking summer classes at the local college so she can graduate high school. Until her friend drags her to a carnival where she runs smack into him.
The blue-eyed Adonis from her art history class.
Aiden Singleton isn’t looking for anything more than a meaningless hook-up. Finishing his graduate degree so that he can teach history and coach hockey in the fall, he’s got plenty on his plate without any added complications. But when a blond-haired beauty needs his help, all he can say is yes.
Heidi McLaughlin – By the Seaside
Dr. Danny Weatherly never had planned to take over his dad’s practice but when everything changed after one awful day, the summer before college, he really didn’t think about much of anything at all — because his life was over. His true love hated him. . . and for good reason.
Kelly Taft is moving back to her hometown, Gray, North Carolina. Back to her family, back to her friends — back to some good memories and back to some memories that were not so good. In fact, she’s never gotten over that one horrible day that sent her running in the first place.
Danielle Pearl – Love’s a Beach
Liza Farrell is a townie and she has no qualms about it. It’s her quasi-boyfriend who has issues with the “summer people” and at this point she wishes he wasn’t her boyfriend at all.
With college looming just a couple of months away, she couldn’t be more eager to begin the next stage of her life. That is, until Noah Reed returns to town, shaking up both her present, and her future.
Katy Regnery- Single in Sitka
A single Dad. A personal ad. What could possibly go wrong?
When Seattle journalist, Amanda McKendrick, pitches a new story about the increase of bear attacks in Sitka, her newspaper sends her north for two weeks. While there, she answers the personal ad of single dad, Luke Kingston, looking for a little no-strings-attached fun to pass the time.
But the sweet, widowered father of three—who just happens to be a smokin’ hot state trooper—turns out to be a lot more than Amanda bargained for. As the days go by, she wonders if it’ll be possible to return to Seattle without leaving her heart behind.
Shari J. Ryan – The Secret at Sunset
When a girls’ weekend getaway turns into more than Alexa Cale bargained for, she sets off alone on a sunset stroll, seeking a small cove nestled in the ocean’s inlet of Cabos San Lucas. No one warned Alexa that the high tide will swallow the hiking path. Stranded on rocks between the beach and ocean, Alexa finds herself thankful for Lincoln Holt, an attractive survivalist who purposely loses track of the tide’s time.
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31 responses to “BOOK REVIEW TOUR: ONE HOT SUMMER by HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN @HeidiJoVT, MELANIE MORELAND, @MorelandMelanie, AMY BRIGGS, CAISEY QUINN @CaiseyQuinn, DANIELLE PEARL, SHARI J. RYAN @sharijryan, KATY REGNERY”
I enjoy anthologies! How exciting that the full story of Single in Sitka is coming I October! It’ll give the author a chance to fix that abrupt ending and hopefully give you a well developed ending ands happily ever after. Wonderful Review Nadene!
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
Great review. I do enjoy short story collections every now and again.
Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook
Sounds like the perfect end-of-summer read, thanks for sharing this!
You are welcome, Francesca. yes it is perfect for the summer.
Great review, I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.
You are welcome. Kati. It was fun
I recognize most of the authors in this one so I’ll be sure to snatch it up when I get the opportunity. Neat how even an abrupt ending in her story didn’t ruin it for you.
Enjoy Sophia, you are in for a treat.
Sometimes a short story is just the thing. I have been wanting to read Katy Regnery. for a while.
I love her books. I think she is an excellent writer.
Great review and that does say something when a short story can hold your interest. Thanks Nadee
Debbie, it sure does.
I haven’t read these authors.
Great review. I hope you get the full series.
Thanks, I plan to.
I adore Katy – I read Melanie Moreland’s story for this anthology and it was excellent as well.
Yes Katy is one of my favourite authors. I agree with you about Melanie Moreland’s story, it was awesome.
Great review for this! I tried this author a really long time ago and then for some reason never picked anything else up by her. It sounds like I really should look into her again.
Yes, you should. I love her work.
It is hard to get a short story right, but it can happen 😀
Yes it can.
Glad you enjoyed this read and I hope you get the ending that you want.
I hope so too. I believe I will.
I love this cover! And it looks like a great collection of novellas. Great review!
I agree the cover is beautiful. I enjoyed the stories. Thank you.